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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default trans choice for buggy???

a friend of mine wants to know if he should use his 4l60e or a t400 behind a 5.3 in a buggy....

my thoughts are a 400 is stupid simple and probable cheaper...but im no trans guy.

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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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Cool story ....
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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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400 is much simpler but if he is already using a 53 just use the harness from the donor vehical to also run the 4l60.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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The 400 is a 3 speed? What t case?

Only thing I wish I had was more gear options (3 speed, 205), but I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 09:28 PM   #6
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Hmm...I have a friend story eh..I ain't no psychologist. .but I think there Moar to this story.
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I vote th400! Seen a few hit reverse at good speeds and hold up, seen 1 4l80e hit reverse. .and it no worky no more. TH400 is simple and cheap to fix, lighter, less to go wrong ( electonics), shorter package to fit In a buggy, 400 can get a lower 1st gear if u want it.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 06:29 AM   #7
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Old June 18th, 2014, 06:31 AM   #8
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Depends on what T-case you...er....your friend wants to run and what they plan to do with it.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:12 AM   #9
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:13 AM   #10
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I'm betting his friend wants to do a lot of what his other friends do. The T400 is my vote. I am running T350 and a 205 with 4.38 gears and sometimes a lower gear would be nicer...
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:31 AM   #11
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T400
Gear Ratios are:
First Gear - 2.48:1
Second Gear - 1.48:1
Third Gear - 1.00:1
Reverse - 2.07:1


The gearing for the 4L60e is:
First - 3.059:1
Second - 1.625:1
Third - 1.000:1
Fourth - 0.696:1
Reverse - 2.294:1
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Old June 18th, 2014, 07:50 AM   #12
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400. You don't need OD. Cheaper too.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 08:08 AM   #13
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Neither Skinny Nor Pretty is running a 4L60E that Tom went through for us. It has the TransGo manual valve body conversion. It has held up behind our 6.0.

If it weren't for the fact that I stumbled on the trans with the adapter already installed for a deal we would probably be running a TH-400.
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rock buggy or endurance racer?

rock buggy? TH400. endurance racer? 4L60E and gear the rear end to be able to utilize OD.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 08:56 AM   #15
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rock buggy or endurance racer?

rock buggy? TH400. endurance racer? 4L60E and gear the rear end to be able to utilize OD.
I am not up an the strength of those transmissions....but that is what I would do if it will hold up.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #17
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Like everyone else above said.... It all depends on what he wants to do with it, and what his budget is.


4l60Es need some work done before they can be put into a buggy. Are they the best choice? not in my opinion but others will disagree.

If he is building a buggy to really beat on and is looking for strength, I would go with either th400 or 4l80E.
Late 4l80Es you need to swap the reverse servo to an early style because the late ones like to break. AlumaCJ runs a 4l80E in the 4418 car. Th400s should have some work done to them too before they are run in the buggy.


I'll try and come back later and expand on this subject.
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T400
Gear Ratios are:
First Gear - 2.48:1
Second Gear - 1.48:1
Third Gear - 1.00:1
Reverse - 2.07:1
You can also use the lower gearset

First Gear - 2.75:1
Second Gear - 1.57:1
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I am not up an the strength of those transmissions....but that is what I would do if it will hold up.
I actually know nothing of the 4L60 either, my response should have been more like;

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rock buggy or endurance racer?

rock buggy? TH400. endurance racer? a built trans with OD and gear the rear end to be able to utilize OD.
If I were to do it all over again, I would be putting a 6R in an endurance racer. multiple gearing makes more usable, reliable power than a built motor.
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