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Old 02-14-2011, 12:32 PM   #1
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So Yesterday I pulled out a A520 transmission from a 89' Daytona tbi car. I plan on using this to replace my A555 which only has 1st/Reverse *not sure whats up with that*. The yard I got it from is Pull n' Save in Spokane, Wa and they drill holes into everything to drain fluids, so I need to get those welded shut.. Anyhow onto the main reason for this thread. I want to make sure this tranny doesn't grenade like the A555 I have. Also I would like to know a good way to check over the tranny to know if its any good. *it spun smooth and the fork arm moved like glass.. As a disclaimer from this point of the thread forward I will be discussing some parts from vendors not associated with this thread.

Has anyone ever used the Omni Potent Parts that follow:

Chrome Moly Transmission Plate -SKU 1001
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I wanted to some user feedback and I am open to any ideas that you guys have seeing as I want a robust transmission I don't have to replace every year...
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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you could tap the holes and use them as drains for the oil lol

and as for the plate that should make it a bunch stronger lol and the lsd that should be fun lol
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you could tap the holes and use them as drains for the oil lol

and as for the plate that should make it a bunch stronger lol and the lsd that should be fun lol
well one is right under the gearset.. and the other is kinda high up.. I assume thats the first one then they realized that they derped and made the second one.

As for the lsd, its cheaper then other ones plus I will only drive the car a few months a year... with very limited track time.. so mostly road warrior stuff
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LOL stupid people drilling holes, but if you were closer i could weld that for you, but you can learn about trans internals lol, if ya need help call i can walk you threw this haha
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You should install a magnetic drain plug in the diff housing and change your tranny oil often, like once a year if you don't drive it much. Those types of lsd's put metal in you trans as they wear out.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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should already have a magnet in the diff pan already, and after you are done installing those in that trans, that will be a fun car to tear up the streets
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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Transmission plate is fine.

Skip the block "LSD" unless you want metal shaving in your transmission oil.
Get the OBX LSD.

Less than 5000 miles on this unit.










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Old 02-22-2011, 10:01 PM   #8
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WOW thats a screwed up dif forsure. Make sure the input shaft doesnt have too much play. Also look for excessive metal shavings in the trans. OBX is a great LSD and I have used in a couple cars with good success. I also find that using synthetic oil in the trans has extended the life of many of my 5 speed. Can't beat superior oiling.
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HOLY GOD that is one screwed up Diff

Turbokid how do you like synthetic oil in your trans and does it shift differently then conventional oil, i thought that was not recommended in our trans
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I have had GREAT success with synthetic oil and havent notice as much *noise* as I did before in my a555. I honestly think it does make a difference. I was using 5w30 mobil 1 but have switched over to royal purple and its great stuff. Change my fluid every 15k or so with no issues.
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I have had GREAT success with synthetic oil and havent notice as much *noise* as I did before in my a555. I honestly think it does make a difference. I was using 5w30 mobil 1 but have switched over to royal purple and its great stuff. Change my fluid every 15k or so with no issues.
HMM i am going to have to try some synthetic oil in my A525 rebuild in my turismo and put some in my tona
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Thread can be closed as the Transmission guy on the car discovered that the JY used a punch instead of a drill which damaged the ring gear.. FML
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