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From: Glendale, AZ...soon Orange County, CA
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posted 10-02-2003 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What kind of things can I do to make the AOD a little stronger and more reliable in a 3200-3700 lb vehicle with a mild 302? Figured I'd ask here, since so many of the Fox body cars came with AOD's.

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posted 10-02-2003 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gary see if this helps any.

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posted 10-22-2003 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BorgMoose7of9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Transgo AOD HP shift kit, set on kill, Mechanical Diode kit, 2-inch AODE kevlar OD band, billet A+ O/D servo, Direct clutch upgrade from 5 to 7 discs with Alto Red Eagle frictions and Kolene steels, Intermediate disc upgrade from 3 to 4 discs with Alto Red Eagle frictions and Kolene steels with 4R70W intermediate pressure plate, new sunshell, hardened 3-4 input shaft, 4x4 tranny pan, Red Eagle frictions and Kolene steels in both reverse and low gear clutch packs, all new seals and bushings, and new needle bearings, and also has a B&M Holeshot 2400 rpm non-locking convertor(4000 miles also).
I am probably forgetting something.....

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posted 01-09-2004 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ3747   Click Here to Email Russ3747     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BorgMoose7of9, How much did that cost? how does the car drive now? what gears are you running? will it shift well into OD at WOT over 5000 RPMs? is this your daily driver?

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posted 01-10-2004 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make certain to sand blast the Kolene steels before use in a high performance application.
If not, you see some unwanted slippage.

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From: Aloha, Oregon, 97006
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posted 01-18-2004 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BorgMoose7of9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, I hardly ever check this

The AOD? I have around $1500 in parts, including convertor and fluid. I was running 4.11 gears in a 5000 lbs. van. Gear rpm drops were uniform, 1-2 and 2-3 were exact, and the 3-4 shift was a couple of hundred rpm below that. It would shift into OD after 5000 rpm, and it was a nice, crisp shift, but nothing that would snap the driveshaft. I towed with it few times, no problems, but I did go through 4 valve bodies trying to get something to work right. If I had the extra $430(shipping included in price), I would have purchased a Lentech valve body and been done with it. The AOD valve bodies are garbage, and it is difficult to get them to work right. Get the Baumann shift kit, I am not sure I like the Transgo HP kit too well(may be more the valve body problems than shift kit).

How does it drive? The 1-2 shift at full throttle shook the whole van, and the 2-3 shift was just about as hard. However, it shifted nice at part throttle, also, so it would not be annoying to drive all the time.

What would I do differently? Well, for a heavy vehicle, I would do the 4R70W low gear kit ($600 from Ford), and if this is installed in a lighter car, I would just use stock clutch discs and steels in the low and reverse clutch baskets. I wanted it to be indestructible for towing, however, and went all out.

Honestly, If I had a mustang, and knew how to drive a 5-speed, I would just get a Tremec TR 3550 or TKO, as the money will add up for the Auto trannies....Companies like Baumann and others are now trying to kill off the AOD's in favor of the more $$$ AODE's......Most AODE's are starting off at around $3500, and how many TKO's can you buy with that?

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