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    Default DIY How To Install TransGo Shift Kit 4T65E Very Detailed+Pictures



    The first step after making sure you have all things needed is to raise and support the car with jack stands.

    Then position the drip pan under the transmission pan in the area you want it to start dripping first. Start removing the 10mm bolts from the transmission in one area first, making your way to the other side. Once you're at the last 5 or so, and the fluid has stopped dripping, hold the pan up with your hand and remove the remaining bolts at once. Letting it hang by too few bolts may bend the pan.


    Pan removed: Thank god, no metal flakes or chunks. (110k miles on possibly the original transmission fluid)



    Then remove the old filter by pulling straight down. Avoid pulling it on too much of an angle because the snout is plastic and may break off.

    The next step is to remove the accumulator assembly. All of the bolts are 8mm, but only 4 are holding the assembly to the transmission. The remaining 7 are to separate the two halves of the accumulator. So remove only the labeled bolts while it's in the transmission:

    Once they are removed, wiggle the accumulator out of its spot, being careful not to bend the lines. Once it's out of its spot, the lines can then be removed from the accumulator. They just pull straight out; there are no clips or seals holding them in.

    Accumulator removed: Fluid will continue to drip for hours after these parts are removed, so keep that pan under there.


    Remove the remaining 7, 8mm bolts, and carefully separate the accumulator. The gasket is metal, and is reusable. Here is what it will look like:

    It is recommended that you use a scotch brite pad to clean up the glazed bores to prevent chatter, and improve lubrication.
    Before/After:



    My accumulator wasn't very glazed to begin with, sometimes they are though. Clean up any dust or particles in the accumulator, and spread a thin coating of new transmission fluid in the bore.

    The next step is to replace the stock springs with the new springs and shims. Use your instruction sheet to reassemble the accumulator. It should look like this afterwards: You will have 2 extra springs from the shift kit. Those belong in the 3-4 accumulator which is in a different place in the transmission. It requires the side cover and channel plate to be removed, most don't install it as part of the shift kit until/unless they go in the side pan for something else.
    [ TransGo Instructions ]

    Since the piston on the right (1-2) only requires 2 springs, there will be a little bit of room in between them, and it may not sit right in the middle because of it. I suggest lying that spring in the bore first, and dropping the rest of the piston assembly/spring over it. Clean the gasket and mating surfaces, reassemble the accumulator completely, and tighten the bolts up. The torque spec is 97 inch pounds.

    Now it's time to clean up the trans pan mating surfaces. Remove all of the old dirt/grease. Make sure to clean the pan from all clutch material, and be sure to clean the magnet. You should use brake clean on the final wipe. You may reuse the old stock gasket as long as you clean it. Stock gaskets have an aluminum middle with ribs on the rubber surface. Aftermarket flat gaskets should be replaced.


    What the magnet looks like clean. Before you could see a ribbed surface, that was the clutch material sticking to it from wear over time. The amount mine had was normal.

    Now it is time to start putting everything back together; the accumulator is first. Attach the 3 lines to the accumulator and carefully wiggle it back into its place. Do not bend the lines. If you are having trouble, try inserting the lines more, and slightly twisting the accumulator only a few degrees. Also notice the mating surface is very clean. Here's how the lines are supposed to be in case you forget:

    After it slides in, line up the bolt holes, and start all of them. Torque them to 97 inch pounds.


    Since those lines have nothing retaining them, the one with the rubber hose section (The differential lube line) is known to pop out of the accumulator. Part #: 84532-01K prevents lines from blowing out.

    Next, check your filter seal to make sure it is still pliable and wipe it clean. Put some new transmission fluid on the filter, and install it pressing straight up, twisting slightly if needed. If it isn't a tight fit, replace the seal.




    Now align the gasket on the pan, and line it up with the bolt holes. Start all 20 bolts by hand first, ensuring the gasket lines up properly. I used the new gasket that came with the kit. Although the stock ribbed gasket with the aluminum inner part is reusable.
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Quality write-up, thanks

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Very well done! I will be referring to this shortly.

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    I have a Tep trans go shift kit about to go in. Anyone know why the intense kit puts a washer on top of the one side underneath the top spring?

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Very nicely done! Great pics too for those who are instruction challenged, lol...

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Sticky worthy
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Thanks guys, and yes it's very beginner focused.

    We didn't have a shift kit how-to on these forums before today, did we? I haven't found one anyway.
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Very good write up. I plan on doing a pan drop and might throw in a shift kit while I am there. Where did you get yours from?
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Great job bro. Haven't seen one this detailed for our trannys before
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    You can get them on ebay, amazon, and a few other reputable online sites. It looks like they're running around $47 on ebay.
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Ive seen a few howtos for this but this one was by far the best.

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    sticky this..

    Just a note... use acetone or a break cleaner to clean out the tranny pan before putting it in... use shop towel or that base of towel.. not cotton or anything.. but yes.. i'd say.. note: use acetone or break cleaner to clean tranny pan and any other parts before putting them back in with clean/new fluid.
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    FYI, this shift kit doesn't fit the 4T60.


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    Nice writeup!
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGO Shift Kit 4T65E/4t60E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Thanks for the clarification bill, I could have sworn I saw that somewhere about this kit.
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    Maybe it was on a list, but everything I've found, 4T60 doesn't seem to work the same as the 65 in respect to a shift kit. Seems like it would being almost the same, but it doesn't.

    On the torque specs. Where did you find 87 inch lbs for the accumulator bolts? The ATSG book and FSM that I've used say 97Inch lbs. Also the pan bolts should always be tightened to 120 inch lbs. 80 is too loose. If you have questions about how it feels, maybe have your torque wrench checked.


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    "Snug" is my torque spec.

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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGo Shift Kit 4T65E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Fivefingerdeathpunch View Post
    "Snug" is my torque spec.
    same.. i "snugged" my pan and accumulator bolts.. i used a screw driver socket combo.. you can torque over 100 with a twist turn like a screw driver usually.

    or use a speeder to tighten too.
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGo Shift Kit 4T65E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Snug is fine if you've been working on cars for a while, you begin to know what size and type of metal bolts should be tightened to. The torque specs are there especially to make this a complete write-up.
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    Default Re: DIY How To Install TransGo Shift Kit 4T65E Very Detailed+Pictures

    Great write up! I just installed a similar trans kit this weekend. I bought the intense kit which included a few more spacers, springs, piston seals, filter, gasket and assembly lube. It is twice the money however but from what people describe the end result in shifting is similar. INTENSE-Racing.com: INTENSE™ Street/Strip Performance Shift Pak®

    The one thing that I would note is to be cautious with a trans flush on these cars.... especially with high mileage and no service records. I've spent a lot of time reading 3800 forums and have had several of these used w-body cars. In an older trans that has not been serviced the dirty coloration in the fluid is clutch particles and can be needed to get grip between the worn clutch rings. If you flush all of the old fluid out the trans it can start to slip soon after the service. Most experienced 3800 people suggest just dropping the pan, changing the filter and topping off with the fresh 8 quarts. On a trans that has really dirty fluid and starting the act up 7 quarts of trans fluid and a bottle of lucus trans fix usually will give some extra life to the trans.

    I don't know how many miles were on your trans but if the car has higher mileage I'd guess your trans has been serviced in he past. Your pan looks about as clean as I've seen so I'm guessing someone either took it really easy on the car and it has low miles or the trans has been serviced before. I've done a few pan drops on higher mileage of these cars and the pan and magnet is coated with grey crud. Just my 2 cents but great write up and pictures!
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