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Old 12-03-2009, 08:46 PM
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My ranger has a 3.0L v6. I have a standard and i can only go like 10mph in first gear before changing to second gear. Why is this? My friend's standard izusu and another ones honda both have v6's, though they can get up much higher in first gear without almost redlining it
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:05 PM
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You are probably hitting the limiter. Not sure what it is for that year. Remember that different cars have different gearing in the tranny and in the axle. Also engines are different.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:06 PM
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Ditto on what Christian said.


Axle gearing, tire size, trans gearing, engine output and it's powerband, etc....soooo many variables. All vehicles are different.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:26 AM
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You are probably hitting the limiter. Not sure what it is for that year. Remember that different cars have different gearing in the tranny and in the axle. Also engines are different.
rangers only have rev limiters in neutral/park. it shouldnt be engaged when im in gear.


question is now, is there a way to change the gearing in the axle? to like increase output to the wheels and somehow let my truck accelerate longer in first gear. Its like my first gear is tiny as hell. Its almost pointless to use because its so little. i can usually just start in 2nd gear if i wanted to. also would tire size affect this? i seriously only get to like 10mph. my gears sucks
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:50 PM
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gear ratio play a big part on that
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:08 PM
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In my 2.3, i had to shif to second at 15 mph, so i see no problem with that. you're cmparing apples to oranges though. i've never owned a 3.0, so i dk how they are, you need to compare it to other manual 3.0s to see where you stand
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:14 PM
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gear ratio play a big part on that
id assume so. and maybe larger tires will help too. i can literally only get to 10-15, when it sounds like im going to pass the redline lol. Can you buy different gear ratio that would allow me to get a better speed on my first gear. Im not wanting to buy a different transmission so i wonder if the differential gearing would do anything.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:32 PM
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id assume so. and maybe larger tires will help too. i can literally only get to 10-15, when it sounds like im going to pass the redline lol. Can you buy different gear ratio that would allow me to get a better speed on my first gear. Im not wanting to buy a different transmission so i wonder if the differential gearing would do anything.
You can put a lower gear in the rear axle and that will allow you to go faster in 1st gear. But why are you concerned about how fast you can go in 1st gear anyways?
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:43 PM
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You can put a lower gear in the rear axle and that will allow you to go faster in 1st gear. But why are you concerned about how fast you can go in 1st gear anyways?
because i want to use my gears longer like other people. i shift at 10, 20, 30, then OD at 40-45. while other cars go 50 mph in 3rd gear. im trying to figure out if i have a rev limiter or crappy gearing.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:09 PM
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Each of the trucks you've referred to are geared to run in the engines power band. All the Rangers I've owned have had high geared 1st. Many American made trucks used to have very high 1st gears for getting the truck moving for towing and hauling heavy loads. Some where so bad you used to start in 2nd unless you were hauling or towing. Putting bigger tires on it or changing the gearing will only affect your performance at cruising speeds and hill climbing. You'll find the engine bogging down and you'll be doing a lot more down shifting. As dixie_boysles said you are comparing apples to oranges. Your ranger will never be a izusu or honda.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:35 PM
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you could change the gearing but id leave it alone and just drive it. is it revving as far in first as all the other gears?
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:33 PM
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Each of the trucks you've referred to are geared to run in the engines power band. All the Rangers I've owned have had high geared 1st. Many American made trucks used to have very high 1st gears for getting the truck moving for towing and hauling heavy loads. Some where so bad you used to start in 2nd unless you were hauling or towing. Putting bigger tires on it or changing the gearing will only affect your performance at cruising speeds and hill climbing. You'll find the engine bogging down and you'll be doing a lot more down shifting. As dixie_boysles said you are comparing apples to oranges. Your ranger will never be a izusu or honda.
weeelllll, crap. so theres nothing i can do with gears to change this somewhat at all? is there a way to make my first gear lower so i can actually use it. right now its nearly pointless in my truck... the other gears suck as well.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:35 PM
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you could change the gearing but id leave it alone and just drive it. is it revving as far in first as all the other gears?
if theres a way to change the gearing...i would like to do that. cus i hate the gearing in this. i can only get to 10mph and i pretty much cant go any faster. if i floored it maybe id get to 20...but that would not be good.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:21 AM
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i got a 98 3.0 manuel when it ran and i drove it i could smash it in 1st gear all the way up to 30 or so and it was all stock but the tires were 33's so something might be fucked up in your tranny
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:10 AM
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i got a 98 3.0 manuel when it ran and i drove it i could smash it in 1st gear all the way up to 30 or so and it was all stock but the tires were 33's so something might be fucked up in your tranny
yeah well your axle could be different and you have 33's
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