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1970z28
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 81
posted August 17, 2004 07:28 PM  
we are going to switch over to a glide soon, has anybody ran a direct drive. what all do you have to do to install this. any special things that has to be done to the tranny before. like a hardened shaft, push start kit. thanks..

powerglides
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted August 18, 2004 09:39 AM  
Direct drive is built into the tranny. Not just bolting on a coupler. Hardened shaft is not needed in a street stock. You can install a push start and use it to get you going but it still does not fix reverse. Getting a direct valve body is not the best idea either since the rest of the tranny is still old and worn. I would talk to a reputable builder and take his advice. IMHO

0six
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted August 18, 2004 10:30 AM  
i spun mine around on the track showing my **** 2 weeks ago after someone spun me out and broke my rear end carrier and something in my direct drive glide. BE CAREFUL WITH IT!!

eborcim
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted August 18, 2004 11:48 AM  
If you don't run a torque converter then you need a direct drive from the flexplate. If you don't have a newer valve body (like TCI sells) with the control already built in, you will need a dump valve setup, either manual ball valve or connected to a pedal. If you want push start capability you need a bump start valve setup too. If you've never built one I would suggest buying a complete setup. Like Powerglides said it has to be put together correctly.

eaton89
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 268
posted August 18, 2004 07:01 PM  
I thought running direct would cost more so I took second gear out put in a TCI manuel valve body and 11 inch converter and I love it. Its faster then the guys(at my track) running direct drive on the restarts.

    

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