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Old 06-15-2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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4Hi in a low gear or 4Lo in a high gear?

Just wondering what everyone prefers when off roading. I have generally been a 4hi guy but the other day I tried 4 low in 3rd & 4th and it worked pretty well.

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Old 06-15-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Typically if I'm running 20 mph or less, I run low range.

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Old 06-15-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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Gear ratio and tire size has an effect also, so whatever works good for you.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:02 PM   #4
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2.5 4.88, 33's, 3rd in low works like a auto for me.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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Like I said I had always used 4Hi but 4Lo was more like an auto. Mine is stock 30x9.5 3:73 gears.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #6
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You shouldn't rev the tcase too high by shifting into higher (like 3rd or 4th) gears when you're in 4Lo. Use 4Lo on very difficult/challenging sections of a trail, shift back to 2Hi or 4Hi on easier sections. I rarely use 4Hi... if it's not tough enough for 4Lo, I shift into 2Hi. I may shift into 4Hi for a long deep sandy stretch where I'm trying to maintain speed but that's about it.
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I had a wise man tell me once:
"If you start out in low and get stuck, your stuck with no options. Always run in 2 until you need 4, then low when you need it, it'll give you options!"

Dunno why but that has stuck with me through the years...

And Jerry is spot on about high reving the T case...
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I almost never use 4-low. As said before, only if it's truly necessary. Even in soft sand 4-high and a low gear are usually fine. If not, your air pressure is probably too high (referring to sand only).
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I did not think of that. Are the revs that much higher than driving at a higher speed in 4hi?

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