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99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain Discussion of the 99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine and drivetrain in the 1999-Up Super Duty trucks and Excursions. No gas engine discussion allowed except on transmissions and drivetrain that pertain to all models. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

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Old 07-19-2009, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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manual to automatic transmission swap

i've been seriously considering having my 6 speed swapped to an automatic by BTS in Arkansas. Does anybody know any estimate for about how much it would cost and if i could still use my chip with it?
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The tranny will cost you around $4,500 plus the $1,000 core charge that you won't get back since you'll have no core, plus some nuts and bolts, etc. So I don't know, but my WAG is over $6,000 plus your travel expenses to and from Lead Hill.

You can definitely use a chip, but your chip must have a tune that will control the automagic tranny. The same tune for your hand shaker probably won't also work to control the automagic.

But why not just call BTS and get the straight scoop? I'm sure they'll be glad to answer your questions.
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Yea, it's going to cost a bit, maybe try to find a blown up 4r100 at a salvage yard for the core? Just a thought. I know you'd be happier than a Pig in $*it with a BTS! LOL
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Thanks ya'll that pretty much answered all my questions
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Just had this very thing done. As I recall, my total bill was in the neighborhood of $6,800. Part of my higher expense was finding a wiring harness for an early '99. Ended up having to buy a new one (we were lucky to find even that). Then Cale put a custom program in for a little extra towing power. We also installed the 6.0 trans cooler.

I had no travel expense since I live in Harrison, AR, which is only 20 miles from Lead Hill. As it turned out, I had to have left knee surgery so the decision to change over came at a good time.

I can only echo all the great things that you read about regarding Brian, Patty and the folks at BTS. When you look at my truck, you truly can't tell it wasn't an 4R100 from the factory. All the details are perfect.

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Thinking just the opposite

I have been thinking just the opposite....I have a stock 4r100 that I would like to throw away. Not yet to 70K and have had it in the shop twice (rebuild at 38k and pump seal at 60K). Wishing I would have purchased a 6 spd when I bought the truck. If you want to swap, I am definitely interested. My 4r100 seems to always need to be in between 2 and 3 when I am pulling our camper...thinking about a beefier tranny and US gear unit?
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You can definitely use a chip, but your chip must have a tune that will control the automagic tranny. The same tune for your hand shaker probably won't also work to control the automagic.
Its not just as simple as bolting it up and getting retuned.

You will need to get all the wiring from an auto truck and a PCM OR the way i would do it is get a PCS controller to use on the tranny
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