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I'm building up a '93 42RH to put in my '89 Dakota, and I've got a couple questions.

First off, here are the two kits I'm looking at.

http://www.ctpowertrain.com/servlet/the-134/A500-(40RH-dsh-42RE-fdsh-H-dsh-44RE)-SUPER-REBUILD/Detail

http://www.700r4l60e.com/store/product.php?productid=14&cat=4&bestseller=Y

Here are my questions:

1. Will the "updated 1.6 wide front band" in the CTH kit fit in my trans without any problems?

2. I was told I may need a bigger "drum" for the additional clutches. If I want to keep the factory drum, can I simply leave out the extra clutches and steels?

3. Is there something I'm missing that makes the Pro-Built kit worth the extra $250? I see it includes the Transgo kit and rear band but I can get the kit elsewhere for $109 and the rear band for $40.

Thanks!
Ivan
 

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Since I'm a complete rookie on this and may be doing the same in the not too distant future, I'll give you my poor man's answer.
I don't see what would make the second kit worth almost $400.
You will always need frictions, steels, seals, o-rings. The TFOD jr for about $25 should give you the lube in park that should make the tranny last longer. I don't generally see a need for higher energy frictions, as the shift energy won't be elevated unless you have HP mods in the engine - that's just throwing money away.
I would buy the cheaper kit, then splurge on the hard parts that you find worn. I just can't see spending 4 hamiltons up front and still needing a couple more to finish the job.
 

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As to the second kit you posted, there is a kit on eBay with Red Alto clutches and Kolene steels for $327 and I believe it would be a stronger kit than either you posted. That's an option if you want to beef up the trans a little bit. But if you just drive the vehicle, no mods, no heavy towing or hauling, I think the first kit you posted would suffice.
 

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You might've searched the wrong trans.. I can't find anything for the A500 over $230. But I absolutely second splurging for the Alto/Kolene packs. They are far superior (they are king in the racing world) to the Raybestos/Borg Warner "OEM Quality" parts that the lower priced kits have. Also go for the Kevlar bands. It's a better band for not much more than the standard ones.

As for what size band, you need to measure your old one..

This is the kit I would use. The only things you'll need to get separately are the bands and the pump bushings.. All told you should come in under $300 and that trans will be damn near bulletproof.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A500-40RH-42RH-42RE-Chrysler-Dodge-Red-Eagle-Kolene-Transmission-Rebuild-Kit-/200686999229?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2eb9e096bd&vxp=mtr
 
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