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Old 03-31-2015, 09:41 PM   #36
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I went from 2.73's to 3.31's and am pretty happy with them. though hindsight I should have gone with 3.55's, just to stay a little bit more in the fun rpm range. Like others said, if you can, test drive them before you pull the trigger.
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I'm a little concern now. Are the 3.73's too much for freeway driving? I don't do a lot but I do some. I want to get rid of my 2.73's but now I might be nervous. I'm not worried about gas mileage but daily drivability.
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I had it out on the interstate tonite for the first time. I took my daughter to a softball practice. When I arrived at the park, I wrote my post. Driving back it was a tad more tolerable. For ME.... I know I wouldn't take it on a trip out of town. It's not a DD for me, but, I like to drive fast on the interstate.I have several vehicles so I would take them instead of going on a trip with them. It is going to limit you a bit on the high end!! I hope that helps...


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I'm a little concern now. Are the 3.73's too much for freeway driving? I don't do a lot but I do some. I want to get rid of my 2.73's but now I might be nervous. I'm not worried about gas mileage but daily drivability.

I have had zero issues with 3.73's, 100 is easy cheezy....like childs play. You get there before you realize.
Makes your stang go from "meh" to "ITS ALIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!"
In my 01gt got 20mpg hwy
05gt gets almost 25mpg hwy
4:10 tho is a bit much unless you like to hang out at the drag every weekend
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Getting to any high speed is EASY...staying there pushing that many rpms is NOT....probably pushing 3000 grand at 100. Like I said 3.31 in the performance package is about in the middle between 2.73 and 3.73. Probably, a nice compromise.


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Getting to any high speed is EASY...staying there pushing that many rpms is NOT....probably pushing 3000 grand at 100. Like I said 3.31 in the performance package is about in the middle between 2.73 and 3.73. Probably, a nice compromise.


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I'm not sure I understand you're concern?? How often do you drive 100?? Even then you say you're at 3 grand, the redline is what, almost 7000? That still lives plenty of power. You're drive shaft will give out first...
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I have had zero issues with 3.73's, 100 is easy cheezy....like childs play. You get there before you realize.
Makes your stang go from "meh" to "ITS ALIIIIIIIIIIVE!!!!"
In my 01gt got 20mpg hwy
05gt gets almost 25mpg hwy
4:10 tho is a bit much unless you like to hang out at the drag every weekend
Thanks. I'm sure it'll be fine.
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I use to love running to 100-110 when I was on the interstate! Like I said every gear is going to be different for every person. I didn't realize I was going to give up that much on the highway....it may be very tolerable for you! I've driven some cars with 4.88's and 5.13's....I really thought ANYTHING in the 3's would be FINE! But 3.73's are a little steep for my style of driving!!


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I use to love running to 100-110 when I was on the interstate! Like I said every gear is going to be different for every person. I didn't realize I was going to give up that much on the highway....it may be very tolerable for you! I've driven some cars with 4.88's and 5.13's....I really thought ANYTHING in the 3's would be FINE! But 3.73's are a little steep for my style of driving!!


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I think everyone is still confused on your definition of what you're giving up on the highway.
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Well, I won't confuse you anymore! Lol...gears are all about a power range. The power range for 3.73 is not to my liking and it's on the highway where it's to limiting. So down I go!


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Man i think you had a problem with ur car coz i practically went 90 through the entire state of Montana. NO problem, plenty of torque left to pass at will (and i did).
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Well, I won't confuse you anymore! Lol...gears are all about a power range. The power range for 3.73 is not to my liking and it's on the highway where it's to limiting. So down I go!


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Jesus Christ if he doesn't like the gears, then the gears aren't for him.

If they are for you though, then it's great that you're satisfied with your purchase.

I know I'm getting 3.55 or 3.73, the fun is a big factor for me.


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Old 04-01-2015, 07:55 AM   #50
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Ty king lol....I've driven cars with bigger gears! First experience in the 3's ...give me some time ....I'll find it!


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3.73 gear upgrade

I'm glad to hear another point of view. We like to hop in the car and cruise out in the country for hours, or take the car on occasional weekend trips across the state or beyond. I'm hanging onto my 2.73s for now just because of my 7yr/100k Ford Certified warranty, but if the time comes to changing gears and tuning I will probably go with 3.31 or 3.55 at the most, however, I will be the first to admit I have no first hand experience in a 3.7 S197 other than 2.73. Thanks OP. If you do change again, I would be interested to hear your reviews. They are helpful to everyone. Gears aren't a one-size fits all, neither are pants, although some people will still try to squeeze into them!


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I would think 3.31 would be about perfect. Ford has really dialed in the mechanical aspects of this car. That is probably the reason the PP cars have the 3.31.

I have tossed the idea back and forth of moving up from the 2.73s, but honestly 1st-5th feel great, if not almost identical to my old 2012 wrx(weird I know). Then you have 6th which is the LOLFFFUUUPRIUS gear. I love topping 34mpg at 80mph on road trips, yet knowing 100+ is an easy downshift away.
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I would think 3.31 would be about perfect. Ford has really dialed in the mechanical aspects of this car. That is probably the reason the PP cars have the 3.31.

I have tossed the idea back and forth of moving up from the 2.73s, but honestly 1st-5th feel great, if not almost identical to my old 2012 wrx(weird I know). Then you have 6th which is the LOLFFFUUUPRIUS gear. I love topping 34mpg at 80mph on road trips, yet knowing 100+ is an easy downshift away.

I always lock out 6th on the side of my shifter unless I will be driving 50 or over for more than a 1/4 mile or so. The car also does shift differently through the lower gears if you press that button. It is the shifting Sport Mode for the 11-12 models. I also lock out 6th when slowing back down, like an off ramp.


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Oh, I have a 6mt. I guess same concept though.
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I wish I had the 3.73's. I had them on my last 5.0 and they are so much better to me.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:45 PM   #56
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They are a ball in town...no doubt about it!! They are probably going to get me in trouble...lol..I get a ticket my wife won't be happy. She's a insurance agent! I'm talking on the phone while I'm in the mustang to her and I get on it .....she starts saying....I can HEAR that!!! Lol


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Old 04-01-2015, 09:00 PM   #57
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I posted this once before awhile back.
It seems people forget how low 2 grand is for rpm's. We get spoiled with the 1500 rpm at cruising speeds, so when we switch to 3.55 or 3.73 we automatically think we are "taxing" the engine. To give you an example, my previous car was an 03 Hyundai Tiburon v6 with 4 speed auto. At 75 mph I was turning 3k rpm's. At 80, it was 3100. I drove the car for 155k trouble free miles with most on the highway. The cruise rpm on these cars should be 2k-2400 rpm's at around 70-80mph. That puts you right at the beginning of the power band, where most other cars sit. The 2.73 was purely a stunt by Ford to achieve a 30 mpg car with 300+hp. The car strains to move when you try to pass on the highway, which shows how badly the car was miss-geared. You shouldn't have to drop two gears to casually pass someone.

Just a little food for thought.

To add to this, the car really should have come with 3.31's and 3.55 for the PP. I think for us guys that daily the car and do a lot of highway 3.31's are probably best, with 3.55 being a close second for the people who want a bit more pep. If you look at the rpm's at speed, they are both fairly close. I am most likely going 3.55 since I do a lot of highway, but still want the fun factor around town.
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Pretty good assessment I think. 3.31's should be good DD gears and still have a decent hole shot.


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Ford has started to correct this with the 15 v6 now standard with 3.15s. 2.73s were my biggest complaint about this car. I'd like to see the base come with 3.31s as they will still get very good mpgs and will give a way bigger bite off the line compared to the 2.73s.

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Pretty good assessment I think. 3.31's should be good DD gears and still have a decent hole shot.


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Sticks I reminded myself yesterday to remember to watch what rpm I am in during 6th gear going 80. This morning I kept checking and its a 2k rpm. I have stock 2.73 gears. What did you say you were at now w the 3.73?


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Sticks I reminded myself yesterday to remember to watch what rpm I am in during 6th gear going 80. This morning I kept checking and its a 2k rpm. I have stock 2.73 gears. What did you say you were at now w the 3.73?
2500 RPM's at 80
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2500...two lane roads cruising about 2100-2200 is 65! That's reasonable ....2500 at 80 is to much in my opinion. I love the love humpf on the low end.....miss the high speed romps. Really when you have to gear a car this much to get what you want on the bottom....it means you could use MORE HP.


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Hate to be rude but go ahead and save all the gas you can MORE FOR ME recently swapped 2:78 to 3:73s couldn't be happier
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Gear the car how much, and there is no high speed romp happening with 2.73s, more like a long slow and painful climb. I think you really need to see how newer cars run, they are not like the cars of yesturyears where the power is all down low and drops off up top. The cars nowadays are the exact opposite. My wife's 2014 fusion 1.5 Ecoboost for example shifts from first to second at around 18kmh, which is close to a complete stop lol, and at 120-130 is running ballpark 22-2300 RPM and is completely stock. 2500 RPM at 80mph in a 20 year old car might be high but all the cars these days make all their power up top. If you don't like 3.73s that's fine and want to go back to 2.73s, but IMO mustang are about having fun driving them. 2.73= no fun what so ever! As someone pointed out maybe you bought the wrong car, no offence intended. Just my 2cents.

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I have a ring and pinion 2:73 you can have it, wont be going back
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I have a ring and pinion 2:73 you can have it, wont be going back
I tried giving mine away......enough said.

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MY money is on sticks going to 3.31
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Hell even 3.15s will be better then 2.73s. If he really didn't like 3.73s that pretty much scratches out 3.55s and maybe 3.31s might be to much for him also, I'm thinking 3.15s would be a good choice for what he is looking for, little more down low and he'll get that 1500/80 mph cruising rpm that he misses.

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Another great example on how gears are subjective. I personally dont think 2'73's are that bad for a daily driver. Just need to learn that you need to rev it up a little to get in the power band when you want it. Could it be better? Sure, but I love the 32+ MPG's I get on the highway and for a DD its perfect combination of fun and economical.
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They are very economical, but about as fun as the flu.

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