Bearings instead of thrust washers?

matt69olds

Ain’t no feeling like Oldsmobling!
#1
Too much time bench racing!! Just out of curiosity, TH400 trans, if you machined every surface that has a thrust washer for a bearing, what if anything could you expect to see on a time slip? Ever done a back to back test on a dyno? I would think it would have to be worth something, as much as GM pinches every penny they wouldn’t have spent all the time and effort to machine the 4L80 instead of thrust washers. I’m sure it was more of a fuel economy concern over performance, but reduced friction saves fuel just as easily as reduces ET. Just curious if there is anything scientific to prove or disprove
 

dank GN

BlackArts Automotive (661)993-8277
#2
They have kits that you just replace all the thrust plastic shims with toringston bearings. I have done it and don’t think it’s worth anything on the time slip. It’s more of making the trans last longer at higher power levels.
 

TexasT

Texas, Where are you from
#3
as long as you maintain the fluid wedge in the unit the bearing isn't helping. But when the forces push the fluid out and parts make contact, a roller or ball sure helps. This is why the fluid and internal pressures are so important. And new bushings and setting the clearances really make a difference in how long an overhaul goes.