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MrWesson22
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posted 01-06-2002 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm thinking about picking up a used diff with 4.62 gears for my car. I'm currently running a close ratio toploader, so I need all the gear I can get. I have a 28" tire and will be spending about 80% strip, 20% street. My street driving is mostly around town, but I do drive highway some (out to Athens - about 35 miles - 65mph speed limit) about once a month or so. I'm anticipating a shift point on the new combination around 6700 rpms. Assuming I have a trap speed of around 110mph (just a guess), that would be 6100 rpms. I guess I'm somewhat trying to talk myself into it. Never fear the gear, right? It'll be great at the track, but it's really too much for the street. Am I crazy, or should I just go for it?

Edit: Actually, I think my toploader is a close ratio, but I don't know for sure. How can I tell? I know it's a 68 smallblock toploader, but I don't have all the #s off of it. Is there any way I can tell without driving the car?

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 01-06-2002 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neal,
Let that Cleve' of yours breathe!!! Buy & install my barely-used 5.14 gear set (for a 9"; 90$) and get those revs up & let it breathe, breathe, breathe!!!

As you said, "Never fear the Gear"!

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cpmaverick
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posted 01-06-2002 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
20% street. I'd say got for it, but I guarantee you you won't drive 65 mph in it for very long. I had 4.11s and 65 was awful.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 01-07-2002 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
4.62 is a ratio for a 8" rearend, not offered for a 9". If you go 110 mph, thats good for high 11`s. Way to much for a 8", especially with a 4 speed!

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chris eck
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posted 01-07-2002 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chris eck   Click Here to Email chris eck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would stay with 4.11s or 4.30s and have a set of take offs or spares with a taller diameter to bring the revs down on your highway trips.Besides your track tires should be for the track only unless your running the drag radials which only seem to last about max 10,000 mi. depending on your driving foot preasure.You could also run a smaller diameter at the track only which would wind her up faster.Just some more for you to think on.

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Moneymaker
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posted 01-07-2002 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never can have too much gear!
Seriously the 4.62 is a walk in the park for a 7000 RPM capable Cleveland. You can install tall rear tires for the street to cut some of it back. DOn't plan on any real slicks with a stone stock 8 inch and a 4-speed. SOme prep work is required to make it live.

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MrWesson22
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posted 01-07-2002 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I forgot to even mention this would be a temporary thing until I can afford a custom 9" from moser. It obviously is an 8" rear. I'll stay on street tires with the 8". Would 4.62s be a complete waste of time on street tires? I'm thinking 1st gear would be useless even at the track.

Anyone know about my close vs wide ratio question?

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Neal
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steve'66
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posted 01-07-2002 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neal,

Do you have any of the tag # off the trans? I have a chart, but it doesn't show any 1968 smallblock toploaders. There are several 1967 s/b's in both wide and close ratios.

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TomP
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posted 01-07-2002 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the 68 smallblock tranny should be a wide ratio.

A waste? the 8" with 4.62's and street tires, i'd say so. You don't need a custom Moser 9"... for that car 9" housings are easy to find. Stock 28 splines should work until you go 11's then it'd be best to spend the money first on the 31 splines, these again can be stock Ford parts.

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MrWesson22
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posted 01-07-2002 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrWesson22   Click Here to Email MrWesson22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need my rear narrowed around 3-4" from stock 69 width for the wheels I'm running right now and minitubs may be in my future. The goal is somewhere around 11.70s on motor, then I'll be hitting it with nitrous. I don't think stock 31 spline components will hold up very long with mid 10 second ets. They might, but I also will probably go stroker big block when I'm done with the cleveland. I'm the type that would rather build it once and have it overkill in preparation for the future than have to do it over again later - thus the custom moser 9". A rearend can never be "too strong" for a combination, so I might as well. Besides, when you add up the cost of getting a stock rear narrowed, converting to rear discs, aftermarket axles, and an aftermarket chunk, it's right where a custom rear would have been to begin with anyway.

Would I hook well enough on drag radials to frag this 8" all over the place, or do I have to run normal old street tires? I'm thinking I could use the gear with drag radials but it's way too much for normal street tires.

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-07-2002 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure what the conversion from 1/8 to 1/4 mile et's are, but I ran an old pinto with a 9" and 5.67 gears with shortened-resplined Ford 31 spline axles and a detroit locker and never had a bit of trouble from it. we ran 6.80's 6.90's with it. Way too much gear for the old 351c and c6, but sometimes you have to make do with what you have.

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kid vishus
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posted 01-07-2002 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got to 7.30's in the 1/8 with stock shortened 31 spline axles. Then I broke 2 of them in a 4 week period. I bought my mosiers, never had any problems since. And that 4 speed is going to be a little harder on them than my c4 with transbrake was.

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-07-2002 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Kid, you have a spare Tbrake for a c4 to dispose with?

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chips67
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posted 01-08-2002 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chips67   Click Here to Email chips67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes, 4.62's are a waste with street tires. you wont get in the 7's/11's without either a decent drag tire out back or a serious load of hp. look, the viper ran like 12.2's in the 1/4 on wide factory rubber and it had 450 hp. anyway, get the 9 inch, get the 31 splines, and get either et streets or a real set of slicks on spare rims to swap on at the track. btw, i run a 4 speed....easiest way to find out if its close or wide ratio is this....jack up the rear end, wheels hanging. mark a line on the drive shaft, mark line on the tire. put a pointer on th tire and shaft and count how many turns it take the shaft to turn the tire on full rotation. if its 2 3/4 turns its a wide ratio (lower first gear)...if its 2 1/3 turns, its a close ratio (higher first gear). EASY!!! do it that way. you hope its the wide ratio trans, the close one is for those road course girls. maybe if you aint got the right one, somebody will trade you. also, getting a 4 speed car to hook aint just slapping slicks/bars on. definetly get a locker, get good drag shocks...all the way around. stuff im still waiting to get. trust me, good luck.

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TomP
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posted 01-08-2002 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went for 35 splines in my Fairlane...if i had to do it over again (and i might) i'd put a lower drag, lighter weight and scads cheaper 8.8 in it. A local fella has run 8.60's with just such a rear end. 1000hp, 3550lb car, 31spline stock width axles, launching on the tranny brake and even 4 lug wheels. He still runs an 8.8 as he goes for 7's (we ARE talking 1/4 mile here)He's upgraded now to 33 splines and 5 lug , but its still a stock 86-93 Mustang housing.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 01-09-2002 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, Tom, yeah Dals Mustang is pretty awesome, but are you gonna run a PEE Glide like him? I doubt his 8.8 would be very happy with 6000 rpm clutch dumps. Plus I don`t think his car 60fts as good as our cars, even though it is a lot faster. Does he 60ft as good with the twin turbos as he did with that HUGE Vortech?

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-14-2002 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
here is another gear on eBay....says posi this time

4.62 8" posi

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Fastymz
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posted 01-14-2002 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"center is locked (welded) its definatley posi"This is the only part that I dont like.I jus dont see this working well on the street.

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steve'66
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posted 01-14-2002 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scoop,

Me neither! Maybe for a dirt track or a off-road only vehicle. It is not legal to weld the pinion gears of a drag car.

SteveW

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Just Strokin
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posted 01-14-2002 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Just Strokin   Click Here to Email Just Strokin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't read it all until I had made the post. OOOOOOOOOOOOPS

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TomP
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posted 01-15-2002 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
a welded 8"? ... might as well stick a Suzuki Samurai rear end in it... at least it's lighter and if you are gonna break stuff anyways...

I think the 8.8 in Dal's car is strong enough for my car... his car goes to around 6000 on the brake and thats hitting the thing with 1000+ hp ... i think he said a 1.32 60ft was his best... my car has gone 1.36 and is almost 2 seconds slower

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I65Stang
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posted 01-15-2002 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, I take it he runs c-clip elims? I hate *#$*@#* c-clip axles . I dunno, I would rather run a rear that you can just take a pumpkin out of...

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posted 01-15-2002 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Suzuki Samuri?

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posted 01-15-2002 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Suzuki Samuri?

They use them on moosemobiles up there!

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