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Old 04-04-2012, 02:53 PM
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input needed on 4l80 builder for high hp application

Hi folks, so I'm in the design and planning stages for my build. Basically, I'm looking at a ls 408 twin turbo build that should net about 800 rwhp on pump gas, upwards of 1000+ on race gas, and I'm looking for input on my trans choices. I'm heavily leaning towards a 4l80 with paddle shift. It will primarily see street duty with maybe 4-8 track trips a year. I've been looking at phoenix, mad dog, jakes, and bowtie overdrives, but I wanted to see if anyone had any real world experience with these builders or any other shops you would recommend. This will be a weekend warrior, not a daily driver, but I still want something as reliable as possible. Any input is appreciated. Thanks

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This is like my dream build! Best of luck good choice on motor and trans!
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I am using a 4L80E in my build also, and I think you are choosing the best automatic, high horsepower transmission there is for performance and mileage in a Chevy.

Are you going to build it yourself, or buy it from a Builder? What is the rest of the build? Rear Axle? Suspension?
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I'm leaning toward a strange s60 rear with 411 gears, ride tech tubular control arms with adjustable coil overs
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4l80 trans

Second that choice , what about gearstar transmission! they build for high performance , in the range you are talking about
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GearStar is a little too draining on the Wallet.

I'd go with:
Jake >> http://www.jakesperformance.com/4L80E.html
Lonnie >> http://www.extremeautomatics.com/tra...ons/4l80e.html
Chris >> http://www.ckperformance.com/resourc...0ECATALOG.html
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I second this, as I am using a Jake's 4L80E (Stage 3)they know their stuff-
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Jake Lonnie and Chris are top notch guys;

Id also throw 2 more names in the mix:
RPM Transmissions in Indiana (http://www.rpmtransmissions.com/projects.html ), they're doing some killer transmissions these days and getting a lot of magazine pub. I believe they still have the fastest 4L60e around.
Id also mention Chuck at FinishLine Trans in Illinois (http://www.finishlinetrans.com/ ).

You wont go wrong with any of these guys, I think it really depends on how long you want to wait to get a unit, and how much money you want to give to the UPS man

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Great input guys, thanks. I'm going to have to check some of these out. I looked at the gearstar unit and it looks top notch for sure, but 8600 is a serious dent in the wallet. I'm trying to educate myself as I go, so that when I'm ready to pull the trigger I'm confident I'm making the right choice. I foresee a lot of conversations with vendors in the near future.
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