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Torque Converter Selection - Transparent Performance

Picking The Right Converter Is The Key To Performance

By Wayne Scraba

Tire size and code: Through extensive testing and customer feedback, performance converter manufacturers have identified the characteristics of many tires. Tire growth, sidewall characteristics, and compounds are taken into account when selecting a torque converter. This testing has also determined which tires work and which don't with automatic transmission combinations. Much of this applies to the newest high-traction street tires now available.

Miscellaneous
In addition, information on your fuel type and if you use nitrous oxide or if the engine is supercharged or turbocharged: The tach type is considered, as is information on motor mount mid-plates, flexplate bolt circle, past performance, past equipment tested, and so on. Expect a barrage of questions before the right converter is selected.

As you can see, one size certainly doesn't fit all when it comes to torque converters. All of the major companies employ skilled technicians with a wealth of information available, but it's paramount that you provide accurate information about your combination. If the selection is done right, the performance of your converter will almost seem transparent. You won't be sorry and the cost of the telephone call is minimal when you consider how poorly your car will run with the wrong torque converter.

SOURCES
Art Carr Performance Products
5301 Longley #46
Reno
NV  89511
Hughes Performance
2244 W. McDowell
Phoenix
AZ  85009
A-1 Automatic Transmissions
7359 Canoga Ave.
Canoga Park
CA  91303
J.W. Performance Transmissions
1826 Baldwin St
Rockledge
FL  32955
321-632-6205
www.auto2000.com/jw
ATI
Baltimore
MD
800-284-3433
www.atiracing.com
TCI Automotive
151 Industrial Dr.
Ashland
MS  38603
662-224-8972
www.tciauto.com
B&M Automotive Products
9142 Independence Ave.
Chatsworth
CA  91311
Turbo Action
1535 Owens Rd.
Jacksonville
FL  32218-1639
904-741-4850
Coan Engineering
1602 E. Havens St.
Kokomo
IN  46901-3176
By Wayne Scraba
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