Following up on our two-part interview with John Lombardo of Import Performance Transmissions (IPT), some people may be interested in purchasing a modified valve body for their Tundra’s transmission.
Just to recap, IPT’s transmission modifications are designed to make your truck shift a little more crisply, reduce wear on internal transmission components, and enhance durability. One of the services IPT offers is to send you a new valve body that offers all of the above benefits.
Based on this video from IPT,swapping out the old valve body for the new one looks pretty manageable for someone with the tools and time – check it out:
In Monday’s post about dealership parts pricing secrets I wrote that “All things being equal, the manufacturer’s parts are better” than after-market parts. Correctly, a couple of comments pointed out that OEM parts are usually better, but not always. Here are some situations where after-market companies make an excellent quality part.
Comments in our recent post about the Tundra-Sequoia Air Pump TSB have uncovered wild price ranges for repair parts. Some people are able to purchase after-market air pumps from their local national parts chain (Pep Boys, for example) for less than $900, while others are being quoted nearly $1200 by their local Toyota dealer…30% higher than after-market. Obviously, this is frustrating some Tundra owners.
Also frustrating Tundra owners is the fact that a relatively simple electric pump costs $900-$1200 in the first place.
Here’s the how and why of how dealers and manufacturers price repair parts.