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Alright, Well some of you know me and know what I am planning on doing with my truck.. Some of you have givin me some pointers. Well, I have hears soooo many different stories, my head is spinning.

My Truck: 2000 Ranger XLT 4X4 4.0 Auto, 3.73s 8.8

THese are the mods i spent over 6 g's on:

3" PA body lift
4" SL SUspension lift
35" BFG Mudd Terrains
15" Procomp wheels
New driveshaft
Cattle gaurd
roll bar
Gibson Exhaust
aFe Stage 2 Intake system

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Is this going to Cause any serious issues with my truck. ie: drivetrain, tranny, engine, etc. ANYTHING that i need to know before doing this? I have a friend back home that has a lifted jeep, says that the stock gears will be fine with the 35s. Honestly I have NO idea. Im pretty sure its got 3.73s in it. And if I have to get gears, What gears do i need to get. Not just the ratio, but everything! I have no idea, im new to all this. Please help me out.

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You NEED to get 4.56 gears. I'll put up the link in a second.

Gears: http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Install Kit: http://store.summitracing.com/partde...14+4294774656+
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i will tell you from Experience that the 3.73 gears will SUCK.....i have the same engine and have ran 35's on the 3.73 gears and it really does suck.....your friend (sorry to say) is clueless.....you will burn up your tranny in no time......the 30 miles i drove on mine cause the tranny temps to get up there......

if anyone tells you that the 3.73 gears are good for the 35's tell them to Jog-On........
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You NEED to get 4.56 gears. I'll put up the link in a second.
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Ok I just put the links in my post up above. Its gonna come out to around 300 bucks but that will be cheaper then replacing your tranny a couple thousand miles down the road.
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Ok I just put the links in my post up above. Its gonna come out to around 300 bucks but that will be cheaper then replacing your tranny a couple thousand miles down the road.
he will HAVE to have front and rear gears since he has a 4wd Ranger.....

gear and install kits should run about $500 or so for both front and rear........
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he will HAVE to have front and rear gears since he has a 4wd Ranger.....

gear and install kits should run about $500 or so for both front and rear........
That is what i thought. Check these out and tell me what you think.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT291587.aspx
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he will HAVE to have front and rear gears since he has a 4wd Ranger.....

gear and install kits should run about $500 or so for both front and rear........
Should i just pay the extra 50 bucks or so and go with 4.88 or stick with 4.56
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That is what i thought. Check these out and tell me what you think.

http://www.4wheelparts.com/PDT291587.aspx
that isn't a bad price and that is what you need, but i wouldn't recommend buying parts from 4 Wheel Parts....i have had some issues with them over and over....i wont buy from them again.....

if you do get that from 4 Wheel Parts, be prepaired to wait to get them....
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Should i just pay the extra 50 bucks or so and go with 4.88 or stick with 4.56
4.56 gears all the way if you plan on driving this truck with the 35's....4.88's are too much gear for 35" tires....
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that isn't a bad price and that is what you need, but i wouldn't recommend buying parts from 4 Wheel Parts....i have had some issues with them over and over....i wont buy from them again.....

if you do get that from 4 Wheel Parts, be prepaired to wait to get them....
yeah. where do you suggest i go?
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4.56 gears all the way if you plan on driving this truck with the 35's....4.88's are too much gear for 35" tires....
alright. So, how hard is it to swap out the gears?
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yeah. where do you suggest i go?
i would call Summit and see if they will price match 4 Wheel Parts.....they will if it is an advertised price on a part that they carry.......Summit will treat you right...

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So, how hard is it to swap out the gears?
if you have never installed gears before, and know someone who knows how, then get them to help you. Gears are not something that if you mess them up it will be an easy/cheap fix......if you have the mesh, backlash, and other precise measurements wrong, you will have to buy new gears to replace the broke gears that you tried to put in...
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i would call Summit and see if they will price match 4 Wheel Parts.....they will if it is an advertised price on a part that they carry.......Summit will treat you right...


if you have never installed gears before, and know someone who knows how, then get them to help you. Gears are not something that if you mess them up it will be an easy/cheap fix......if you have the mesh, backlash, and other precise measurements wrong, you will have to buy new gears to replace the broke gears that you tried to put in...
Im thinkin i may just take the truck to a shop to get the gears done. They seem to be to touchy for me to mess with.
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Yeah, do NOT order gears from 4 wheel parts, they sent me the wrong gears 2 times in a row (front and rear)


Summit FTW
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Yeah, do NOT order gears from 4 wheel parts, they sent me the wrong gears 2 times in a row (front and rear)


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Alright. Ill call summit and see what they can do.
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he will HAVE to have front and rear gears since he has a 4wd Ranger.....

gear and install kits should run about $500 or so for both front and rear........
Dang my mistake on that part, I forgot about him being 4x4. So yeah its gonna be a bit more.
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sheit, 4.56? im runnin 4.88s and its still slower than *****
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sheit, 4.56? im runnin 4.88s and its still slower than *****
Im thinkin the 4.56s should be good for my DD. Besides, ive already added around 75-100 horses so it should be good. Im not wanting to race with her. Just be able to get in and out of anything that i come across. And anything that looks inviting. lol.
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Where did you pull an extra 75-100 ponies from?
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Where did you pull an extra 75-100 ponies from?
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Where did you pull an extra 75-100 ponies from?
Gibson Cat back exhaust
aFe Stage 2 Intake - Not 100% sure on how many.. Around 40-50.. thats what the dinos show for the ford 4.0 OHC..
Mass Air Flow Sensor so somewheres between 75-100 hp gain..Or atleast thats what the hand held computer thinger said. it is usually off +or- 15-20 horses though.. Gunna take it to the shop and get it on a Real dino here soon.
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You know, the real dino is prob. gunna say like 35 haha. And then my friend is gunna feel reall stupid for spending $1200 on that dam computer. lol.
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75 horses? Shoot I need an intake, exhaust, and MAF sensor!!!!



I agree bout the gears though......I got 4.88s and my truck is slower than ***** as well......course I got a lousy 3.0.
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Gibson Cat back exhaust
aFe Stage 2 Intake - Not 100% sure on how many.. Around 40-50.. thats what the dinos show for the ford 4.0 OHC..
Mass Air Flow Sensor so somewheres between 75-100 hp gain..Or atleast thats what the hand held computer thinger said. it is usually off +or- 15-20 horses though.. Gunna take it to the shop and get it on a Real dino here soon.
You have the OHV or OHC engine!? I thought '00 was the last year of the OHV...
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