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Old 02-07-2008, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Regearing a tranny - Toyota Tercel

Alright, the time is comming near when I'm going to need to pickup a tranny for my Tercel. Now, I really want to get the rpms down on the highway under 2000. With the stock tranny I plan on picking up for it I can get the rpms down to roughly 2600 @ 65 mph. This is faaaar from ideal. So, I've been thinking of different ways of dropping that down a bit further. I've heard of swapping 5th gears out and was wondering about swapping in another 2nd gear set into the 5th gear position, but in reverse. With an original ratio of 1.904 this would give a nice low .525. At this ratio my rpms @ 65mph would be a much better 1875 rpm.

Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Yeah, I did read the article about the Escort and I'm hoping my situation is different. I also realize I may need to have some machining work done to get it to all fit up. Thats not a real big deal.

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