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I have a gearing decision to make- currently have 5.29 in the rear. I can either drop to 4.88 in the rear to match the front or re-gear the front resulting in a slight mismatch (5.43 I believe).

I am interested in hearing form anyone running the 4.88 with a truck similar to mine. i would think it might be too soft, especially with the added weight I'll have. On the other hand, I do think I am slightly overgeared for 35's now, but I love the way it pulls. Any 5th gear left at all? How does the pull feel?

Also any thoughts on mismatched gears? How much of a variance would be considered 'acceptable'? Any experiences to share?
 

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i'm curious as well, i have 4.88's and 33's and its great, but wanting bigger tires and wanna be ready for whats to come...
 

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Miss matching gears like 4.88's and 5.29's, wouldn't that cause trans case issues when ur in 4 wheel drive, cause one of my buddys has 3.55's rear and 3.75 front gears in his truck and every time he puts his truck in 4 wheel you can hear the t-case skip off the gears. and he can only use 4 wheel for about 3 minutes just get him self going.
 

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As a general rule if you are within .2 in the gearing it shouldn't hurt anything in offroad applications. What you may find is in some situations you can pull or push one of the axles along due to traction variables in some terrain. Using a 5.43 is with in .2 of a 5.29 so I wouldn't worry about it. It is favorable to have the higher gear in the front which is what your gonna have.
 

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Chris I run 35s and 4:88 with a 5 speed. I like the power mine has in the lower gears. On the hwy 4 gear pulls hard and 5th I can cruise in going up hills still holding speed.
 

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I have a real quick question that is kinda off topic. I was going to regear my ifs, but decided against it and instead start gathering parts for a SAS. The axle I am going to get is a Dana 44 off a waggy. My question is, are the gears reverse or standard rotation. I am going to return my toy front gears and install kits that I bought a couple weeks ago and get the ones for the Waggy axle and just wondering which were correct.
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another person to throw in their .02.....i have a 97 regular cab 4 cyl 5spd sitting on 35's with 4.88 once i regeared i loved it! 4th pulls really well and 5th i can still pull up hills and stuff...only time i need to nock it out of 5th is on a decent hill....
 

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tacoma_trd1999 said:
I have a real quick question that is kinda off topic. I was going to regear my ifs, but decided against it and instead start gathering parts for a SAS. The axle I am going to get is a Dana 44 off a waggy. My question is, are the gears reverse or standard rotation. I am going to return my toy front gears and install kits that I bought a couple weeks ago and get the ones for the Waggy axle and just wondering which were correct.
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Brian
if you got a standard axel you should have standard gears, if you got a HP then you got reverse, I haven't seen a waggy with HP so i would guess you are standard.

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What kind of rear axle did you decide on or are you keeping the toy axle for now? 5.43 seems pretty low (I've never even seen them offered for that axle). I'd be worried about the teeth on the ring gear especially if you decide to beef up the u-joints/shafts in the future. 5.13's would be fine with the 5.29's in the rear as far as matching.
 

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What kind of rear axle did you decide on or are you keeping the toy axle for now? 5.43 seems pretty low (I've never even seen them offered for that axle). I'd be worried about the teeth on the ring gear especially if you decide to beef up the u-joints/shafts in the future. 5.13's would be fine with the 5.29's in the rear as far as matching.
Yeah, I've been kind of struggling with that. I need ot use my rear axle. 5.13 is viable, but I am really leaning towards dropping the rear to 4.88 for several reasons:

1. I think it'd be easier to sell my front diff if I had matching rear gears
2. This would put F&R dead on
3. I might pick up one or two mpg
4. I should still have good low end (the main reason for this thread) since I am staying with 35's.

I figure a 1.5 - 2" spacer in the rear will widen the stance nicely, leaving the front track about 2" wider. I really think in my heart that this would be the best option for me. Thoughts? Am I missing anything?
 

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I don't know about the extended cab, but with my std cab I would have stayed with 4.88's if I was using 35's. I think it would be fine on-road. And in 4lo you'd be great off-road, especially if you plan to add a crawler anytime soon. If you're sticking with the toy axle, I assume you're trying to save some $$$. I'd just leave the 4.88's in the front and swap a geared third into the back. You might find someone to trade straight up.

As for the spacers, I considered going the same route as a temporary solution to budget constraints. Let me be the first to tell you that any feedback you get on this board will be negative. Personally, I wouldn't let it deter you. Call up Marlin or another reputable vendor and get the low down from them. Half the people here will just spout off something they "heard" on the internet :soapbox:

Do you have a cut date in mind or are you still in the planning stages?
 

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Hey man it all depends on the type 35" tire your running weight is the name of the game. I have a 2.7L auto 4x4 excab 95.5 taco. I'm running 12" of lift and 36x12.50x15 TSL Radials. With 5.29's front and rear. I run 2700 rpm's at 80mph. I like the getup so I would never run a 4.88. Plus I'm going up to 38's so I'm hoping the 5.29's will do the task. In the weight problem I ran a set of 33x15.50x15's on my truck with the 5.29's and I couldn't tell the difference between them and the 36" tsl's I run usally. With the 4.88's run a light tire and you should be fine. 36" tsl radials weigh 64pds per tire.
 

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if your running a dana 44 the gears next after 5.13's would be 5.38's that would go good with 5.29's. A friend of mine runs them on his taco with 44" tall tires. Truck still has the 2.7L and is 5spd. If I was doing what you are I would want to keep the getup and go so I would get the 5.38's. Plus you have the gearing if you decide to go to a taller tire.
 

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I don't know about the extended cab, but with my std cab I would have stayed with 4.88's if I was using 35's. I think it would be fine on-road. And in 4lo you'd be great off-road, especially if you plan to add a crawler anytime soon. If you're sticking with the toy axle, I assume you're trying to save some $$$. I'd just leave the 4.88's in the front and swap a geared third into the back. You might find someone to trade straight up.

As for the spacers, I considered going the same route as a temporary solution to budget constraints. Let me be the first to tell you that any feedback you get on this board will be negative. Personally, I wouldn't let it deter you. Call up Marlin or another reputable vendor and get the low down from them. Half the people here will just spout off something they "heard" on the internet :soapbox:

Do you have a cut date in mind or are you still in the planning stages?
Front end is stripped, starting the cutting/grinding this week! I've run spacers before w/out problem, so I'm not too worried :)
 

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Hey man it all depends on the type 35" tire your running weight is the name of the game. I have a 2.7L auto 4x4 excab 95.5 taco. I'm running 12" of lift and 36x12.50x15 TSL Radials. With 5.29's front and rear. I run 2700 rpm's at 80mph. I like the getup so I would never run a 4.88. Plus I'm going up to 38's so I'm hoping the 5.29's will do the task. In the weight problem I ran a set of 33x15.50x15's on my truck with the 5.29's and I couldn't tell the difference between them and the 36" tsl's I run usally. With the 4.88's run a light tire and you should be fine. 36" tsl radials weigh 64pds per tire.
I appreciate all the advice, I will consider it!
 
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