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05-09-2008, 11:44 PM #1
new gears necessary?
I have the 3.73 posi rear end in my truck, and want to go from 33" tires to 35" tires at the next time they are due. Do I need to put new gears in the rear end? I have heard 4.10 or 4.56. Which would be better? Also, do I need to change the front differential gears as well, if possible?
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05-10-2008, 12:22 AM #2
If your upgrading to 35's then you really should do the gears. And you will need to do front and rear otherwise it will just bind and break everything. I would probably do 4.56 because then if you ever want to put on tires bigger than 35's you don't need to worry about buying gears a second time.Dan
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05-10-2008, 02:09 AM #3
i would go with exactly what dan said... go 4.56's and you will need to do the front tooPETE
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05-10-2008, 02:00 PM #4
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05-12-2008, 12:38 PM #5
If 500-800 bucks isn't in the budget right now then you don't HAVE to change them right away. A change in the near future would be a safe bet.
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05-17-2008, 04:05 PM #6
$500-800 installed or just for the parts? Dad's a heavy equipment mechanic, and he has helped me with most of the stuff for the truck, but he has only done two rear ends in a pickup in his 30+ years as mechanic. Does it in cranes all the time, but very rarely a truck. How difficult is it to install the gears ourselves, or is it best to have a garage/shop do it for me?
05-17-2008, 08:14 PM #7
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If dads a Heavy Eqpt. Mech. with a gear change or two under his belt he should be able to tackle this job with you. Plan for a whole day of work to do both diffs.
Remove one gear set at a time, swap the gears, trial fit and shim as required. Probably want to replace the axle seals at the same time (cheap insurance). When purchasing the gears buy a master install kit (axle seals wont be included and will need to be purchased separately), and a gallon of your favorite diff. lube.
I'd recommend 4.56's for 35" tires.
$500 to $800 sounds like parts only for both diffs, install with parts is usually closer to $1100-$1200
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