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Old 03-29-2019, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Transmission Issues

Quick back story, I have a 97 Tj that I swapped in a 5.2L and 44RE out of a 99 Dodge Durango a few years back. The transmission now feels like I am in 3rd gear when I start out, sometimes it shifts and sometimes it doesn't. I will be driving down the road and all is well when I notice the engine reving because the damn transmission kicked out of gear.
So took it to the shop knowing it is probably toast. I got a quote for $2,800 to replace it . So I am off to pick it up from the shop and take it home to hopefully find a used one to swap into it before I leave for EJS. I guess what I am asking is this, would you buy a used one from a junk yard or what route would you take? I am just looking for some ideas to decide the best route to take.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How soon do you need a transmission? How much do you want to spend?

I had the same setup in my 97 TJ. A 44RE can be built VERY strong using some 46RE parts. Or you can just put a 46RE in it. You can get a rebuilt one off Ebay.

Or a used one with 192,000 miles on it.

If you have the funds and the time I would go rebuilt. If you have the funds and time I would get a rebuilt performance transmission. I had Martin Saine
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build me a 46RE that can handle 600HP as I am building a 5.9 stroked to 6.7 for my TJ right now. Can't wait to try this thing out.
He is a Dodge transmission expert and builds a lot of transmissions for the Dakota guys who are drag racing their trucks. He can do either the 44RE or a 46RE.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In limp mode that trans will start out in second gear.

Have you checked for codes?

Might be something as simple as a bad governor pressure solenoid or pressure sensor (Pretty common). A relatively easy fix not much harder than changing the fluid and filter. Adjusting the bands is often neglected and should be done every 30k.

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If hardened seals are causing the intermittent slip (You will have gear ratio error codes). Use of a chemical trans additive often will cure it. KW Trans-X or Motor Purr "Tune Up" work really well.

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