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Old 09-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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Alright so I have seen countless threads about which gears to get and why... but at the risk if sounding foolish... what does upgrading gears do? I just recently started getting into cars and don't k ow what upgrading gears would do.
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Ok, so know how first gear has more acceleration than second gear and so on? Changing gears in the rear end does that to all yours gears. It can make them all proportionately shorter for faster acceleration at the expense of top end, or longer for higher speeds but slower acceleration.
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So would a higher gear ratio give you better acceleration or what? I am more interested in the fast acceleration as I don't really plan to faster than what the speed limiter is at (unless I replace the driveshaft)
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Here's an article I bookmarked a while ago which was thanks to Azure. Good read.
http://www.viperclub.org/howto/faqs/...-gear-swap.php

They basically get your car through the powerband quicker and into those higher rpms faster. Which is great for our cars because that's where the power is. This will equal quicker acceleration.
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Re: Gears

Also, despite the number being lower (2.73s for example) higher gearing makes it accelerate slower. Lower gearing (3.73/4.10s) make it accelerate faster. The high/low namings are opposite the actual numbers on a graph.

It kills me when people say high geared and they're referring to 3.73s or whatever. That's wrong.
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Re: Gears

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Here's an article I bookmarked a while ago which was thanks to Azure. Good read.
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They basically get your car through the powerband quicker and into those higher rpms faster. Which is great for our cars because that's where the power is. This will equal quicker acceleration.
You butt. I have been whoring out that link, too!

OP; check my signature for links to some threads that talk more about gears and link to videos.
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Re: Gears

The higher the number the faster you will accelerate... However at highway speeds your rpm will be higher which means if you do lots of highway driving then you will see a small decrease in mpgs... Now if you drive mostly city and are tame and controlled with your right foot then you can actually see an increase in city mpgs.
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