Can you believe the end of another week is fast approaching? That’s right, another Friday is about to land on our garage door. Now that another Thursday is making its presence known, that means it’s time for another Throwback Thursday.
This week, we are taking a short trip back to September 2017, to check out, Installing a B&M Shift Kit Is An Easy Upgrade You Can Do At Home. We’ve all heard plenty of people say they did a shift kit install into an automatic transmission, but what is it, and what exactly does it do inside your transmission?
In a nutshell, a shift kit install simply alters the flow of fluid through the valvebody, creating firmer shifts and improved operational efficiency. If it’s an improvement, why didn’t the factory do it initially? That’s easy. The general public would probably have been returning cars left and right. That’s because they would rather have smooth shifts, not firm changes. In general, the popular opinion is that shifts need to be smooth and uneventful. Optimal performance wasn’t at the forefront of the mind of car builders, but customer comfort was – generally speaking.
In the original article, we had to choose between a Heavy-Duty or a Street/Strip option during the install. According to Steve Macias at B&M Racing, “The choice between the two is application dependent. If you are installing our Shift Improver kit in a motorhome, a vehicle that is used for towing, or one that sees a lot of stop-and-go driving, the Heavy-Duty setup will probably be the best fit. The Heavy-Duty kit will give you firm, positive shifts, but it still delivers shifts that are comfortable enough for daily-driven street vehicles.
The Street/Strip setup is generally the way to go if you are installing this kit in a high-performance application. Whether it’s an on or off-road race vehicle or street machine, the Street/Strip setup will provide quicker, even harder shifts than a Heavy Duty install.”
The shift kit install article actually gets into the nitty-gritty of the install, and suffice to say, there’s a lot more in-depth insight and an install highlighted in this informative article. That definitely makes it worthy of a second look. For that reason, I selected Installing a B&M Shift Kit Is An Easy Upgrade You Can Do At Home as this week’s Throwback Thursday showcase article.