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I am looking for a computer to control the basic needs and nothing more. I just want something so I can add cruise control, anti-lock breaks and make the VSS I have on my 4L60 work. Anyone have any knowledge in findign something that will do the basics?

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Just about any VCM (vehicle control module) will work. The trick is going to be finding one that is not so complicated. All that use the 4L60E transmission will be limited to full size pickups, Tahoe or Suburban. All of those will have a myriad of inputs, vehicle speed, engine temp, throttle position, O2 sensor, anti lock brake sensor, anti knock sensor, the list goes on and on. I am not sure just how many of those you must have in order to get the transmission to operate properly. There are firms that make a computer specifically to use with the electronic transmission in rods without computers. Here is one example

Here is a good article on the 4L60 and 4L80 transmission that appeared in Hot Rod Magazine.

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302's got some excellent reference here. VCM's are readily available, it finding the right one for your application that is difficult. There are several mechanics out there that specialize in just that and can often tweek or set up an unit that will work with your application. Sometimes it just beats going through all the headaches and can less costly in the long run.
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I just want something so I can add cruise control, anti-lock breaks and make the VSS I have on my 4L60 work.
First, most cars with antilock brakes use a separate computer to control them. Is your trans a 4L60 or 4L60E? There's a big difference in the computer needs.
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Yes, all I have is a 4l60 but it does have an electronic VSS so I think I need a computer for that and the anti lock brakes.
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