Changing the converter
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01-23-2007, 05:57 AM #1
Changing the converter
How many here have changed their own torque converters out? I've never changed one in this body style, but have replaced at least 10 on other GM vehicles. This one seems a bit more intimidating with the engine sitting under the firewall. I guess the bolts come out from the bottom, but I have yet to see how hard it will be to get to them.
01-23-2007, 06:19 AM #2
All I can tell ya, is dont go too high, i cant stand mine (4300)
01-23-2007, 06:46 AM #3
TCI, Summit, and JEGS all suggested a 3000-3200 stall. Most people on LS1 sites recommend a 3500-3600. I haven't ordered one yet, but am trying to decide if I want to mess with it or not before I do. I need to go out to my garage and take a peek, but the garage floor is so cold right now...
01-24-2007, 10:52 PM #4
I have a fuddle 3500 in mine and love it. I couldn't see me wanting anything less than that.
I pulled my tranny....twice. Once to do the stall and again to replace the front seal that I should've replaced when I did the stall. Nothing like pulling your tranny again for a $10 part so my first advice would be to go ahead and replace that seal while you're at it. Some people don't and have zero issues but it sucks to get it all back together and have it leak.
The dipstick bolt sucks, the e-clips suck, and the top 2 bolts suck but other than that it's not a hard job at all. Get a helper. The extra set of hands will come in really handy when you're getting the tranny off of the pins. Get at those top bolts from the rear of the tranny by letting it sag on the motor mounts and using a ton of extensions. I found it was easier using a bunch of smaller ones than 2 24" extensions. The smaller ones give you a little wiggle room. I also put some masking tape around the joint of a swivel and that helped also.
If you've never dealt with the e-clips around the lines those will kick your ass until you figure them out then they aren't that bad. I lost one. Don't do that.
Make sure to also install a tranny cooler.
01-25-2007, 07:39 AM #5
I did the seals thing on my 1st stall change in high school. Since then I've replaced front and rear seals every time I pull a tranny, and inspect the flywheel (I've had to pull one again to change a flywheel too). GM trucks are easy (<2 hours). My 79 Z was easy (<2 hours), my SS Montes took 4 hours. This TA looks to be pretty tight up around the bell housing from what I can see.
01-26-2007, 04:56 PM #6
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01-27-2007, 04:31 AM #7
01-27-2007, 06:07 AM #8
Nice writeup. Pics are great. Doesn't seem much different than a normal GM torque converter install overall. How long did it take? I'm allotting an entire weekend and a case of beer, you never know...
01-27-2007, 06:26 AM #9
You will need to tune when you get a new stall... I forget the exacts, but the aftermarket ones are bigger and have more rotating mass so mine was stalling at low RPMS (Might not be the exact reason, it was a thread awhile back). But I had to have my idle speed riased up
01-27-2007, 06:07 PM #10
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