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What is Shift Kit? by Melbourne Performance Shift Kits |

May 11, 2017


What is a Shift Kit?  by Melbourne Performance Shift Kits |


Everyone in today’s generation demand a transmission which shifts faster, is durable, and delivers excellent fuel economy all at the same time.


To accomplish these benefits we would install what is known as an automatic transmission shift kit, which is probably one of the most misunderstood upgrades in the automotive world.


Many people know the words, but not many fully understand what a shift kit truly does or why it’s desired. In short, an automatic transmission shift kit modifies the transmission’s shift timing in order to dramatically increase shift firmness and durability of the transmission components.


For automatic transmissions manufactures calibrate the transmission to perform smooth transition between gears. This is done by introducing a “shift overlap” condition which means that one component, say a servo applied band is holding a drum from spinning which creates a particular gear, this will then release pressure while another element in   motion say; a clutch drum is beginning to apply and because there is two elements in motion for a couple of seconds this is where the slipping or soft shift happens-as there is no full engagement of either gear. Eliminating the shift overlap is what a shift kit does and this will reduce friction wear and will make shifts more firmer.




Most vehicle owners are willing to live with the faster shift patterns in exchange for the extended durability and added fuel economy. Plus, the fact that shift kits can be installed in a few hours without removing the transmission from the vehicle makes them a logical upgrade.


MPS kits specialises in Commodore VT/VX/VY shift kit Installations. CALL NOW 0435 928 517

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