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Old 08-23-2017, 06:35 AM
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Ok looking for some more help here. I have a 97 ranger 2.3 5speed. Original tires and wheels were 225/70 R14. Well I wanted bigger tires and wheels for more ground clearance so went with 235/75 R15s. Love the way they look on the truck and love the meat on them. Well I forgot about possible gearing issues. Now it's really hard to get to 5th gear on the interstate. When I do, foot is to the floor to keep it held steady. Brand new drivetrain and this only happened after putting the bigger tires and wheels on. So I guess my question is, what gears should I put in the rear end to get the "pep" back in my truck?
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:11 AM
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I have a 1996 2.3 5speed I have the same size tires as you I can hold 70 in 5th on flat highway what I did to help my truck out is clean the mas sensor clean the throttle body and also remove the air baffle right before the throttle boddy it all helped some

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I also forgot to mention your speeddomitor will be off now mine is off 5 mph up to 60 then it goes more like 10mph off
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:28 AM
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I'm really wanting the "get up and go" she had before the tire and wheel swap. Which is why I would like to swap gears. This is a new motor I just put in last week. All sensors are clean. However I would still like for my 5th gear to be decent as in not pulling 4K RPM lol.
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:38 AM
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do you know what GR you have now? the door jamb has a n axle code on it, which can be looked up on a table on this site to see what it is...given that you have the stock rear end.
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:06 AM
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Change to a 4.10 ratio, but it will still be slow as hell. The engine was rated at 119 HP so you can't get blood from a turnip.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:03 AM
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do you know what GR you have now? the door jamb has a n axle code on it, which can be looked up on a table on this site to see what it is...given that you have the stock rear end.
Axle code is 86. And yes the truck has stock gears. Idk where the table is on here. Using app on cell phone.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:13 AM
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Axle code is 86. And yes the truck has stock gears. Idk where the table is on here. Using app on cell phone.
well, that table i was thinking of can't be seen now anyways lol! it was linked from photobucket, and photobucket no longer allows hosting from free accounts...
anyways, here's a link you can use to figure it out: Rear Axle Assembly Identification Codes
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:16 AM
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well, that table i was thinking of can't be seen now anyways lol! it was linked from photobucket, and photobucket no longer allows hosting from free accounts... anyways, here's a link you can use to figure it out: Rear Axle Assembly Identification Codes

Ok cool. Thank you. Well code 86 is 3.73. The only next step up would be 4.10.......
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:18 AM
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yep! or 4.56, but i think they're hard to find
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:32 AM
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yep! or 4.56, but i think they're hard to find
Wouldn't 4.56 require me to change axels as well?
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:05 PM
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Wouldn't 4.56 require me to change axels as well?
i'm pretty sure that's right
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:30 PM
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yep! or 4.56, but i think they're hard to find
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Wouldn't 4.56 require me to change axels as well?
Several manufacturers produce 4.56 ring and pinion sets for the Ford 7.5". I went with 'Yukon' personally. Re-gearing is something best left to the professionals unless you know what you are doing, so don't forget labor costs if this is the way you want to go. For instance, parts and labor to re-gear my rear axle ran right about $700 at a local reputable shop.

It could possibly be more cost effective to find an axle with 4.10 gears already installed and swap entire axles. If you do that you might as well upgrade to an 8.8.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:40 PM
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good stuff! ^^^
i humbly withdraw my comments due to my faulty memory!
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:56 PM
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good stuff! ^^^
i humbly withdraw my comments due to my faulty memory!
Well no one really spends the money to re-gear the 7.5 anyway. Usually they will upgrade to the 8.8 first so there is little talk of gearing options for the 7.5.
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:46 PM
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Well no one really spends the money to re-gear the 7.5 anyway. Usually they will upgrade to the 8.8 first so there is little talk of gearing options for the 7.5.
Awesome!! Thank you for the info! Any idea of a donor that would have the 8.8 in it? Ranger, explorer? Years or setups to look for?
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