What's up with this new Ranger of mine? 4.10 on a 4x2?


scotts90ranger

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If memory serves (I'd have to look at the door tag, too lazy) the '90 came from the factory with 195 70 14's so that did help, what was fun was when I went to 235 70 15's with the 3.08's back in the day... 5th gear was utterly useless... was back to good when I put my $15 3.73:1 axle in (poor college kid, I took what I could get) which held me over until I converted to 4x4 with the factory 4.10's from the '89 frame, now running 5.13's...
 


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Definitely 4.10 gears in the thing, stops accelerating around 20mph in first gear and rev limit kicks in at 50mph in second... I'll plug in 27" tires and 4.10 gears in my spreadsheet at work tomorrow but the speedo is accurate so it doesn't really matter... I'll see how it drives to work tomorrow.
 

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Just an update, it and I are getting better acquainted and even though I'm not used to 100hp anymore it isn't too bad... this transmission is TIGHT, comparing the noises my '90 makes to this is night and day... actually clicks into gear nice and crisp (the shift gate did change at one point though, I know the pins went from E/W to N/S at some point), no play in the shift bushing, added some duct tape to the steel stub of the shifter so the shift knob stays in place for now (since the "universal" knob I had on hand doesn't have a big enough hole, has inserts to make it smaller though?).

I did do the math and confirmed the speedo with a GPS, with the 27" tires and 4.10's it's turning 2700rpm at 67ish mph which is up there but should be fine. When I get new tires in the near future assuming I still like it I'll probably go to something a little taller...
 


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