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Old 09-18-2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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torque converter worth it?

i am in the market for a torque converter for my 2002 auto v6 mustang. mods will soon include all of these:
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now my goal: id like to at least break into the high 14's. my hope is around a 14.5-14.6, but i know that probably isnt likely. so what do you guys think? i was told this torque converter would be just roght for me: TCI 433500 - TCI Saturday Night Special Torque Converters - summitracing.com
would it be worth it? id be installing it with the help of a few friends, but i just wanna make sure that i will see some gains before i spend the money.
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Re: torque converter worth it?

Simple response...no....not worth it. Spend the money elsewhere.

Better yet, come up with a complete list of parts you want to buy and then buy them. That way you won't be buying parts you end up selling without installing again. Figure out what you want, then start getting the parts.

BUt yeah, that converter seems like the $455 could be much better spent elsewhere.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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Re: torque converter worth it?

i wont be making that mistake again. i was thinking about an aluminum driveshaft, but after trying and failing to get mine off, im kind of discouraged.
im just trying to find my best options. i wanna do some appearance stuff, but there are so many other things to think about. like i cant do the eibachs and kmember because of the long tubes. im just trying to find a nice median between a nice looking car and a peppy, not fast, car. you know the mods im looking into so let me know what you think i should do.

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Simple response...no....not worth it. Spend the money elsewhere.

Better yet, come up with a complete list of parts you want to buy and then buy them. That way you won't be buying parts you end up selling without installing again. Figure out what you want, then start getting the parts.

BUt yeah, that converter seems like the $455 could be much better spent elsewhere.
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Re: torque converter worth it?

Well I think Its a waste of time to mod an auto past the point of a shift kit and tune. Just get what needed to swap to a 5 speed. You'll get the gain you want on top of the potential to get better shifting....

My torque converter blew on my automatic. Instead of just replacing that and having a boring automatic that performs I am switching to a 5 speed with a stage 2 clutch, aluminum flywheel and driveshaft all on top of a new tune. Only a little more $$ and time to have MUCH more fun.
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Re: torque converter worth it?

honestly, i hear from everyone who has done a torque converter that they noticed a huge difference. most people tell me that it compares to putting gears in the car. is it just the one that i have the link to? what about a 3000 stall from pi? would that be a good investment?
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Re: torque converter worth it?

i wouldnt run a 3000 stall if you want it drivable but i would put one1500-2000 but if you decide to have a shop install it after you realize you dont want to attept it, then the labor will cost you a bit
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well i would only do it if i installed it. i already got a quote for $500 which i really dont wanna pay.

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i wouldnt run a 3000 stall if you want it drivable but i would put one1500-2000 but if you decide to have a shop install it after you realize you dont want to attept it, then the labor will cost you a bit
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Re: torque converter worth it?

If you don't hit 14's with the mods listed you need to learn how to put the foot to the floor. Torque convertor is not needed IMO and the money can be better used elsewhere.
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