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Old 06-30-2013, 02:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up AOD to 4R70W swap

My big winter project was to reomove my dead AOD and swap in a 4R70W. Now that I'm done and the car is running well, the difference is amazing.

I went with a Baumann/USShift controller (The US Shift Transmission Control System). I really like it so far, although I haven't really messed with adjusting the shift points or anything yet. When I ordered the controller, I told them the details of my car and they pre-loaded the controller with a custom program for my car.

I had to re-do the switch panel in order to install the controller in the dash. It displays a lot of info so I just couldn't see mounting in under the dash.



The controller allows you to store two shift programs, selected by a toggle switch. It also allows for a toggle to lockout overdrive and another to turn paddle shift mode on and off.



I added a couple small buttons to the steering wheel for the paddle shift buttons:



If anyone wants details of the install, let me know.

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Old 06-30-2013, 03:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's cooler than the other side of the pillow! What kind of lever do you use for P-R-N-D?

Next time, put someone with better legs in the picture, eh.
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I love what you did!!
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That's cooler than the other side of the pillow! What kind of lever do you use for P-R-N-D?

Next time, put someone with better legs in the picture, eh.
The shifter is a B&M Quicksilver modified to look like a 5-speed. I cut off mst of the B&M stick and bolted an FFR shifter to the stub and added a Lokar shiter boot.

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I've since added the Cobra shifter knob.

I'll get my wife to take the picture next time

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I admire your work, to say the least. What changes were necessary to fit and secure the transmission in the chassis?
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I admire your work, to say the least. What changes were necessary to fit and secure the transmission in the chassis?
4R70W is one inch longer than an AOD, so I had to either move the tranny mount back or the engine forward. In my Hunter, the engine mounts are bolted to the frame, so it was easier to move the engine forward. I also took the tail housing off the AOD and swapped it onto the 4R70.

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Let us know when you play with the shift points. I've tried but can't figure out what I'm doing.

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I just got done making a more aggressive setup for my #2 program. Got it loaded into the controller, but too late to go try it tonight.
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I have been looking at this and I am liking the setup and options! I would LOVE to hear more about this build of yours.
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I have been looking at this and I am liking the setup and options! I would LOVE to hear more about this build of yours.
What questions do you have? I've already sold the car on moved on to my next project (see my avatar), but I've still got lots of pictures.

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I guess I missed this post the first time you had it up. But I do have a question - in the last picture above (the one with the legs in it), it looks like there's a P on the dash. Is that an electronic PRNDL display? I have a 4R70W in my FIL's 2007 GT500. We have a ratchet shifter in the car and the thing I hate about it is that you have to count the ratchets to know when you're in drive. Ratchet 3x backwards to get to drive. 3x froward to get back to park, etc. If there's a way I could display what gear we're in, that would be slick. We're using a PCS controller though, not the Baumann.

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Mike,

That's a Dakota Digital display. The sender attaches to the shift lever, so it tells you what gear you've got selected with the gear shifter. When you use the paddles, then you have to look at the controller.

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wow, they really have upgraded their equipment, I got a Baumann controller 9 years ago and it's in it's second car working perfectly. Thankfully it looks like their pricing has only increased nominally over the years. Almost makes me think of upgrading to this new model now that it has the display. Thanks for posting!
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Lokar also offers a digital PRNDL display, either a dash mount or integrated into round and square billet shift boot bezels. We just installed the shift boot version along with a new Lokar shifter in a '65 Mustang with an AOD to replace the ratchet shifter the owner couldn't stand nor operate properly.

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