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Old 12-01-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

Hi There , looking to see if anyone knew what they most likely used for axle gear ratio in a 1986 k10 Short bed step side with a 700r4 and 10 bolt diffs.I am guessing 3:73, I know how to check them but I am not home to do so. If so would 3:73 should I run 35's or 33's, I would like 35's since it has a 6 inch lift but dont want to roach the tranny. I am guessing its a six inch? It has older 33's on 15x10, ANY THOUGHTS???
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

What size lift??
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1986 CHEVY STEP SIDE;6" SUPER LIFT 33'S 10 BOLTS 700R4 305, VORTEC 350 ON THE STAND

1994 CHEVY RCSB 305 3/4 DROP STOCK 454SS WHEELS, 95 BUCKETS AND COUNSOLE, CHROME DRESS UP KIT.

2001 CHEVY ECSB 285'S GOODYEAR DURATRACKS WINTER BEATER.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

travmanzz
not sure what they put into your truck but if you are thinking of changing gears you might find this chart to be helpful. copy and paste the following into a word doc it may give you some thoughts about gear ratios and tire sizes. you can find this and more at http://www.offroaders.com/tech/gear-ratio-chart.htm.


About this Engine RPM / Tire Size chart:
The following chart of Tire sizes and axle gear ratios are meant to give a general idea of the relationship between the differential gear ratio and the tire size and what effect the ratio has on power output and fuel economy. The chart is based on RPM levels at 65 mph (105 kph) and a drive train running at a 1:1 gearing ratio, meaning the transmission and transfercase are passing power straight through at a one to one ratio without reducing or overdriving the engines rotations per minute before it reaches the differential. It is also worth noting that a manual transmission will be the most efficient at transferring power through to the axles and that an automatic transmission will have some inherent slippage without a locking torque converter. Also with an overdrive transmission, your engine RPM will be approximately 20 to 30% less than shown here depending on the overdrive ratio.




Good Fuel Economy but less power, good for flat highway driving

Best Overall Performance, good for daily driving

Highest for Power and Towing but reduced fuel economy, higher engine RPM




Tire
Size DIFFERENTIAL GEAR RATIO

2.35 2.73 2.94 3.07 3.21 3.31 3.42 3.55 3.73 3.91 4.11 4.27 4.56 4.88 5.13 5.29 5.38 5.71
28 1833 2129 2293 2395 2504 2582 2668 2769 2909 3050 3206 3331 3557 3806 4001 4126 4196 4454
29 1770 2056 2214 2312 2417 2493 2576 2674 2809 2945 3095 3216 3434 3675 3863 3984 4052 4300
30 1711 1987 2140 2235 2337 2410 2490 2584 2715 2846 2992 3109 3320 3553 3735 3851 3917 4157
31 1656 1923 2071 2163 2261 2332 2409 2501 2628 2755 2896 3008 3213 3438 3614 3727 3790 4023
32 1604 1863 2007 2095 2191 2259 2334 2423 2546 2669 2805 2914 3112 3331 3501 3610 3672 3897
33 1555 1807 1946 2032 2124 2191 2263 2349 2469 2588 2720 2826 3018 3230 3395 3501 3561 3779
34 1510 1754 1889 1972 2062 2126 2197 2280 2396 2512 2640 2743 2929 3135 3295 3398 3456 3668
35 1466 1704 1835 1916 2003 2065 2134 2215 2328 2440 2565 2664 2845 3045 3201 3301 3357 3563
36 1426 1656 1784 1862 1947 2008 2075 2154 2263 2372 2493 2590 2766 2961 3112 3209 3264 3464
37 1387 1611 1735 1812 1895 1954 2019 2095 2202 2308 2426 2520 2692 2881 3028 3123 3176 3370
38 1351 1569 1690 1764 1845 1902 1966 2040 2144 2247 2362 2454 2621 2805 2948 3040 3092 3282
39 1316 1529 1646 1719 1798 1854 1915 1988 2089 2190 2302 2391 2554 2733 2873 2962 3013 3198
40 1283 1491 1605 1676 1753 1807 1867 1938 2037 2135 2244 2331 2490 2664 2801 2888 2937 3118
41 1252 1454 1566 1635 1710 1763 1822 1891 1987 2083 2189 2275 2492 2599 2733 2818 2866 3042
42 1222 1420 1529 1596 1669 1721 1778 1846 1940 2033 2137 2220 2371 2538 2668 2751 2798 2969
43 1194 1387 1493 1559 1630 1681 1737 1803 1894 1986 2087 2169 2316 2479 2606 2687 2733 2900
44 1166 1355 1459 1524 1593 1643 1698 1762 1851 1941 2040 2119 2263 2422 2545 2626 2670 2834
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:38 PM   #4
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

after posting i noticed the chart showed up ok. you will see the top row is gear ratios and the column on the left is tire diameters. the numbers in the middle are the rpms your engine will be running. if you go to the offroaders web i added it also colorcodes the rpms to the best offroad and highway rpms. goodluck.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:55 PM   #5
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

Thanks, I think I must just order some 33x14.50's on 15x12's, streetable still,looks good and not alot more time n money in gears.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

TRAVMANZZ

i just found this calcultor in a different thread. much cooler pulse it gives all types of trans/case combos.

http://www.grimmjeeper.com/gears.html
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:23 AM   #7
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

my 84 came stock with the a 350 700r4, and had 3.08 gears, that 700 went out and the guy i bought it from put a th350 in it....now i have 35's and cant wait to take out those 3.08's and put in some 4.11's or 4.56
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:38 AM   #8
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

my 85 k10 came with 3.73s i run 33 12.5s its great on gas but i dont have the power or rpms id like in overdrive on the highway it downshifts on any decent hill. I also have a 2000 350 vortec sitting on the stand ready for it, that should help
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:46 PM   #9
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

I know this is an old post and i appologise. I have an 85 chevy. I think I am finding by this chart I must have 308 or higher gears. I am running about 1600 rpms at 65mph. running 31.6" tires.
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Re: 1986 K10 4x4 700r4 , axle ratio

4 inch lift got the same truck
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