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Old 03-21-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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What carrier do I have?

I want to switch to 4.88 gears but i am not sure if my stock carrier will work. 1998 wrangler 4 cylinder

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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I want to switch to 4.88 gears but i am not sure if my stock carrier will work. 1998 wrangler 4 cylinder
Jtripper.801,

What is your current gear ratio? If you have 3.73 or higher gears now, your carrier will work just fine. If you have anything numerically lower than a 3.73 you will need a new carrier.

You say you have a 4cyl., so if its an automatic transmission, you have 3.73's, and if you have a manual trans, you have 4.10 gears. Unless someone changed gears in the Jeep and it's not factory, you should be fine on the stock carriers.

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Old 03-21-2013, 04:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for your help. The jeep is a manual transmission and as far as i know the axles are stock. Going try and pick up some gears this weekend. This will be my first axle build so we will see how it goes. Also thinking about installing lock right locker by POWERTRAX any thoughts?
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Thanks for your help. The jeep is a manual transmission and as far as i know the axles are stock. Going try and pick up some gears this weekend. This will be my first axle build so we will see how it goes. Also thinking about installing lock right locker by POWERTRAX any thoughts?
Jtripper,

I would recommend having someone who has done gears before either help you, or have them do it. To install a new gear set, you need a few specialized tools, and have to be very precise with your backlash and gear mesh. It's not as easy as just putting some gears in, you will have nothing but problems from now on if you don't do it correctly.

As for the Lockright, if you are going to be doing a lot of street driving, I would look into either a selectable locker or something like a Detroit Truetrac. The Lock-Right will click loudly around turns which can get annoying. If that won't bother you, then it will be great for you.

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Installed in the front, you won't even notice it's there on the street since no torque is going to the front axle. Once you're in 4x4 though you'll have to learn some of its habits. In the rear most everyone on here will recommend a selectable.
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