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3.73 gears

will i be alright with my 3L 3.73 gears running 33x12.50 tires ?
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hmmm You'd be okay I guess
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ranger93 yea i think so too but i dont know to many people who can run this setup with these gears..with the 3.0 engine of course.
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I'd recommend getting 4.10's.. or atleast in the future
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I would recommend 4.10's asap. The 3.0 and 3.73's are not a really good combo.
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bwester is it really bad ?? i could probably get some gears in 6 months to a year..
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pinecone what about 32's.. ?? and maybe.... i guess 31's..? i didnt want to go to 31s because they seem small.
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Does the truck have a lift on it, will it fit those 33x12.50's easily?

I would reccommend it sooner than later. Don't forget that your motor is 12 years old and is different than the 3.0's we have now. Those 3.73's are highway gears not turning alot bigger than stock tires gears.
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yeah the 3.73's even bogged somewhat with my 255/75's that I used to have. Get some 4.10's fo sho
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Yeah i would invest in some 4:10's.
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Here ya go

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...spagenameZWDVW


Does anyone know how big of a job putting in 4.10's? Just in case I ever decide to do it in the future.
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I run it and it's fine.

Me and nick talked about it in pm's...but

I run 3.73's with 33's, and I'm not easy on the truck at all. I practically jumped it the other day out at 27....I thought I broke something.

I towed a trailer with 2 jetski's with my setup now.

I also loaded my bed with crap...pretty heavy.

I beat the snot out of the rear end, and it's been OK to me.

the only complaint I have is that on the hwy above like 65 it doesn't hold O/D well.




But I'm planning to swap axles
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not meaning to take over but I'm hearing these 3.73 bog down 3.0s??? man thas why my 2.3 is so darn slow on take off, If I did go and buy 4.10 gears would I gain alot of acceleration?
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yo ricky , thanks again for all your help and now its kind of hard to decide because a lot of people said its bad with the gearing.. but ricky runs it and has no complaints besides going over 65 on highway (whats O/D mean)? but i also have a older truck.. its gonna be tough too because i also cant get a tuner for my truck... im gonna give it a lot of thought though because everyone here has made a great point..any other last thoughts on this topic ?
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No problem man.

Like I said...

Get your tires...

Then save up and swap your rear end...you won't be dissapointed.

I don't run a tuner, you should be fine.

The only thing that I question is that your truck is almost 12yrs old, mine is 4.5yrs old. I wouldn't worry about it

When you break it, that just means you can mod it!!! (Upgrade)

BTW, O/D means overdrive...my 5th gear
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Does anyone know how big of a job putting in 4.10's? Just in case I ever decide to do it in the future.
Someone want to answer this joker's question?
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Installing gears should be left to a professional unless you know how to properly set backlash and/or have installed gears before.

It's a tedious job (so I hear) and it doesn't really cost much to have it done the right way.



The last thing you want is to mess your rear end up!!!! hahahahah
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little late i know. But you having a 3.0 and your stock gears you will have bogging problems going up hills and starting off from a stop if you try to floor it. I would say get the the 4:10 gears get em in than get your tires.
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what if i just got lighter rims.. maybe that would help out ? try to make the wheels light as possible ?
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man I think I'm getting 4.10 gears installed..how much could total install etc. cost? I'm thinging 199 for gears then installed 240 or more, am I close?
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I got priced 350 IIRC
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Ok, I got some 32" tire on and I had 7.5 gear 3.73 ratio on before the tires. I don't want loss of acceleration or to make life any harder on my 3.0 than it allready is, so I just called around and got a 8.8 gear and 4.10 ratio for 292 with tax and slapped that on, even got that LS with it, and I couldn't be happier, it feels like I never got the bigger tires (except I'm higher!). I am positive you wont be happy with 33"s, 32"s or mabye even 31"s with stock gears on a 3.0, just swap out that axle, its now big deal and pretty easy.

Oh and it performs awsome offroad now, lovin the beefy tires, lift and LS. If you got a question on swapping the axle just search, there are a few threads, that is what I did.
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Dang, can you send me a link or a phone number to a place that does that?

I don't have anywhere to work on my truck so I need someone to do it for me
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Ok, I got some 32" tire on and I had 7.5 gear 3.73 ratio on before the tires. I don't want loss of acceleration or to make life any harder on my 3.0 than it allready is, so I just called around and got a 8.8 gear and 4.10 ratio for 292 with tax and slapped that on, even got that LS with it, and I couldn't be happier, it feels like I never got the bigger tires (except I'm higher!). I am positive you wont be happy with 33"s, 32"s or mabye even 31"s with stock gears on a 3.0, just swap out that axle, its now big deal and pretty easy.

Oh and it performs awsome offroad now, lovin the beefy tires, lift and LS. If you got a question on swapping the axle just search, there are a few threads, that is what I did.
You mean your local garage found the part and installed it for you, all for 292?
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ok ok, if i cant run 33's.. what abotu 32's ?? i know some members (redneckstone) has a 2.3L 4 cyl. with stock gears and he runs 32's.. why cant i with my 3L V-6? If anyone can please tell me that would be great!.. thanks again.
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