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Old 01-24-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default $2,600 for 4L60E rebuild?

So when I bought my 99 T/A it supposedly had a shift kit in it which is why it shifted so hard from 1st to 2nd.

After driving it for 3 months the trans died, revved in every gear. I was hoping it would be the converter or rear end but Mech told me I need a
rebuild and got me a price of 2,600, that sounds crazy expensive to me.

Any opinions on what I should do?
I'd like to put a T56 in it but I'm afraid that would cost way too much.
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So when I bought my 99 T/A it supposedly had a shift kit in it which is why it shifted so hard from 1st to 2nd.

After driving it for 3 months the trans died, revved in every gear. I was hoping it would be the converter or rear end but Mech told me I need a
rebuild and got me a price of 2,600, that sounds crazy expensive to me.

Any opinions on what I should do?
I'd like to put a T56 in it but I'm afraid that would cost way too much.
I only charge $1500 for a 4L60E that we have in 9 second cars. Unfortunately, I've been inside $3000 builds that left wayyy too much to be desired. Is his price including a new converter and removal/reinstallation?

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Holy shit...i had mine re-built with 4000 converter/cooler for 850$. With about 450$ in new tranny parts. A total of 1300$. Thought I had a great deal considering the new stall/cooler installed.
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Holy shit...i had mine re-built with 4000 converter/cooler for 850$. With about 450$ in new tranny parts. A total of 1300$. Thought I had a great deal considering the new stall/cooler installed.
A GOOD 4000 stall converter runs $800. A GOOD trans cooler runs $100. If you only spent $850 on a whole job, you got some cheap stuff...

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He said he needed just a tranny re-build and the quote was 2600$.
I bought the converter/cooler/ ahead of time.
When I was quoted for the the rebuild, tranny parts, and install of stall/cooler it was 850$ for labor, 450$ for tranny parts. I know I got a great deal seeing this particular shop has done everything to my car, but 2600$ just for a rebuild is ridiculous.
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He said he needed just a tranny re-build and the quote was 2600$.
I bought the converter/cooler/ ahead of time.
When I was quoted for the the rebuild, tranny parts, and install of stall/cooler it was 850$ for labor, 450$ for tranny parts. I know I got a great deal seeing this particular shop has done everything to my car, but 2600$ just for a rebuild is ridiculous.
I don't understand much about transmissions yet. I'm not sure what a stall is
but he said the torque converter is good, they would take my transmission and ship it somewhere and get a rebuilt one i guess. For all the labor and everything the total will be 2,600. I found a brand new Magnum T56 is $3,000.

I'm not sure what to do. I live in Midlothian IL and there aren't many good transmission shops around here, I want to get it done right. Not sure who to trust.
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Well I can assure you a torque converter ( or stall) is the single best mod you can do to an auto hands down. Read alittle on that...better yet read ALOT on that. It's a great investment if you can get a stall and a shop to rebuild and install it for under 2600$ total. Keep calling around, theirs gotta be a shop within a 50-75 mile radius that rebuilds trannys for way less than what that dick head is telling you. All he is doing is playing the middle man.
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Putting in a used torque converter will probably void the warranty that comes with the rebuilt tranny.
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^In that case send it to Performa-built transmissions (A sponser for few of ls1 sites) where they include a 2yr warranty with a rebuilt tranny and after market converter.

If your not building a complete badass racing transmission, and are in need of a "typical" re-build, you'd be better off finding a local shop who is familiar with a 4/60e tranny and backs their work for alot cheaper.
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^In that case send it to Performa-built transmissions (A sponser for few of ls1 sites) where they include a 2yr warranty with a rebuilt tranny and after market converter.

If your not building a complete badass racing transmission, and are in need of a "typical" re-build, you'd be better off finding a local shop who is familiar with a 4/60e tranny and backs their work for alot cheaper.
I checked out that site. $1650.00 sounds great to get a high quality 4L60E.
I've never done this before. So they send me the transmission and I get someone to install it? Do I need to buy a stall from them too?

Thanks everyone for all the help.
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