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This is a discussion on 01 shift feel within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; hi i have a 01 trans am ws6 a4 and it has like no shift firmness, and my friend has ...

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    hi i have a 01 trans am ws6 a4 and it has like no shift firmness, and my friend has a 98 and you can feel the
    firmness of it shifting into 2nd on his a4 under normal driving . now i heard they put spacers in the shocks in 01 and i also heard torque management was diff.
    in 2001. Is this why i have smooth shifts in my 01? i want harder shifts - will a b&m shift kit help me feel the shifts or will the computer
    still look at the torque management and shift the same even with the kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vooblew View Post
    hi i have a 01 trans am ws6 a4 and it has like no shift firmness, and my friend has a 98 and you can feel the
    firmness of it shifting into 2nd on his a4 under normal driving . now i heard they put spacers in the shocks in 01 and i also heard torque management was diff.
    in 2001. Is this why i have smooth shifts in my 01? i want harder shifts - will a b&m shift kit help me feel the shifts or will the computer
    still look at the torque management and shift the same even with the kit?
    I did a mail order tune to get firmer shifts. made a big difference and now its more fun to drive

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    i have ordered a new pcm ecm before that was programed to feel firm shifts and i could only feel it when flooring it and even then it wasnt that much of a difference, so i took it out and put my old one back in, so thats why im wondering if a shift kit would work or if i would have to do something with the shocks or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vooblew View Post
    i have ordered a new pcm ecm before that was programed to feel firm shifts and i could only feel it when flooring it and even then it wasnt that much of a difference, so i took it out and put my old one back in, so thats why im wondering if a shift kit would work or if i would have to do something with the shocks or anything.
    I did a frost mail order tune. When I did he asked to give a value 1-10 for shift firmness. I think I choose a 6 or 7 and it doesn't shift hard on a very light peddle but at half throttle or more it bangs through the gears. I love how it shifts now. Hope that helps

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    when i ordered mine they only asked if i wanted it mild, firm, or really firm and i said really firm and it didnt make much a diff. so i put my old one back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02Sweet View Post
    I did a frost mail order tune. When I did he asked to give a value 1-10 for shift firmness. I think I choose a 6 or 7 and it doesn't shift hard on a very light peddle but at half throttle or more it bangs through the gears. I love how it shifts now. Hope that helps
    +1 on the frost tune. i didnt specify so i got what he normally does and 1-2 shift is hard and the rest are nice and crisp, just what i was looking for.

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    If you want sharp shifts at light throtle and teath crakers at WOT get a shift kit, or a reworked valve body kit. If you do this it is going to be tougher on the clutch pack so if it's high miles I would wait and do a nice preformance build on it with a stall other wise it may only last a couple of WOT shifts

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