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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Almost time to order a new tranny!!!

I have the cash and I am getting ready to order the tranny from Dennis R. It comes with a stock T/C. Will that be good enough to get me buy for another 6 months? Or at least I can get a P.I. T/C? To be honest I don't understand why or how the stall speed effects the cars performance! Any way, I just wanted to pick your alls brains on this issue...Eric

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Stall speed is really only important when launching on good tires. The higher the stall, the higher you can rev at the line before breaking traction, and the more horsepower you will have on the launch. With stock tires, you wont see a big difference.

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I would tell Dennis that you want one of the Marauder converters he has for sale. They are dirt cheap.

If he doesn't have them, then have him put a mark8 converter in with it with the appropriate flexplate.

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I would tell Dennis that you want one of the Marauder converters he has for sale. They are dirt cheap.

If he doesn't have them, then have him put a mark8 converter in with it with the appropriate flexplate.

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He's selling the Marauder coverters for what? 100 bucks? Flexplates for 50? Why not.

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It was said that if I have stock tires it will not do much to have a higher stall speed. Did that mean, I have to have slicks or will 245/50/16 do it. Right now I can only break lose if I really try hard. Power braking or rolling through some water. Thanks for the clerification...Eric

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Ditto JustinH's comments about Dennis's stuff. I have the stock converter in mine, and I'm happy with it, but I think now that it would have been better for me to get the Mark 8 converter and flexplate from the start. I will always wonder if I would have been happier, and I just don't want to rip into it again any time soon. With the deals he has on the Marauder converters, you'd be nuts to pass that up.

Do yourself a favor and get one of his chips, too. The transmission alone was nice enough, but the chip made it perect. This car feels like an animal now, and it's essentially stock (my sig has everything done to it).

As far as traction goes, wet or dry, I can light the tires up at will from a dead stop. Granted, mines a 97 with an open 3.27 gear, and I have 225/60/16's.

Call Dennis and tell him what you want, and how much you can afford to spend. He'll take good care of you.

Make sure you are budgeting for a new radiator and add-on cooler, too, if your current transmission is failing... I got my brand new radiator for under $200 from www.radiator.com, and the cooler was a little more than $50 from Summit. You'll need another $40-50 in Mercon V.

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I don't have the funds for a new radiator. A tranny cooler was in my budget. But I still can't find Mercron V at any of the parts stores. Thay all have mix of mercron and stuff. Thanks Eric

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Look carefully at the transmission fluid containers that say "synthetic" on the label. Some brands (possibly Valvoline) have the "Mercon V" in small print. Or, you can always get it from the Ford dealer for $3.50 or so per quart.

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I've never had that much problem tracking it down in CHula Vista at the parts depots... I know we carry it at my work.

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I don't have the funds for a new radiator. A tranny cooler was in my budget. But I still can't find Mercron V at any of the parts stores. Thay all have mix of mercron and stuff. Thanks Eric
Ok here is the deal with that. When your old tranny died, it left metal in the heat exchanger of the radiator.

You have three options here, one of them is to install a new radiator.

Number two is to bypass the heat exchanger on the radiator, and just plumb in a transmission cooler. I don't recommend this if you live in a cool weather climate.

Number three is to install an inline magnetic filter (bulkpart.com), and change it every 15k miles. It will grab the metal before it can get into your new tranny.

If you don't do one of these three, then you will have premature transmission problems.

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That totally clears that up. Thanks for the info. I had my tranny flushed about 5,000 miles ago. Would that make a differance? I plan on instaling the tranny cooler anyway.

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Dennis' built trans comes with a "modified stock" TC. Its an 11.25inch and the stall is about 2300 or so. I noticed a big difference in the stall of the transmission after putting it in. Remember he uses your old trans as the core for the next. So, you will probably have to ship your old one back.

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It could be a problem with your stock cooler that's causing your current transmission problems to begin with.

I'll vouch that Dennis will stand behind his transmissions 100%, and then some, but any shop that will install or warranty a transmission without proof that the radiator was replaced is just asking for comeback work. Some shops will flush the cooler and lines (they sell kits to do that), but a brand new $200 radiator is way cheaper than a $1600 (not counting re-install labor and down-time) transmission, in my book. I pay almost that much for car insurance each month (for 3 cars). It's probably about time for a new batch of anti-freeze, anyway, and the whole job takes less than an hour to do.

I get Mercon V for under $3 a quart at my local Ford dealer. Advance Auto used to sell Havoline Mercon V, and is currently selling a Valvoline variant, as well, "for all 96 and up Fords, meets Mercon/Dexron 3/Mercon V specs", according to the label. I still go to the Ford dealer, since the price is about the same or less anyway.

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