Reider Racing - The Ring-And-Pinion Primer Part I - TechPosted in How To on April 1, 2002
Swapping out gears is one of the most important mechanical chores four-wheelers have to perform.
When they're lucky, it's in the comfort of their garages; when they're not, it's out on the trail. There are a number of reasons why we end up having to do this. Probably the most common reason is the need to go to a lower gear ratio when we put on taller tires. If you've ever run 35-inch tires with stock 3.73 gears, you know what we mean. And those who enjoy hard-core rockcrawling know that broken gear teeth and blown differentials will quickly have you swapping out gears as well.
This is something that every do-it-yourself four-wheeler should know how to do correctly. So we decided to put together a genuine step-by-step guide that showed every aspect of the process. With years of experience in every facet of the motorsports industry, Tom Reider of Reider Racing was a perfect candidate. Using a Dana 44 as a test subject, Tom has broken down the whole job from start to finish and included notes to shed light on some of the fine details that tend to get overlooked in general tech stories.
In an effort to be complete, we have broken the story into two parts. So be sure to follow up next month to check out the whole installation.