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ordered new gears

got tired of issues with hills and freeway speed so ordered some 4.88s for the 8,8 and dana 30 (SAS) in the truck how will it handle on 33"s plan is 35"s on 16x10s but not until the 33"s are bald
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how much did the gears cost you? and will you be installing them yourself? if so how long and difficult is the install?
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4.88s are usually fro 35s so the 33s are a little small. shouldn't have any issues though.
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how much did the gears cost you? and will you be installing them yourself? if so how long and difficult is the install?
gears and install is getting done for $500 front and rear the shop is pretty much matching the fronts and charging me for the rears. i have done an install on a mustang 8,8 going from 3.27s to 3.73s and it honestly wasn't fun but didn't have the right tools for it...install took about 2 hours from start to finish.

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4.88s are usually fro 35s so the 33s are a little small. shouldn't have any issues though.
plan is to put 35"s on it later
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gears and install is getting done for $500 front and rear the shop is pretty much matching the fronts and charging me for the rears.
That's a pretty amazing deal there. I got quoted $1300 from one shop and $1600 from another to swap in 4.88's... w/o any kind of locker or anything.
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That's a pretty amazing deal there. I got quoted $1300 from one shop and $1600 from another to swap in 4.88's... w/o any kind of locker or anything.
he has done about $4-5k in work for me so he was willing to make a pretty good deal he did the front pre runner bumper, and a SAS swap so he was willing to work with me



Stupid question how do I fix the speedo? Old trucks it was a gear and up till 04 you could get a box from superlift but idk 05 and up I don't really wanna spend the money on a tuner...

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this thread has some good info on that.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/showthread.php?t=119145
For me at least tuner or ford dealership :/
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I wanted to switch gear in my 4x4 the shop told me about 2500! for both OUCH! I dicided it was not worth it.
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I wanted to switch gear in my 4x4 the shop told me about 2500! for both OUCH! I dicided it was not worth it.
Same here. When it comes time I'm going to remove my rear axle and take it to the shop. Or I have some buddies who are mechanics also..
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I wanted to switch gear in my 4x4 the shop told me about 2500! for both OUCH! I dicided it was not worth it.
Wow! I need to charge more, haha.
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yeah that was a SLAP in my face! since I spend alot of money there since 09!,beside how hard can it be?
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yeah that was a SLAP in my face! since I spend alot of money there since 09!,beside how hard can it be?
i've done a mustang 8.8 3.27->3.73s and its a pain its not hard just a pain
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thats alot of extra money for pain and suffring.
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It is a PITA but 1500 to 1800 $$$ is about the market right now.

I will be having it done soon, too lazy and no special tools but if I get the Gears and install kits they will do it for $900.
That figures in around the $1700 mark.
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