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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.

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.

Art Carr Performance Products
5301 Longley #46
NV  89511
Hughes Performance
2244 W. McDowell
AZ  85009
A-1 Automatic Transmissions
7359 Canoga Ave.
Canoga Park
CA  91303
J.W. Performance Transmissions
1826 Baldwin St
FL  32955
TCI Automotive
151 Industrial Dr.
MS  38603
B&M Automotive Products
9142 Independence Ave.
CA  91311
Turbo Action
1535 Owens Rd.
FL  32218-1639
Coan Engineering
1602 E. Havens St.
IN  46901-3176
By Wayne Scraba
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