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View Poll Results: Which Is A Better Trans For My Setup?
700r4 4 36.36%
200r4 7 63.64%
4l60 0 0%
TH350/TH400 0 0%
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:47 AM
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200r4 or 700r4 for my setup?

I'm in the process of finishing my SBC 355 Rx7, The engine will make approx 330HP with 100-250+ in Spray - All Progressive and more than likely 2 stage.

The car will weigh right around 2850 with me in it, and the rear end ratio is 4.10, with the stock mazda rear I only have a choice between 3.90 or 4.10 since the original rotary was an rpm monster, so I really am going to need a 4th gear with 26" Tall Tires. My max RPM will be prolly 6000, with only 3 gears I think I'll be past 6500 before I get to the 1/4 mile.

So which is gonna be the best investment, I personally have heard good things about the 200r4, but the 700r4 or 4l60 is prolly more used. What do you guys think?

Chris

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I've heard the 2004R is more expensive to build, cause of all the hard parts to replace, but has better gear ratio's. I think they came factory in all the Buick GN's, Monte Carlo SS's and Hurst Old's of the 80's.
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first i thought the 700 was the only one made for the sbc and the 200 was for BOP's but either way i have heard the 200s are junk compared to the 700. talking stock parts now
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Either one... Depends on what you want to spend. The 200 is a little more expensive but it will get the job done.
The 1st gear spread is a little more on the 700 but any motor with some balls down low will not see it. The O.D. ratio is .67 and .70 respectively and that is a moot point also.
Talk to a few tranny shops. Get one locally if you can. Asking around at the shows and speed shops is your best bet because those guys will know who does good work.
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2004R, it's got the best gear spread and it's got overdrive. Do yourself a favor man, just buy one from Bowtie Overdrives. It comes with a warrenty and will take the power you would be throwing at it no problem. I have a 2004R in one of my Caprices, it's over built, and I went through all the trouble piecing parts together for it and paying a guy to rebuild it. In the end I spent as much as a 2004R from Bowtie Overdrives costs, and I kick myself for going through all the trouble when I could have just ordered one over the phone.
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I `am currently rebuilding and art carr 2004r for a customer, so far I have found that a NEW direct clutch drum cannot be found? so if you need to replace that in yours? your stuck with a rebuilt(turned) piece or used one! also there seems to be a lack of aftermarket parts for this model? for example if you want to expand the clutch stacks in the input drum and direct clutch drum you will have to do some machining! art carr has been cutting down the top pressure plate from stock thickness of .240 to .130, this unfortunately is a week piece and this particular 2004r shattered this piece into a dozen or so little pieces! I would like to also point out that this model is a descendant from the hydramatic 200! the 700r4 is a descendant from the TB350 and aftermarket parts a easy to find,since they have been installed in a wide variety of vehicles, there are several different steels/pressure plates/snap rings available and will beat the 2004r of the line any day!
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2004R, it's got the best gear spread and it's got overdrive. Do yourself a favor man, just buy one from Bowtie Overdrives. It comes with a warranty and will take the power you would be throwing at it no problem. I have a 2004R in one of my Caprices, it's over built, and I went through all the trouble piecing parts together for it and paying a guy to rebuild it. In the end I spent as much as a 2004R from Bowtie Overdrives costs, and I kick myself for going through all the trouble when I could have just ordered one over the phone.
agree with Ghetto Jet- especially with the weight of the vehicle- now days you can build a 2004r as cost effective as a 700r4...just look up some Grand National shops. Gearing is MUCH better for a lighter car- i think. Bowtie Overdrives is one the best out there for the avg person. have not heard a bad think about em.
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