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Old 09-14-2009, 12:45 AM
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T-350 what shift kit?

Well I have an 83 monte carlo with a sbc&a 350 turbo tranny,I'm making about 330-350 hp.Its a non posi I'm gonna put a diffrent rearend in before long but what shift kit should I put in for now&are they hard to install?

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Old 09-14-2009, 02:47 AM
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It'll be fun for 10 minutes. After that it'll just be a PITA and you'll want it out of there. Jerking your head back on every shift gets a little tedious after a while.
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Oh CA-CA TECH INSPECT! What are you running, a slushbox C-4 grandpa?

From my experiance the B&M shift improver kit gives good bang for the bucks. It has 3 install modes, street/strip, RV/towing, and off road.
The street/strip will bark the tire on open spool and both with a gear change.
The TH350 responds great with this mod. and it seems like the kit was desinged fot it. I've put it in several TH's behind SBC's and 455 pontiacs.
Shifting manualy and at WOT it shifts like it has it's own little motor (pow) but left in drive, is mild but firm. At the track, it will drop your ET a couple of tenths.
The kit comes with a valve body seperator plate, gaskets, filter, and instructions for check ball re-instal. You have to pay close attn. when putting the check balls back in because it's easy to mix it up while looking up at the tranny and back and forth at the install diagram. be sure to get some vaseline to hold check balls in place untill you get the seperator plate back on.
It's a good idea to let the tranny "sit and drip" for awhile after you get the valve body off so you don't have to work from underneath with fluid dripping
in your face. Cost today is under 30 bucks for the kit at AZ. You can use any trans fluid you want. Make sure your U-joints are in good shape while your under there.
The best tip I can give you is try and protect the instructions from your dirty hands coated with fluid, their easy to mess up. I have cut the instructions into page size and put them in big clear freezer bags to keep them clean. Keep the instructions after so if you should ever need to replace
the tranny, you can remove the seperator plate and re-install it in the new tranny without having to buy another. I have done this before with no problem. Take your time and double check your work and you should enjoy it.
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I'm not your grandpa, but if I were, I'd drag your *** out behind the woodshed and teach you how to respect your elders.
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Sorry, thought you had a better sense of humor! BTW, I have 5 grandkids and 1 on the way and don't think you'd teach me much LOL.
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Sorry, thought you had a better sense of humor! BTW, I have 5 grandkids and 1 on the way and don't think you'd teach me much LOL.
My apologies. You came across like a snotty-nosed youngun and that will raise my ire immediately.

You are correct of course concerning the improvement in drag strip performance. I was just letting those who have never used a kit on the street know that it can get old in a hurry, tweaking your head back on every shift. To me, it takes the pleasure out of driving the car and is too irritating to tolerate.
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[QUOTE=techinspector1]My apologies. You came across like a snotty-nosed youngun and that will raise my ire immediately.

Yeah I figured that. I haven't figured how to put my age (59) on my sig. yet.
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Tips here for Modifying Sep plate etc.. for Shift firmness. >> http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/th35...ch-145361.html
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It allready jerks really hard everytime I shift I don't know if my grandpa put a kit in for sure when they rebuilt the tranny or not
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I assume that being you haven't asked him yet is he's passed on, right? If it's already jerking your head back I would say it's been done. If your dieing to know, why not take it to a tranny shop and have them take it for a test drive? They'll be able to tell if it's been messed with.
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