Gear ratio for 5” lift and 35’s

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by rkortan, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. rkortan

    rkortan Member

    Looking at buying a 2013 double cab 4x4 with Icon 5” lift. Owner says it has original gears. Will the 3.73 gears and auto trans hold up for normal highway/town driving? I live in Tahoe 6000ft elevation, will this setup have enough power?
    What should I do to it to improve it. Re-gear?
     
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  3. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    5:29’s should help.
     
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  4. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    depends on wheels and tire sizes. At 6,000 ft nothing runs good.....:(
     
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  5. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    You could also supercharge to help but sounds like it needs 4.56 or the above mentioned 5.29.
     
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  6. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I feel like the 4:56 would be to tall for the 5” lift and 35” tires 4:88’s maybe. 32-33” tires the 4:56 would be ok but I’d probably want the 4:88’s for 33-35” and 5:29’s for 35+. That’s if your goal is to get close to stock ratio.
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
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  7. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

  8. OP
    rkortan

    rkortan Member

    I’m picking up the new to me Tacoma tomorrow. Now I’ll have to decide if I should change the lift to a 3” or change the gear Ratio. I think the price will be similar although new wheels may add to the cost. IMG_0925.jpg
     
  9. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Congrats.
     
  10. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Congrats. Depending on how it's lifted, you may not be able to go back down to a 3 inch lift.
     
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  11. OP
    rkortan

    rkortan Member

    Took possession of the truck today. It rides and drives well. The tires are actually 32”. I’m gonna drive it a while before I decide how to improve it. Right now I’m thinking a set of 4:56 gears will probably get the results I want. I’ll be using the truck mostly on the highway going from my house to Tahoe over an 8000 ft pass several times a week. No high speeds but there will be snow.
     
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  12. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    Love the Donner Pass! If those are 32" tires, then that almost has to be a 3," lift, yes? Ie, there's no additional differential drop brackets? Which also means that no crossmembers have been cut? This is a good thing. Anyway, you live in Tahoe? You could definitely benefit from a gear swap. I lived in Reno for a few years and was always up at Tahoe or so many other places around Northern California. Anyway, I ended up switching to 4.56 gears fairly quickly in my 10. Definitely helps in those hills. You might want to look at 4.88 gears, I think, not positive, you can run those. Pretty sure 5.29 is way too much for your final drive ratio though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2018
  13. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    I was just on the flume trail a couple months ago. I was actually wishing for lower gears in my 17 with 285's on it while I was there pulling a uhaul trailer. Haha 20180813_114245.jpeg
     
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  14. OP
    rkortan

    rkortan Member

    It has an Ikon 5” lift. Yes the frame was modified and it had the drop
    Crossmember. It tracks perfectly so far. I got it for a really good price so I have room to spend if I need to.
     
  15. Crawdad

    Crawdad Well-Known Member

    If you ever think you would consider running a 35" tire, maybe you should look into 5.29's. Only want to spend the $$$$ once!
     
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