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Old 04-02-2008
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I wouldn't bother running 35's on 4.10's. I can't believe people do this, really. My 98 was a supercab 4x4 4.0L OHV 5spb, with 33's and 3.73's. It was 'okay' running around town empty, but was miserable towing anything worth hooking up to, and 4high was almost useless unless it was on a light dusting of snow. Sand, mud, deep snow all required 4low. Plus getting it going from the tall 1st gear required slipping the small weak clutch.

My sport trac is an auto, but has 4.10's with 33's. Came stock with 4.10's and 30" tires. It's liveable with 33's, not bad driving around on the road. Mileage isn't what it could be. It does okay in sand and snow (in 4high) but the transmission and engine are working very hard. Deep snow (more than 1.5 feet) pretty much require 4low. It tows an 1800 lbs enclosed trailer okay... But I wouldn't even consider it with 35's. Sure it would do it, but not well, and it's going to wear the drivetrain out much soon than it should. I actually started to consider stepping down to 32's as my next set of tires to relieve the tranny and help performance, until I decided to just regear.
Maybe it's just me, but that extra 1" of ground clearance isn't worth not being able to use my truck as a truck in 4high, and tow things comfortable. I've never found myself somewhere saying, "sh%t, I could have made it through/over that if I had 35's instead of 33's". I'm regearing the sport trac this week to 4.88's (4.56 would be more ideal). With 4.88's, I'll still be able to run 35's comfortably and tow with no problems.
I just think that, while running 35's and 4.10's, you lose more than you gain.
Now everyone who is running that combo, don't get all butthurt about my opinion, it's just my opinion.
I suppose if you just drive your truck on the freeway empty, 35's and 4.10's may be okay. But again, why run 35's if you're just commuting?
#1. You realize the towing cap on a manual ranger? ITS HORRIBLE!! Towing sucks in my truck. slipping the cluthc like crazy w/ only 31s and 4.10s.

#2. My spec clutch is wonderful!

#3. Solid axling my truck in a year....and am tired of being the "tiny 4x4" with my group of friends with yotas, rangers, etc. Stick with the 4.10s while on 35's until I get to torching....which will likely be 5.13s.
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I've got that exact setup and and to be completely honest it's fine for power and all i tow all the time with mine. and it also stops just fine with slotted rotors My complaint is i cannot keep the front end straight i got through ball joints and tie rods like they are goin out of style. the front end on my truck was completely redone last yr around march and I have already since then replaced another lower ball joint, i gotta replace an upper ball joint on my driver side, my driver side inner tie rod has play in it already after only a year. This is my daily driver truck it never goes off road. Also the one time i did take the truck off road this past friday I broke a cv axle, dropped the rear driveshaft, and either bent the rear output shaft or the flange on my transfer case in high range. I also only get 10 miles a gallon. i think 35's are fine if u dont intend on off roading and u have the money to keep replacing tie rods.
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it looks badass though

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And an update on the setup.. his truck runs jsut fine with 4.10's and 35's.. I coudl tell the power was still there, a little noticeable considering I went from 33's on my own truck to 35's on his after driving it.. but its a good setup and you can manage in 4.10's just fine, down the road upgrading to 4.56's would be a good choice, but it isnt really bad at all on a manual.
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HAHA! lol...yea......so. I've been rockin' 35's and 4.10s for a lil while now...like a month or so? And it ain't that bad. Yea, i lost some get up, but it's still just fine full out infront of people getting on to the highway. lol. But, makes it only slightly harder to do powerbrakes(stand still burnouts for people not in the know). lol.


Good thing......traveling at semi throttle, on the freeway at 73-75mph, i was getting about 24mpg...confirmed via my scangauge, and calibrated for +12% in tire size from stock. So yea, this setup is setup for mileage.
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hmm ive had my rear 4.88s installed for a while and love them.... i know you dont wanna hear it but is is night and day difference.. i have the fronts but i still need to order an install kit =(
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^^gear change will happen when that front axle change happens.........
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