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ummmx2 Oct 30, 5:48am - #313457 
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shift kits

nebody ever hear of these for the automatic transmission. not too expensive..heard about $300 installed (kit and labor)..says it reduces shift time..and you have full control of when to shift between gears 1, 2, and 3, and you can downshift at anytime..with the luxury of the fully automatic D gear as well..wut you guys think? im wondering how you would be able to control the gears like that? www.transgo.com
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Pnoy Oct 30, 6:21am - #313458 
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"Driver controlled shifts Dramatic increase in firmness, control & durability" - Transgo Performance. Sound just like results you get when you buy a short shifter and it only costs you less that $300 with labor and snaks idunnorofl
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ummmx2 Oct 30, 6:25am - #313459 
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short shifter for auto that lets you control shift points? where
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ummmx2 Oct 30, 7:15pm - #313460 
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eddie_725 Oct 30, 8:11pm - #313461 
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i think its bs

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mata fact it never died so I take that back" -Lil Wayne-
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drkramm Oct 30, 9:40pm - #313462 
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short shifter is for a manuel car shift kits (shift improver) are for auto
that was to clarify
and yes they are real they do help a lot you can pick what gear you want now with out the kit but if they do make a kit for the celica i would recomend it

and its not bs

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Rave669 Oct 30, 10:54pm - #313463 

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Originally Posted by eddie_725

i think its bs


Then you obviously don'tknow much about cars, shift kits have been around for decades, they recalibrate the valve body in auto transmissions, lessening the time between gears and increasing fluid pressure in the valve body itself. these make a big difference, not as much as a decent torque convertor, but nonetheless, they are quite effective.

TransGo has been around for a while, but many of their kits aren't quite performance-oriented shift kits for the most part. most of their kits are used in rebuilding a worn auto tranny. Make sure if you order one from them, that it's a performance shift kit (street/strip kits usually give the best compromise for racing and streetability)

Auto's like that on the GT are not meant to be manually shifted via the gear selector, rather, they use a transmission kickdown cable to downshift the car when you press on the gas. Some kits are designed to allow you to manually select gears with the shift lever, and shift on the fly without damaging the transmission (sort of like upgrading your tranny to a tiptronic) only it doesn't rely on an electric solenoid to do this.

These are not all that easy to install yourself anymore, it's best if you get a tranny shop to do it for you.

Level 10 is another source for these. I also think that their pricing is a little bit understated; $300 installed, maybe in a Turbo Hydromatic 350, but on a modern tranny like those in the celica, look to pay closer to $500-$600 for the same job.

Also, TurboEast (used to be TBKO) has just re-issued the ESK (Electronic Shift Kit) for the Lexus IS300 and other lexus models. These will work on the celica (due to similarities between the IS300 and celica GTS trannies) although you must splice it into the harness (2 ECU connections, two sensor connections on the tranny, power and ground) They were going to make an application-specific version for the celica a while back, and I have e-mailed them regarding this, still no word back yet. their site is at http://www.turboeast.com/

These work by controlling the solenoid in the transmission, and maxing out the fluid pressure. it is almost as effective as a traditional shift kit, but it can be switched on and off to suit your needs. downshifts with this unit tend to be a bit harsh, but this can be fixed by putting a WOT switch on the unit, so it only engages at wide open throttle.

Shift kits firm up your shifts and make the ride less cushy in the process, but they also increase the longevity of your transmission (firmer and faster shifts lessen the wear caused by the increased slippage in the factory configuration)

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Rocketman Oct 31, 3:21am - #313464 

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Originally Posted by Rave669
Originally Posted by eddie_725
i think its bs


Then you obviously don'tknow much about cars, shift kits have been around for decades, they recalibrate the valve body in auto transmissions, lessening the time between gears and increasing fluid pressure in the valve body itself. these make a big difference, not as much as a decent torque convertor, but nonetheless, they are quite effective.

TransGo has been around for a while, but many of their kits aren't quite performance-oriented shift kits for the most part. most of their kits are used in rebuilding a worn auto tranny. Make sure if you order one from them, that it's a performance shift kit (street/strip kits usually give the best compromise for racing and streetability)

Auto's like that on the GT are not meant to be manually shifted via the gear selector, rather, they use a transmission kickdown cable to downshift the car when you press on the gas. Some kits are designed to allow you to manually select gears with the shift lever, and shift on the fly without damaging the transmission (sort of like upgrading your tranny to a tiptronic) only it doesn't rely on an electric solenoid to do this.

These are not all that easy to install yourself anymore, it's best if you get a tranny shop to do it for you.

Level 10 is another source for these. I also think that their pricing is a little bit understated; $300 installed, maybe in a Turbo Hydromatic 350, but on a modern tranny like those in the celica, look to pay closer to $500-$600 for the same job.

Also, TurboEast (used to be TBKO) has just re-issued the ESK (Electronic Shift Kit) for the Lexus IS300 and other lexus models. These will work on the celica (due to similarities between the IS300 and celica GTS trannies) although you must splice it into the harness (2 ECU connections, two sensor connections on the tranny, power and ground) They were going to make an application-specific version for the celica a while back, and I have e-mailed them regarding this, still no word back yet. their site is at http://www.turboeast.com/

These work by controlling the solenoid in the transmission, and maxing out the fluid pressure. it is almost as effective as a traditional shift kit, but it can be switched on and off to suit your needs. downshifts with this unit tend to be a bit harsh, but this can be fixed by putting a WOT switch on the unit, so it only engages at wide open throttle.

Shift kits firm up your shifts and make the ride less cushy in the process, but they also increase the longevity of your transmission (firmer and faster shifts lessen the wear caused by the increased slippage in the factory configuration)


I remember seeing these about 7 years back. I originally was looking for parts for my sunfire that I previously owned and stumbled accross this.
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ummmx2 Oct 31, 7:21am - #313465 
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thanx a lot for the info rave 669
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Genomaxter Oct 31, 7:49am - #313466 
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Im lost, is this another type of auto-manual or what?? I havnt been into cars for too long (2 years) and Ive never heard of this. IM SOOO CONFUSED!!!! thatsfunny confused
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shoulin Oct 31, 7:51am - #313467 

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no no, a shift kit really does work, they are used in hotrods ... they make it so when the tranny kicks in, that it really KICKS IN, if they made one for our auto trannys it would really be something to look at
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XxMerlinxX Nov 1, 5:41am - #313468 
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I've actually got the only other TBKO shift kit intended for the celica. I purchased it waaaaay back when I first got my celica. Never put it on cause I've been planning on doing the 6-speed swap (don't wanna hear about how much it's gonna cost, guy on here did it for $2500, that's good enough for me). The other one was sold as well, but I don't know to who.

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blahman Nov 1, 9:23pm - #313469 

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yea im confused too...would i be able to shift the auto if i get the kit? is it sorta like the sport shift in the gts?
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