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I like the comment about gas mileage and getting wet - oh so true.

Lets look at some math:

Let's assume you've gone from 17 mpg to 15 mpg, a loss of 2 mpg. Thus, 8 gallons used ot take you 136 miles, now only takes you 120. So, you now need 9 gallons to go where 8 gallons used to take you. You've spent an additonal $1.50, approx., to go the 136 miles. To save up, or make up for, the $500 for gears or that whole ignition system and whatever else (just an estimate) you would need to travel 500/1.5 units of 136 miles, or 333 units of 136 miles, or 333 x 136 = 45,333 miles.

Go buy a pizza and relax. /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif Buy the time you put on a winch, tire carrier, hilift jack, etc., etc., your gas mileage is out the window anyway...

Pete

88YJ, 4"susp, 33"BFGMT, 9k#winch, rear homemade swingout, reb.258, 999, 4.10, weber32/36, GMHEI.
 

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Dirt Doggie is right, I am indeed running 4.10s with my 33s, 258, and the auto tranny. However, I only did that to go up to the 33s, and I ran 31 ATs on the original 3.07 gears, and the auto tranny for a long time, and it was fine. A little doggish on takeoff, but that's it. In fact, I go back to the 31s in the winter, and take the BFG MT 33s off, and it sorta sucks with the 4.10s and the auto tranny and the 31s, as it tops out at like 60-65 mph on the highway, and its kinda high on the rpms. I would love some 33" winter tires, but just can't swing the $ now.

I guess it's a compromise. I wouldn't go bigger than the 31s with the 3.07s and the auto tranny, but you should be all set with the 31s. I just wanted to say that the mileage gain or lost is really not a big deal, money wise, and it would take a long time to make up for the money spent on the gears. I did it for performance's sake. Now, if you can convince Dad to let you keep the 31s, AND get some new gears, by all means... /wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif

Pete

88YJ, 4"susp, 33"BFGMT, 9k#winch, rear homemade swingout, reb.258, 999, 4.10, weber32/36, GMHEI.
 
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