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Old 08-22-2003, 02:02 PM
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manual valve body

I have a chevy 4x4 truck with 4speed automatic. I have been kicking the idea of convering it to a manual tranny for a while now, I cant stand not shifting on my own. But just yesterday I saw something about installing a manual valve body onto the tranny and you can do all the shifting manually minus the clutch. Can someone explain what that's all about and how it works? Would I be shifting manually through all the gears and doing all the downshifts too? Would you recommend this if so who covers that aftermarket? Any info would be cool.

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Yup, a manual valve body will make you do all the shifting yourself. Check with B&M, they should have a kit for you. Do you have a "ratchet" type shifter already? If not, get one at the same time you get the shift kit.
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Right now I have the funky column shifter i guess it would be a fair assumpiton than I would have to cut my floor inorder to instal this is the installation of a ratchet shifter difficult? I looked at tci transmissons and they offer the auto/manual valve bodie and the full manual valve body. According to alot of people on the net a transmission cooler is in order once I start to use either of these two. I like the full manual valve body more because you do both upshifting and downshifting. Question is would this be creating excessive wear on my tranny shortening its life? Would this be ok for everyday street use? Sorry for all the dumb questions but you folks are the only people I know to ask!
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B&M is not an option.
TCI is alright, I run a Turbo Action in my th400, TransGo offers kits that have a stick shift option, which is their name for a manual valve body.
It would be easier to buy a complete valve body if you have little experience working on transmissions, they usually come with complete instructions.
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