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Ford 6R60/6R80 Overdrive Drum and Front Planet Compatibility

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The Complaint

Soon after overhaul, a Ford 6R60/6R80 Transmission starts to develop a variety of operational issues. A pan drop reveals metal shavings suspended in the fluid. Upon disassembly of the transmission, the overdrive drum and the forward planet exhibit damage to their mating surfaces.

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The Cause

Sometime during the 2008 model year these two components were changed. Prior to 2008 the overdrive drum ring gear area was flush with the teeth of the ring gear. The 2008 and later drum now has a step cut into it at that location; refer to figure 1 above.

The forward planet which snaps into the forward drum has a splined area that may contact the overdrive drum ring gear. The planet splines changed dimensions to match the overdrive drum. Prior to 2008 the splines had a thickness of .250”, 2008 and later the splines increased in thickness to .370” as seen in figure 6 below.

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Figure 2.

In this scenario the builder mistakenly tried to use the early drum with the late planet, which caused the two components to rub on each other resulting in the above complaint.

The Correction

The overdrive drum and forward planet as a matched set can be used in either the early or late transmissions but they must be compatible with each other.

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