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    Hey all- I have another thread in which I'm planning a 400ish HP (at the crank) build. I'm also planning to build up a 1992 AOD. I have the core. There's a guy in Delaware that does performance rebuilds of AOD's for $750 labor. Here are the kits im considering:

    https://transmissioncenter.net/shop/...-steel-drum-2/

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    http://www.silverfoxtrans.com/kits.html#kitaod450 The 450 kit, and get a hardened input shaft

    Any other recommendations are welcome. I'm also planning on using a Silverfox valve body with this, and a new torque converter that wont balloon when spinning 5500 RPM.

    Am I overbuilding, thoughts?
    -Phil



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    I recently did mine. Silverfox SPT-R and a 2400 converter. I added the Sonnax race OD servo. I didn't add the hardened shaft. I'll be on street tires and no plans to race the car at all. The tires will slip before the shaft breaks....I hope.
    Things I did NOT like about the stock AOD:
    Chicken soup shifting. You never know what you're going to get.
    Upshifted at the worst time for my driving style, forcing downshifts and harder work for the engine.
    No real provision for controlling anything. Put it in D or OD and hope.
    Would not HOLD OD for any acceleration. I tried adjusting the TV with no real noticeable change.
    All this made sense because the car was designed to just get in and be comfortable.
    Things I like about the AOD with the Silverfox valve body:
    It shifts like a new cop car on too much coffee.
    The 1-2 is timed better without having to run it hard. If I'm at light throttle, I get a normal shift.
    The 2-3 is where it should have been.
    It holds OD so well, the car is much more pleasurable to drive.
    The switch is great for country roads. Leave the OD off, drive. Just go man...
    When I'm coming into a corner hot and braking, it's pretty damn cool to flip the switch and get the chirp of the downshift
    from the drivers side tire. Puts me in the right place to come out of the corner right in the power.
    The converter made this...perfect for me.
    I'm excited to see how it'll be with this 347. I'll be knocking on 400 hp and tq so it should be...fun.
    Good luck with your trans.
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    Nice! Was looking through your thread,
    Youíre not far from me. Who did you use to do the trans rebuild/what rebuild kit did they use, and how much did they charge out of curiosity. Iím not locked into anyone as far as the rebuild, and I want it done right.

    I read lots of stories of mustang guys downshifting out of OD and snapping the input shaft on the highway, even with moderate throttle, so cheap insurance

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    Clutch- What made you decide to go with the pro-torque converter? There are so many options to choose from, im not sure what brand to go with.
    -Phil



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    Clutch- What made you decide to go with the pro-torque converter? There are so many options to choose from, im not sure what brand to go with.
    My choice was based on my transmission guy. I've never been the big brand name kinda guy, so when he called me and we talked about it...he said that's what he ran in his car. I trust his personal experience far more than any amount of stars on an internet rating.
    I can definitely confirm how much better the car works with the converter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch47 View Post
    My choice was based on my transmission guy. I've never been the big brand name kinda guy, so when he called me and we talked about it...he said that's what he ran in his car. I trust his personal experience far more than any amount of stars on an internet rating.
    I can definitely confirm how much better the car works with the converter.
    I totally understand that! Iím going to add it as a top contender for my build. Iíll also consult whoever I have do my trans rebuild as well. Not to get off topic, but I was actually at Knoebels a few weeks ago!
    -Phil



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