EconoMax™ 68RFE Transmission w/ Torque Converter (550HP)

Next Gen Drivetrain, Inc.

Introduction:

     Back by popular demand is our EconoMax™ series of our 68RFE transmission lineup. The 68RFE is easily one of the most problematic and untrustworthy transmissions that currently plagues the diesel truck world. It is a promising source of overdrive failure, broken input shafts and crossleaking valve bodies to say the very least. We even did a full-length technical publication on the 68RFE, it’s problems and it’s solutions. You can read more here:

>>> Transmissions 101: 68RFE Transmission • Problems & Solutions

     Fortunately, we have gone back to the drawing board in the interest of creating a product that was affordable and practical while maintaining all of the necessary updates and improvements to live the longest life possible; a "once and done" transmission. The result was our incredibly long-lasting and crisp-shifting StockPlus 68RFE Transmission.

Note: This is a complete transmission, not a rebuild kit. If you would like to build this transmission at home yourself, or have a transmission shop that you’d like to have build your transmission, you can use our rebuild kit version of this transmission. You can see the EconoMax™ 68RFE Rebuild Kit here:

>>> EconoMax™ 68RFE Rebuild Kit w/ Torque Converter (550HP)


Why Choose an EconoMax
™ Series Transmission?

     EconoMax Series transmissions are designed to rival the cost of an OEM replacement, but far more reliable, featuring all essentials necessary to withstand the test of time for factory power or lightly modified applications. These transmissions generally feature upgraded pumps, valve bodies, torque converters and friction materials whilst also consisting of a complete and total remanufacturing in excess of all OEM specifications. EconoMax Series transmissions shift smoothly, operate at comfortably low temperatures and are designed to optimize for longevity, low cost of lifetime maintenance and direct OEM compatibility.

     You can find EconoMaxSeries transmissions in everything from farm trucks, to construction vehicles to forever cars for your local family of 5. Their blend of concise shifts, low cost of maintenance and tremendous reliability make them an attractive option for the majority of people looking for an entry level transmission with top shelf reliability. If that isn’t attractive enough, these transmissions feature a 2 year, unlimited mile warranty. If you’re looking to take advantage of Next Gen Drivetrain technology at an affordable price-point, the EconoMax™ is an excellent option.


Why Choose Next Gen Drivetrain, Inc.?

     Next Gen Drivetrain, Inc. is a Veteran Owned and Operated company in gorgeous San Diego, California that specializes in engineering, developing and manufacturing the height of automotive transmission technology. Unlike most transmission companies that simply buy often foreign-made parts from their supplier, rebuild a transmission and sell it to you at an upcharge, Next Gen Drivetrain, Inc. is not a transmission shop or simple transmission rebuilding facility. We are an engineering and manufacturing firm specializing in automotive transmission technology, ranging from exotic imports to muscle cars to diesel trucks.

     We’ve invented dozens and dozens of different unique transmission parts from nothing that are exclusive to Next Gen, not to mention developing over 100 different custom transmission and torque converter build sheets. We do not sell our popular inventions such as our Project Carbon valve body upgrade kits to other large transmission companies, making Next Gen products truly unique to Next Gen Drivetrain. Next Gen Drivetrain parts are proprietarily engineered in-house and manufactured right here in San Diego, California.

     Further, everything we develop is designed to be the highest quality and best functioning component first, with all other metrics secondary. For example, things made of Aluminum will often be Steel or Tungsten at Next Gen. Things that are cast at other companies will often be CNC Machined at Next Gen, and so on. When purchasing a Next Gen, you can be assured that you’ve chosen the most premium option available, far more than some basic updates and a colorful painted exterior.

     We highly encourage you to compare our build sheets to any similarly priced product by a so-called “competitors” as you will see Next Gen products have no true equivalent, featuring the most extensive set of deliverables at their respective costs. Best of all, we are always just a phone call away, and happy to discuss your personal needs at length to ensure you’ll love your new product. Procuring your transmission through Next Gen Drivetrain is truly boutique experience. Call in and speak to an expert today!


This unit is best for:

  • Daily Driving
  • Towing/Hot-Shotting
  • Stock to Light Power Increases
  • Long-Lasting Clutch Materials
  • Firm but Predictable Shifts

Our 10-Step Transmission Remanufacturing Process:

  1. The first step in our remanufacturing process is a complete and total disassembly and inspection of all internal components, including the torque converter, geartrain, hydraulics, clutches and/or electronics.

  2. All wear components, such as bushings, bearings, washers, gaskets, seals, O-Rings, clutches, steels and more, are thrown away regardless of their health or usability, even if brand new.

  3. An intense cleaning session using the highest quality cleaning agents available to modern manufacturing ensues, steam tanking and hand cleaning these parts for up to 8 hours.

  4. We begin our inspection of the few remaining core hard parts to ensure that they are 100% re-usable, unworn and undamaged. Should a core part (such as a case) be irreparably deficient or unusable, it is properly discarded and replaced with a brand new one.

  5. At this point, the assembly process begins. All components consistent with your build sheet are staged and the proper machining, assembly and calibration of the product begins.

  6. Upon completion of all assembly, applicable components are individually tested on their respective machinery to ensure proper function and integrity, specifically hydraulics and electronics.

  7. At this point, final assembly begins. All pre-assembled internal components are then completed within the case, tested and forwarded to quality assurance.

  8. Prior to leaving our facility, a separate team member then inspects the final product, ensuring that the product matched the build sheet, and finishing touches like sensors or pan bolts are retorqued to assure future success for our product.

  9. At this point, the completed transmission is crated, the logistics of delivering your product are coordinated, and the item will proceed to shipping to prepare for embark to it’s new home.

  10. Upon completion of the 9 previous steps, you will receive notification of the product’s completion, passage of our quality control measures, and tracking information once applicable!

EconoMax™ 68RFE Transmission Build Specifications:

  • Custom Clutch and Steel Stack-Ups
  • Billet CNC Machined Stator
  • Molded Apply Piston Kit
  • Custom Double-Sided Converter Clutch
  • Billet Project Carbon™ Accumulator Piston Set
  • Recalibrated Accumulator Spring Set
  • Self Cleaning Low/Reverse Switch Valve
  • Steel CNC Ground Solenoid Switch Valve
  • Precision Machined SSV Bore
  • Precision Flattened Valve Body Mating Surfaces
  • Precision Flattened Oil Pump Mating Surfaces
  • Bonded Steel Laser-Cut Separator Plate w/ Custom Oil Circuitry
  • Steel Accumulator Girdle
  • Extra Thick OD Snapring Update
  • Central Pump Gear Bushing
  • Billet Torque Converter Limit Valve Sleeve
  • Polished Pump Separator Plate
  • Recalibrated Pump Accumulator Piston Springs
  • Next Gen Proprietary Drainback Circuit Modification
  • Raybestos GPZ OD Clutch Module
  • Raybestos GPZ 2C Clutch Module
  • Raybestos GPZ 4C Clutch Module
  • Raybestos GPZ L/R Clutch Module
  • Raybestos GPZ Reverse Clutch Module
  • Raybestos GPZ UD Clutch Module
  • Extra Deep Transmission Pan
  • Bronze Bushings
  • OEM Torrington Roller Bearing Kit
  • (2) OEM Speed Sensors
  • OEM Pressure Transducer
  • OEM Solenoid Pack
  • OEM Paper/Rubber Gasket & Seal Kit
  • OEM Sump Filter
  • Billet Spin-On Filter Adapter
  • OEM Spin-On Filter

Conclusion:

     Despite it’s many shortcomings, the 68RFE does have the ability to succeed and prosper. We believe that our EconoMax™ built 68RFE transmission is the best option available for someone who seeks a long-lasting, heavy duty unit with countless upgrades for the cost of a factory exchange. For more assistance, ask one of our experts!

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