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streetstang67
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posted 02-23-2003 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm planning on changing out my 2.79 rear gears for 3.55s. How much faster will I be? in the quarter mile? Where will I gain speed? Where will I lose it? Lots of questions Thanks

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rockafellz
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posted 02-23-2003 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You'll lose some top speed but gain a ton of low end torque!!

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streetstang67
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posted 02-23-2003 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for streetstang67   Click Here to Email streetstang67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I gain low end and lose top end, would the quarter mile times be much different...do they kind of "even each other out"? About where would I gain: 0-40, 20-60, 40-80....or something else? Thanks again
Would I gain gas mileage in city driving and lose it in highway driving?

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Rory McNeil
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posted 02-23-2003 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your results will vary greatly, depending on your combination, but should be noticable even on a pure stock vehicle. Years ago, I replaced the 2.47! 7.5" rear end in my bone stock 302 2v, auto 78 Fairmont, with a 8.8 with 3.55 Traction Lock, & knocked a full 1/2 second from my ET slips. With 24" tall tires, the cruising RPM on the freeway went up quite a bit, almost 3000 RPM @60 mph, but not objectionable unless you do lots of freeway driving.Also, as I continued with more modifications, the gears helped them out. After switching to a T5 5speed about 7 years ago, the OD put the freeway revs back down around 2200 rpm, so I may go a bit steeper in the future. Gears are one of the best "bang for the buck" deals going, & a neccesity if you hope to get the most out of your combination.

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Fastymz
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posted 02-23-2003 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd say you'd pick up about .2 .5 in 1/4.
And a lot more fun around town,your feel the differnece.
I went from 2.79 to 3.40 gears I too use 24" tires.I can notice a big change around town.I cruise at about 3300 at 65 mph.That does not seem bad to me.

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