While cruising it doesn't seem to shift as late as the 4r70w. The truck is pretty responsive without forcing a downshift. No paddle shifter.
I haven't messed with manually shifting my truck yet. I have a sct canned tune on it. I reset all my adaptive trans settings after changing filter and fixing the wiring harness leak problem. Noticed a strange 1-2 shift after that, but it finally went away after a few hundred miles.
I think you're on the right track with manual swap. This trans communicates data over a network so it must have a tcm of sorts inside that reports shifter position, tft, and powering shift solenoids. This makes it very hard to swap into something older, imo.
Pros: it's a 6 speed, adaptive strategy, possible better ratios? (Feels good anyway, maybe it's the 3v)
Cons: no dipstick, harness leak problem, requires Mercon Lv fluid, CAN network connected
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