Down Shift Linkage

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  1. Columbus Comet

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    Can you run C4 without downshift linkage. It's a stock tranny. Replaced carb and intake with eldebrock performer and couldn't figure how to hook it up.
     
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    i don't have any on mine. it's a track only car. but, i would think it's the same principle. if i want to go faster i just give it more gas.:)
     
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    I've ran my 84 pickup without a kickdown linkage for years. Matter of fact, I took it loose because when it downshifted, it would actually slow down instead of going faster! I think it is a C6, but still the same deal as a C4. You can always manually downshift it with the shifter if you needed to.
     
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    Its only used for kicking down a gear for passing. You can do the same thing by pulling the shift lever down. Will work just fine without it.
     
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    If you have an edlebrock carb....you just need to buy the linkage for the kickdown.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    Yep, it'll run "fine" without the kick-down linkage but it won't run right.
    On the street you can have problems with double shifts going to high and soft down shift from 3 to 2.
    Most of the time it all seems fine and unless you had a gauge on it you won't notice the damage being done. Let's face it - if it ran right without the linkage Ford would save the millions of dollars it spends (spent) installing and adjusting them.
     
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    Thats BS. It will run fine without it and it will not do any damage.
     
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    The downshift linkage is actually a line pressure booster, You can run without it BUT with a lot of power or a worn trans you may slip clutches, FORD did put it there for a purpose. I do run the linkage on mine, its only triggered a wide open throttle. Lockar makes the linkage just for a C4.
     
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    Thanks for the input Blown 5.0.
    Its good to see that there are people who understand the inner workings of the tranny.
    Manually shifting also increases the line pressure too. So if you always shift manually then you have no need for the kick-down leveror valve.
    Paul
     

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