Complete 700R4 Transmission Package


th700R4_overhead_viewThe 700R4 is a great transmission with a low first gear (3.06:1) and a desirable overdrive (.70:1). Early versions evolved into highly durable and respected transmissions, through improvements made by GM and also the performance aftermarket. A properly built 700R and its progeny, the 4L60E, are our favorite transmissions for swaps if you can accomodate the length. More in-depth info is here.

Every Novak 700R4 transmission starts with a 1988 or newer core with an auxiliary valve body. It gets carefully disassembled and is deep-cleaned and inspected before assembly. New clutches, seals, bushings, bearings, and gaskets are assembled to specs that exceed later model years' OEM V8 levels.

We also provide a single-wire 12v lock-up plug and pigtail harness, which the installer will be required to connect for proper torque converter operation and coverage of transmission warranty. For best braking performance, we recommend the installer use the supplied brake light / pedal switch to interrupt the 12v to disconnect the lock-up torque converter, or use their original brake switch if preferred.

One great advantage is that we can install the appropriate Novak transfer case adapter and output shaft during the build. This saves you having to open up the transmission to install the output shaft or paying to have it done. That along with our package discounted price, it saves you time, money and potential problems. Transmission to engine adapters (if necessary) are available and in addition to the pricing as listed below. Please inquire.

Applications & Compatibility

Factory Style Build vs. Adapted Build

Our factory style builds are OEM style replacement transmissions using the applicable GM output shaft, but that may require the use of the vehicle owner's original tailhousing (either 2wd or 4wd) to complete the installation.

Adapted builds are designed primarily for installation into Jeep vehicles and include the installed aftermarket Novak output shaft, adapter kit and urethane crossmember rear mount, as indicated for the customer's scenario.

700r4_with_231_adapterTransfer Case Adaptability

your 700R4 can be ordered ready to join (or joined) to the following Jeep transfer cases:

We can do a full rebuild of your transfer case if you ship it to us. Many upgrades components are available. It will be pre-installed to the transmission and ready to install in your Jeep.

All pricing below includes a standard stall torque converter. Higher stall units are available for an additional charge.

Level I, $2850. ($3350., adapted)
Our "Stock Plus" transmission that meets or exceeds the factory original version integrating a few key improvements over the originals. Recommended for engines up to 300 HP and 300 ft. lbs. torque. All components upgraded to late model V8 specs including and additionally:

  • Fully rebuilt OEM quality torque converter
  • V8 grade sprag
  • Wide low roller clutch
  • 30 spline input shaft
  • Wide sun gear bushing
  • Teflon coated pump bushing
  • New HD sun shell
  • 8-clutch 3-4 clutch pack (up from a stock 6 clutch pack for V8 models)
  • Late 3-4 apply plate with integrated legs
  • TransGo shift kit for strength, calibration, improved shift quality and correct timing
  • Rebuilt, reconfigured governer driven gear
  • Integrated, internal hydraulic lock-up controller
  • All bushings and thrust washers replaced
  • New one piece molded 3-4, forward & over-run pistons
  • Hardened pump rings
  • High RPM pump spring
  • Low roller clutch case-saver
  • A drain plug is added to the pan for future convenience
  • LubeGuard additive is included for longevity and shift quality
  • Transmission bottom cover
  • New dipstick
  • Kick-down (TV) cable

Level II, $2990. ($3490., adapted)
Our Level II features all the above improvements, and takes it further for even better longevity and more power handling capability for engines up to 375 HP and 375 ft. lbs. torque, including:

  • High performance, furnace brazed torque converter
  • TransGo shift kit for strength and improved, calibrated shift timing
  • Alto Red Eagle clutch discs and band
  • Beast Reaction shell
  • Sonnax Wide sun gear and Teflon stator support bushing
  • Corvette 2nd gear piston
  • 8-clutch 3-4 pack
  • 29-element sprag
  • Wide band
  • New reverse input drum
  • Large boost valve

Level III, $3890. ($4390., adapted)
Our "all out" transmission includes many additional subtle improvements. Time consuming steps are taken to assure maximum strength and life including minimizing clearances and other blueprinting steps. We can customize this transmission even further for specific needs including full manual control, trans. brakes, race spec converters, Kolene steels, harder race spec shifts, etc. For level III transmissions we prefer to talk with you to make sure that you get the best transmission for your application as these units can get highly specialized. Recommended for engines above 375 HP and 375 ft. lbs of torque. Includes all features of Level II, plus the following:

  • GM's heavier cast "K" case
  • Raybestos Blue Plate Special clutches
  • 8-clutch 3-4 pack
  • Carbon, wide Band
  • Minimized clearances (a.k.a., blueprinting)
  • Front and rear 5-pinion planet gears
  • Sonnax Wide sun gear and Teflon stator support bushing
  • Sonnax billet 4th gear piston
  • High performance, furnace brazed torque converter with stall choices of 1400-1600 (best for Jeeps with power bias in the lower revs) or 1800-2200 (best for mildly modified engines with RV cams, etc) or 2200-2600 (performance torque converters for race-oreinted or more radical cam timing.). Choose your stall speed to closely match where your engine's torque curve starts.

Engine Compatibility

The 700R4 is available in the standard Chevrolet bolt pattern. It was also produced in the smaller 60 degree V6 bolt pattern that also works with some front wheel drive engines. If you need the smaller bolt pattern, please call or email for information on this option.

The 700R4 may also be used with AMC I6 & V8 engine applications with our #437AMC adapter kit. If ordered with a transmission, we will install it on the transmission.

We can also integrate your 700R4 into a full TurnKey powertrain package with engine, transmission, transfer case and controls all assembled, tested and ready to install in your vehicle.



your transmission package is palleted, wrapped, fully insured and ready to bolt into your application. Novak will seek the best competitive shipping rates with our extensive trucking networks. It will arrive at a location of your choosing, though we strongly recommend a business location with a dock / forklift for delivery, as residential and liftgate fees can add up to an extra $100. per delivery.

How to Order

Because of the many variations involved, we encourage you to contact us directly by phone or e-mail. We will help you put together your transmission to best fit your requirements.