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atomicjoe23 08-07-2009 02:31 PM

Matching front & rear axle ratios?
 
OK. . .stupid question!


I'm new to modifying 4WD's. . .I haven't messed with axle gears in a 4WD before so I figured I'd better ask just to make sure I know.



Do your front and rear axle ratios need to match?



If they don't, what would be the advantage/disadvantage of this?



Thanks for cluing me in on this.

silvergoat 08-07-2009 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by atomicjoe23 (Post 417215)
OK. . .stupid question!


I'm new to modifying 4WD's. . .I haven't messed with axle gears in a 4WD before so I figured I'd better ask just to make sure I know.



Do your front and rear axle ratios need to match?



If they don't, what would be the advantage/disadvantage of this?



Thanks for cluing me in on this.


Yes they need to match, if they dont match your front and rear wheels will turn at different speeds and damage your transfer case. I have seen mud boggers and sand draggers use different ratios in the axles, but they would correct it buy running different size tires.

atomicjoe23 08-07-2009 02:46 PM

That's what I thought.

I just wanted to double check. . .I haven't done much messing around with 4WD's before so. . .better safe than sorry. . .you never know.

Scout 08-07-2009 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by silvergoat (Post 417221)
Yes they need to match, if they dont match your front and rear wheels will turn at different speeds and damage your transfer case. I have seen mud boggers and sand draggers use different ratios in the axles, but they would correct it buy running different size tires.

x 20! :D

atomicjoe23 08-07-2009 03:30 PM

The mud boggers and sand draggers can keep their different sized wheels. . .that would look DUMB on a Willy's P/U!!!

silvergoat 08-07-2009 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by atomicjoe23 (Post 417284)
The mud boggers and sand draggers can keep their different sized wheels. . .that would look DUMB on a Willy's P/U!!!

Not if it was slammed with a blown big block running in sand drags.

atomicjoe23 08-07-2009 04:19 PM

True. . .not what we have in mind though.

We're going for a jacked up WWII look. . .inspired by the Dodge Power Wagon off of Gearz TV show (minus the Rockwell axles. . .at least for now!!!).


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