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How about just getting a valve Body. IIRC, BTS sells them for $225.
 

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Get a valve body and a good custom chip that will tune for your tranny and ditch the super chips junk.

Half your problem is the super chips dont adjust worth a crap for your tranny shift points and a good custom tuned chip would.

Also you can make your own TC Lockup switch for about $10
 

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The inline pressure kit for 50.00 sounds a lot better than the valve body kit for 225.00

One day when I can afford a custom chip I will get one. I am trying to do as much as I can with lil money as possible that I don't have lol.

How do you make the lockup switch for $10.00?
 

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I would save your money and just do it right the 1st time then to just try and piece it together cheap.

for the TC lockup switch get a DPDT switch and some wire and just find the wire on the harness on the drivers side finder that controls the TC lockup and run it into the cab through the switch and back out. I for get witch wire it is on the harness do some searching on here and you can find it.

Here is the diagram for the switch though.

 

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The inline pressure kit for 50.00 sounds a lot better than the valve body kit for 225.00

One day when I can afford a custom chip I will get one. I am trying to do as much as I can with lil money as possible that I don't have lol.
Only if the question is "Which one do you pay less for NOW?". When I got mine, I had to only install it. I don't have to be sure that the measurements for the rest of the VB were within spec. Best of all, when my trans blew because of the diode, I got credit towards the trans. The VB is not a kit. They basically take a VB core, go thru the thing and make sure that everything is within spec. The BTS version has a plate where you can change the shift by making the hole larger at certain parts. In the kit you are talking about, you are responsible for everything. In my experience, things are cheaper for a reason and it usually doesn't involve someone being a nice guy. I bought Trick Flow heads instead of AFR heads because they were cheaper. Price sounded good too. 2 weeks after install, they sent me a set of guideplates because there was some issue they discovered. 2 yrs later, all the valves on the pass side were wobbling around and one had broken their spring and destroyed the piston. Was it cheaper?

DP-Tuner will load 1 tune onto your PCM for about $75 so you can try it if you want.
 

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I would save your money and just do it right the 1st time then to just try and piece it together cheap.

for the TC lockup switch get a DPDT switch and some wire and just find the wire on the harness on the drivers side finder that controls the TC lockup and run it into the cab through the switch and back out. I for get witch wire it is on the harness do some searching on here and you can find it.

Here is the diagram for the switch though.


Why not just get it programmed in the PCM to lower the lockup speed?
 

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I had the Banks Trans command and my tranny took a dump at <50K miles. I would go with upgraded hardware (TC, Valve body etc.) over electronic (band aid) fixes any day.

Relying on electronics to fix your tranny will just raise the cost to fix it right when it goes.
 

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I'll start saving for the BTS since it sounds like the best way to go then start saving for a custom chip. I do appreciate the input and advice so I do things right the first time and save money and not have to worry about things going bad a little while later and causing more grief and money later on. Thanks guys.
 

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Why not just get it programmed in the PCM to lower the lockup speed?
Because why not lock it when you want it to lock and not have to relay on the tuning :poke:
 

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Because why not lock it when you want it to lock and not have to relay on the tuning :poke:
I realize that but what is the advantage? Is the tuning that bad where you have definite advantages doing it or is it just a "I can do it" thing? :confused:
 

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I realize that but what is the advantage? Is the tuning that bad where you have definite advantages doing it or is it just a "I can do it" thing? :confused:
Well back when I had my auto with the DP Tuner it was a both.

The tuning didn't lock where I wanted it to in some settings while doing some things. But it would be fine and I didn't need it in other situations. Its nice to have the power to do it and not have to relay on the tuning. Why pay all the money for more settings and tuning if you don't need to.

But I have a manual now and don't have to worry about it.
 

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I realize that but what is the advantage? Is the tuning that bad where you have definite advantages doing it or is it just a "I can do it" thing? :confused:
Tuning cannot cover EVERY situation... There's only so much they can do... And not everyone cares to have 16 different positions to lock up their TC at various speeds...
 

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or you could always mod your valve body with a trans go shift kit from racer x for $50
How good are these shifts kits? I remember I had one in my 88 ranger and it would slam gears hard and fast and felt pretty cool and the response was a lot better than stock.

So maybe BTS VB 225.00 plus shift kit 50.00 = 275.00 would be a good combo to have then add the TC lock-up and be set for now.
 

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Tuning cannot cover EVERY situation... There's only so much they can do... And not everyone cares to have 16 different positions to lock up their TC at various speeds...
I agree but if it covers most of the situations, is it worth it for those few situations where the tuning will not cover it? If my tuning covers say 99%, is it worth it for that 1%? OTOH, if tuning only covers about 50%, it might be worth the hassle of having to lock it and unlock it and set it up.
 

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How good are these shifts kits? I remember I had one in my 88 ranger and it would slam gears hard and fast and felt pretty cool and the response was a lot better than stock.

So maybe BTS VB 225.00 plus shift kit 50.00 = 275.00 would be a good combo to have then add the TC lock-up and be set for now.
A BTS VB will be your shift kit so no, just $225. My BTS VB was good till the diode locked up. Common issue for 01s. BTS gave me full credit towards a new trans although that VB was sitting in burnt, superheated, debris laden fluid.
 

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How good are these shifts kits? I remember I had one in my 88 ranger and it would slam gears hard and fast and felt pretty cool and the response was a lot better than stock.

So maybe BTS VB 225.00 plus shift kit 50.00 = 275.00 would be a good combo to have then add the TC lock-up and be set for now.
the shift kit I have is smooth less.


Also the bts valve body is a shift kit.... just modded by the guys at bts, so it would be dumb to do the shift kit
 
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