"Shifting Gears" Blog

HT Fluid Flow Dyanmics & SAE Testing
August 21, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain has combined the superior fluid flow dynamics of our unique HT groove pattern design with a proprietary, high-energy friction material. See how the use of fluid flow dynamics and SAE testing allow us to develop the perfect friction clutch plate OE replacement for passenger vehicles. Read More

TechniTorq C9 Carbon Fricton Material: Performance That Lasts
August 16, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain is a leading aftermarket and OE supplier of quality torque converter wafers. TechniTorq C9 outperforms all other carbon solutions available today. Find out why this torque converter material could be the right one for your GM EC ³ and other continuous slip rebuilds.

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Raybestos® Powertrain Pro-Series Bands™ Enhance Performance
August 07, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain Pro-Series High Energy Bands are an affordable solution to high stress in small packages. Constructed with Kevlar® fibers, along with solids and resins that enhance band performance, Pro-Series Bands are a viable option for your rebuilds. Read More

Raybestos® Powertrain Expands Diesel Performance Product Offering with New Torqkit and MaxPak Applications
July 10, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain is proud to release new Stage-1 MaxPaks for Ford 5R110W, complete set MaxPaks for GM 4L80E, and GPZ Torqkits for Ford 5R110W and Chrysler 68RFE automatic transmissions. Increase performance and improve clutch life in your transmission rebuilds with these specialty performance products.  Read More

Allomatic Restructures Transmission Filter Catalog to Help Customers Better Identify Filters
July 08, 2019

By updating its transmission filter catalog with more in-depth information, more images, and better image angles, Allomatic customers and transmission rebuilders will now be able to easily find the filters they need for their automatic transmission rebuilds. 

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5 Benefits to Joining our New Raybestos Powertrain Rebuilders’ Voice Facebook Group
June 28, 2019

 Having trouble getting our parts from distributors? The new Raybestos Powertrain Rebuilders’ Voice Facebook Group is the perfect place for you to voice your concerns, suggest and learn about new products, provide your own technical tips, and participate in exclusive weekly giveaways.  Read More

Raybestos Powertrain Cuts Costs, Maximizes Efficiency by Incorporating Fiber Lasers at Sullivan, IN Plant
June 12, 2019

By updating operational practices such as the introduction of fiber optic lasers, the Raybestos Powertrain Sullivan, IN plant has saved approximately $1.4 million. Initial performance results show that outputs range from two to five times that of the previously used CO2 lasers.  Read More

Raybestos® Powertrain Introduces the MaxPak to its Performance Clutch Pack Product Line
June 07, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain is proud to release new Stage-1 MaxPaks that improve clutch capacity for aftermarket applications compared to OE designs. With added capacity Stage-1 friction clutch plates, the Raybestos Powertrain MaxPak can greatly increase the performance of your automatic transmission rebuilds.  Read More

The Raybestos Powertrain ZPAK™ Specializes in Longevity and Towing Applications
February 27, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain is known for its unique product design and manufacturing process that allows us to develop and patent products such as the ZPak®. ZPak single-sided clutch systems are a complete Raybestos Powertrain re-design that reduces hot spotting and increases heat sink to outperform OE heat capacity by more than 30 percent in certain applications. While many people believe that we designed the ZPak specifically for racing applications, it was originally designed for enhancing performance and longevity in towing applications. Read More

Developing New Products to Meet Transmission Rebuilders' Needs
February 01, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain’s ability to deliver new innovative products to the marketplace comes from collecting empirical data and analyzing feedback from Raybestos Powertrain sales representatives, transmission parts distributors, and most importantly, transmission rebuilders across the United States and around the world.  Read More

Join the Raybestos® Powertrain Facebook Page Today!
January 22, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain invites transmission rebuilders around the world to join our Facebook page and stay up to date with the latest product releases, company news, and information about our Race with Raybestos rewards program.  Read More

Steel Parts Ford Q1 Status
January 14, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain, Allomatic, and Steel Parts are brands of Gearbox, who supply the world’s foremost aftermarket distributors, automotive OEM’s, Tier 1 auto and industrial suppliers, and heavy-duty transmission manufacturers. Steel Parts Manufacturing Inc. has achieved recognition for its premium quality products from original equipment manufacturers that includes the Ford Q1 supplier status and multiple GM Supplier Quality Excellence Awards.  By achieving excellence in quality performance, capable systems, warranty performance, and delivery performance, Steel Parts has maintained Ford Q1 status since 2015.  Read More

OE Dedication That Drives Aftermarket Innovation
January 04, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain was the first OE supplier of automatic transmission friction clutch plates when the GM Hydramatic was developed in 1938. Today, as an original equipment supplier in the automatic transmission industry, our products can be found in passenger, heavy-duty, commercial, and off-road vehicles. Raybestos Powertrain believes that automotive OEM and aftermarket customers deserve original thinking. Read More

Hybrid Technology Friction Clutch Plates
January 04, 2019

Raybestos Powertrain’s innovative Hybrid Technology (HT) friction clutch plates deliver smoother shifts and more durability for every automatic transmission rebuild. The friction material that is used on our HT clutch plates was originally developed for an OE manufacturer. Our HT friction clutch plates seamlessly combine the superior fluid flow dynamics of a segmented friction lining with the strength and durability of a full friction ring. Our patented groove pattern and proprietary, high-energy OE friction materials reduce stress during shifts to keep the components cooler, improve performance, and extend the life of every rebuild.  Read More

Making a Difference!
March 23, 2017

Raybestos Powertrain employees focus on making a difference in our community.

Innovation in the Shop
November 30, 2015

Finding a way to get things done with the tools and expertise at hand.

The service & sacrifice of our veterans
November 11, 2015

On Veterans Day, we celebrate family, friends, co-workers and others in our lives who have served the United States of America as a member of the armed forces.

Patriot Day
September 11, 2015

Today is Patriot Day, the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Fluid Flow Dynamics for Friction Clutch Plates
June 15, 2015

Fluid flow dynamics: In the automotive transmission world, this is a fancy way of talking about the way fluid or oil moves around and between friction clutch plates.

A Time to Remember
May 22, 2015

Memorial Day is right around the corner – a day set aside to honor those brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the United States military.

What's so special about friction plate grooves?
May 05, 2015

From GPX to the new HT, Raybestos Powertrain’s friction clutch plates come with unique, patented groove patterns built into the friction material. But what do those grooves actually do?

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Torque Converter Rebuild
April 21, 2015

A successful torque converter rebuild breathes new life into your customer's transmission and strenghtens your shop's reputation for quality work. But beware! The bonding process is a precision operation that requires planning, preparation and attention to detail.


The Brains Behind Raybestos Powertrain
February 03, 2015

Ever wonder how Raybestos Powertrain keeps coming up with bold, innovative solutions for your transmission needs? We have our own research center in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where we create material formulation, adhesives, new or revised clutch pack design, new saturants, new saturating compounds, new saturation processes and other areas of product development.  Read More

Attention TCRA Members
February 02, 2015

TCRA members: Send us your innovative torque converter rebuilding idea and you could drive away with up to $10,000!

As part of our commitment to the torque converter rebuilding industry, Raybestos Powertrain offers the Innovation Award, valued at up to $10,000. Send us detailed description of your innovative solution, and you can be a big winner – just like Rob, our 2014 Innovation Award winner.   Read More

Introducing the New Raybestos Powertrain HT Friction Clutch
January 30, 2015

It’s here! The new Raybestos Powertrain HT friction clutch, with hybrid technology for optimum fluid flow dynamics, is now available.  Read More

Portland Transmission Warehouse Announces GPX Throwdown Winners
January 26, 2015

Our friends at Portland Transmission Warehouse just announced the winners of their second GPX Throwdown competition.   Read More