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Unread 08-29-2007, 10:19 AM   #1
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Heavy Duty 42re

Does anyone have experience with a high performance built 42re. I am in need or a rebuild but am disappointed that my factory built trany only lasting 85k and even when working well would “slide” in to gears rater than give nice firm shifts. Granted I don’t know the maintenance of the first 50k but it seems that the 42re is the week link in the drive train. This is going into a stock rig but It seems other stock jeeps are needing rebuilds around 100k as well, so I’m thinking I don’t want to be dumping another trany in it in 3yrs

I have had a local shop quote me around 2300 for a “full rebuild.” I then started looking around the net and found a few high performance builders building racing transmissions. Does any one have experience with either of these two builders?

http://www.apsprecision.com/

http://www.levelten.com/


Thanks for the feed back and other ideas.

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Unread 08-29-2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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You don't need a high-performance rebuild, you just need to make sure that it get rebuilt with quality parts. There are really only a few parts that need to be upgraded in the trans to beef it up.
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Unread 08-29-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. Can you explain what parts should be upgraded.
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Unread 08-29-2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick reply. Can you explain what parts should be upgraded.

I swamped my Jeep and I got water in the tranny and had the local aamco rebuilt it and for an extra $85 I bought an aftermarket shift kit and had them install it. Now it shifts better then new and the shifts are firm.
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Unread 08-29-2007, 12:10 PM   #5
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I swamped my Jeep and I got water in the tranny and had the local aamco rebuilt it and for an extra $85 I bought an aftermarket shift kit and had them install it. Now it shifts better then new and the shifts are firm.
What did your rebuild run? Did they install the Transgo kit?

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Unread 08-29-2007, 07:02 PM   #6
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Agreed.... add a shift kit with the rebuild. I checked locally before I did it myself and everyone was around $1200-1600 unless you pulled the tranny yourself. Then the price went to $850 range. Of course I'm hard headed, so when I did mine myself, I spent just under $450 with a new torque converter and shift kit.

I also bought a transmission specific manual that helped tremendously... It's faily straight forward. Take your time. You'll do great!

It's still running.
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Unread 08-30-2007, 08:57 PM   #7
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I recently swamped my tranny too - it was like draining chocolate milk out of it when the pan came down - the tranny was rebuilt with Heavy duty bands and a shift kit. The also plugged the stupid breather behind the torque converter and plumbed one up on top. $2800 over all at Aamco - shifts like a mustang now - its pretty crazy! They also added a heavy duty tranny cooler.
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Unread 08-31-2007, 06:27 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the feedback. Then jeep goes in for a tranny on Tuesday. I had local quotes from $1600-3000 with most shops wanting around $2000 for the rebuild. I was just thinking for a few hundred more I could get a custom built high performance built trany that should out last the jeep. I’m sure hopping the shop I chose does a better job than jeep did.

I asked about using a shift kit and they said it is part of their standard rebuild on a 42re
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