Gearing

I will try to clarify some of the questiojns relate to gearing ,

I will deal with rear end gearing first most common ratios are 2.76, 2.94, 3.23, 3.55 3.73,

3.91, 4.10 , 4.30

The 83/4 diff has more then 4 different carriers , all are interchangable

, the 1820657, & 741 carriers are both 1 3/8" pinion & are the weakest style carrier

the 742 carrier has a 1 3/4 diameter pinion as is the strongest of the carriers

the 489 carriers has the biggest pinion at 1 7/8" but has a crush sleeve instead of spacers

& therefore is not as strong unless the crush sleeve is replaced with a solid spacer.

The Dana 60 has only the 3.55 , 3.73 [not factory] & 4.10 ratios available.

Similar ratios are available for the 7 1/4 , 8 1/4 & 9 1/4 diffs as well

High numerical [lower] gearsmake the car feel lighter due to more leverage & the car will accelerate

faster but this increases highway RPM & limits top end speed , while lower munerical

[higher] gears do the opposite.

to illustrate the difference with different gearing

At 70 MPH your RPM will be

using a 26" tire & using 28" tire

2.76 = 2496 rpm & = 2318 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 168.2 MPH

2.94 = 2659 rpm & = 2469 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 157.9 MPH

3.23 = 2922 rpm & = 2713 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 143.7 MPH

3.55 = 3211 rpm & = 2982 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 130.8 mph

3.73 = 3374 rpm & = 3133 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 124.5 mph

3.91 = 3537 rpm & = 3284 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 118.7 mph

4.10 = 3709 rpm & = 3444 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 113.2 mph

4.30 = 3890 rpm & = 3612 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 108.0 mph

4.56 = 4125 rpm & = 3830 rpm & at 6000 rpm speed is 101.8 mph

the formula for rpm is- mph X gear X 336 divided by tire diameter

the formula for mph is - [rpm X tire diamter] divided by [gear ratio X 336]

The reason the car feels lighter with lower gears is power multiplication for example

A 440 is rated near 500 ft lbs torque so we will use 500 so with

2.76 gears the torque is multiplied 2.76 X so 1380 ft lbs is applied to the rear tires

4.30 gears multiply the torque 4.30 X for 2150 ft lbs at the tires

both of these are assuming you are in the direct gear in the tranny 3rd in an auto & 4th with a 4 spd

if you add in the tranny gearing you get a 2.45 ratio in 1st gear with an auto tranny

so 500 X 2.45 X 2.79 = 3418 ft lbs torque

or 500 X 2.45 X 4.30 = 5267 ft lbs torque

typical tranny ratios are

auto 2.45 1st gear , 1.45 2nd , 1:1 3rd & 2.20 reverse

4 spd 2.65 1st , 1.93 2nd , 1.39 3rd , 1:1 4th & 2.57 reverse

for interest the I will list the 833 4 Spd OD which is a direct bolt in into a 4 spd car

3.09 1st ,

2nd , 1:1 3rd , .73 4th this allows a lot of flexability with gearing

for example you now get 500 X 3.09 X 2.79 = 4310 ft lbs at the tire

or 500 X 3.09 X 4.30 = 6644 ft lbs

the other advantage is using lower gearing you can easily cruise on the highway , for example

4.30 X .73 in 4th gear = 3.14 rear gears so your rpm would be less in Od then using a 3.23

rear gear

as you change the diff gearing you will need to use a matching speedo gear to correct the speedo