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Old 08-11-2013, 05:55 PM
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I found the drive ratio chart posted by mdragon9 to be very useful; however, I do not agree with the comment that "A hemi with the 8 speed and 3.21 should feel snappier overall than a hemi with the 6 speed and 3.55." The example given, and shown to be accurate from the chart, "at 1500 RPM, you should be going about 68 MPH with the 8 speed/3.21 and about 61 MPH with the 6 speed/3.55 combo." This is true, however, that is at 8th gear / 6th gear.

I guess it all depends on what "feel snappier" means, but I would evaluate that as how does it feel going thru the gears. The chart shows that at 1500 rpm the 3.21 ratio 8 speed would have you going at 9.74 mph at end of 1st gear compared to 13.82 mph for the 6 speed 3.55 truck (also at end of first gear). To me, that would feel "snappier" as I would be going faster thru first gear with the 3.55 truck than the 3.21 truck (regardless of the 8 vs 6 speed).

Do you read the chart that way, too?
I'm sure you'll find this read interesting Mdavis.
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You're misinterpreting the chart. Sure the 8-speed will only be at 9.74 MPH at the end of 1st gear but it will get to 9.74 MPH quicker than the 6-speed will. It will then shift to 2nd gear so quickly that you can barely feel it. The revs will only drop a couple hundred as it continues to rev though 2nd gear. This keeps the engine more in the best power band. Since the overall gear ratio is shorter, the engine will rev quicker. I'm too brain dead right now to try and explain it any better so probably the best way to find out is test drive both.
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