• Level 10 Performance Transmissions Building the First High Torque Capacity Automatic/Steptronic Transmission for the N54 (335/135/535)

      As many, probably all of you know, I've been having a slipping transmission since the record setting track day. After a vast search of capable transmission specialists, I decided to go with Level 10 Transmissions, located right here in my own NJ. I have heard their name thrown around in high HP/TQ domestic crowd before, but never knew they were in NJ. From the moment I talked to Pat on the phone, my spider senses kicked in and told me this is the place I need to go to get what I want done, when I want it done, and done right the first time.

      With the help of fellow BB member AKH23456, we made the 2 1/2 hr trip to drop my car off. As AK can confirm, my spider senses were correct. From the moment you spot the large facilities, you know this place means business. We walked in the front door and were greeted by walls and walls of Magaizine featured artciles, write-ups, and pictures of customers and their accomplishements thanking Level 10.

      A warm greeting by the receptionist and few minutes later by Pat himself. Not only did I have more than a few commonalities with Pat, which was nice, but he was genuinely excited about ME bringing my car to him, and my own accomplishements to this point. All of this was confirmed by his energetic fist-bumps when told what my record was, and then again when I told him what AK's AA supercharged M3 had run, ON STREET TIRES.

      So, a few quick photo's of the place as I wanted to get back on the road before traffic picked up, (didnt really save us BTW)

      The walls all the way around are covered with decades worth of accomplishments and pictures of grateful customers


      Small portion of the shop. Not pictured, but to the right is where the real magic happpens and all the transmissions are dissassembled and repaired/rebuilt


      My little sinner in front of its new temporary home


      More to come once the project is complete
      This article was originally published in forum thread: N54 (335/135/535) Level 10 Transmissions Builds the First High Torque Capacity Automatic/Steptronic Transmission started by LostMarine View original post
      Comments 149 Comments
      1. mazdaspeed6's Avatar
        mazdaspeed6 -
        doesnt the jb4 allow you to change the tranny shifts?
      1. akh23456's Avatar
        akh23456 -
        Bob deff man when ever you want....I can't wait for you car to be back.
      1. BattaM3's Avatar
        BattaM3 -
        I have a skateboard I can run with guys. Sad to say that's all got. Car goes in the shop thursday.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DefactoM6 Click here to enlarge
        Get someone who can tune the TCU for you...honestly that will have more to do with it than the guts. If the ESS guys can do DCT software, I'm sure they could write a flash for your TCU.
        ESS isn't doing anything with the DCT software. They just raise the fluid line pressure, that's it. They do not have real control, nobody does.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        ESS isn't doing anything with the DCT software. They just raise the fluid line pressure, that's it. They do not have real control, nobody does.
        doesnt that do the same thing as a VB and pump upgrade?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        doesnt that do the same thing as a VB and pump upgrade?
        VB? What do you mean?
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        valvebody
      1. RD4LLe92m3's Avatar
        RD4LLe92m3 -
        Valve body he means I believe
        *edit: damn slow iPhone lol.
      1. Blaizon's Avatar
        Blaizon -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        VB? What do you mean?
        Valvebody....bah, you two were on it first.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        valvebody
        I see. Only the same if the valve body upgrade makes the auto clutch packs engage harder.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        which I believe it does, and accompanied by the better pump.

        ** and yes, you 2 should know already, im WAY faster than both of you Click here to enlarge
      1. enrita's Avatar
        enrita -
        i wonder if the DCT transmission would fit without any major changes specially on the software side . Sticky how much power and torque was yours withstanding without issues ?
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        not much more than ours, and less TQ
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by enrita Click here to enlarge
        i wonder if the DCT transmission would fit without any major changes specially on the software side . Sticky how much power and torque was yours withstanding without issues ?
        It will take a Stage 2 SC no problem so up to 600 whp and 400 wht.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Just called me, still waiting on a few internal parts, Friday- possibly saturday. as i said, i expected delays so no hurt feelings so far Click here to enlarge
      1. Trevor008's Avatar
        Trevor008 -
        What's the break-in period on a new tranny? How long do you have to wait, once you get it back, until you can go get that 10sec time slip?
      1. Forced Air's Avatar
        Forced Air -
        lol...In my experience...prolly a good idea to put at least 800 miles on it before doing hard launches. Highway runs would be ok after maybe 500. But I would do 1K before anything unless the shop recommends different just to be safe.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        even if they dont reccomend anything, id probably take it easy for 500 miles and slowly get more aggressive with it
      1. enrita's Avatar
        enrita -
        You got any tips on the oil they will use ? Redline D6 seems a great oil with very high Flash point . Thinking of doing a complete flush and put that in when the time comes.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        im not sure. ill be sure to get full details next time i talk to them, which would be friday