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Crawl ratio for sand, trail and mud?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by randyb12, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. randyb12

    randyb12 Registered Member

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    I am tired of all the you have to have 125:1 or more comments from all the rock crawlers out their.
    What is a good ratio for a full size with 46 Baja Claws?
    I have a 3 speed auto and a 396cid putting out over 400hp /tq.
    currently it has 12:1 in Hi range and 25:1 in Low.
    It is still under construction and I have never ran a combo like this so I don't have aany thing to relate it to.
    thanks.
     
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    well i have an ord doubler- 513s- and 39" boggers. Its not nearly as low as some rigs but it does the job. I do alot of muddy climbs along with sandy terrain and while doing so i just run the 205 in low. Not sure of its ratio with my 513s factored in but its not all that low and i like it. Of course the key to sand and mud is WHEEL SPEED so u dont need all the lower gearing.
     
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    randyb12 Registered Member

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    Thanks, Anyone out there running 46+ tires in a rig setup like mine?
    What do you think of your gearing?
     
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    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    Hey Welcome to the site. Cool We have another Humboldt county member :woot: :woot: :woot: I'm just south of You in Redcrest and 81jimmyslt is also in Eureka.
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Another idea is to try for 1" of tire rotation per 1 RPM of the motor.

    In simplest terms, figure out the circumference of your 46" tire and then try to achieve a crawl ratio that matches it.

    Ex.
    My 38" tires are ~121" circumference, so my crawl ratio should be close to 120:1


    More discussion about this strategy is here:

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28614&highlight=ideal+crawl


    :usaflag:



    There is no ONE ideal ratio for every kind of terrain. The key is building a setup that has gearing options (why Doublers are great) so that you can adjust your crawl ratio to the conditions.
     
  6. randyb12

    randyb12 Registered Member

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    Cool, Where do you guys go to wheel?
    We do the beach and rivers mostly but are looking for some other stuff to do around here when the truck is done.
     
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    Thanks, I am tring to figure out if I need that high of a ratio for your average mud and sand/river terrain. I have the feeling with the tires I have I will always be in low range. I think a KloonV is in my future. I have a divorced ford (in a quiet voice "I own a ford") NP205 so the standard doubler is out of the question.
     
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    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    Pretty much the same for Me. Problem is I have been redoing My K5 for about the last three years. Still a little more to go until it's road worthy. Also building a 76 3/4 ton. Let Me know if there are any parts Your looking for I always have stuff poping up.
     
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    Thanks I will keep that in mind.
     
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    Interesting question. I would think crawl ratio is of no concern in the sand/ mud. IMHO it's all about HP to weight ratio. :dunno: I know my crawler sucks in the sand... ie. Big tires, heavy pig, low gears = going nowhere but down :laugh:
     
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    Well, big tires really tall gears and a heavy rig will sink too. I am looking for the middle ground. What to expect from my current ratio and what would be best for what I want to do.
    Thanks.
     
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    Middle ground will be tough. Ask Springer (Amigo #1) ;) I seriously doubt you can have your cake and eat it too. Kudos to you if you make it happen :bow:. I have yet to see it done in anything over 4000 lbs. Good luck dude.
     

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