Scared of your AS69RC’s skiddish reputation? Seeking to add power, or dissatisfied with the sloppy and flate-filled shifts? The AS69RC is riddled with highly expensive problems that largely derive from a couple of leaky valves and a set of utterly useless accumulator pistons. This dinosaur of a transmission can be traced back to the Toyota Land Cruiser of the mid 80's and was never designed to accommodate the arduous demands of the Cummins diesel crowd.
As always, Next Gen's proprietary, machined in-house, best-selling drop-in "Bulletproof Kits" are the driving force in providing efficient and inclusive solutions to these evolving transmissions. This kit addresses both the leaky valves and the accumulation leaks, even going so far as to include drop-in sleeves to replenish the B1 and B2 valve bore and Secondary Pressure Regulator Valve Bore with NO machining needed! Best of all is our newly engineered Formula One Dual O-Ringed Billet Steel Dampener/Accumulator set.
Difficulty Level: 4 out of 10
Install Time: 2 hours*
*This kit comes with very easy to follow instructions and visuals to help you install the product as efficiently as possible. If you run into any questions or hang-ups, just call in and ask to speak to an expert!
You can expect:
- Much better shifting
- Tremendously increased longevity, resolving the dreaded B1/B2 leakage issue!
- Better clutch control
- Fixes crossleakage better than any other DIY kit on the market
- Cooler Operating Temperature
- Fixes problematic Line Pressure Bleedoff issue at High Heat/Pressure
*For those who are not in the market for our complete and ready to install valve bodies, this is the perfect DIY solution that ANYONE can do, and is designed to address the major failure points of the AS69RC once and for all.*
This kit consists of:
- 5 Billet Steel Formula One Dampener Pistons
- 1 Billet Steel K1 Accumulator Piston
- 10 Small High-Temp Accumulator Piston O-Ring Updates
- 2 Large High-Temp Accumulator Piston O-Ring Updates
- 5 External Formula One Recalibrated Dampener Springs
- 5 Internal Formula One Recalibrated Dampener Springs
- 1 Formula One Recalibrated Accumulator Piston Spring
- 1 Billet B1 Control Valve Sleeve
- 1 Billet B2 Control Valve Sleeve
- 1 Billet Secondary Pressure Regulator Valve Sleeve
- 1 Anodized B1 Control Valve Plunger
- 1 Anodized B2 Control Valve Plunger
- 1 Anodized Secondary Pressure Regulator Valve
Billet Steel "Formula One" High Pressure Pistons
The Aisin Seiki AS69RC manages oil pressure through accumulation in an extremely similar manner to it's predecessor, the AS68RC. This is nothing new, accumulation dates back to the 50's! Accumulation systems simply provide a "shock absorption" effect to oil on it's way to the clutch pack, enabling smoother shifts. As a result, it's one of the first places to look when seeking to improve the shift quality of a transmission. The AS69RC is notoriously a horrible shifting transmission with dismal self control, and for this problem in specific, our Formula One Accumulator & Dampener Piston Set is absolutely imperative!
To begin, we remove the factory pistons and springs entirely, they will become trash during the installation of our kit. The factory pistons are smooth-bore, featuring no O-Rings, PTFE Seals or otherwise to prevent billowing volumes of crossleakage. Additionally, the springs behind these pistons are insufficiently weak to ensure progressive and safe application of line pressure. These springs have been found broken but more frequently, do not hold the adequate pressure to prevent fully bottoming out during the gearshift; a prime cause of "banging" shift complaints in this transmission.
Our accumulator set was engineered and is manufactured entirely in-house to directly assert this specific issue. They feature 2 high temperature O-Rings per piston, one on each end, to suffice 2 purposes. One purpose served is to prevent oil from exiting the accumulator bore, much like to avoid compression from exiting a cylinder during the compression stroke of a motor by using piston rings. The factory pistons in this "motor" (transmission) have no piston rings.. how smart?
There beyond, the second ring is to provide axial support that prevents the steel piston from making physical contact with the bore at any point. This permanently and indefinitely resolves bore wear as the piston never actually touches the bore. The ring protrudes and cannot be compressed enough to make the piston to cause physical contact. Translation? Longevity, longevity, longevity!
Recalibrated "Formula One" Accumulator Spring Set
As mentioned in the previous section, the springs often crush completely inside the well depth of the piston, enabling the pistons to bottom out against their retainers causing a "banging" shift, or in some cases are even broken when this occurs. Our Formula One accumulator springs across various transmissions have a reputation for being unbreakable due to their immense cross-section diameters and commanding seat-pressures.
How does this solve your problems as an AS69RC owner? One of the biggest complaints we found in market data amongst the driving behavior of the AS69RC was that consumers feel the shifts are unpredictable, erratic, too soft, too harsh and simply never "just right." As instrumental as our pistons are for resolving this miasma of maladaptive behavior, so are our accumulator springs.
These drop-in springs slide into our pistons, push rod in tappet style, and stay arrow straight. They are designed to be in excess of nose pressure to any line pressure figure the AS69RC can produce under any circumstances, rendering it mathematically impossible for you to bottom these pistons out against their retainer. Further, their staunch pressure figures and double-spring feature amongst the dampener pistons ensures progressive and controlled shifts that are never aggressive. Simply a firm and concise shift oriented towards daily driving, practicality and durability!
Sleeved B1 & B2 Control Valve Sleeve & Plunger Set
From the factory, the valves that control oil flow to clutch packs B1 and B2 are made from a low quality aluminum casting. They have poor tolerance control and feature a coarse inner valve that suffers from vacuum pressure issues that we've detected in valve bodies as young as 30,000 miles. By contrast, some customers experience good luck with these components into higher mileage. We investigated this and discovered customers who made it to high mileage figures often reported frequent highway driving and oil services; making these valves less susceptible to failure. Consumers who frequent stop and go driving conditions will use these valves more, causing them to leak much faster.
We absolve this concern from discussion by sleeving these valve bores with CNC machined aluminum sleeves. Inside, a drop-in anodized plunger valve with smooth bores will be inserted to ensure excellent longevity and negating the potential for vacuum leaks over time. Further, the cleaning lands found on the factory control valve are frequent catalysts of valve seizure. The anodized plunger and sleeve used in this kit travel in a perfect axial fashion preventing any potential for seizure.
Secondary Pressure Regulator Valve Sleeve & Valve
Perhaps most prolific of the AS69RC valve body problems is oil pressure exiting the pressure regulator valve bore. Think of this as the bow of a boat, when it leaks, the boat cannot float. In transmission terms, the clutch pack cannot engage. Similar to our solution for the B1 and B2 control valves, we include a CNC machined sleeve and plunger valve designed to restore life to day one, and keep it there. This also enables you to maintain 100% of your line pressure even at high pressure or temperature figures.
This is important because the first place crossleaks present is at the top of the pressure and temperature ranges of the transmission, similar to boost leaks in a turbo'd motor. This drop-in modification will keep pressure pristinely confident about all usable ranges of this transmissions hydraulic systems.
If you’re looking for a DIY solution to your AS69RC that does not require a transmission drop, tremendous shop labor costs or going broke, there’s is no better product than our BulletproofAS69 kit. This bestselling product is easy to install, affordable and delivers huge improvements to the AS69RC at any mileage or rebuild. If you still have questions, we encourage to call in and speak to one of our experts!