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Shift kit for automatic tranny

im pretty sure its been mentioned on here and i cant seem to find anything on them, but i really need one bc my tranny is shifting HARD. does anyone know where i can get one?
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I thought a shift kit usually makes a tranny shift harder/firmer?
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i thought they made one where it made it shift easier bc our transmissions cant get enough pressure to shift gears quickly or something of that nature...
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pretty much my problem is that when the truck shifts, it goes clank! real loud sometimes, and sometimes when i put it in drive i can press on the gas and it wont go for about a second or two until it goes CLANK and then it takes off...idk what the problem could be...
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The clunking is most likely a dirty slip yoke.


Shift kits decreases the time a shift takes and also changes the feel. Long shift = slipping = heat, heat kills your auto. The shift makes a shorter firmer shift increasing the life and fun factor of the trans.

I have had a shift kit in my truck for the past 60k. I will not go with out one in any auto i have in the future.
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where did u get such shift kit id be interested in this two...ive replaced my trans too many times
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PM NicksterSVT I think he can get a kit for you.
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Usually the delay is caused by a sticky solenoid internally... may want to flush the trans...
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http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/me...roduct_Count=2

On top this you will need pan gasket, filter, upper and lower separator plate gaskets.

http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/me...roduct_Count=3
http://www.bulkpart.com/Merchant2/me...roduct_Count=4

Plus you will need about 8-10 quarts of fresh Mercon V.


This is a moderate level of a mod. It requires a inch pound torque wrench, a clean work environment, and a well lighted table/work bench. If you got a friend willing to lay on their back in trans fluid this will be a lot easier. At least when it comes to reinstalling the vb.


Shoot me pm with your email addy. I can get you instruction for the vb removal.

I believe NicksterSVT has completely rebuilt vb's ready to bolt in. If your having issues with your trans this is a very good idea.
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Transgo make the kit your talking about. They are the leaders in the transmission kit at least on my chevy they are. I installed on a few months ago on a turbo 350 and it was fairly easy. They are more expensive then the regular B&M shift kit, but you will save your tranny and get better shifts, nice and smooth. In my opnion they are the best. I have used them for years on all my cars.
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I bought NicksterSVT's kit, worked great, easy to install and a full set of instructions!
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I bought NicksterSVT's kit, worked great, easy to install and a full set of instructions!
Where can I get the NicksterSVT? Does the whole tranny need to be dropped out to install this kit? Or is it an easy install?
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no you dont have to drop the trans, i did because i replaced the torque converter.

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great guy, he is a member here name is NicksterSVT
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no you dont have to drop the trans, i did because i replaced the torque converter.

email him

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great guy, he is a member here name is NicksterSVT
I sent him a PM & Email.

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Would it be ok to install a shift kit on a trans with 106 k on it. Its had a rough life and always had 31 inchers until a couple of weeks ago I stuck on some Mickey 33 inchers?? I would really love to make it shift harder and be more firm throughout the range of rpm. Does the shift kit do this?? Feedback on experience with this kit is what I am looking for? Thank You
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Well, to the first poste -- you do and don't need it.

The two main kits are by Superior and Transgo that are mostly used. Your '05 transmission doesn't need the Transgo kit because Ford already did the equivalent of that in the VB. The VB in later models (buillt after 10/2001 from what I'm told by my local Ford guy) have the kit alread in it.

Find my 5R44E transmission rebuild thread and there's information in there. I also link some other resources over on ExplorerForum about different models of transmissions and the like.

Don't arbitrarily assume a new VB will make it better therefore. It might help a 2001 for instance, but do nothing for a 2005 -- it just depends on what's in there to begin with and it's condition.

And Shaun (last poster) -- you provided no information about what trans you have or your axle gear ratios. Your overall picture is not just tire size -- give us the rest of the details as to what year you have and what gears you run.

Finally, if you have adequate overall operation, you can firm it up with a tuner which is what I did. I used and SCT tuner (an old Xcalibrator "1") with the ExtremeTune software they gave away and Fred of RoguePerformance sold me tunes with the tranny pressure adjustments unlocked. That allowed me to tune it to exactly what I wanted.

Chances are if you have a 2002 or later Ranger, that's all you need unless your reverse servo is troublesome -- that is, you have the dreaded delay going into reverse. Then you need new o-rings on your reverse servo piston most likely and improved ones come with the Superior kit.
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Sorry for not providing info

My truck is a 90 ranger Supercab with a 4.0 liter and 3.73 gears.
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I think you may have an A4LD and not a 4R44 or 5R44 then. You could probably benefit from many things on that old a truck.

The A4LD design was prone to certain failures due to pressure issues for sure -- and it's successors (4R and 5R series) carried on the traditions.

If you have the A4LD, and would like to understand it, check out these threads on the ExplorerForum:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...threadid=98027 (part 1)

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...hreadid=101571 (part 2)

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...hreadid=103666 (part 3)

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=113354 (part 4)

and finallly this which describes rebuilding an A4LD/5R55E hybrid:

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=146953

With only 3.73 gears, I would definitely regear to at least 4.10 gears by the way. Some of what your transmission feels like is probably due to the gear ratio and the high torque required on the output shaft to move the truck forward.

106K is old on one of those transmissions, but some people got "good ones" which went a long, long way. If you've changed the fluid and kept it up, it may be fine.

Sometimes a band adjustment and an infusion of fresh fluid does wonders. I adjusted my bands a while back and it helped shifting. It's a risk though if your bands are already getting thin I would think.

Good luck on it regardless of what approach you take. I know those threads I posted are a lot to wade through, but they are quite an education on the internal details, problems, and history of the A4LD and it's successors. The A4LD is itself the descendant of the C3 transmission used in the Ford Pinto if you can believe that, lol.
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so an 2006 2.3L wont have a problem with the valve body . min has the 2-3 shift flare going on
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