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Can my A4 take the power?!?!
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06-17-2007, 11:35 AM #21
5 speed auto???
06-17-2007, 02:06 PM #22
the 4L60E will not hold, if anyone knows what those numbers stand for???
4= the # of gears
L= Longitudinal ttransmission
60= is the HP rating, you simply add a 0 to the end which gives you 600 then divide that number by 2 for all GM transmissions, which gives you a rating of 300
E= stands for electronic shift.
you do the math, i have given up on the 4l60's personally, went through 7 of them when i was only putting 400hp to the wheels, cracked the GM 5 pinion planatery gear set, was running a 3,000 stall and a big cooler also, everything was upgraded in the transmission. my personal preference would be to go with a TH350, cost will be 1/2 as much as the 4L60 and hold twice the amount of power and you can put a trans break in
06-17-2007, 02:10 PM #23
06-17-2007, 07:07 PM #24
06-18-2007, 01:57 PM #25
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- Shepherd, Michigan
blacker than wesleysnipes
- 98' trans am
the 60 is the total amount of weight the car can be. 60 is 6000 lbs. at least that is what i was told.
06-21-2007, 12:45 AM #26
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06-21-2007, 02:14 PM #28
ive heard u can buy or convert them to 4L65E or something like that, or put in a 4L80E. id just put in a TH350 and suck it up, they arent that bad, put maybe 3.73s in it.
do u do mostly city or highway driving?
06-22-2007, 01:02 AM #29
Well I'm mainly driving around town although I do get on the highway sometimes but not for my daily commute. I just want the car to be fun to drive w/ occasional trips to the dragstrip. It's not, at least at this moment, going to be a drag only car which is why I'm not too thrilled about a 3 speed.
06-22-2007, 01:06 PM #30
06-22-2007, 01:07 PM #31
06-22-2007, 01:32 PM #32
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- Galveston, TX
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I thought this article has some good pictures and a lil info.
I had my trans rebuilt with all the upgrades and no problems for almost a year until last weekend when I broke the sprag. My first time at the track with BFG drag radials cutting 1.7 60's. I don't think they make an aftermarket beefy sprag gear???
06-22-2007, 04:01 PM #33
a 3 speed doesnt do too bad in city driving. its highway that gets em so bad. think about it, in the city which gears do u spend most time in
thats the way i see it at least. with 3.73s and a 3 speed u should doo pretty god.
but u have to remember it takes a little more money than everyone else acts like it does.
u have to get a special torq converter that ive heard they cost $800
but id do a th350 if it was my car
Last edited by drewhenderson13; 06-22-2007 at 04:05 PM. Reason: typo
06-22-2007, 05:09 PM #34
That cracks me up how everyone is afraid of the 3 speeds. Sheeeesh I grew up around 3 speed auto's and muncie 4 speeds,,thats all there was. I still run these transmissions in some of my other cars with 4.10 and 4.56 gears and drive them everywhere.
It seems people have gotten soft and just have to have an overdrive,,,lol. Don't get me wrong, they have their place, but there is nothing wrong with a good old fashioned 3 speed auto.
In that respect, if you are contemplating a 3 speed auto switch I would just go for a 400 turbo and be done with it. Many LS1 racers have made this switch and never looked back. I have 3 cars with this trans and I have to say they take anything I can throw at them without complaint. The turbo 350 is a good cheap trans, but it also requires a little money and good parts to make them durable.
Like mentioned gear vendors is another option, but sometimes they also take some floor mods to fit in some applications. Not to mention they cost about $2,000,,,,ouch! I don't want an overdrive that bad,,,it would take a ton of driving to recoup your investment in gas savings,,,I don't see it happening.
06-22-2007, 11:10 PM #35
a th400 is a waste of money unless u plan on building massive power.
a th350 will hold a hell of a lot of power and looses less power through it.
th350 is the way to go
06-23-2007, 04:52 PM #36
Naaa, what some people forget is the 350 turbo is not just going to bolt in as a stocker and work flawless,,,,they need some billet pieces and a few other things to make them strong enough to take the abuse,,,it's what I do for a living, they are not strong enough in stock form. Buy the time you spend that money you could have a nice 400 turbo that needs only a few little things.
The HP difference through the drivetrain between the 2 is so minimal it's not worth debating. In the end there really isn't enough price difference to debate either.
06-23-2007, 07:09 PM #37
I know of a trans am here in Florida that runs low 9s on 4l60e. I saw the car drag the rear bumper.
06-23-2007, 07:35 PM #38
Yep, they are all capable transmissions,,,the difference is the amount of money you have to spend on them to make them capable.
06-23-2007, 08:15 PM #39
06-25-2007, 08:00 AM #40
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BREAKxNECKxSPEED, are you talking about Greg Whitaker from Davenport, Florida? A 1995 TA?
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