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jvmagic

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DIY shift kit installation?
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:44:29 PM »
Hi,

I enjoy the smooth shifts in my 79' TA w/ TH350 tranny but even at my age I'd like to get a chirp going into 2nd every so often.

I've done everything but rebuild an engine over the years.  Wondering if this is something I can tackle.
Thinking of a TransGo shift kit.

SP Steve

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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 06:50:07 PM »
Hi,

I enjoy the smooth shifts in my 79' TA w/ TH350 tranny but even at my age I'd like to get a chirp going into 2nd every so often.

I've done everything but rebuild an engine over the years.  Wondering if this is something I can tackle.
Thinking of a TransGo shift kit.

I put a TransGo shift kit in the TH400 in my Formula.  I put together two videos showing how I did my install, I know the transmissions are different but it might give you an idea of what to expect.  Here's links to the videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGwkSzySAew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9AFsinAxeY
 

80Pacer

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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 12:18:32 AM »
I've done several for th350s. Just take lots of pics as you go and keep track of which bolts go where. The little balls might fall out so be ready for that. Use heavy grease to keep them up where they go. I put a big piece of cardboard, doubled up, under the car when I'm working to prevent damaging anything that falls unexpectedly. You might want to drill the pan for a drain plug while you are there to make future fluid changes much easier and less messy. Or get a deeper pan for some extra fluid capacity. Have fun!

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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 07:12:08 AM »
Good advice in this thread.  If I may, I started years ago letting the RTV set up 24 hours before I put transmission fluid back in.  They have not leaked for me if I let it dry.
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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 10:15:26 AM »
My 77 W72 chirps the tires going into 2nd and has since the day it was new.  Stock THM350.
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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
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sCI

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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 07:47:30 PM »
Where's the "switch over to a stick shift" option?
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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2018, 04:27:28 AM »
I put a B & M shift improver kit  in my th 350 and found the job very simple . it tightend up the shifts nice and chirps when you raise the rpms a bit .I run a 79 with a 403

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Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2018, 03:20:27 PM »
I put a B & M shift improver kit  in my th 350 and found the job very simple . it tightend up the shifts nice and chirps when you raise the rpms a bit .I run a 79 with a 403

Was this done in your driveway and the car on jack stands?  It seems like it may be something I'd try being that all responses support this.

Re: DIY shift kit installation?
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2018, 03:20:27 PM »
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