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shift kits, stage 1 or stage 2???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by muddysub, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    ok my best friend has a stage 2 in his 79 jimmy. its got 40s on it and its his daily driver. he doesnt really like it he wishes he'd gone with a stage 1. but im thinking in my suburban which is considerably heavier it wont be as bad. but it'll have 4.56s in it soon, to wake it up a lot over the 4.10s in it now.. but do you guys think a stage 2 shift kit will be too much in my suburban?
     
  2. bigblock44k5

    bigblock44k5 1/2 ton status

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    Either way you will probably be chirping the tires with the 4.56's. I am assuming this is your daily driver, therefore the stage 2 may get a little annoying after the "$^%# this is cool!!!" phase wears off. Id go with the 1.
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I'd go stage 2.

    You're going to want a bigger gear jump than 4.10-4.56. That isn't exactly a big jump at all.
     
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    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    Is there anyway to tell if you have a shift kit in there??
    Mine shifts pretty firm.
     
  5. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    so one vote for stage 1 and one for stage 2.... keep em coming! the fate of my th400 lies in your hands!
     
  6. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    go with the stage 2 you can adjust the way it shifts by adjusting the screw in the modulator
     
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    Z3PR Banned

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    I'd go stage 2. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
  8. 4xcrazy

    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    Stage one, keep it modest and driver friendly. It WILL get annoying after some time if the shifts are too hard.


    /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif"IMO" /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  9. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'd vote for a stage one for you..
    I put a stage 2 in my k5's th350.. it chirps 2nd gear most of the time.. spills my coffe in the morning. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif I have gotten it to chirp 3rd maybe 4 or 5 times over the last year.
    It really shifts pretty damn hard.. almost harsh shifts.. i cringe sometimes and wonder when the tranny is going to break on one of the upshifts. lol.. in the rain you gotta watch out and make sure you're not in a corner when it does the 1-2 shift. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
    other than that, its pretty cool when people are amazed with a big truck on 35's or 38's chirping 2nd. "Man that truck must have some serious power!" /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    83ZZ502_Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    jtl_77 Registered Member

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    what brand , type shift kit?

    I'm looking to put one in my th350 also. I am looking at the B&M but don't know if I should get the transpak or the shift improver kit.
     
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    bigblock44k5 1/2 ton status

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    Good cal RYAN B. I forgot all about the rain issue. Going around a corner in the rain with a posi or locker really sucks when the tranny shifts. Even if it is a small corner with hardly any gas you better be prepared. Also, the stage 1 will be more forgiving to the rest of your drivetrain.
     
  13. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    just the B&M one you can buy at pep boys/autozone/checkers... etc.

    and i know about rain (lol trust me) ive driven on 36" TSLs and a detroit locker for a few years now.
     
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    You could just go with the shift improver kit. cheaper and easier to install, and still works great. Then you have a choise between street/strip or rv/heavy duty.
     
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    do the kits come with install instructions?
     
  16. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    do the kits come with install instructions?

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    yes they do
     

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