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Re-Gearing

I'm upgrading to a Ranger from an escape in the next week or two and have a question.

My plan is to throw a PA body lift on it with some 33's (I know it's original, but doesnt matter to me). The Ranger I'm looking at has the 4.0l in it and 3.73's or whatever the Rangers came stock with. My question is, will the truck be extremely slow with 33's and stock gearing? I don't want it for speed, but I don't want it to be slow as hell either.
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It wont be extremely slow. If you want to regear from 3.73's I'd go with 4.56's and just not worry about 4.10's. What kind of driving do you do? Mostly highway? Mostly city? Depending on your driving will depend on wether or not you should regear. If you're going to be mostly highway driving I would stick with the 3.73's.
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I do mostly city driving and will be doing off-roading, but not heavy stuff. I do go on 500+ miles trips twice a year though. I won't have enough money to regear right away but I just want to know what to regear to if I end up doing it.
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If youre going to be doing mostly city then I would just go ahead and make the jump to 4.56's unless you could find a good deal on some used 4.10's.
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I think 4:56 would be over kill. At the most I would go to 4:30's unless you plan on going to 35's pretty soon.
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4.30s are only for 2wds, if he has 4x4 thats not a option.
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I've never heard of 4.30's on a ranger.... Hmm...

I had 4.56's in my 2.5L 5spd ranger with 33's and it moved along just fine.

What motor do you have? That can determine a lot of your gear ratio to select also.
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What motor do you have? That can determine a lot of your gear ratio to select also.
He has the 4.0.
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TommyC has 4:30's with his 4.0 and 32's.
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So what are the biggest tires I could fit on a stock '00 Ranger? I'm thinkng 31's or somewhere in there.
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32's would be just right.
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Cool, I appreciate the help from everyone and I appreciate you guys puttin up with another teenager askin questions.

For now (if I get the Ranger), I'm thinking i'll probably wait to lift it and just throw some nice A/T's on it. And btw Trigger01, I decided it would be easiest to just paint the grille and bumper on the '00 Ranger to make it look nicer.
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lift it and go 33's, they just make it stand out just that much
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That works. Color match looks good too. The '00 is one of my two favorite model Rangers.
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My 98 ranger had the 4.0L OHV, 3.73's and 33's with a 5 speed, it was pretty slow. Not all that bad around town but towing and offroading sucked. 4x4 high was miserable in anything but light snow, bogged down too much. Mud, sand, deep snow, had to use 4x4 low to keep it moving. If it is an automatic, that transmission will hate you.
4.10's and 33's would be alright with the OHV 4.0L because it makes better power at low RPM than the newer SOHC engine, and seeing that it's probably very flat where you live the 4.10's might work better than 4.56 gears. Not to mention you could likely find junkyard differentials with 4.10's already installed and swap them in.
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I have the 4.0 with 3.73s with a 5" RCD lift and 33s and my truck aint slow at all. It pulls great and still has good get up and go in it. I would lift it with 33s for sure.
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I have the 4.0 with 3.73s with a 5" RCD lift and 33s and my truck aint slow at all. It pulls great and still has good get up and go in it. I would lift it with 33s for sure.

It's tolerable for daily driving, not all bad especially if the truck is empty. There were still plenty of time I had the truck loaded up with three people, cap full of camping geared and pulled a small boat in the mountains. It did the job but it was working hard, 3rd gear on the hills, etc. Towing even uhaul trailers sucked loaded up. Not so bad once you got moving but quite a workout on the clutch getting it moving, especially on a hill.
Off roading still sucked with that gearing. Honestly I had to use 4x4 low most of the time off road. Not dirt fire roads but actually somewhere you need 4x4.
I'm honestly not sure if it would be worse or better with an automatic.
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Thanks for that chart! Very useful! haha.
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I have the 4.0 with 3.73s with a 5" RCD lift and 33s and my truck aint slow at all. It pulls great and still has good get up and go in it. I would lift it with 33s for sure.
I've never seen your truck around town. It would be nice though!

I have 265/75R16's on my truck right now. I plan on keeping it stock height with the bigger tires and i'm putting 4:56's in with lockers. If you're going with 33's I would definately put 4:56's in.
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