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Old 04-13-2010
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help to gear down plz

Ok, i have a 2002 4X2 ranger with a 2.3, k&n Cold airtake, Flowmaster Exhaust, and 5 speed manual tranny. ok this is what kills it i have 31X10.5 tires on it. i have to run about 65 to pull 5 gear and hold. unless i'm on flat ground. my axle code is 86 can i put a lower rear gear in and give me a little more pull? I have a hard time with a boat on the ramp no power at all?

Any sugestion would be wonderful and where is the best place to buy?

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Old 04-16-2010
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3.73 is what you have stock. Go to the junkyard and try to find a truck with an 87 code for 4.10 gears or swap the whole axle to a code 97 or 98 for a 8.8 rear with either 4.10 or 4.56 gears.
An 8.8 will open you up to better support for higher gears and be stronger in general.
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