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Old 03-09-2019, 10:41 AM
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Default Budget 4l80 converters

I have seen a few threads on this but they are pretty old.

I am looking for a budget 4l80e converter that stalls around 3000-3500 rpm. This is going in a fairly light car (2700 lbs 65 nova 4 dr) with moderate power (450hp at crank). I had been looking at the Circle D 278mm converter but was wondering if there are any other options out there that don't cost an arm and a leg. I just don't need huge power capacity and don't have the budget for a higher end converter. What other companies should I be looking at? I'm looking to stay at or below the Circle D price point ($600). Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:35 AM
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Ptc also has some nice converters at that price point.
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Old 03-11-2019, 07:27 AM
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Last I saw on their facebook, Jakes Performance is having 10 or 15% off sale for "tax season"

They make their own budget and billet front converters.

I'd give them a call.

PTC, FTI, etc all also make good budget converters
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:34 AM
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Some good suggestions above for budget. Any GOOD converter is going to be very spendy because theres only two OEM 4L80 cores and neither is very good so a lot of fab work goes into making a good one. If your handy seek out a GTR converter and graft that onto your 4L80 face plate thats a really good combo
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Jake's performance can make any thing up to 4k below the 600 price point
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I called Jake's and they were super helpful over the phone. That's who I will be going with. Thanks for all the recommendations!
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I bought a converter from jakes last tax return sale they had. awesome service from them
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:31 PM
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I would just pony up the cash and get the standard single disk circle D 3200-3500 stall. It's not that much money for a quality converter... for such an important part, a converter is no place to skimp out on IMO. I've just learned the hard way when it comes to converters and budget builds.
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Yep indeed spending money on the best converter is never a waste its crucial imo to get the best possible fit because it controls the whole behavior and power delivery. CID, Cams and converters need to be matched up very well
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Originally Posted by chris99gmc View Post
I would just pony up the cash and get the standard single disk circle D 3200-3500 stall. It's not that much money for a quality converter... for such an important part, a converter is no place to skimp out on IMO. I've just learned the hard way when it comes to converters and budget builds.
Do you know anything about the jakes or ptc budget converters? They also offer billet front single disc stuff. Comparable price and (many would argue) better performance.
I've also been seeing a decent slew of machining/building errors with the CircleD converters lately from some professional friends.
Not sure if they were fluke deals or what. Circle D has been very good to this forum and I believe they make a quality product. But I'm also a believer in a fair comparison and I don't think Jakes or PTC is getting their fair shake here.
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:07 AM
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We build a lot of 4L80E converters to go with our transmissions and sold individually.

What we do different than other companies is that EVERY converter is custom built. We don't have a part number or converters on the shelf.

Our non-billet converters have the same internal features as the billet cover builds but retain the OEM clutch and cover which limits lockup capacity. They work fine in lighter cars that only use lockup at lower power.

The single disc billet series have a fairly large clutch capacity as well as the thicker billet cover.



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