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Old 02-10-2010, 09:23 PM
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Rear end ratio for mileage.

My 2008 F250 has 3.73 ratio, later on I understand 3.55 were available and now 3.31 ratio. Has anyone out there changed rear end ratio to gain mileage? My truck is Spartan tuned, cat-dpf delete,and banks ram air intake. I am getting around 14 -16 mpg, just looking for a little more! Thanks
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Old 02-10-2010, 09:41 PM
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I'd like to know this too
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What size tire are you running?

What Spartan tune are you running?

What RPM do you drive the truck at? Keeping the truck under 2000 rpm helps fuel mileage, when it has the right tuning in it to make power down there in the rpm range.
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I've always been told that 3.55 are great for towing/MPGs.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:07 AM
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Spartan 210, stock tires, happy with the increases in mileage with the spartan tuning, if rear end would give more mileage I would like to consider it. When my truck was at dealer for warranty work, I asked service manager about changing rear end gears and he looked at me like he had never heard of such a thing.
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I know on 4.6L the 3.73's are alot better on fuel acconamy then the 3.55's unless you are on the flatest place on earth at all times and not towing anything.
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Sounds like your Service Manager is an idiot. Find yourself a good axle shop and talk to them. The dealer would probably charge a fortune, plus if they don't do them regularly then they might not know how. If they do it wrong you'll get excessive heat and noise at best. There are probably other ratios available too from someone other than Ford. Just remember if your truck is 4wd then you'll need to do the front end also. You'll also need to recalibrate your speedometer.
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You would probably never recoup the cost of changing everything over, also depends on what type of driving you do (City, highway, etc).
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I read somewhere the 3.55 gets approx 0.5~0.9mpg better than the 3.73...best case conditions which probably means you'll see most gains only on highway driving.

Probably not worth the cost.

I'm pushing about 14.5mpg hand-calculated when I'm empty with a light foot in mixed-driving and if it hasn't been regening more than 15~20min per tank. Bone stock on 20" rims

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Old 02-14-2010, 08:43 AM
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It would cost ballpark $1200-1500 to have a good shop do a gear swap for you. Then you would have to have the truck reflashed or if running a tuner have it reprogrammed with the changes so thats gonna cost you too. I'd order a higher hp tune and try to keep my foot off the skinny pedal if I were you. If your average city and hwy combined is 15-16 I'd be very happy with an 8k lb truck.
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