youve probably got 3.73's or 3.55's....smaller tires will make you feel like you have a lower gear ratio....
forexample.....stock tires are 28" tall and stock gear ratio is 3.55:1. Then you go to 26" tires...just that change will make it feel like you have 3.73:1. Your rpms on the freeway will be higher with smaller tires....starting/acceleration in town will be "quicker". (note: just an example...i have no clue mathmatically what your new ratio would be with the new smaller tires. Twas just an example to show what i mean)
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