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post #1 of 3 Old 09-09-2010, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Yet another gear question

I just bought a stock 08 Rubicon with an auto tranny. That being said, I want to replace the gears and right now I am leaning toward 5:38's since I plan on going to 35's or 37's soon and long term maybe larger...
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has anyone driven a stock 4 door with 5:38's? I know what the chart says I was thinking about getting the gearing done before the lift and tires and might end up driving it around for a few months that way.
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Depends on how much high speed freeway driving you do, and whether you tow a lot. You already found the chart, so the best answer would be to go measure your tires and plug in the number to see where you'll be.

I ran 5.13's with 32" (actual height) tires for 6 months before moving up to 35's. I generally keep down near the speed limit, so O/D Off towing was the only downside for me.

If you like to cruise up in the 80-90 range, or if you tow a heavy load often, you might want to wait. If not, go for it...
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You will love the 5.38`s with stock wheels and tires . When i went from 4.10 to 5.13`s with stock rubbers i loved it , it was like rolling with a hemi. But i can say with my 37`s the 5.13s are working out great at hwy speeds not much shifting.
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