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Hey I've lurked the forums for a bit but now I have my own question(s).
I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 quad cab with the 5.7L Hemi. It has a 6" lift with 35" Mud Grappler tires on 20" chrome rims. I'm looking to change the gears and get lockers, something I don't know much (if anything) about.
As far as I know, I have a Chrysler 9.25" Rear and 8.0" IFS Front axle. I'll have to look for more but as far as markings go the rear has "G8C7", "52089431AB" and a big "4184". The front markings are "30674", "3", "52070412AA" These are all raised markings and not stamped (probably non-important cast numbers, but like I said, I haven't a clue and will post all info).
I like the IFS and would like to keep it. So far what I'm finding is that I currently have either 3:55 or 3:92 gears. I've also found that the largest I can go without mods is 4:56.
Has anyone gone from 3:55 or 3:92 to 4:56 with 35"ish tires? Can you explain that experience (aprox. how many more rpms going down the highway after swap, "power" increase).
I live in the northern US and half the year is ice. I've heard bad things about different lockers causing people to spin out of control when cornering. I don't want to CHANCE this. I want "flip of the switch" on/off lockers. So far I've stumbled upon ARB lockers. I would like them front and rear but understand it can tear my front up. If you know of another locker or E-Locker that's similar in function, please link it for me.
I've read of people swapping the front end out for a stronger set-up. Does the 2500 4x4 have IFS? If so, how difficult would it be to swap to that?
Also, who makes the best gears? I hate HATE down time, and if I pop the caps on my axles I don't want to do it again except oil change. It also goes without saying I'm going to have all this professionally installed, just a figure of speech.