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Manual Transmission With 38'' Tires

hey i have an 2002 ford ranger and i am about to put 38" on it and its a 5 speed with a 3.0L. i was wondering if anyone would know probably how long the transmission would last. alot of people i talk to say that people they know go threw transmissions quick, but do not know for sure. thanks.
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If you don't change the gear ratio, you're not going to want to drive it. You can't reasonably put 38" on a 3.0 without a gear change to at least 4.56 and preferably 4.88 or 5.13 gears.

Without the gear change, drivetrain stress will be higher. It'll be you clutch that takes most of the brunt since it'll be like starting in second gear when you start in first -- or worse.

No one can tell you how long it'll last. But don't go big without a gear change.
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In a manual the weak point is going to be your clutch, that will be toast in no time. If your going to go with 38's then you'll want 4.88 in the least and 5.13's. Don't forget that when you go with numericlly higher gears, they become weaker. Also with all the work you'll have to do to put 38's on it an engine/drivetrain swap wouldn't be a bad idea.
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i'd suggest 5.13 for a 3.0L and 38's. You're clutch will go bye bye faster...espicially those french made piles of crap called slave cylinders.
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thanks. I have 4.56 gears in it already and a new clutch. So i was just wondering because 35'' tires aint big enough for me.
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I'd go higher than 5.13's with that 3.0. I have 37's on 5.13's with my 4.0 and I still wish I had a little more grunt.

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thanks. I have 4.56 gears in it already and a new clutch. So i was just wondering because 35'' tires aint big enough for me.
Neither will your new ones -- eventually...
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Time for a full size?
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I would go with a 5.38 if possible 5.13s are good too. I like my 5.13s and 37s.
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2002fx4 has 38s with a manual and 5.13s. but he also has the 4.0
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4.0 is the ****, wish I had one.
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