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This is a discussion on any tips/tricks? within the Automatic Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; well this weekend I'm gonna put my stall, shift kit and trans cooler in.. just wondering if any happens to ...

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    any tips/tricks?

    well this weekend I'm gonna put my stall, shift kit and trans cooler in.. just wondering if any happens to have any tips/tricks or good ideas that will help me out.. thanks

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    Im going to be doing the same thing, minus the shift kit. Hope all goes well on your side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge91 View Post
    Im going to be doing the same thing, minus the shift kit. Hope all goes well on your side.
    thanks.. same to you also.. just hopeing someone might be able to get me a few good tricks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by najaf4life View Post
    thanks.. same to you also.. just hopeing someone might be able to get me a few good tricks....
    you mean like take it to a good transmission shop?

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    I'd recommend a tranny shop for the shift kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by dklowrider View Post
    you mean like take it to a good transmission shop?
    Quote Originally Posted by 346ci View Post
    I'd recommend a tranny shop for the shift kit
    why is that? are you guys that scared of it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by najaf4life View Post
    why is that? are you guys that scared of it???
    yep. actually i never messed with automatics so i dont want to practice on this one. this is one place i would pay somebody who knows what theyre doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dklowrider View Post
    actually i never messed with automatics so i dont want to practice on this one. this is one place i would pay somebody who knows what theyre doing.

    Mail order tuning is only $125 and if you detail in your worksheet that you want very firm shifts, I can make the trans work much better than many people believe is possible. http://www.tunedbyfrost.com/services2.htm

    If you aren't happy with the result, you send it back to me and I put it back to stock, refund you and ship it back on my dime for 90 days after original date of programming.

    PM me if you guys have any questions at all.

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    Make sure you make note on the worksheet that you'd like the same level of firmness as the kits, as that is actually more firm than what I'd mail out to someone who didn't specify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    Mail order tuning is only $125 and if you detail in your worksheet that you want very firm shifts, I can make the trans work much better than many people believe is possible. http://www.tunedbyfrost.com/services2.htm

    If you aren't happy with the result, you send it back to me and I put it back to stock, refund you and ship it back on my dime for 90 days after original date of programming.

    PM me if you guys have any questions at all.

    Thanks.
    i have been seriously considering doing just that, but i suffer from the dreaded procrastination disease. what kind of turn around time would i be looking at?

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    sounds like a good idea to me

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    I would really like a tune I just need to figure out when I can go a few days without my car

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    There's not much to it, it was pretty damn intimidating to me the first time. A lift will help out greatly if you have access to one.

    I just removed the driveshaft, disconnected just about everything connect to the transmission, then take out the (7) bellhousing bolts if i remember right. Don't forget the dipstick tube connect to the head. That thing is a bitch if you are using a convential wrench. I used a ratcheting wrench and it took me 20 seconds to get that bolt out. A convential wrench or ratchet will take much longer.

    You will need a lot of extensions in various lengths to get out the bellhousing bolts and they are a bitch to say the least. I spent a little over 4 hours getting my trans down and out. I did most of it myself too though with hand tools, no power tools. IDK if that is average or not, but if you dont have a lift, expect it to take much longer.

    If you have any questions I'll sure try to help. If you use a google search you can find a write up out there on how to do this.

    It's a bit more complicated than my posts suggests, but i didn't wanna type a page either. Most importantly, make sure you measure and make sure the converter is seated all the way.

    Oh make sure you bypass the radiator when you hook up the trans cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwannagofast View Post
    I would really like a tune I just need to figure out when I can go a few days without my car
    Hey, you know Andy? I have his old car. I drove all the way down to AR to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by najaf4life View Post
    why is that? are you guys that scared of it???
    They are not hard if you have done them before but if you F up and scar any parts or bores in the valve body you f'd cause then it's over 400 for a new valve body. Most are scared of the 7 steel balls and how to keep them in place when you go to reinstall the valve body but some petroleum grease packed into the veins holds them secure. If you haven't done one before go get one out of a used trans and play around with it so you know what not to do on the one you want to use.

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    True, and that's why I did not do mine. My transmission guy quoted me 500 dollars for a new valve body. Not a part i'd like to replace :nod:

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    thanks for the good info... but yeah I don't have a lift of course... but it's not just myself doing it... its a good friend and his dad may stop by and help us with the shift kit.. he knows alot about automatics... so hopefully it won't be to bad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dklowrider View Post
    i have been seriously considering doing just that, but i suffer from the dreaded procrastination disease. what kind of turn around time would i be looking at?
    same-day when possible and next-day at the latest

    Make sure you make note on the worksheet that you'd like the same level of firmness as the kits, as that is actually more firm than what I'd mail out to someone who didn't specify.

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    $400 or $500 for the valve body if you wreck it. Ouch!
    it cost $550 to have my mechanic install my shift kit.
    if you can do it yourself, more power to you.
    either way, do it!
    shift kit makes the A4 soooo much better.

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    well it is actually a reprogramming kit from Transgo

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    then it's not a shift kit in the classic sense, it's a PCM program? Haven't looked at this kit so dose it involve valve body work or not?

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