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Old 08-01-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Are there different gear ratios in the transmission for the v6 performance pack with 3.31 gears, compared to base v6 with 2.73 gears? My wife is trying to decide if she wants the 3.31 in her base mustang. Can she drive one with the performance pack and get an idea of what it would feel like?
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I believe the transmission is the same, but the rear diff gears are different (2.73 vs 3.31) Definitely go drive both the base and the premium to feel the difference.
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2.73's for better gas mileage.
3.31 for better performance.

I drove both and ended up buying a 13' base w/ performance package 3.31's (wanted a 13 or 14 because there were a lot of standard options on the base the 11-12's don't have). In my opinion the 3.31's is what all the cars should have come with from factory.
I still averaged 29 mpg (hwy)/ 24 (city) and the car didn't feel like it was lugging around town like it did with 2.73's.
Now I will say this the performance package is a stiff ride with the performance package springs. I actually got a slightly softer ride after lowering with SR lowering springs. Which was fine because I got the look I wanted and a little bit better ride.
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2.73's for better gas mileage.
3.31 for better performance.

I drove both and ended up buying a 13' base w/ performance package 3.31's (wanted a 13 or 14 because there were a lot of standard options on the base the 11-12's don't have). In my opinion the 3.31's is what all the cars should have come with from the factory.
Definitely agree. The 3.31 seems to be the best gearing for the 3.7 for performance and great gas mileage!
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I asked the same question at the dealer yesterday when I went to quote a gear swap. Tranny is the same. Different programming is all.

I can tell you from experience, the 2.73's are a dog and gutless once in 6th gear. So any accelerating at 65 or faster requires a long distance or downshifts. In the city it's similar. The car goes into as high a gear as possible and you have to kick down a gear just to move through at times. This can make it seem as though your punching it around in city traffic.
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2.73's for better gas mileage.
3.31 for better performance.

I drove both and ended up buying a 13' base w/ performance package 3.31's (wanted a 13 or 14 because there were a lot of standard options on the base the 11-12's don't have). In my opinion the 3.31's is what all the cars should have come with from factory.
I still averaged 29 mpg (hwy)/ 24 (city) and the car didn't feel like it was lugging around town like it did with 2.73's.
Now I will say this the performance package is a stiff ride with the performance package springs. I actually got a slightly softer ride after lowering with SR lowering springs. Which was fine because I got the look I wanted and a little bit better ride.
not to be picky, but there is no way you average 24mpg city...
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Definitely agree. The 3.31 seems to be the best gearing for the 3.7 for performance and great gas mileage!
I don't know about saying the best gearing for our 3.7's , however its not bad. Lol
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not to be picky, but there is no way you average 24mpg city...

I average 23.7 city. I have a manual and 3.31 gears.

I also have a Hybrid 93 octane tune in it. It is very possible, just have to drive like a geezer.
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not to be picky, but there is no way you average 24mpg city...
Yes way, and that was with a Bama 87 Hybrid tune to boot.

Now I'm really gonna blow your mind, I get between 22-24 mpg in the city with 3.73 gears, driving normal. My hwy mpgs dropped to 26-27 mpg though.
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I don't know about saying the best gearing for our 3.7's , however its not bad. Lol
Im saying best for performance and gas mileage. Sure 3.73/4.10 would be the "best" for performance, but your fuel economy will suffer. I'm able to get 30 mpg and great performance. Hell, when I was bone stock I could chirp 2nd EASY and even get a chirp going into 3rd.
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Im saying best for performance and gas mileage. Sure 3.73/4.10 would be the "best" for performance, but your fuel economy will suffer. I'm able to get 30 mpg and great performance. Hell, when I was bone stock I could chirp 2nd EASY and even get a chirp going into 3rd.
I'm running 91 hybrid tune and 3:73 gears and setting cruise control for 70 mph, I'm getting 28 mpg. Granted its not 30 mpg but what a world of difference when stomping on it with 3:73 compared to 3:31 gears. Lol.
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I'm running 91 hybrid tune and 3:73 gears and setting cruise control for 70 mph, I'm getting 28 mpg. Granted its not 30 mpg but what a world of difference when stomping on it with 3:73 compared to 3:31 gears. Lol.
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Lol. Okay bro. Next time I go out on highway I will reset the fuel counter and show you the mpg with a picture. Lol I will set the cruise control for 70 mpg. Now I shower daily but no picture for that so please take my word for it. Lmao.
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Lol. Okay bro. Next time I go out on highway I will reset the fuel counter and show you the mpg with a picture. Lol I will set the cruise control for 70 mpg. Now I shower daily but no picture for that so please take my word for it. Lmao.
3.73s all day long bro! 3.31s should have been standard on all v6s and 2.73s should have been an option for all the tree huggers! I can't wait for my 3.73s!!!!!
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3.73s all day long bro! 3.31s should have been standard on all v6s and 2.73s should have been an option for all the tree huggers! I can't wait for my 3.73s!!!!!
Bro, those 2:73 were crap. The base standard should of been 3:31 and the performance package give 3:55 gears. OMG, the 3:73 gears felt like 100 HP gain which it didnt of course. Lol. With those 3:73 gears I'm launching hard off stop and able to go 0-60 under 5 seconds. With my new MPT 91 race tune coming I'm hoping to shed 3 tenths off my time which I hear it can do.
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Bro, those 2:73 were crap. The base standard should of been 3:31 and the performance package give 3:55 gears. OMG, the 3:73 gears felt like 100 HP gain which it didnt of course. Lol.
Couldn't agree more!!! 3.55s would have been nice in the pp but 3.73s would have been perfect IMO.I'm soooooooooo jealous!!!!! I WANT MY GEARS NOW!!! Lol.
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Couldn't agree more!!! 3.55s would have been nice in the pp but 3.73s would have been perfect IMO.I'm soooooooooo jealous!!!!! I WANT MY GEARS NOW!!! Lol.
Lol. When are you getting your 3:73 gears? I don't know what area your from but I'm from Maryland. My guy charged me around 277 dollars for the install and even installed my one piece aluminium driveshaft for free.
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I'm running 91 hybrid tune and 3:73 gears and setting cruise control for 70 mph, I'm getting 28 mpg. Granted its not 30 mpg but what a world of difference when stomping on it with 3:73 compared to 3:31 gears. Lol.
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Lol. Okay bro. Next time I go out on highway I will reset the fuel counter and show you the mpg with a picture. Lol I will set the cruise control for 70 mpg. Now I shower daily but no picture for that so please take my word for it. Lmao.
Shower DAILY??? Pics or I don't believe it kona! Nope ur not fooling me! Lmao.
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This didn't get weird at all...

Nope. Not at all.
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Lol. When are you getting your 3:73 gears? I don't know what area your from but I'm from Maryland. My guy charged me around 277 dollars for the install and even installed my one piece aluminium driveshaft for free.
My brother is doing it for me, he's a mechanic with 30 years experience so I'm pretty lucky! I'm going to order the CAI/tuner combo and the gears from AM hopefully before it gets stored for the winter.
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Having new gears installed on a base mustang seems like a better option than paying for the performance pack when driving the car.

How are 3.73's with the v6?
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Having new gears installed on a base mustang seems like a better option than paying for the performance pack when driving the car.

How are 3.73's with the v6?
The 3:73 gears are absolutely amazing. From a off line wot to punching it at 50 mph the car hits that power band faster and really rocks. The best mod next to the performance tuner. If one has 2:73 your really missing the boat on what our v6 can do and fun factor from an acceleration stand point. I'm not a track racing person but I love that feeling when on an on ramp doing 30 mph and punch it to merge into traffic. Awesome awesome awesome. I'm not having any traction issues on a dry surface with tire spinning when wot from a dead stop and I have factory 17 inch Michelin tires.

The performance package is a good deal if you really like and want 19 inch tires. I think it also comes with an extra sway bar and Strut tower brace besides the 3:31 gears.
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Just had a dealer tell me a rear end gear change will instantly void your power train warranty
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Having new gears installed on a base mustang seems like a better option than paying for the performance pack when driving the car.

How are 3.73's with the v6?
I will stick with my performance package, since it has more than what the package cost just in the tires and wheels, and it does handle awesome in the mountains.
BTW, DD so the 3.31's are as high as I wanted to go.
My 2010 tuned 4.0 beat a lot of 3.7's with 2.73's to 60 MPH, so I knew I wasn't getting them.
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Just had a dealer tell me a rear end gear change will instantly void your power train warranty
Go to a different dealer!
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Drive like a geezer in a Mustang??? What is the point then??? WOW
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Hey Kona, where in MD are you located? I'm looking for someone trustworthy to install my gears. I live in Delaware.

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Just had a dealer tell me a rear end gear change will instantly void your power train warranty
Your dealer is an idiot.

You should tell them to read up on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, and then proceed to go to another dealer. There is no shortage of Ford dealerships.
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I will stick with my performance package, since it has more than what the package cost just in the tires and wheels, and it does handle awesome in the mountains.
BTW, DD so the 3.31's are as high as I wanted to go.
My 2010 tuned 4.0 beat a lot of 3.7's with 2.73's to 60 MPH, so I knew I wasn't getting them.
So let me get this straight, your tuned 2010 v6 that has 210hp stock could beat 0-60 the new 3.7 that has 95 more HP. Dude, no offense but your tuned 10 v6 wasn't making up 95 more HP. 2:73 gears or not, I'll call that bologna. Unless you 10 was turbo or supercharged , no way.
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So let me get this straight, your tuned 2010 v6 that has 210hp stock could beat 0-60 the new 3.7 that has 95 more HP. Dude, no offense but your tuned 10 v6 wasn't making up 95 more HP. 2:73 gears or not, I'll call that bologna. Unless you 10 was turbo or supercharged , no way.
For real! He must of had other mods!
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For real! He must of had other mods!
Yeah, like 75 shot of Nitrous. Lol
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Well, also considering the 2010 had 3.31 gears, and the 3.7 had 2.73, it could have been a driver error...
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If that's all it had I can tell you it had to be driver error!
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Well, also considering the 2010 had 3.31 gears, and the 3.7 had 2.73, it could have been a driver error...
I hear ya on that but since when did the 2010 4.0 come with 3:31 gears. The 4.0s the v6 model and no way 3:31 gears and a tune on a 210 HP v6 made up 95 HP difference and 40 torque difference, which is what the stock 3.7 v6 has.
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I hear ya on that but since when did the 2010 4.0 come with 3:31 gears. The 4.0s the v6 model and no way 3:31 gears and a tune on a 210 HP v6 made up 95 HP difference and 40 torque difference, which is what the stock 3.7 v6 has.
Maybe the 3.7 had diesel in it. Or maybe the hand brake was on. Or maybe the cruise control was set to 30....... Or maybe he's full of ****! Jk jk. Lol
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