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I wish my truck could do that :(
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I wish my truck could do that :(
I think it has something to do with that squealing belt noise and the black smoke it blows.


I think i would have a hard time doing that on wet pavement.
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If you want a complete bolt in kit, I can help you. Parts arent cheap, but the results are fantastic!
so what exactly in this kit, and what does it do? i am interested.
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so what exactly in this kit, and what does it do? i am interested.
The Stage 3 Kit includes:

A completely rebuilt valve body,seperater plate, and gaskets(to ford's specs) with all new solenoids(shift and epc) that gets worked to your specifications(how you want it to shift).

Upgraded intermediate servo, servo cover, servo spring, and o-ring seal.

Band adjusting nuts.

Transmission pan gasket and filter.

Transmission fluid additive.

Full step-by-step instructions with torque specs.
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so how difficult to install? i'm reasonably mechanicly inclined, but i don't want to be elbow deep into ATF, so-to-speak! i do have some good transmision shops locally, including a friend at one.

the 5r55e is an electronic controlled adaptive shift trans no? how will the computer get along with this setup, and how much fine tuning could be done with a tuner.

what is the price for the setup (PM me if you would prefer to not publicly disclose this info), and will you ship to canada?
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so how difficult to install? i'm reasonably mechanicly inclined, but i don't want to be elbow deep into ATF, so-to-speak! i do have some good transmision shops locally, including a friend at one.

the 5r55e is an electronic controlled adaptive shift trans no? how will the computer get along with this setup, and how much fine tuning could be done with a tuner.

what is the price for the setup (PM me if you would prefer to not publicly disclose this info), and will you ship to canada?
the kit is an intermediate skill level job. the main tools you will need are sockets(metric), snap ring pliers, an in/lb torque wrench, and some patience.

the 5r is adaptive, the ecm is a little slow to learn the kit, but from the get-go, the shifts are 100 percent better. It can be adjusted via tuner software, but there really isnt much need to do so.

The kits are now 795(were 650, but everything went waaay up in price on me) plus 300 refundable core charge for the valve body. I can and will ship to Canada.

Thanks for the inquiry!
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Nick is that your truck in video? Man that is one bad *** truck.


What does a tranny upgrade like this cost?

EDIT: read the post above. You said about $800?
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Nick is that your truck in video? Man that is one bad *** truck.


What does a tranny upgrade like this cost?

EDIT: read the post above. You said about $800?
plus a refundable 300 core charge. you HAVE to send your valve body back to me in the original packaging.
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The kits are now 795(were 650, but everything went waaay up in price on me)

actually the price isn't bad considering we're talking about a not-so-common electronic trans.

anyways, you said shifts as specified, how firm or how soft can it be setup to shift. that said TH350 had a stage II shift kit in it and would chirp 1-2 and 2-3 without trying. i don't want quite that firm.

you anticipate good longevity from this setup? no issues right? i don't want reliability issues from my DD. (EDIT: you said you have over 100,000 miles on yours with far more abuse that i would likely ever dish out!)

is a tuner required?

i am not ready for this setup yet, but you can expect to hear from me a little down the road, especially if the canadian dollar improves.
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actually the price isn't bad considering we're talking about a not-so-common electronic trans.

anyways, you said shifts as specified, how firm or how soft can it be setup to shift. that said TH350 had a stage II shift kit in it and would chirp 1-2 and 2-3 without trying. i don't want quite that firm.

you anticipate good longevity from this setup? no issues right? i don't want reliability issues from my DD. (EDIT: you said you have over 100,000 miles on yours with far more abuse that i would likely ever dish out!)

is a tuner required?

i am not ready for this setup yet, but you can expect to hear from me a little down the road, especially if the canadian dollar improves.

The reason I call it a stage 3 kit is:

I can sell a direct replacement valve body with all new solenoids and such to correct pressure losses due to warn parts in your valve body. This is called a stage 1 kit.

Stage two is a stage one with a few modifications to the valve body for firmer shifts, but does not perform as well as the stage 3.

The stage 3 is the most complete kit you can buy for the money. I can make it shift slightly firmer than factory and eliminate any delays in up or down shifts. I can also make your truck bark 4th gear(if desired).

My girlfriends sport trac was having transmission issues, so she decided she wanted it to shift hard.... After I went through her transmission, she was complaining of bad gas mileage and said that her truck was doing funny things... well... i just so happened to catch her driving it one night and I then saw why her truck was making "funny" noises... Every time she took off from a red light, her foot was to the floor... barking every gear and just beating the crap out of her truck!!! She actually damaged the crush sleeve in the differential from snatching it around so much..... Needless to say, her transmission has been detuned to a stage 1 now...


There is no need for a programmer, your factory tune will adapt to the changes.
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oh boy that's just what i need, start tearing things up because the truck all the sudden got "fun to drive".

thank you very much for all the info!
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Nick great explaination on how much you can tune this... I cannot wait to get my money together over the next two weeks and get things lined up for this. I won't be back until April, so I don't see the need to order it tight now. I will continue to keep in touch with questions and such.

How much lead time do you need and do you know what the price of a new stock valve body is?
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Nick great explaination on how much you can tune this... I cannot wait to get my money together over the next two weeks and get things lined up for this. I won't be back until April, so I don't see the need to order it tight now. I will continue to keep in touch with questions and such.

How much lead time do you need and do you know what the price of a new stock valve body is?
it takes me about 3-5 days to get the kit ready to ship.

The only way you can buy a valve body via ford is remanufactured. Retail is a little over 700 for a reman. Edit: And they charge a 400 core charge(I think)

This is a ford factory spec valve body that you will be receiving from me. I dont use cheap junk on my stuff and I wouldnt want to sell it to my customers.
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Rgr I was just wondering if I could just buy a used valve body and send it to you while i am gone... That way when i ge thome the parts are done and everything... but i will just wait and pull mine when i get home to send off....
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Rgr I was just wondering if I could just buy a used valve body and send it to you while i am gone... That way when i ge thome the parts are done and everything... but i will just wait and pull mine when i get home to send off....
I will ship a kit without a core, I just have to refund you your 300 bucks when i get your old vb. The way I normally do the core is a separate payment(usually paypal) and then i just refund the 300 back to you so there arent any paypal fees involved. Just so you know
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The reason I call it a stage 3 kit is:

I can sell a direct replacement valve body with all new solenoids and such to correct pressure losses due to warn parts in your valve body. This is called a stage 1 kit.

Stage two is a stage one with a few modifications to the valve body for firmer shifts, but does not perform as well as the stage 3.

The stage 3 is the most complete kit you can buy for the money. I can make it shift slightly firmer than factory and eliminate any delays in up or down shifts. I can also make your truck bark 4th gear(if desired).

My girlfriends sport trac was having transmission issues, so she decided she wanted it to shift hard.... After I went through her transmission, she was complaining of bad gas mileage and said that her truck was doing funny things... well... i just so happened to catch her driving it one night and I then saw why her truck was making "funny" noises... Every time she took off from a red light, her foot was to the floor... barking every gear and just beating the crap out of her truck!!! She actually damaged the crush sleeve in the differential from snatching it around so much..... Needless to say, her transmission has been detuned to a stage 1 now...


There is no need for a programmer, your factory tune will adapt to the changes.
so a stage 1 is for leadfoots then?

cuz i would have thought that a stage 3 is for the leadfoots....

im VERY intersted...ill have to wait till summer though, but im likin this...and well, ur video was pretty badass too lol
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so a stage 1 is for leadfoots then?

cuz i would have thought that a stage 3 is for the leadfoots....

im VERY intersted...ill have to wait till summer though, but im likin this...and well, ur video was pretty badass too lol
Stage 3 is the highest performance kit.
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i think he means on account of your significant other wrecking parts because of the severity of the shift you had setup with stage 3.

that being said, with the stage 3, he can change the firmness of the shift, i would suspect to a point where the vulnerable parts of the drivetrain have a better survival rate under constant "spirited driving".
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haha wow that is pretty damn sweet man!!!
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