Have you broken a Level II, V, or MXXVII 4L60E that is supposedly 700 HP capable with 450 HP? Multiple times?
Have you ever read a build list for a 4L60E/65/70 and wondered why it sounded like everything in the trans was replaced for a performance build?
That is because it's the wrong unit to use in a big power application. We're not here to mislead you. We could build and sell a very well built 4L60E that would compete with anybody's on the market. There is more demand for this unit, so business wise, it makes sense to pursue that market.
We specialize in 4L80Es because we KNOW it is the only real option for REAL power with reliability.
Other builders are afraid to cut into their sales and tell you this. We're not. We just want to be sure you get the strongest option available at the best price the first time.
If this makes sense to you, take a look at our 4L80E options below.
The 4L80E is the descendant of the "Ole Reliable" TH400 transmission. It shares many components and design features. At Jake's Performance the 4L80E is our most popular transmission. We have built them for applications ranging from heavy towing vehicles to 1800+ HP street/strip cars.
The 4L80E has proven reliable like it's predecessor.
Most of our development time is spent on the 4L80E. Look for some innovative new products in the near future that should make the 4L80E even stronger.
As with all Jake's Performance transmissions they start with a select core that is disassembled, the case is blasted clean, hot tanked, pressure washed, inspected, painted and prepped for reassembly. They also include all new friction clutches, bands, steel plates, soft parts, filter, modulator (if applicable), as well as hydraulic upgrades, bearings added at several thrust locations, and other modifications depending on power level.
We have established ourselves in the industry with our exclusive innovative 4L80E valve body designs whether we use our in house recalibration kit, or one of our transbrakes, you are getting what no other company in the industry has. Our valve body hydraulics have proven themselves repeatedly and our transbrakes have set the standard for release time.
We specialize in building the 4L80E for retrofit applications. If you have a 500+ HP musclecar, late model LSx powered car, or other combo that demands THE bulletproof trans, we can build it for you.
We have several upgrade options for the various stages of 4L80E.
We offer two different transbrakes. Both designs will work in a stock depth pan.
Our D1 transbrake, also known as the Manual Low transbrake, allows normal reverse operation but requires the gear selector to be in the 1st or low gear position to operate. It is a very quick acting transbrake. It works very well in full manual configuration. It has some special tuning considerations for use with a controller in an automatic shift situation.
Our D3 transbrake allows for transbrake operation in any forward gear range. It requires transbrake activation for reverse. It works very well in automatic computer controlled applications because the shifter can be left in D3 and the controller shifts the transmission, instead of requiring the driver to shift from D1 after launch.
We also offer 6 pinion heavy duty 2.75 ratio gearsets for $1100 additonal. These work well in heavy vehicles and some towing or 4x4 applications.
We offer 2.10 ratio gearsets for $1800 additonal. These work well in big power drag racing combos that need to tame the launch.
Aluminum Direct Drum Upgrades for high rpm combos.
$550 for 34 element sprag aluminum drum.
$850 for 36 element Super Sprag aluminum drum.
Mechanical Speedo Conversions are available for $550 additional. This allows cable driven speedometers to operate with the 4L80E.
The Street/Strip (Stage 2) 4L80E includes all new friction materials, steels, bands, rollerized forward hub, rollerized output shaft thrust, heavy duty intermediate snap ring, 6 clutch direct pack, Hi-Energy carbon clutches in select locations, hydraulic modifications for much increased power capacity and firmer shifting. All 4L80Es also include a new boost valve assembly, new shift solenoids, manifold pressure switch, internal wiring, as applicable.
All pricing excludes core cost. See below for core cost.
The lowest level 4L80E we sell is reliable and warranteed at 750 HP.
4L80-2A Auto Shift for computer controlled applications $2700
4L80-2FM Full manual forward pattern $2800
4L80-2ATB1 Automatic shift with Manual Low Transbrake (transbrake can only be activated in manual low position) $3000
4L80-2FMTB1 Full manual forward pattern with Manual Low Transbrake $3100
4L80-2ATB3 Auto Shift with D3 transbrake. . $3200
4L80-2FMTB3 Full manual shift with D3 brake. Allows 2nd or even 3rd gear launch. $3300
The Stage 3 build has the billet input shaft and forward hub for applications above 750 HP. This build will handle well over 1000 HP assuming moderate RPM range (less than 7000 rpm), average or lighter weight vehicle, and no large N2O usage.
4L80-3A Auto Shift for computer controlled applications $3200
4L80-3FM Full manual forward pattern $3300
4L80-3ATB1 Automatic shift with Manual Low Transbrake (transbrake can only be activated in manual low position) $3400
4L80-3FMTB1 Full manual forward pattern with Manual Low Transbrake $3500
4L80-3ATB3 Auto Shift with D3 transbrake. . $3800
4L80-3FMTB3 Full manual shift with D3 brake. Allows 2nd or even 3rd gear launch. $3900
Stage 4 4L80E includes a billet input shaft, billet rollerized forward hub, and billet intermediate shaft. This makes it reliable to approximately 1000 HP/TQ. It will work at higher power levels if the RPM is less than 7000 RPM.
4L80-4A Auto Shift for computer controlled applications $3500
4L80-4FM Full manual forward pattern $3600
4L80-4ATB1 Automatic shift with Manual Low Transbrake (transbrake can only be activated in manual low position) $3800
4L80-4FMTB1 Full manual forward pattern with Manual Low Transbrake $3900
4L80-4ATB3 Auto Shift with D3 transbrake. . $4000
4L80-4FMTB3 Full manual shift with D3 brake. Allows 2nd or even 3rd gear launch. $4100
Stage 5 4L80E build is the Stage 4 build but adds a 36 element sprag Super Drum for increased power capacity up to and over 1400-1500 HP/TQ.
4L80-5A Auto Shift for computer controlled applications $4200
4L80-5FM Full manual forward pattern $4300
4L80-5ATB1 Automatic shift with Manual Low Transbrake (transbrake can only be activated in manual low position) $4500
4L80-5FMTB1 Full manual forward pattern with Manual Low Transbrake $4600
4L80-5ATB3 Auto Shift with D3 transbrake. . $4700
4L80-5FMTB3 Full manual shift with D3 brake. Allows 2nd or even 3rd gear launch. $4800
4L80-5ATB3-210 Auto Shift with D3 transbrake, 2.10 gearset. $6000
4l80-5ATB3-210-36A Auto Shift, D3 transbrake, 2.10 gearset, aluminum 36 element drum $6450
91-96 core charge- No additional charge.
We are also offering a freshen up program for our customers who need a repair or rebuild after the warranty period or for maintenance in high powered combo's. This service includes all new frictions, steels, bands, shift solenoids, rebuild labor, and dyno time. It does not include the converter cut and clean, or hard parts. It is only applicable to Jake's Performance builds and customers. The 4L80E service will be $1000.
97-99 (6 bolt bellhousing)- No additional charge
2000-up with 7 bolt bellhousing- $300
Mechanical speedometer tailhousing kits are available WITH transmission for $550 additional. These include the tailhousing with new bushing, seal, o-ring, speedometer gears calibrated for your combo, and driven speedo housing.
Electronic Controllers are available with your transmission for retrofit applications to use automatic function.
We use and sell the Optishift controller.
It has proven to be an excellent controller at a reasonable cost with the harness.
We offer special pricing when purchased with a transmission.
Normal pricing is $590.