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opinion on gear ratio

Discussion in 'Plains Region' started by fourwheelerjeff, Oct 14, 2002.

  1. fourwheelerjeff

    fourwheelerjeff 1/2 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    hey guys, i have an 88 blazer that i am going to swap in a 3/4 ton set of axles, would you go with 4.56 or 4.88 gears, i will be running 38 inch tires or so, 6+3 inch lift, with locker front and rear, although this will mainly be a street and light wheeling rig, i really don't need the lockers but since i have them, why not?

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  2. blk87K5

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    You asked for opinions, so I will give you mine:
    Don't put on a body lift. 6" is plenty of lift to clear 38's. You could clear 42's with that, I only have 7".
    Put the 4.88's in. I wish I would have gone with 4.88's, and I run 35's on the street.
     
  3. fourwheelerjeff

    fourwheelerjeff 1/2 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    but i really don't want to cut the body

    i will cut the body on the 79 or 83 they will be for wheeling, with one tons and 39.5's
     
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    blk87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Well, since your just using it for light duty trail use and on the street, it would be ok. I am just not a big fan of body lifts.
     
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    OL14BLAZ 1/2 ton status

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    4.88 all the way. You'll love the take off power you will have with the 4.88's /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gifJust don't expect great fuel mileage on the open road /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gifjust my .02.

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  6. fulltopblazer

    fulltopblazer 1/2 ton status

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    I'd go with the 4.88's and the 6"+3" lift. I've got a 6" lift on my blazer with 35's right now and they hit all the time and my fenders are trimed all the way to the firewall.
     
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    My guess is your tires rub due to the 14" rims. But it looks like you have wider than 12.50 tires too.
     
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    fulltopblazer 1/2 ton status

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    Yea thats the main reason. I kinda regret buying the 14" wide wheels, but at the time it sounded like a good idea. I'm going to 39.5 boggers and they are like 18" wide so I thought the 14" wide wheel would be good.
     
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    OL14BLAZ 1/2 ton status

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    Just because the tire is stated at 18 wide does not mean you have to run that wide of a rim. You could probably get away with a 10" wide wheel with out popping a bead. I'm going to run the 39.5x18/16.5 bogger on a hummer beadlock wheel and they are on 8.25 wide, but they lock both the outside and inside bead. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Just thought I would throw that out there.

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