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John Wood or BTS valve body?

I tried to search but didn't come up with much that would help, so here it is.

My father just bought another F350 7.3L, but this time its an automatic. He is going to be getting tunes from Bill at PHP, and Bill suggests that we also get a valve body for the truck since it is going to spend about 60% of the time towing a 14,000lb 5th wheel. When I asked Bill what brand of valve body he said that we couldn't go wrong with either a BTS or John Woods, but he would give a slight edge to the BTS. So I then did some searching on the site and others and have found that there is a lot of good to be said about both. And also the very little bit of bad that I was able to find about either one, their was just a hair more negative comments of the BTS. But is this because the BTS has more issues or because there are more BTS units out there, so of course with more units there are more possibility's that something could go wrong.

So which one is better or which one it better suited to heavy towing?

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Re: John Wood or BTS valve body?

Both really good, but i personally like BTS better, get a TC too
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Re: John Wood or BTS valve body?

I would say they both are good. I happen to have the JW and have been extreemly satisfied. Especially with the DPTuner helping. It shifts soooo good. I have no experience with BTS but have heard good things.

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Re: John Wood or BTS valve body?

i havent had any experience with the john woods, but i have a BTS and i love it...

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Re: John Wood or BTS valve body?

Go with the one thats closer to you or the dealer that you think will give the best customer service.

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Go with the one thats closer to you or the dealer that you think will give the best customer service.
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Both really good, but i personally like BTS better, get a TC too
I wouldn't put a fresh expensive TC with a used trans. If it breaks, you have to cut the TC apart, clean it, reweld it and rebalance it. $$$

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Re: John Wood or BTS valve body?

I've had both and I liked both, but I do prefer how the JW shifts. That's why the JW is the one I sell.

That said, I'm quite sure you will be happy with either one. If Bill is more comfortable tuning for the BTS, you might lean that way. The VB is only part of the puzzle, tuning still has the final say on how it shifts.

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