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dusterman 12-20-2012 07:30 PM

How to install torque converter
I bought a edge converter, and I'm getting quotes for 400 bucks install.. Is it easy to do

bighemi04 12-20-2012 07:45 PM

it may be easy but i would just pay someone, that way if something goes wrong, their labor is warrantied

dusterman 12-21-2012 11:32 PM

Does anyone have a write up on a how to on our 545re trans to do a stall swap

HemiLonestar 12-22-2012 11:35 PM

I followed the directions in the factory service manual for transmission removal (I've removed many transmissions before, but it was the first time on something this new). Since I had to replace the entire trans anyway, I decided to get a Circle D 2800.

- Disconnect battery
- Set parking brake (unless you're going to be in the air)
- Remove driveshaft (or shafts if you are 4x4)
- Disconnect wiring from transmission and any wiring that is retained by the trans (my O2 sensor wiring is clipped to the top of it)
- Start unbolting, I started at the rear trans mount, then removed the crossmember
- Support trans with trans jack (these are INVALUABLE)
- Unbolt tie bar up front, this just bolted between the frame pieces, but it was in the way
- Unbolt girdle piece between engine and trans, this will allow you access to TC bolts
- Unbolt TC bolts
- Remove bellhousing bolts
- You will need a jack to support the engine itself since the trans mount usually does the rear supporting
- Here comes the fun part, you will need to wiggle the f*ck out of the trans to get it to come off the engine, you will end up doubting yourself and checking to see if you missed any bolts 12 times, just keep wiggling
- Once it's out, you can remove the TC, be careful it's heavy (full of fluid)
- Fill your new TC with fluid (you'll end up spilling some)
- Put new TC on to input shaft, you should feel 2 engagements, as the TC turns the input shaft AND the pump, make sure this goes all the way in like it's supposed to or you will regret it when you try to put it back in
- Reverse all steps, make sure you don't forget the stamped steel plate that goes between the engine and trans
- Once you're ready to start, set parking brake and shift engine to neutral, start engine and allow to warm up so you can check the fluid level (fluid check done while war, running and on level ground), top off fluid
- If you are able, reset transmission adaptives (not quick learn)
- Go for a drive

Now would also be a good time to put a nicer aftermarket pan on (with capacity and cooling fins) and maybe a bigger trans cooler if there is one for yours.

Some pics from my experience:

dusterman 12-23-2012 01:03 AM

Do I have to empty the trams before doing any of this

dodgert 12-23-2012 01:14 AM

not really might be easier if you dont want the mess and if you dont have a lift it blows lol

HemiLonestar 12-23-2012 06:10 PM

It will make it lighter, but otherwise no. Depending on how many miles you already have, this might be a good time for all new fluid and filters to go with that brand spanky new converter.

jlibert 12-23-2012 07:11 PM

rep points for hemilonestar!!!

InDeepWaterBlue 12-24-2012 08:02 AM

I admit I paid someone to do mine lol I don't have an extra jack to support all that, and if something goes wrong a decent shop will warranty the work they do. I went to AAMCO here and they warrantied what they did for 5 years, add that on top of the manufacturers warranty and I'm a happy camper. Headers were one thing, but I'm not screwing with the trans. I hate to say it but Dodge does have a bad reputation for going through tranny's and I wasn't trying to jinx it.

Great write up on the install and definitely agree that's a good tie to upgrade and replace anything that needs to be done.

HemiLonestar 12-24-2012 02:58 PM

Oh yeah, TRANSMISSION JACK!! Couldn't have done it without it.

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