American Powertrain’s cryogenic treatment consists of slowly reducing the temperature of the parts to -300 degrees F using liquid nitrogen, and then holding that temperature for 12 hours. This process relieves stresses and minute fissures in the part by refining the structure of the metal, resulting in a more uniform material. Strength and wear resistance are improved.

The rate at which the temperature of the part returns to normal also contributes to its attributes. According to American Powertrain, the quicker the part is returned to normal temperature after the process is completed, the better.

REM treatment follows cryo and is a process that fills the minute imperfections that occur naturally in the gear’s surface. By filling and polishing these minuscule valleys and inconsistencies, fluid pressure requirement and friction are reduced across the gear face, and durability and corrosion resistance are enhanced. According to Gray, this translates into reduced temperatures, noise, and parasitic loss—which is good.

With the package chosen, we disassembled our broken transmission and sent the parts to American Powertrain to have them treated and put back together with parts included in the Level 2 package. Greg Lovell at Anti Venom handled the disassembly and reassembly.

While Anti Venom is mostly known for its high-end builds and performance installs, Greg has been rebuilding transmissions since he was a teenager and most of those high-horse cars that roll off out of his garage feature a trans he rebuilt. Even with the great “how-to’s” out there, it’s always best to seek out professional expertise when dealing with an expensive manual transmission.

Please keep in mind that this is not a step-by-step trans teardown and rebuild story, as space would simply not allow it. Instead, we cover most of the highlights of the process and discuss the upgrades.

The Transmission Package

Level 2 M12 T56 transmission
495 lb-ft constant-load torque rating
Price: $995

The Level 2 kit includes:
Bronze fork pads for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and Reverse
Billet synchronizer keys and spring kit for 3rd/4th synchronizer assembly
Cryo treatment of 1st-4th gears, shift forks, and sliders
Call tag to pickup parts from customer (within continental U.S.) to have cryo-treatment performed

The following parts will need to be removed and boxed for American Powertrain to Call Tag for this upgrade:
1st/2nd/3rd/4th gears and their input shaft
Countershaft (lower gear in gearbox, also known as cluster)
Sliders, not hubs, for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th
Shift forks (no rails) for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th

Rock Auto
6680 Odana Road
WI  53719
Lakewood Industries
10601 Memphis Ave. #12
OH  44144
Advanced Clutch Technology
206 East Avenue K-4
CA  93535
American Powertrain
1810 S Parsons Ave
FL  33584