If I change the rear differential gear ratio, do I also need to change the front transfer case or differential for them to match?

Asked by Aug 21, 2007 at 01:11 PM about the 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Question type: Car Customization

My son's Jeep has a low rear-end gearing. I haven't investigated it thoroughly, but it seems to be set more for rock crawling than anything. I'd like to give him some street performance and still have a little "off roading" capabilities, for sand and mud.

If I change the ratio of rear end, do I have to change something in the front end to match the drive ratios between the 2 axles?


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I don't see why you shouldn't have to. The fronts and rears kind of like to go the same speed...

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That was my thought, but being a 4wd newbie, thought I'd ask for some experienced advice.


YES you have to change them, or else you will screw up your t-case bad. my friend got a whole new axle off some one instead of re gearing it, it was cheaper. he has to get gears to match his ford 8.8 in rear

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Terrence would be correct on that one. On most 4wd vehicles they advise replace 4 tires at a time for the same reason...(Different tread wear will result in a minute change in final drive ratio)


Both diffs have to match, I know of a chart, i think its in the Jeep owners Bible, tells best gear ratio according to tire size. you are best off leaving it stock for "STREET Performance" ( =P )

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OMGawd! this is old! aug 2007 =P


if you do not change them both and make them the same ratio the jeep prob wont even move or the axle or t-cace will destroy itself

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By reading these posts it seems that it might be eaiser to swap the transmission out (4spd to 5spd) to gain the highway milage and still keep a bit of the "off road" - Am I right in my thinking there??

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