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    Rear ratio with Ford AOD Tranny

     



    Looking for thoughts on an appropriate rear end ratio in an 8" Ford. Car is a 32 Ford roadster with a stock Ford 5.0 with AOD transmission. Rear tires will be 275/R75-15.

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    Well, my one Son had a Mustang with an AOD and 3:73 gears. It pulled well and 4th gear was fine on the highway. But 4th gear went out on it as so many AOD's do and it was like driving around in second gear because he only had 3rd as his top gear. But when it was going into 4th it was fine.

    A lot depends on what level of rpms you are willing to tolerate. I know of some cars running very deep gears with no overdrive and the owners think they are ok. Your tires are fairly tall which cuts down the ratio somewhat.

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    TREMEC has a slick formula for rpm:
    rpm=(mphxgear ratiox336)/tire diameter in inches

    Your AOD has a final 0.67 ratio. If we assume a 30" tire diameter, want 2000rpm at 70mph cruise and solve for the Gear Ratio,2000 = 70mph cruise x 0.67GRx336)/30 you would need a 3.8 ratio. A 3.73 is close, so lets run that, and you get 1959rpm at a 70mph cruise - about perfect, IMO. You need to plug in your actual tire diameter - Tire Rack does not list a 275/75Rx15 as being an available size.
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    My mistake, at my age I should not try to recall from memory things like tire size.
    The tire size I plan on running is a 265/70R15 with an OD of 29.6". I am looking at two 8" center sections that are available locally, one is a 3:40 and the other a 4:11. What are your thoughts on these two ratios?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32steel View Post
    My mistake, at my age I should not try to recall from memory things like tire size.
    The tire size I plan on running is a 265/70R15 with an OD of 29.6". I am looking at two 8" center sections that are available locally, one is a 3:40 and the other a 4:11. What are your thoughts on these two ratios?
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    Definitely the 4.11's - 2090rpm at 70mph, compared to 1729 for the 3.40's which will be lugging. You will get much more zip through the gears, but still cruise below 2100rpm for decent mileage. I think you will be unhappy with the 3.40's, especially with a stock engine.
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    If you go higher than 3.50 you should consider installing a Trans-Go Hi-Rev governor kit,it is real common for AOD's to not upshift without it,for more info on the AOD visit: www.clickclickracing.com

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    Yes, definitely go with 4.11 gears. I have an aod with a higher stall lockup converter in a 64 Fairlane. With the original 3.25 gears and a 25" tire it would foul the plugs under seventy mph in od. That was with the stock converter and stock 5.0 generic roller cam. I have since put in the 4.11's, locker and 2200 stall lockup converter along with a hotter cam.

    Biggest problem with the aod's is setting up the throttle valve linkage. No problem if you get it right but you'll puke the transmission if you get it wrong.
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