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4.56 Re-gear First Impression

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Loco38SUP, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Jun 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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    Loco38SUP

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    I finally took the plunge after being disappointed with the mpg & power loss when I went to 32" tires. My truck always felt slow and would constantly downshift while driving up the slightest incline. I would average about 250 miles per tank after calculating the 4.7% difference in tires. The stock 3.73 gears were severely under matched for anything but the pizza cutter P245/75R16 Dunlop’s that came with the truck.

    I decided to go with Nitro 4.56 gears and dropped off the truck at Just Differentials in Cashmere WA. A day later I received a call from Carl Montoya that my truck was ready.

    My first impression was "wow" what a difference. As soon as I put the truck in drive it felt like I was in 4 low. The response from the pedal input was great and the truck would come up to speed much faster than before. Also the problem of constant downshifting from hills went away.

    I'm still going through the break in process so I haven't hit highway speeds but at 50 mph I'm at 1800 rpm. Also with my 275/65R16 winter tires I have on right now my speedometer is only half a mile off, at 50 mph my GPS is reading 50.5 mph.

    Hopefully this info. helps people on the fence about re-gearing. Here are some shots of my stock 3.73 ring and pinion with only 15K miles.

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    * 500 Mile Update

    I reached the 500 mile mark so it was time for the mandatory fluid change. The front diff fluid was just slightly darker than the new Amsoil 80w-90 that was put in when the gears were installed. The rear diff fluid was a different story; it was dark and smelled rancid. Both the front and rear drain plugs were coated with a thick layer of dark metal particles and a few shavings.

    The break in schedule I followed were heat cycles of 15 miles with varied speed and nothing over 50 mph. After 15 miles I would stop and allow the rear diff to cool enough where I could keep my hand on it. The 500 miles were broken up over a 10 day period.

    I still don't have any firm fuel mileage data but the preliminary numbers show an improvment. Now that I'm driving it normal I will go through a few gas tanks and then report back my findings.

    Rear Diff Fluid
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    Metal shavings from both drain plugs
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    RJM
     
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  2. Jun 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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    What'd it run you all said and done? Did you buy the parts first?
     
  3. Jun 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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    The invoice total was $2183 not including WA State sales tax, this was for parts and labor. The price may seem a little steep but was completely worth every penny. The guys over at Just Differentials do top notch work and treat their customers right.

    RJM
     
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  4. Jun 18, 2013 at 6:43 AM
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    Thousand bucks a pumpkin, not bad... Any traction devices installed?
     
  5. Jun 18, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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    From the quotes I get and the general discussion around here that's about the going rate.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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    Sounds way steep to me, but maybe it's a Tacoma thing. I paid $1200 total for front and rear 4.10's on my CJ7 4 years ago.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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    No traction devices installed just the gears and master install kits.

    RJM
     
  8. Jun 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    4.56 for 32s?
     
  9. Jun 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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    The Nitro pinion is beefier than standard gear sets so I think this is what drives the price also. Who installed the 4.10's in your jeep?

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  10. Jun 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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    That's right....I don't need no stinkin' supercharger. :)

    RJM
     
  11. Jun 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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    I was confused about that to.. If anything I would of done 4.10s with 32" tires but not my truck as long as OP is happy
     
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    I can understand wanting the power out of it. Not too many daily drivers go over their ideal gear ratio for mileage reasons.

    I my self am considering running mid-high 5's on 35's for power only
     
  13. Jun 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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    Interesting to see what you end up getting for mileage.

    These the wheels you re-geared for?
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    Local member here running 4.88s with stock 245s & a 4banger and he couldn't be happier.
     
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    I have different wheels on now but the same tires. Those 20" wheels are heavy mothers, I'm sure all that unsprung weight didn't help my cause.

    RJM
     
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    interesting

    :popcorn:
     
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    :thumbsup: i had them do my 4.88s earlier this year. couldn't be happier!
     
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    - because I like the best of both worlds.

    In the summer I run 20's and wide street tires for the sporty feel and higher speeds.

    And in the fall/winter I run 16's for my hunting trips in the back woods.

    Plus it keeps the door dingers in check at work.

    RJM
     
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