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What rear end gear ratios are available/optional for a 2011 xlt ranger 4x4 with a 4.0L engine, and manual trans? I'm seeing contradictions in data.
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3.73 and 4.10s is all i've heard of coming stock on the rangers...

what contradicting data are you seeing?
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3.73 or 4.10

edit: got beat to it.
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i've seen 3.55, and even 3.27 mentioned at various websites, but when talking to a ford salesman the 2 you mentioned are all that's available.
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for a 4x4 its just 3.73 or 4.10. You have other options when its 2wd.
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ok, then it would seem that 2 options exist from ford. any reason a custom set of gears couldn't be substituted; say 3.55 range?? and i 'm assuming that both front and rear would need to swapped?
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yes both front and rear would need to be swapped. Dont know why you would want to go lower than 3.73 with a SOHC though.
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i don't want to go lower; i want to go higher for better gas mileage. 4.0L rangers aren't noted for spectacular fuel economy. i have a 2.3L ranger stick, and get 30+ mpg when i drive reasonably, but it lacks power for pulling my boat((only travel 5 miles max, but up and down). there are some great ford "programs" in my area on 2011 rangers; i can get 1 for about 1/2 what a f150 will cost. i would seldomly need low end pulling power(not an off-roader), and when/if i do, a 4x4 has low range. this isn't a case of 1 vehicle fits all situations, but i'd like to get as close as possible. don't need 5 vehicles around to fill all the needs.
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i don't want to go lower; i want to go higher for better gas mileage. 4.0L rangers aren't noted for spectacular fuel economy. i have a 2.3L ranger stick, and get 30+ mpg when i drive reasonably, but it lacks power for pulling my boat((only travel 5 miles max, but up and down). there are some great ford "programs" in my area on 2011 rangers; i can get 1 for about 1/2 what a f150 will cost. i would seldomly need low end pulling power(not an off-roader), and when/if i do, a 4x4 has low range. this isn't a case of 1 vehicle fits all situations, but i'd like to get as close as possible. don't need 5 vehicles around to fill all the needs.
Thats my fault, I wasnt thinking when I wrote that. I dont think going to a 3.55 is gonna do what you want it to do. the SOHC motors are rpm motors. The best millage I get usually is right around 2300 rpm. On the highway with 3.73s i was getting about 22mpg. Just thinking out loud here as I have never had 3.55s though.
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