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Old 12-30-2003, 09:34 PM   #1
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Well, I finally had some time so I dusted off my shelf and installed the Intense Shift Kit.
Wouldn't you know it. Today it snowed for the first time....only 1/2".....but I'm not about to try it out on the road yet.
So I did an motor oil change too.

I couldn't believe when I dropped the pan how much crud was laying in the bottom and stuck to the magnet. .....and after only 23,000 km, most of which were driven by my better half who has a little lighter foot.

The kit install was very simple. Simpler than the shift kit in my 350 TurboHydromatic.

Sure am glad, I did it ... now it'* nice and clean and ready for action.
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Good too hear you like it ,Ive got a couple months before I install my kit,was there any difference in shifting between the normal and performance shift modes?
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Good job Silver!! hope the road clears up soon so you can try it out
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Good too hear you like it ,Ive got a couple months before I install my kit,was there any difference in shifting between the normal and performance shift modes?
2000+ SSEi'* don't have performance shift.

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Good too hear you like it ,Ive got a couple months before I install my kit,was there any difference in shifting between the normal and performance shift modes?
2000+ SSEi'* don't have performance shift.

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Really,I didnt think they'd drop that feature,I love the shift options.
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Good too hear you like it ,Ive got a couple months before I install my kit,was there any difference in shifting between the normal and performance shift modes?
2000+ SSEi'* don't have performance shift.

Shawn
Really,I didnt think they'd drop that feature,I love the shift options.
Performance shift is normal mode for the 2000+. Turning this off in the older gen'* lowered it below normal. As for the shift kit, when we did mine with only 30K miles on it we noticed some wear on the tranny as well. The fluid was dark and not really any large metall pieces but a grey clouding of the pan. Big Jeff said this showed that the tranny was wearing a bit but nothing to serious.
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Everyspring I go to Canadian Tire and get the tranny flushed and every year the guy says "fluids a bit grey and burnt looking"...."keep an eye on it, dont let it get too hot". The car has never missed a shift or givin me any cause for alarm.
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As for the shift kit, when we did mine with only 30K miles on it we noticed some wear on the tranny as well. The fluid was dark and not really any large metall pieces but a grey clouding of the pan. Big Jeff said this showed that the tranny was wearing a bit but nothing to serious.
Thanks, that'* reassuring to know. Mine looked the same.

These transmissions must be a lot weaker than the older types. ie. more heat build up and friction clutch wear. :(
The re-usable pan gasket is an improvement.

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Everyspring I go to Canadian Tire and get the tranny flushed and every year the guy says "fluids a bit grey and burnt looking"...."keep an eye on it, dont let it get too hot". The car has never missed a shift or givin me any cause for alarm.

I think that is standard language for all transmission mechanics.

I used Mobil 1 sythetic fluid. 7 liters @ $8 a liter has got to be good insurance. Put the money I saved on labour towards it.
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The re-usable pan gasket is an improvement.
Yea I was surprised when Jeff said it was reusable. He said to mention to anyone doing labor on the tranny to make sure they keep the gasket. He has heard of a few ppl putting the cork ones on and later losing a tranny.
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You'll be happy with it, I like mine.

I also noticed that at only 19K when My shift kit went in that my pan was full of crude and a pretty dirty magnet, no metal but dirty. Also one of the bolts that in the tranny was half threaded, little scary. I just know that mu tranny gonna go sometime. Don't think I'll mess around when it goes either, just suck it up and get an Intense tranny with 3.29 gears too.

Enjoy the crisper shifts, I do.
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