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Old 04-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #11
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oh ok so if i do any body lift at all 31's will work ok? and you said ur gears are 3.73..is that stock or did you change them? cuz idk what gears are on my stock 95 2.3l 2wd...i mean if urs is the 2.3l 2wd and all ur stuff works fine without power loss then i got nuthing to loose
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #12
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With tha engine id recommend bumping up to 4.10's but that's just me.
With a 3" body lift you should be able to fit 33's unless it's different for older trucks.
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I agree, but if you just want cheap height and don't care about a huge gay gap above your bumpers, body lift is the way to go.
Huge gay gap above bumpers? Wtf are you talking about lol. Body lifts come with bumper brackets to relocate them so there is no gap.....
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Huge gay gap above bumpers? Wtf are you talking about lol. Body lifts come with bumper brackets to relocate them so there is no gap.....
Some of them do. A lot of cheaper ones (IE JC Whitney) do not.
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how do you change gear ratios? and why do u reccommend that?
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how do you change gear ratios? and why do u reccommend that?
Will be better for drivin. Won't feel like a gutless pig as much lol.

My 2006 has 31's and 4.10's and it's pretty much perfect. But I do have a 4.0 so I guess I can't compare.
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You buy new gears and a master install kit, buy a bunch of tools like a dial indicator, a shoe-horn, a dummy tube, a torque wrench, etc. Then you remove the drive shaft, the wheels and brake drums, and the diff cover. Then push in on the rear wheel hubs, pull the C-clips out from the inboard ends of the shafts, and yank the shafts out. Next unbolt the bearing caps for the carrier, grab the carrier,and pull hard.

Now you have to remove the pinion nut, pull the companion flange off and hammer the old pinion out. Zap the ring gear bolts out of the carrier, you will want a pneumatic impact wrench, hand tools won't work well because of the high torque and thread locker and an electric one usually wont' cut it.

Next you have to install the new pinion and set the depth properly using selective shims and install the bearings and set the preload. Once that is done you have to install the new ring to the carrier and install the carrier back into the housing and set the backlash. Put some yellow goo on and spin it all and check the gear mesh pattern. If that's right you put the axle shafts back in. Might as well do axle seals while you are there, since you gotta take the shafts out to do that. Install C-clips, the rear cover, and the drums and wheels, and the drive shaft of course, and take it for a ride.


Personally, I'd never own a 4-cylinder of any sort with anything above a 5.13 gear. But that's just me.
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I have 4.10s in mine and it runs great, I will be bumping up to 31s and am not worried about anything
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I have a 97 2.3 5spd with 4.10 gears and 31s. It did good, not a speed demon but had enough but to pull the tires and the 15x8 steel wheels just fine. All it has is homemade coil spacers in the front. 3/4 of an inch thick got me about 1.5 inches of lift in the front.

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I vote for suspension lift, body lifts look stupid IMO
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