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33s with 3.08 gears

I have a 95 2wd 4.0 with stock 3.08 gears. The trucks got about 105,xxx miles. Ive already ordered my lift and 33s. My question is how harsh will it be on my tranny. I dont want it to go out anytime soon. I wont be offroading or anything. Just goin back and forth to work (roughly 30-45 miles). Itll only be for a couple months till i save up for gears and installation. Just need to know if itll be safe to run till i get the money.... Thanks
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3:08's and 33's ouch!! it will get you by for a couple months im sure untill you can re-gear. just take it easy on it untill then.
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eeewww, man that is going to be a big turd. IMO why not just wait for everything to come in at once? Ranger trannies are not the strongest
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you could go by the junkyard and get an axle with a 4.10. its a good bit cheaper.

but i dont think it will be too bad if you take it easy for a little while.
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i dunno how i would feel about doing that. I wouldn't do it but its up to you. If it were my truck, i would first re-gear or get a new axle and then throw on the bigger tires.
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ahh, i just hate having parts sit in my garage waiting to be installed. If itll be fine for a couple months ill do it. I dont care about it being fast. Just hope the tranny will hold up.
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ahh, i just hate having parts sit in my garage waiting to be installed. If itll be fine for a couple months ill do it. I dont care about it being fast. Just hope the tranny will hold up.
lol tell me about it. i had wheels, 33" mud tires sitting in the basement for a while cuz i never got around to getting my lift haha but i waited and got everything on at once
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3.50s and 35s blew a big one.. couldn't imagine 3.08 and 33s
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My tranny is starting to act up with 33's and 3.73s and I've only had 33's on for like a month. I would regear first.
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wait
do you have an auto or manual?
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wait
do you have an auto or manual?
Does it matter?
IT will be completely miserable to drive regardless, I would wait.
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cause a manual he would ruin the clutch

an auto he risks destroying a much more expensive transmission.
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I wouldnt do it. I have had 33's and 17's in my Grandpas garage for like 3 months, BL kit for 2, spindles for a few weeks and now im just waiting to put everything together. Im going to just wait patiently until I get a set of 4.10's because I would hate to rush then mess the trans up.
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I had 32's and 3:55's and after that, I wouldn't even think about 3;08's and 33's. It's be slower than cold molasses.
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So i guess im going to re-gear before tires. Would 4.56 be too much??? Im eventually going to 35s and dont want to regear again. Also anyone know a good place to order gears from. Thanks for all the input guys.

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3.08s + 33s = melted trans
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3.08s + 33s = melted trans
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4.56 would be good, 4.88 with 35s would be good too.
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4.56 would be good, 4.88 with 35s would be good too.
I would imagine 4:56's would be better for him since he ways to use his 33's first. 4:30's would probably do the trick too.

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You're going to hate your life with 3.08s and 33s. 4.56 or 4.88 would be good for 35s. I'd probably get 4.56s though if you drive that much to work.
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i had 3.27s and 31s and i hated it now i have 3.73s and 31s and i wish i had 4.10s
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go to completeoffroad.com and get yukons i actually will have mine installed tomorrow cant wait 4.56's with 33's
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I have 4.10's and 32's and it seems fine
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ya im with everyone else, dont do it. i run 3.55s with 32s and i thought i was pushing it
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