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Old 03-07-2008, 07:35 AM
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Shift kit or manual valve body???

I am about to get after the rebuild of my T-400 in my street rod..I am undecided on going with a shift kit or a full manual valve body..Enlighten me on this..and why either one would be better or more fun or better performance..

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RE Shift kit or manual valve body???

Hi l've always went with the B&M stage 1 shift kit, shifts hard(bang) when you got your foot in it and nice when you don't, stage 1 is with no modulater valve, so you get the same results as a clutch without the knee workout, and there cheap $56 here, the price has came down on them, 15 years ago they where double that, there really easy to install, kind of idiot proof, so that thats good for me!! TROY
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I find the Shift kit's are better for the street,
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shift kit or manual vb

A full manual valve body, is a drag, in a street driven vehicle.

Having to shift everytime you stop gets old fast.

I would recommend a Transgo shift kit, which will allow you to hold the trans in first gear as long as you want, and will also give you nice crisp automatic upshifts.
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Shifting can be a drag, but for a 4 speed fan, it's not an issue and the control is nice to have. I first tried the TransGo kit in my T-400 and had issues on the 1-2 shift, this was on a blower car, but I could never get it to shift under 3k, twice along side the local gestapo right downtown; he must have been a fan, he acted like he didn't even see me, and the blower with short run Borlas were trying so hard to get his attention! Rather than messing with reprogramming springs at the governer, I put a Hughes full manual forward valve body in, locked out the gov, used some of the parts from the TransGo kit and made some additional modifications. One thing to be aware of with a full manual valve body...it'll drop right into first if you tell it to, that'll get your attention real fast.

What you can live with is personal preference, but like Briscoe said, it can be an inconvenience if you don't like shifting.
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Thanks guys ..helps me make a decision..
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I really like my full manual valve body. I have been told it will wear a pump faster and I believe it will with all the pressure. I let off the gas when i want to shift so i wont put my head through the back window it shifts so hard.
The best benefit for me has been in the snow. I can use 3rd gear to take off from a light or stop sign and I have a lot less slip and slide unless i want it.
Another benefit is the installation, very simple.
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