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Old 12-05-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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Gears and Drive train

Guys i have a 2002 mustang gt v8, my mechanic recommended the ford racing drive shaft what do some of you guys recommend, i also want to add gears to my car. I have been told my mustang owners, 410's 411's 373's but i really cant decide which is best. i would like to have my car set for 1/4 miles if that helps. please give me some advice, thanks
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Re: Gears and Drive train

What tranny do you have? Also, if you're talking about an aluminum driveshaft...it really isn't gonna give you enough gains for the amount of money you're looking at spending. Not worth it to me, but some ppl go that route.
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Re: Gears and Drive train

aluminumk drive shaft is not worth it
as for gear do 4.10's but keep in mind you will need a chip to correct your speedo if you have an auto
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Re: Gears and Drive train

aluminum driveshafts are one of those mods you do at the end of the cars modifications, its not really noticable. it smooths the car out and may add a couple hp/tq from the gain of a more efficient driveline (the driveshaft) it helps rotational mass by 10lbs, which is about 100lbs of dead weight. In the end you will get better gasmilage... and get more driveline clunking noise when you are turning really slow and what not.

I would go with 3.73 gears for daily driving, you have 3.27s stock. Go with OEM ford gears they are very good and wont whine (like richmond) if installed CORRECTLY... that is the key term... get a warranty in WRITING for whine and breakage for X amount of miles (try to get 10k or so miles on warranty)

the gears will cost under 200 and the install can run from 200 to 500... just pay extra to get a better job. For calibration of the speedo you can probably run a dallas speedcal, easy to install, and you wont have to spend 400 bucks on a chip. I have the speedcal and it works great.
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Re: Gears and Drive train

would i need a chip for an stock 5sp trans
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No, you can run a speedcal as spectorv said in his post.
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No, you can run a speedcal as spectorv said in his post.
Which is the easiest thing to do but more expensive than buying the appropriate gear for your transmission
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what is a speedcal?
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Re: Gears and Drive train

It sounds to me like that guy at the shop has a spare shaft laying around that he wants to get rid of. It's not worth it.
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Don't fear the gear my friend... Go for the anything that has a 4 digit in front and you will be happy. Get the speed cal and forget about the DS...
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Re: Gears and Drive train

i would only replace the DS if the current unit was going out, as a direct ford replacement is almost double the cost of a better, lighter aftermarket one.

as for gears, anything more than 3.73's will suffice. 4.1's will be nice on a naturally aspirated(non forced induction/nitrous) manual, or 4.30's on a naturalyy aspirated automatic. if boosted/nitrous fed, id do either 3.73's or 3.90's, youll want the longer gear to take advantage of the more power to move more distance.

right now i am basically stock(save for intake, tuner and exhaust, few boltons) and im going with 3.90's cause sometime in the future i plan on either nitrous feeding her or boosting(vortech) her. either way, ill have the best of both worlds of the low down launch accel of the 4.1's and the top end of the 3.73's when i go with the middle ground 3.90's.
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Re: Gears and Drive train

For whatever it's worth stay away from the Motive brand gear sets. I have tried every FMS gear set (3.27, 3.55, 3.73, 4.10, 4.30, 4.56, 4.88) and even a set of Motive 3.90's gears over the last few years and you could not get me to use anything other than the FMS gearsets. The FORD gears are the highest quality gear available, period... Get the 4.10 for your GT and you will love them even with N2O, boost, or just NA.

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I agree with spector. Stay away from richmond. I wish I got the 3:90's instead of my 3:73's, cause I plan on getting a six speed soon.
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Re: Gears and Drive train

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(the driveshaft) it helps rotational mass by 10lbs, which is about 100lbs of dead weight.
That theory doesn't apply to the driveshaft, that only works with wheels + tires if I'm not mistaken.
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That theory doesn't apply to the driveshaft, that only works with wheels + tires if I'm not mistaken.


It applies to all rotating mass

I'd skip the speedcal and get a tuner, then you have that later on if you decide to do any major modifications. Also, I'd get 4.10 gears if you won't have a blower anytime in the future.

4.11 is a chevy gear
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Oh, and nitrous loves the gear by the way
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Re: Gears and Drive train

4.10s!! I loved mine for the 2 minutes I got to use them.. 3.73s won't be all that much of an improvement over your stock 3.27s.. Your RPMs will be in the 2800ish range at 75 MPH

Next I'd get a good drag radial, unless you have to drive often in the snow.. - my nittos worked superbly on the street (not so at the track but still) it'd slip then grip, and it'd grab between shifts too, I loved it.

If you have not done it yet, get a short throw shifter.. I've tried both pro 5.0 and steeda.. I preferred the steeda (position-wise) just personal opinion though

From there on.. the mods you do will not net really noticeable gains (perhaps in 1/4 mile trim, but I wasn't really ever able to feel an SOP difference with my mods.. my diablosport definitely sparked top-end a bit, but not by much.. and it required premium fuel)
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