Re: got the car back today......
from the tbird forums(TCCoA) its recommended that one of the first mods, not only for performance, but for longetivity, is a tranny cooler. and its basically a requirement when doing tranny mods like shift kits, Torque converters, or rear gears, etc. that make the tranny work harder. same tranny (4R70w), same concept.
but fords way of checking it is to hook it to their ****tarded diagnostic machine which knows jack ****. it never found out what was wrong with the tbirds tranny and why the first 2 stops after sitting out all night it would die at the stop sign. wasnt until i took it to a mom and pop shop that a real mechanic with actual knowledge that didnt rely on some crap diagnostic tool just listened to my description and instantly said "99.9% sure its your torque converter". sure enough, he was right, and after going through 3 trannies in 3 years, that last one with the new TC(the higher stall one might i add) has lasted almost 3 years alone.
i hate large scale shops, they hire fresh out of UTI/WyoTech/Sequoia grads that know the book, but dont know anything else but what the computer hooked to the diagnostic port tells them.
1998 Eclipse GST Spyder - 14b turbo | 3" Catback | Evo8 BoV | 170fwhp if that
2003 Redfire Cobra - 448whp/435wtq - Sold