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gears gears gears which to choose?

goin 35s soon. 3.0L engine. so i heard some guys like 4.56? i do alot of road driving but still love crawling up hills. so something that when im in 5th im not at like 3000 rpm doin 45 dont wanna be guzzling gas
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should be going with 4.88's
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is that going to kill the gas mileage? and the rpm range is that gonna be higher than stock?
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Yeah 4.88's for highway.
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Lower RPMs does not mean better gas mileage. More RPM's is better than less, especially with the 3.0L.

4.88's BARE minimum for a 3.0L and 35's. I'd even go 5.13's, but if you are still going to do more highway than offroading, then you can get away with 4.88's.


4.56's won't cut it bro.

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Yup 4.88s at least. 5.13 would be a good choice as well, but if you're 4x4 you can't get them.
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If it isn't already clear, 4.88's. :)
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7.5 or 8.8 rear ??? But yeah 4.88s minimum. 4.56 are more for 32's / 33's. That 3.0 is going to hate you. Not to mention the bearings.
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x18 on 4.88's. I have em on my 4.0 w/35's and its amazing. for a ranger on 35's that is. haha
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while youre looking for gears go ahead and look for a 4.0 or 5liter. that 3 wont survive very long lol
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while youre looking for gears go ahead and look for a 4.0 or 5liter. that 3 wont survive very long lol
Why not? The motor will be fine if it is geared properly.
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It won't be fast, but it will be just fine.
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yea i dream of a 4.0... however 4.88s may do it as long as i get the low end? my typicall off roading is very rutted terrain so its usually low speed crawling through holes. so maybe 5:13? guys runnin 4.88s hows your low end?
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Get a doubler if your going to be crawling. 4.88's and a doubler would be perfect.
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Your engine will be fine with the 4.88 or the 5.13. I'd be more worried about the axles holding up than the motor.


I'm running 4.56 with 32's and @70mph my tach runs about 2800
I was running 4.88 with 35's on another project and @ 70 it was just a little lower but mileage was same with both.
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