When you're converting a car's drivetrain, there are so many parts to remember and to make matter's worse, most companies offer "complete kits" but they're a little liberal with their definition of complete. They may lack a driveshaft, crossmember, sheetmetal, pedals, etc. Our kits are complete. If you're inquiring for an application we don't offer a complete kit for, we're upfront and honest with which parts we have and which you'll have to source or fabricate yourself.
If you're comparing kits, here are a few things to look for:
An itemized quote in writing - The only way to know if your kit's complete is to see what's included in the kit. If you don't understand what a line item is, call and ask the person who provided you the quote.
Missing Parts - Call and ask the person who prepared your quote, perhaps they just didn't realize you needed the part or maybe they don't offer it, which could mean you'll run into issues during installation or extra expense and time spent to source your own.
Included parts you don't need - Perhaps one company also quoted a flywheel and clutch and a few other parts you already have. Call the company and let them know you already have the parts and ask to take them off the quote. That will allow you to better compare the quote's bottom line with the other quotes you have.
Quality - Check out images online and search for reviews. Chances are you're not the first person to do the conversion and there'll be lots of reviews of the quality of the products as well as the customer service after the sale. Also, if you need further reassurance, most companies can supply you with a referral from someone who purchased the same kit.
Clear and complete instructions - A company should be willing to supply you with instructions for your kit so you can see what you're getting into before you buy. It'll also help your mechanic if he's quoting labor. Plus, nothing's worse than cutting too much tunnel out because you didn't have a cutting template or pulling out the entire kit because you forgot to dial in your bell housing.
Tech Support - Even the best instructions and best products sometimes require a little extra guidance; there are just too many variables. So, you'll want to make sure the company has a tech department with knowledgable associates who can guide you through installation or trouble shooting - even a decade or more after the purchase! You'll find lots of reviews of tech support online too.
Of course, we think you'll find the most complete kits, best quality and stellar customer service from Silver Sport Transmissions. In fact, we have a whole series on YouTube about the craftsmanship and research that goes into our kits.
Check it out!