So you want to install a 4L80E? Learn from my mistakes (and successes!)

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vandyman

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jul 16, 2017
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I picked up a 4l80e, harness, and controller out of a 95 diesel van. The controller is marked as 16147609 (chip AXNA).
Now the Ecm/tcm is supposed to be a stand alone unit. I am just a little confused about the ecm/tcm, as to what I need hooked up.
And I am not sure if I can use the torque converter or not. I assume that the torque converter has a to low of a stall speed to be used.
Anyway I am going to put this in my 86 Monte after I figure out the control.

Any help, ideas is appreciated.

Vandyman

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Pronto-

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Dec 4, 2014
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454GrandPrix

454GrandPrix

Master Mechanic
Jul 27, 2016
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Any word on the Winters Shifter install?
Yes, I finally purchased and installed my shifter back in August. This required a bit of work. On the inside, I had to make some custom steel brackets to attach the shifter and keep it level. Underneath, I had to re-engineer the cable attachment to the transmission in order for it to clear my header collector.

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I had already cut a rectangular hole in my carpet for the junkyard shifter I was using, so I just made that hole a little longer until it fit over the shifter's console. Sorry, but I don't have a photo handy at the moment which shows the reassembled result.

After I fine-tuned the cable length adjustment, it works perfectly. You get positive shifts into every gear, and the zig zag pattern ensures you won't go past the gear you want. This is a solid unit and feels very substantial as you move through the gate. I'd recommend it to anyone.
 
MC96

MC96

Master Mechanic
Dec 7, 2015
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I have a 4l80 and a winters shifter going in my car as well.

Plan on picking up one of these next month (I have a MCSS). and flush mounting it on top
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And using the weld on floor plates to get mostly there or use them as a template for something to match my floor.
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quicksabre

quicksabre

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Sep 30, 2016
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Western OH
#35
I used a CheetahSCS shifter with a custom gate plate for the additional gear. It fits within the stock console but I had to recess the shifter body into the floor slightly. Winters should be similar.
 

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