A transmission is one of the most expensive and most important parts of your racing vehicle, which is why it is incredibly important to ensure you’re getting the right setup...the first time around. To save yourself some time, money and possible headaches down the line, ask yourself these three very important questions before purchasing your racing transmission.
1. What exactly is it that I’m getting?
After all, the devil is in the details. An automatic transmission is full of important components like planetary gears (their ratio and material specifications), friction and steel clutch capacity and materials, transmission oil specifications, valve body, pumps and more. Are the components new or remanufactured?
Often, these features are boiled down into a handful of highlights — not enough to give you the full picture. Ask plenty of questions to know exactly what you’re getting or you may be sorry later.
2. Do I have the experience to install and configure this myself?
If you are unsure about setting up a shifter cable, the amount of oil needed to fill a transmission, or how far to install a converter into a pump - do not try to “figure it out” on your own. Ask BTE or any other trained professional BEFORE you get yourself into trouble. A mistake made during the installation can cause an instant failure of your new drive train. It’s better to ask for help now and swallow a little pride than have to eat thousands of dollars invested in your vehicle. The freight costs alone will set you back at least a few hundred dollars.
3. Do I have a full build plan and strategy for my new race car or combination?
The choices of gear ratios, transmission types, line pressures, clutch counts, and more can vary greatly depending on how the car is built and expected to perform. The transmission selection is a critical part of the entire performance profile. It’s best to get it right the first time. Making sure all your engine, suspension, and electronics are configured properly is a big part of selecting the perfect race transmission.