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Alright so im going to get some 4:11 gears front and rear, i can find rears all over the place. what specifically am i looking for, for a front diff?

is it the reverse ring and pinion im seeing on a few websites?

and of course i know to replace the bearings and seals while im in there.

now for a lift, i would prefer a 4" suspension lift. but i cant find a single thing other than body lifts for a 02 ram, and i already have a 2.5" body lift...any help here would be amazing!

And lastly does anyone have a link to a site that they know sells the gears im looking for? i drive a 02 ram 1500 5.9L if you need that info
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A reverse ring & pinion may not be what you need.

A reverse ring & pinion is reverse cut, and not all front diffs are made that way.

You need to determine what you have, and get the parts for that.

I don't know if dodge ever used a reverse cut ring & pinion. My 79 had a standard ring & pinion in the front, so make sure before you buy.


Some of my research shows a Dana 44 is the center section, and some of it says it is the 8" IFS, so you need to do some checking before you spend your money.

From what I see, yours is a standard rotation diff.

I'd go to randys ring & pinion website and use their diff wizard
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Thanks TRMC

little bit of research shows the rear is 9.25" (i knew that much)

front is a 8" -- also knew that -- and its standard. so i just need to find a set of 4:11 for it bearings/ selas/ and start getting my hands dirty. book says its about the same as doing a rear except im sitting in a different spot. easy enough. thanks!

anyone have any hits on a lift?
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What size tires are you going to run?
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its had 35" tires on it when i bought it, and i like the way they look and grab so im going to keep running the same.
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If they clear what do you need a lift for then? Nothing looks sillier then a lifted truck with small tires.
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4 inches of lift wouldnt look too bad. and i have a decent sized stream running through my property, i can make it through with the 3" lift but it gets pretty iffy after a rain storm or something of the sort. and also going over logs and rocks. already cracked one transfer case on a rock.
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also, i have been reading with this gear thing. it says in order to run a 4:10 or bigger in a dana 40 you need to get "thick" gears? anyone heard anything about this? and as usual thanks for all your help!
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4 inches of lift wouldnt look too bad. and i have a decent sized stream running through my property, i can make it through with the 3" lift but it gets pretty iffy after a rain storm or something of the sort. and also going over logs and rocks. already cracked one transfer case on a rock.
How is a lift going to help you with transfer case clearance? Overall clearance is dictated by tire size, not lift. I always laugh when I see trucks that sit higher then my own, with tires the same size or smaller.
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How is a lift going to help you with transfer case clearance? Overall clearance is dictated by tire size, not lift. I always laugh when I see trucks that sit higher then my own, with tires the same size or smaller.

Really ???? If they sit higher than yours, but with the same size tires, their transfer case also sits higher than yours.

As lift increases the transfer case moves up with the frame. This is why in some situations you have to employ a transfer case DROP to help with driveline angles.

So, if you put a 6" lift on a stock truck, the frame AND transfer case will sit 6" higher than it did. It doesn't matter if the tires are still stock, the tcase WILL sit higher.

Now, a lift DOES NOT help with the axles, it's the tires that raise the axle up.
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