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Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission #750511
July 10th 2019 5:49 pm
July 10th 2019 5:49 pm
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Hello fellow Vanners,

I am looking to replace my stock GM transmission in my 1977 GMC G20 Van (350 CID).

What do you guys recommend for just street performance?

The first names that come to mind are B&M Transmissions, TCI Transmissions and GM Performance Transmissions. Also what transmissions are you guys running in your GMC & Chevy vans?

Thanks, for your help.


B&M automatic transmissions

TCI transmissions

GM performance transmissions

shift

Last edited by Callahan; July 16th 2019 7:17 pm.

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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: Callahan] #750512
July 10th 2019 6:07 pm
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I run a 4L80E in both of my rides


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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: Callahan] #750517
July 10th 2019 8:19 pm
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I assume you have the TH350? Those are pretty stout transmissions in stock GM form, even better with shift kits. You can upgrade the torque converter to one from the TH400 for a bit more robust unit. Are you planning on putting lots of HP through it? One nice upgrade you could do is to go to a 700R4 for an overdrive. The 4L80E requires a computer to run it, which can add undo complexity to a simple solution.

Just my $.02


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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: Callahan] #750545
July 11th 2019 5:13 pm
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All depends on what type of "performance" you're after. TH350 in my G van. Are you looking for a street/strip trans, fuel economy, overdrive interstate cruiser? All models of transmissions have ups and downs. Just have to find one that fits your specific wants and needs.


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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: frscke1] #750680
July 16th 2019 7:20 pm
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So, your running just the stock OEM transmission. No, upgrades or kits?


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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: Deathorvictory] #750682
July 16th 2019 7:32 pm
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Your correct I have a TH350. I like the idea of keeping the stock tranny and upgrading with a shift kit and torque converter. No, on putting a lot of horsepower to it. I am just going to keep it simple with no computers.

Thanks, for your $.02


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Re: Best Performance GM Automatic Transmission [Re: kursed] #750683
July 16th 2019 7:36 pm
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I have a TH350 in my G20. I am thinking, just street and interstate cruiser.

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