Top 3 Reasons You Should Switch To A Billet Aluminum Valve Body

Top 3 Reasons You Should Switch To A Billet Aluminum Valve Body

BTE now offers a billet aluminum valve body. This product update came after years of racer feedback and changes in manufacturing technology. In other words, we've been listening to your concerns, and hope to answer them with this new valve body!
 
This new valve body is a big departure from previous versions made more than 35 years ago, which were modified OEM castings (primarily made from cast iron). Here's why we think billet aluminum valve bodies are a better deal - and why you should switch over when you have the chance.

Top 3 Reasons For Switching To A Billet Aluminum Valve Body

1. Weight

Weight reduction is one of the primary methods improving track performance.  A transmission valve body made from aluminum is often 50% or more lighter than the original iron castings. (7.8 lbs / 3.58 kg lighter in the case of the powerglide!)
 
2. Design Updates
 
Machining the valve body from a clean slate of aluminum opens up more possibilities for design changes and performance improvements, because we are no longer restricted to modifying the original designs with cuts and plugs. Fluid channels can be more directly routed or adjusted in size to improve performance or open up new features not possible with the iron valve bodies.
 
3. OEM parts availability
 
As the most popular racing transmissions were largely manufactured originally in the 1960s and 1970s, the availability for original parts has become increasingly scarce in the last decade. Scrap metal recycling, the elements, and usage by performance enthusiasts have all decimated the supply of these pieces. Newly designed and manufactured parts may not always be designed to mate with the OEM parts, so part failures in these older units may not be replaceable or repairable in the future.  
 
Bonus! Last but not least: Billet parts look cool! Though it is covered by the oil pan, the fit and finish of these new parts are shiny and attractive.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 9:57 AM