Originally Posted by Zenith
So I was thinking about buying a shift kit for my 97' T-Bird Auto and as I was researching it I could not find any thing on the installation of it. So my question is How would I install it and is it worth the money to help preserve the performance of your tranny?
Note: I am a 17 year old male driving a V8. Of course I like to rip through my gears when a little kid with a V4 Jetta pulls up to me. :)
First off bud, I would recommend reading thoroughly on the 4R70W transmissions. If yours is a 4.6L and stock I am assuming that's what it is. Check into which transmissions will fit yours. If you really want power, I would personally take the drivetrain from a Mark VIII since they are DOHC and in general pretty powerful.
Also I would highly recommend that you NOT street race. I'm not your father and you don't know me but you could ruin your driving record, kill yourself, or someone else. I've seen it happen and too many of my friends have died that way. By all means, build it up, and take it to the track. If anyone calls you a pu**y, then tell them that THEY are the pu**y for not taking to the 1320.
Put some money into it and invest in a DOHC. Romeo blocks are pretty good when mated to a good set of ported and polished heads. Do some research and for Gods sake, don't tear it up before you build it up. Just makes for more work.
Enjoy your Bird and be safe, I'm tired of reading about street racers in the statistics.