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the 14bsf has 3.4 gear ratio? Need advice and opinions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by crawlink5, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. crawlink5

    crawlink5 1/2 ton status

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    Got the 3/4 ton burb 4x4 running gear home today. I jacked one rear tire up (open carrier) and spun it. the tire rotated once and the shaft rotated about 1.75 turns. Did this about 5 times to be sure.

    Question 1) Now, in my extremely tired state I might be thinking with a brain fart - should I multiply this by 2? To get about a 3.40?

    If so, this 14BSF rear has ~3.40 gears and 33" BFG ATs on 16.5" rims. I currently have 3.73/33s with a 700r4.

    Question 2) Is anyone running this ratio (3.40/33s/700r4) with no problems? With problems? In Overdrive?

    This blazer came factory with TH350/3.73s. I want to keep the 3.73s but I just don't have the cash to change gears now. Opinions Please!!

    Question 3) I do have a 14bff with 3.73s that I could use. Will the brakes from the SF fit on the FF? The FF has no brakes at all, or any of the parts.

    I have not checked the gear ratio in the front yet, it all looks factory untouched, but, the front driveshaft was not hooked up. May be different, don't know.

    Thanks,
    Doug
     
  2. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    i have a 14bsf with 3.42 and 700r4 and 31s works good but i wish i had 3.73.
     
  3. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    oh yea i don't think any of the brake parts inter change
     
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    berg76 1/2 ton status

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    Q1 - Yes, you probably have 3.42s

    Q2 - Dont know.

    Q3 - If memory serves me correct, If they are the 13x2.5 brakes then I believe they are identical. I have a 14bsf and a ff and the drums/shoes match. Ive not set them side by side but they sure look the same. Hopefully someone else can verify. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    ~Jason
     
  5. smokkey1

    smokkey1 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 14sf and I"m wondering what gears I have too??? I probably should pull the diff cover and check...I'm running 36" swampers with a th400 it feels real strong though. but I wished I had OD for the highway...


    justin
     
  6. crawlink5

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    If you could use OD with 36" tires you prob have 4.11s or lower. Just a guess from experience. I had 4.56/35s/OD in a wrangler 6 cyl and it seemed just right.

    With the th350/3.73s and 33s I needed OD (so I went with the 700r4) but this was a factory setup. With 3.42s the OD may go out in the 700r4, that's why I'm asking opinions on the proposed setup.

    On the brakes, the drums look as big as the ff. Fills up the 16.5 rims completely and sticks way out the back
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    If you could use OD with 36" tires you prob have 4.11s or lower. Just a guess from experience. I had 4.56/35s/OD in a wrangler 6 cyl and it seemed just right.

    With the th350/3.73s and 33s I needed OD (so I went with the 700r4) but this was a factory setup. With 3.42s the OD may go out in the 700r4, that's why I'm asking opinions on the proposed setup.

    On the brakes, the drums look as big as the ff. Fills up the 16.5 rims completely and sticks way out the back

    [/ QUOTE ]


    I edited my first post...what I ment to say was I wished I had OD for the highway...


    justin
     

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