I agree 100% drivetrain is my biggest concernI do not know much on the Automatic side of Transmissions. Money permitting, I would look at upgrading past stock so that in the end you have more in the trans than what the car will max out at. This should prevent a need to upgrade again in the future. I am sure this is also the line of thought that you were already working with though.
I am a staunch believer in the foundation of the vehicle takes precedence over HP or "Pretty" because without the foundation, you break things
I would have a shop do the rebuild for sure i'm not skilled enough to do one myself. And I've never owned a manual car but have the understanding of how to drive manualI have to agree with iccarus, you really only want to change a transmission once.
Did you consider a manual trans swap?
I think you also need an advanced skill level for a full rebuild or upgrade (which you may have).
I've done shift kits and they aren't a big deal (in fact I believe the lack of a shift kit is what kills the trans),
But the full rebuild is one of those things that if you mess it up it could cost you dearly.
A paid rebuild with upgrades is going to be very expensive.I would have a shop do the rebuild for sure i'm not skilled enough to do one myself. And I've never owned a manual car but have the understanding of how to drive manual
When I was shopping for a new truck trans I looked into them, I agree, a lot of customer service/warranty issues.http://lentechautomatics.com/products/ I've driven one of their AOD's in a friend's '86 Mustang LX 5.0 putting down 300+ RWHP. I liked it, a lot.
The best advice I can give is don't order a damned thing from Monster Transmissions. Their quality sucks, their warranty is bull, and their customer service is a joke.
You can read about my experience with their transmission here:
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5335821607&icep_item=222041986351 Yay! More crap on the way to sit around and collect dust while I do nothing with the car! :rlaugh: Dad said someone rang the doorbell and asked if it was for sale and he told them...stangnet.com
While I've always known Freddy brown had a good reputation, didn't know the pricing.If you decide to build a aod - Freddy brown in Long Island NY is the aod guy . There’s a reason his stuff has been 8s in multiple cars and stays together .
Next would be lentech if you’re stuck on an aod .
I have a FB unit in my car . Good for 1200 hp.
Yup . My unit with the aftermarket bell , brake and upgrades was close to 4600 new .While I've always known Freddy brown had a good reputation, didn't know the pricing.
So for curiosity's sake I took a look.
At a glance seems like you can get a decent trans at a good price, but man if you start checking boxes for upgrades or additions and you can take 2 grand and easily turn it into 5 grand.