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What gears should I install if any?

Hey guys just found this forum thought it would be a good place to find some answers. I have a 1999 Ford ranger 2WD with a 3" suspension lift and 31" tires. It has the 4.0 V6/5speed and a limited slip rear end. With the stock tires it was pretty fast for a little truck. It would boil the tires if you gave it some gas a dumped the clutch. Now with the larger tires it is very sluggish. Not so bad but I tow a trailer (around 2500lbs) sometimes and when I have to start out on a hill with my trailer I dont know if its gonna make it. It slips like the clutch is worn out but it is brand new. I think I could go with some lower gears and get my acceleration back and some towing capacity. I dont know what gear ratio it has all I know is that it is a limited slip. What gears should I go with and where do I get them? Can I install them or should a mechanic? The truck is used 99% of the time on the street so nothing to radical. How much will it cost me? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom.
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What gears do you have now? If you don't know how to install a set of gears then pay someone to do it. Should run you 200-300 bucks.
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What gears do you have now? If you don't know how to install a set of gears then pay someone to do it. Should run you 200-300 bucks.
thats a good estimate for labor, now add on another couple hundred for parts.
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Yeah I forgot to add that, good catch

A lot of guys get theres from www.completeoffroad.com, they're value gears are actually Yukons (a top brand). I'll be getting mine from http://eastcoastgearsupply.com/ its just a local place that price matches.
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On the door jamb tag it says R5 for the axle if that tells you anything. I couldnt tell from the rear end tag it just had a bunch of numbers. WHen I have time I will clean the tag to see if I can read it better.
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On the door jamb tag it says R5 for the axle if that tells you anything. I couldnt tell from the rear end tag it just had a bunch of numbers. WHen I have time I will clean the tag to see if I can read it better.
It will have numbers and letters. Just put up exactly what it says on the tag and we will tell you what you have.
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R5 is 3.55 Limited Slip according to this

I'd go with 4.10 gears. I'm sure you'll be satisfied with that unless you plan on getting even bigger tires down the road.
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I'll second that, 4.10's are good for 31's.
But since 4.10's are common on the newer rangers, you can probably find a complete rear axle from a junkyard with 4.10's and limited slip already in it.
Otherwise you're looking at $500-600 for a re-gear.
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Seeing as how your 2wd, you might as well just buy an axle out of the junk yard with 4.10's and a Limited slip. Will be easier and cheaper. I got my explorer axle for about $250 and then some spring pads and shock mounts for around $40. So still under $300 for 4.10's and LS
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