The SEMA show will see the release of a new aftermarket component from TCI Automotive, the 4X Transmission Bellhousing Adapter and Flexplate Kit enabling installation of a GM 4L60E transmission in a vehicle motivated by a Ford small block engine.
The kit adds the GM 4L60E as an additional four-speed overdrive transmission choice for small block applications, while keeping necessary modifications to a minimum.
The TCI Automotive 4X Transmission Bellhousing Adapter and Flexplate Kit includes a precision-machined bellhousing adapter with strengthening ribs. Handy access is provided to the torque converter bolts by an inspection plate. An engine-specific steel flexplate enables connecting the GM transmission with the Ford converter. Its compact design means that no tunnel mods are necessary.
The basic kit is priced at $712.99. TCI Automotive also offers a more comprehensive package that adds a transmission cooler, a dipstick, and supporting hardware to the bellhousing adapter and flexplate. The kit can also be used with a TCI Automotive 4X transmission instead of a GM 4L60E.
The GM 4L60E transmission was first introduced in 1997 as the electronic version of the 1990-debuted 4L60. The 4L60E transmission was used in production GM vehicles through 2013 thanks to its high versatility and various updates to its design. It is operated by two solenoids that can be activated in sequences allowing four different gear ratios.
The 4L60E transmission is a four-speed able to handle transmission of engine power for vehicles of up to 6,000 pounds gross weight in its stock configuration. It is rated to support up to 360 pound-feet of torque and can be used with either V6 or V8 engines in its OEM form. The transmission is a favorite for rebuilds, with some strengthened versions capable of operating with engines developing over 1,000 horsepower.
The upcoming SEMA show where the kit will debut is scheduled for October 31st through November 3rd, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. While the show itself is open only to the automotive trade, SEMA Fest on November 3rd and 4th is a “celebration of music, motorsports and car culture” at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds and is open to the general public.