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The previous owner told me about it, and I've put 300 miles on it empty and it worked perfect but I hooked up a trailer today and it shuddered bad, when I tap the brake pedal it quits. I have been surfing ebaymotors looking up tranny parts. Have any of you guys heard of RevMax convertors? They have a single billet convertor for $400, but I think they have a core charge on them and I'm too far away to send one back. What convertors have you guys used? I'm also thinking of either a full replacement valvebody or I'll install a shift kit, they are pretty cheap.

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I hate to say it but if it comes from Ebay I'm instantly turned off... I rather buy a quality product from a quality transmssion shop with a warranty than buy from a fly by night vendor on Ebay... :smart: Check out some of the vendors here... http://articles.mopar1973man.com/mopar1973mans-dealer-contacts/12-dealers--vendors

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The previous owner told me about it, and I've put 300 miles on it empty and it worked perfect but I hooked up a trailer today and it shuddered bad, when I tap the brake pedal it quits. I have been surfing ebaymotors looking up tranny parts. Have any of you guys heard of RevMax convertors? They have a single billet convertor for $400, but I think they have a core charge on them and I'm too far away to send one back. What convertors have you guys used? I'm also thinking of either a full replacement valvebody or I'll install a shift kit, they are pretty cheap.

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Thanks for the responses. I know what Mike is saying about being turned off by ebay, I have a buddy who bought about 10 headgaskets for Suzuki engines and every one of them failed. But like you were saying hex0rz I'm sure there are some good outfits that sell a quality product on there. Judging by their rating they couldn't have peed of too many people. I just don't have a huge budget to fix this thing so I need to find the best bang for my buck.

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I'm not knocking RevMax but the vendor source through EBay. It really hurts to spend big money on parts and have a difficult time dealing with a warranty issues through a Ebay vendor.

Funny 2 years ago I put in a revmaax and everyone was like - NOOOOO. So I did it anyway. Never had a a problem. Now a couple guys have done some more builds with revmax inlcluding some higher HP and its getting more respected as a build company - which is good. Point of the story is sometimes if you speak with the owner and get a good feeling on knowledge and phone support its worth saving a few $$ which is what I did. Lucky for me and now others its turned out well and they are now more often included in the list of "approved" vendors rather than non approved. Thats why I went with them - was Franks patience with me on the phone and the ONLY guy to tell me that I didnt need a new tranny - just a new TC and VB. Guess what - he was right (we tore it down later anyway and found out hardly any internal damage). So -I would say Revmax is a good company to deal with and save a few $$. You can go with Goerand or DTT or Garmon - but on some of these be prepared for longer waits and sometimes average service (DTT specifically - but they build good product). ALL builders will have a core charge on the TC. But most will let you pull the old one and send it back before applying the charge. :thumbup2:
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just my two cents on there revmax tc,c i have aproxamently 30 trucks up here we have done since nov of last year with the revmax 3x billits and all work good no failers, i am in the prossecs of becoming a dealer for them up here as i type here .so i would stand behind themnow as for ebay i agree with mike , i would park my truck than chase someone from ebay for warranty over xxxxx parts, just sayinas for there being a core charge your not going to get away from it everyone has them ,its not like you lose anything, send back the core and they will refund your core charge.

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So an update on this issue, I found a local shop that builds convertors in Calgary. It's a single billet model and I got it for $600. This way if I have an issue I won't have far to go for help. I also ordered a Airdog FRRP pump. I hope that will cover all my bases. Next up is to straight pipe it and find a small HP programmer.

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I never knew this and just read it on CF - but from Frank at Revmax .

http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/98-5-02-powertrain/474289-could-dexron-mercron-right-2.html

"We recommend +4. Now, you can run Dex 3, but ONLY if you are running a triple disc TC.. If you run Dex 3 on a single disc unit, be prepared for converter clutch shudder as the friction modifiers are not the same."

Tried changing your fluid and putting clean ATF4 ?

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I never knew this and just read it on CF - but from Frank at Revmax .

http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/98-5-02-powertrain/474289-could-dexron-mercron-right-2.html

"We recommend +4. Now, you can run Dex 3, but ONLY if you are running a triple disc TC.. If you run Dex 3 on a single disc unit, be prepared for converter clutch shudder as the friction modifiers are not the same."

Tried changing your fluid and putting clean ATF4 ?

No I didn't try that but the shudder I'm getting is severe and lasts longer than any shudders I ever felt in other Chrysler vehicles. I'm going to put the converter in anyway as I plan on uping my power a little bit, but now I know for sure what kind of oil to put in it. Thanks for the good info.
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