[DML] Re: stage II - Automatic?
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[DML] Re: stage II - Automatic?

Full synthetic oil will add considerable life to the automatic and 
let it run cooler. The torque converter heats the fluid quickly and 
constant heavy load will generate some very high temps (over 200F). 
The synthetic fluid will resist breakdown and burning of the 
clutches. There is so much heat generated you have the potential to 
overheat the engine since the cooling tube is before the engine.

I have experimented over the years with my automatic and observed 
others. I have run mine very hard at times, etc. and there are some 
things, in my opinion, you should and should not do.

DO - use synthetic fluid and provide some sort of additional cooling 
CLOSE to the torque converter. I use Grady's cooling fins for the 
tube - it helps some - and I put a flush-mount trans cooler on the 
outside of the frame behind the shock (you can barely see it from 
behind and looks normal - nothing ugly - it is a custom car aluminum 
type). This gave me another 1/2 to 3/4 quart of fluid and removes 
some heat BEFORE the cooling system cooling tube which I left 

DO NOT - use a trans cooler that is mounted on the front of the car. 
My observations are that this will cause the trans to fail. The pump, 
in my opinion, cannot handle the fluid movement over that distance. 
I've seen too many fail with one of those things mounted up front.

DO - disconnect the "kick-down" switch on the throttle cable spool. 
The kick down, again my opinion, causes harsh shifting and can cause 
3 to 1 downshifts and up-shifts which, in this trans, is destructive.

Harold McElraft - 3354

BTW I don't think my automatic is a slug - I'm probably quicker than 
most 5 speeds 0 to 60. (that's right!)

-- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@...> 
> I don't know if anyone has had a Stage II long enough to do any
> long-term life tests. You have to figure everything in life has
> trade-offs and compromises. It would not surprise me if a Stage II 
> harder on the stock transmission. There are steps you can take to
> maximize the life of the transmission. Change the fluid often, 
> keep the level at the right amount, do all of the external on-car
> adjustments, add another transmission cooler, and never drive on a
> defective shift computer. Cooler is always better for automatic
> transmissions. With the added power you will be pushing through the
> torque convertor (and the added heat) I think an additional oil 
> would be a big benefit. I would try to do it up front by the 
> and maybe even disconnect the one on the water pipe if longevity of
> the transmission is what you are after.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, ryan williams <rydelo81@> wrote:
> >
> > I've heard some people say that an auto trans doesn't last long 
> the added horsepower, so i've been debating on whether to do it or
> not.  As you said the stock prv in an auto is quite the slug.
> >

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