Thanks for the replys guys, the automatics are in a whole different level as far as gearing goes compared to how a 6spd will "handle" the tires versus an auto. Gear splitting/ratios are a fairly drastic change.
Truthfully, 2700 rpm in 5th gear at 70 mph isn't too bad.
Kinda my thoughts as far as the highway rpm goes. As for right now I'm just on the "low" end of the spectrum, and I kinda like the low rpm cruise. Around town is as flat as you get get where I'm at. The crawl ratio and the highway rpm would be the main reasons I'd look to get my gear back, as long as it's bearable for awhile. I have to get my wife to approve the funds after dropping $1800 on tires
And given that KM2's are so light and *supposedly* run small, I'd say that you'll have no problem with the 6-speed and 37's. You still also run your Flashpaq, right? That should also be helpful. Might toss on a SprintBooster to help too.
Yes the tuner is on there as well, I'd be looking at Kevlars since they are a little more true to size. That is my biggest complaint with my 35" km2s (they weren't really close to 35s to begin with...but the same price!)
I've got a 2-dr 6-sp with the 4:10s and 'small' 37s. Let's just say this....
I see you live in Texas. You may be just fine. For me, in CO.....around town = livable but annoying. Highway = piggish. Wheeling = fine. Going up 6% grades at 10,000 ft to get to your favorite wheeling spots = almost unbearable and horribly embarrassing. Bumblebees pass you and laugh. So does every other wheeled vehicle sans the 18-wheelers, and sometimes even they give you a run for your money.
In other words, it depends entirely on how you use the Heep. But, prepare for a potential re-gear.
Thanks for the info, that helps a bunch. Altitude and your kinda mountains play a huge roll in how yours will run. I think I am all of 500' above sealevel here, the biggest "hills" are man made
As for right now with the 35s I buzz around pretty decent, my shifts are in the 1800-2000rpm range, running another couple hundred up would still be conservative.
Thanks ya'll, I'm really trying to get myself to buy 37s. I'm somewhat trying to avoid the snow-ball effect of them (more lift, driveshafts, immediate regear). But I also don't want to necessarily run a body lift, or be an inch off my bumpstops at all times to clear them off-road.
As you know i've been in the boat for a while. I'm regearing to 5.13
Thanks, however once again..San Fransisco is a whole different animal "around town"!