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I am about to start doing quite a bit of highway driving and wanted to know if there was a way to change the final drive gear for a 4wd manual. All my research online just talks about Fords, I can't find anything on what gear to get or if it is even possible. I would really like to lower my rpms going down the highway. I would greatly appreciate all thoughts... thanks.
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it might be possible, that would depend if MOBIS (kia & hyundai parts branch) can supply different ratio ring & pinion sets. need to talk to a dealer parts guy for that, or maybe a specialized 4x4 shop. remember, you cannot do just the rear differential, must do front & rear in order to not damage the transfer case when in 4hi or 4lo.
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IF YOU CANT FIND A DIFFERENT GEAR RATIO FOR THE DIFF'S YOU COULD TRY GOING TO A DIFFERENT TIRE SIZE TO CHANGE EFFECTIVE GEAR RATIO. CHEAPER/EASIER. SPEEDO WOULD BE "OFF" LINK TO CALCULATOR>>> 4Lo.com :: Tire Size Change, New Gear Ratio Calculator
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Would I need a lift kit if I wanted to put on 18" tires? I am assuming yes but wanted to make sure.
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a 245/60-18 to a 255/55-18 should fit without lift
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Okay thanks. It looked like I had plenty of clearance but didn't know for sure. I really appreciate all the input.
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