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Old December 30th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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New Owner - Differential Gear Swap Major Question - 2001 GTS - Anyother inputs pls?

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I'm considering a gear swap on my 2001 GTS, I've done a couple dozen gears on ford 8.8's just never a viper or DANA rear.

Are there any good DYI's with pictures etc to see how difficult it is, looks like a reasonable swap. Anyone done it themselves.

I was also considering simply buying the pumpkin with the gears already installed, is it worth the extra 800'ish over just buying a gear.

Just purchased this car in September this year. Still working on the small stuff changing fuilds, fixing leaks, changed plugs wires, cleaning filters, etc. Most of this is done and I'm trying to figure out where to go from here.

BTW, car has limited mods.
- smooth tubes with K&N's
- 19" HRE wheels
- Speedo recal box (yellow pill box)
- Exhaust I believe Corsa (looks like stock headers, not sure if it has cats at all or aftermarket, etc)

My thoughts for the car:
I probably won't supercharge.
Might do the rocker arms and headers.
Need to research and then cut out rain baffel in intake

Other thoughts;
I'm thinking about simply installing a set of 3.73's and calling it done. Car seems like its on the boarder of being traction limited with the 3.07's anyways. Tires do break loose from time to time in cold weather.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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I've got 3.73's and a blower. But an OSGiken diff. So make that $800 part a $4000 part. And I like
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Old December 30th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've got 3.73's and a blower. But an OSGiken diff. So make that $800 part a $4000 part. And I like
Humm... I think I would take that 4K and put it towards a blower

Then again if the car already had a blower I could see why I'd need a better diff
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Keep an eye out. Some guys are dumping their 3.55 and higher diffs for 3.07s. You may be able to find some willing to trade straight up.
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Tire selection can play a part too. I'm starting to think my PS2's are to be bettered by some Invo's next time around.
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Keep an eye out. Some guys are dumping their 3.55 and higher diffs for 3.07s. You may be able to find some willing to trade straight up.
True. With the high hp builds coming around you no longer need gears to feel like a badass
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I am a little over 600 rwhp NA, I have run the 3.07, 3.33 and now the 3.55. I think the 3.55 is perfect for a NA car. It actually makes 5th and 6th more usable. At my hp level I could not use any higher gear and finish the quarter mile and that is with 26" tires, with the 28.5" tires the car could probably go to 3.73 gears.

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I am a little over 600 rwhp NA, I have run the 3.07, 3.33 and now the 3.55. I think the 3.55 is perfect for a NA car. It actually makes 5th and 6th more usable. At my hp level I could not use any higher gear and finish the quarter mile and that is with 26" tires, with the 28.5" tires the car could probably go to 3.73 gears.
Ill let you know I'm hoping to hit upper 500's n/a and I'm running a 28" tall tire


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I run 3:55s and they are great on the street and at the drag strip, my car has a modded Paxton.
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