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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Trans. Question before performing

Ok, I have read through the acticle in the TECH Section concerning the J-mod, and have read about 4 pages of misc. posts concerning the trans. updating, so I just want to make sure I'm not forgetting anything. I have the TC shudder and 1-2 shift problem that is going to be dealt with this weekend. I don't have the money to do the entire J-Mod yet, so this is the best I can do. I plan on adding a 24,000 GVW B&M Supercooler, changing the 1-2 accum. to the new one and installing ONLY the bottom spring, and changing the 2-3 accum. and leaving this spring completely out. Refill w/ Mercon V at a few quarts at a time (per directions), and see what I get. Is there anything that I forgot or could also do short of the complete J-mod? I plan on doing to 300hp mod and getting the 97 deep pan at a later date, but want to see if this trans holds up a while longer before I spend the money on it, instead of a Reinhart trans. Thanks guys.

These are highly engineered precision vehicles, the first step in diagnosing the problem is to strike the suspected offending part sharply and repeatedly with a blunt object, then re-test.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 12:46 PM
 
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Are you planning on drilling the plate while you're in there? The drill bits are less than $10.

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I had thought about it. I guess that I would also need the separator plate gaskets as well if I decide to do this, correct? I had thought about drilling these out as well, and then all that would leave me to do later is change the reverse and OD servos. Keep in mind that the only place that I can get the gasket from this soon would be the dealer, so it would depend on the price, that is the only reason I have hesitated on drilling it out while I'm in there.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 02:15 PM
 
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The gaskets for the separator plate are really cheap. When I did my jmod I replaced the reverse and OD servos, but a number of people here don't seem to think it's necessary. Reverse and OD are definitely the most challenging parts of the jmod.

My advice would be to buy the paper separator plate gaskets (I think they're something like $4 or $5 each) and the drill bits and do everything but reverse and OD and be done with it. If money is really tight just wait till you come up with the rest (gaskets and drill bits are probably $20-$25 total) and do it all at once. You'll spend about the same amount of money, if not more, buying the Mercon V twice.

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True that on the price of the Mercon V. I guess I'll have the dealer get me the 2 gaskets while I'm there getting the updated accumulators and stuff. Man, this is going to be a busy weekend. Installing a B&M cooler, 03 cobra rad. and fan, and j-mod. Looks like the bird will be a.w.o.l. for a day or so. Just hope it's worth the hassle. Where is the best place to snag the correct size drill bits for this? Lowe's, Home Depot, ???. I might as well do it once and be done, as you suggested. Besides, it can't hurt the trans. (if done correctly), so what do I have to loose?

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i had to buy the drill bits at a small, privately owned tool store b/c lowes, home depot and sears didnt carry any of the sizes i needed except one i think. but i believe others here have gotten em at lowes or home depot.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-05-2004, 03:11 PM
 
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Some people have found them at Sears. I would suggest a good hardware or tool store like Sad-Bird suggested if you need them for this weekend. I ordered mine from McMaster-Carr. Good luck!

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Ok, thanks for the info. I guess I'll hit up my local hardware store and see what I can turn up. Searching local dealers for the VB gaskets right now..

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