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Old 01-04-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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I did a search but it doesn't seem to be working right. I'm sure this question has been asked a million times.

I'm currently making about 600 fwhp, and should be up around 750 soon. Currently running a th350 and its boring as hell on the street. I would like to pick up a used t56 and am looking at the level 2 kit.

How will it hold up dumping the clutch at say 5000 rpms? Car weighs 3400 with me in it.

Can I use a grabby clutch, or should I get one that will slip a little?

I know these questions have been asked, but i can't find them. I apologize.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:39 PM   #2
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A boring stalled auto with that kind of power? You don't need a T56. Just a good converter. I loved my 408, 4L80e on the street. Eat a burger, rub my old lady, talk on my phone, and outrun Cobras... all at the same time.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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Yea, its just not as fun as a stick would be. First gear just blows the tires off, and I can't hit the gas hard in third or I'm just going too damn fast. So its basically like a one speed. It has an 8" ATI 3500 stall.

I like to get jerked into the seat. The power delivery is just too smooth. It's great at the track though when it hooks.
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If you can get it to hook with the auto, you damn sure won't hook with a stick. Not to mention you will run probably .5-.7 quicker with the auto and not break as much ****......if I were you, I would leave it alone. Sticks may be better for roll on racing but suck at the strip...

I think you will be very dissappointed if you convert to a stick......they may be more fun to drive but when you start measuring their performance(ie. drag strip, launches, street launches/races), the autos w/good converters can't be beat. Remember stick cars kill clutches and tranny parts.....not to mention they are harder on the rest of the driveline..

I have often thought about converting to A4.....
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5000 rpm launches with that power and weight should be fine. As for the clutch, one that slips a bit will probably yeild better 60ft times and be easier on the rest of the drivetrain. It would probably be hard to find a typical street style clutch that would have just the right amount of slip at that power level however...Something like a Spec 3+ is probably what I'd use.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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I was only using a 275/60 et street radial. I know they're rougher on parts and my engine builder is the guy that talked me into running an auto. I have a heavy duty driveshaft with 1350 yokes, and a 9" rear with a spool. Still stock third member though, so I would upgrade that.

I don't bang gears much and I don't think I would powershift it either. I know my et will be slower at the track, but I don't plan on switching until next winter. So hopefully this summer I will dip into the 9's, then if I can't get there with the stick, no big deal. Times mean very little to me, I dont care about consistency, I just want to FEEL THE POWER!

Really sucks though to have 2500 bucks into this auto and then probably sell it for half that.
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Need a better converter for sure. And you know your drive shaft probably won't work, right?
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What ya want for the th350?
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I have a Tick performance T56 stg2, will be doing a stg3 if I don't go auto.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:43 PM   #10
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Whats wrong with my 3500 ATI 8"? It flashes nice and high but only slips about 5% going down the track. My motor is a 383 with 200cc heads, 236/242 duration with 8 psi, so peak hp is only around 6200 or so. Midrange tq is stellar.

I'm really hoping my driveshaft works. My th350 was built to be the same length as a 4l60, with a longer output shaft. T56 is the same length right? 26 spline.
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What would I want for it? I dunno, paid 1400 for it, 800 for the converter. I use a megashifter which I hate. Too stiff.

I feel like I'm riding in a really fast horizontal elevator. If that makes any sense. I want a harsh kick in the *** and my hands need more to do.

What times have you run Ryan?

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