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Who's Torque Converter would you buy?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Mudbug1979, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. Mudbug1979

    Mudbug1979 1/2 ton status

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    I'm replacing my tranny and I'm needing to put in a new TQ converter. I have talked with B&M and TCI, but I'm kinda leaning towards the TCI (which has a stall of 13-1500). Is there anyone else who makes a converter with that kinda stall that's dependable. I have no problems paying the 220.00 for the TCI, but I would like to consider all of my options ya know. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Is it really worth spending the extra $$$$$ for a upgraded Converter and still having a stock tranny and a pretty much stock motor? Transmissions are not my department and I'll buy what ever is going to be the best for what I need and is the best reasonable price, but if a stock converter is worth staying with then that's fine with me also. I have a buddy that has a (Vette) converter and I think his stall is around 1600. Would that benefit me in any way or no?
     
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    I purchased a TCI towing convertor with 1100-1300 stall...
    in my black k5 a couple years ago...

    On the 90th day of the warrantee...the convertor took a crap.
    After 2 years of fighting with TCI and Summit...I finally got a refund.

    My trans man...got me the same stall speed convertor..for $50..
    from Cleveland convertor..it actually shifts better..

    Unless your looking for a stall speed of 1800-2500...
    Save the money...just get a stock convertor.
     
  5. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Almost all converters are rebuilds anyway...if your current one worked how you wanted it to, you can probably have it rebuilt.

    I had a "rare" factory converter rebuilt, cost me the same amount of money as a non-rare converter.

    Just an option. May not save you any money over buying anything else, but at least you know what you are getting stall-wise.
     
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    Where to get one?

    Where would be the best place to get a stock converter? Advance Auto, Autozone, place's like that?
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    When you say you're "replacing my tranny" is it a reman, being rebuilt or used? If reman or rebuilt I would suggest price shopping the converter from the same source. By having both warrantied with the same individual or company you might avoid the blame game in the event of future failure.
     
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    I've always had pretty good luck with the B&M torque converters. But's that's always been in the street rods.
     
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    I'm getting a tranny from a guy here on CK5 so I am going to have to buy a new converter.
     
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    What ever you end up doing make sure you drive it hard under the warranty period. I made the mistake of getting my torque converter rebuilt early in my frame off and by the time I got her running,soon after the tc self destructed out of warranty. I had to drop another $400 for a new one. Mine is double lined and kevlar. It casts more, but well worth it if you have big tires and are going to be doing some towing. Good luck.
     

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