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Bluemustang
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From: Nashville,Tn
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 05-04-2001 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluemustang   Click Here to Email Bluemustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you really need a kickdown cable, what is the disavantage and avantage of having one?

Can anyone help.

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 05-04-2001 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, you don't. It just makes passing easier. I left my passing gear rod off on my Mustang. When I want to downshift, it's just as easy to pull it into second.

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68F100
Gearhead

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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 05-05-2001 02:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This may sound stupid, but when I did the swap from 240 I6 to 302 in my 68 F-100, the kickdown linkage didn't line up, so I left it off. My buddy who helped me do the swap said I would just have to pull it down to 2nd manually. I babied it for awhile after the swap, so I didn't need the "passing gear", but when I started driving it "normal" I noticed that it still would kick down without pulling it down into 2nd. I understood that without the kickdown linkage, it wouldn't do this, but it does.

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74merc
Gearhead

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From: Demopolis AL
Registered: Jun 99

posted 05-05-2001 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you still have a vacuum modulator to control shift points, it just doesn't work as well as the kickdown.
you have to be very early into gear to downshift that way...

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IIblue74
Gearhead

Posts: 163
From: memphis,tn
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 05-05-2001 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIblue74   Click Here to Email IIblue74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My transmission guy says yes you do need it because it regulates the pressure in the valve body. When you floor it you open a passage and increase line pressure to the clutches. To make the valve body work manually you have to wire the kickdown in the passing position or pin the valve in place. I burned up a c-4 in less than 6 mo. behind a 351w by not having one so I belive now. Yes they will operate without a kickdown and yes it is there for a reason. After all, are we gonna argue with uncle Henry? Just my .02c though

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74merc
Gearhead

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From: Demopolis AL
Registered: Jun 99

posted 05-05-2001 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74merc   Click Here to Email 74merc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
never heard of that from a C4, but I've never run one without a kickdown lever before...

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