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SUBJECT: # 11199: What to expect from a 3.23 rear axle ratio vs. a 3.73 ???

Submitted by CatDaddy (129.230.241.5) from TEXAS on 5/31/05 11:31:00 AM

Any comments. Thanks ...


  1. 5/31/05 12:41:00 PM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.58) from OHIO says Does fine.....
    I pull a 185 and it does great in Tow/Haul especially on the highway:) The 5.3 litre doesn't hurt either:)


  2. 5/31/05 3:25:00 PM Submitted by Heartland Tackle Service from KANSAS says Who makes a 3.23 axle?
    GM has used 3.42 (GU6), 3.73(GT4) and 4.10(GT5) axle ratios in their trucks for years. The 3.23 will only have about 87% of the pulling power of the 3.73 with all other things being equal.
    Jim Johns, Heartland Tackle Service
    (316) 250-9349
    email: bfhp@heartlandtackleservice.com

    Heartland Tackle Service


  3. 5/31/05 3:39:00 PM Submitted by CatDaddy (129.230.241.5) from TEXAS says Jim ...
    I am looking at a Chevy 1500 Crew Cab P/U and one of the items on the sticker is a 3.23 rear axle ratio at no charge. The other P/U I was looking at has a 3.73.


  4. 6/1/05 7:21:00 AM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.58) from OHIO says Some GM's....
    I had a 91 S-10 with the 4.3 Durango with a 3.10 gear in the rear if you can believe that. Musta' been the way it was geard in the tranny also because 1st gear was a definite "granny gear". It was a great set-up for towing also:)


  5. 6/1/05 3:10:00 PM Submitted by JLively (68.153.76.67) from GEORGIA says Tee, I believe you had a 4.10 gear and not 3.10 because....
    Chevy did use a 3.08 in the S10's for a while. But a 4.10 would have a "granny" gear. A 3.10 would be just the opposite, very high geared.

    Jim


  6. 6/1/05 4:10:00 PM Submitted by jb (70.22.232.243) from MASSACHUSETTS says jim
    in 91 chevy did use 3.08 on the 2wd models 3.42 was the lowest option. On the 5 speed manual tranny thay mated to the 4.3 at that time first wad super low like a granny gear. I had one in a 91 blazer 4.3 with 3.42 grears. I started off in second 90% of the time unless i was towing. thats how low first was.


  7. 6/1/05 5:05:00 PM Submitted by Heartland Tackle Service from KANSAS says CatDaddy -- I learned something today
    I wasn't aware the 3.23 axle was offered by Chevy. Personally, I'd never try to tow anything larger than a utility trailer with a 3.23 axle. But that's just IMHO. And if it's 2WD, I'd DEFINITELY be sure it has a Locking Differential.
    Jim Johns, Heartland Tackle Service
    (316) 250-9349
    email: bfhp@heartlandtackleservice.com

    Heartland Tackle Service


  8. 6/1/05 7:28:00 PM Submitted by Frank (69.14.48.144) from MICHIGAN says axles
    Chevy even had a 2.73 in 1990 with 4.3 and manual trans.Think it was for canada though got an emission sticker for and thats what the codes line up for.Never bought a used truck again too many oddballs with that truck.


  9. 6/2/05 7:24:00 AM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.58) from OHIO says Wrong Lively.....
    Check again....3.10 NOT 4.10....I know I owned it. You also missed the point...It's the way the gearcase was geared not the rearend. It had a 5 speed OD standard:)


  10. 6/2/05 3:27:00 PM Submitted by CatDaddy (129.230.241.5) from TEXAS says Thanks Jim ...
    That is exactly why I asked, because that ratio was totally foreign to me. It's nice to learn something on this board without getting flogged for not knowing. Good fishing to you ...


  11. 6/2/05 4:37:00 PM Submitted by Snow (216.61.67.58) from TEXAS says My chevy experiences...
    I have a 3.42 in my 5.3L ext cab and it does fairly well. If you're running the same tranny as the Silverado, take the 3.73 over the 3.23. Since you've said crew cab, I'd even take the 3.73 over the 3.42. At times I wish I had the 3.73, but it would have cost me $1000 more (incentives, price difference of an early 2004 vs a late 2004, plus another option or two that just didn't matter to me). For $50, I'd definitely go 3.73. Again, this assumes that the ext cab and crew cab share the same tranny.


  12. 6/2/05 11:31:00 PM Submitted by fishmagnet (64.48.234.49) from TEXAS says 3.73
    Snow summed it up best!

    Get the 3.73!

    Better pull and better re-sale, esp. to those in-the-know!


  13. 6/3/05 7:03:00 AM Submitted by JLively (68.153.76.78) from GEORGIA says Tee, that's not what you said......
    "I had a 91 S-10 with the 4.3 Durango with a 3.10 gear in the rear if you can believe that"

    The fact is that Chevrolet didn't make a 3.10 gear set for the S-10. In 1991, they offered four different differentials. They were 3.08, 3.42, 3.73 and 4.11 Never a 3.10.

    They also did not have a "granny gear" in the standard 5 speed manual with overdrive. They didn't offer one with a granny gear.

    It's quite possible that you had a 4.11 rear with the 5 speed manual that made it seem like a granny gear because the rear was geared so low.

    In fact, though, if it had a 3.08 rear end (or even a 3.10 like you said) it would have been absolutely useless as a tow vehicle. The 4.3 TBI motor of that time put out a measly 160 horsepower and could barely get out of it's own way, although it was a distinct improvement over the 2.8 litre six. With a 3.73 rear, it could pull small trailers adequately. Anything larger than that, it suffered terribly.

    I owned four of them from 88 to 95. I still own the 95 4.3 Vortec. It has a 3.42 and even with the increased horsepower (195), it is not a good tow vehicle for anything larger than a utility trailer or an aluminum boat. The 94 4.3 HO/SFI (205 HP) with a 3.73 was a good tow vehicle but couldn't stop very well.

    In 1991, the Durango trim was not available. 1990 was the last year it was offered.

    Jim


  14. 6/3/05 7:50:00 AM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.56) from OHIO says Sorry WRONG AGAIN:)
    Your ARE right in the fact that it was a 3.08 gear but, it WAS a 91' S-10 DURANGO with all the Durango trim,lettering and GoodYear GT's AND the tow package. It road as rough as any 4X4:)


  15. 6/3/05 7:55:00 AM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.56) from OHIO says Also ......
    The 4.3 I had would fly! It may only had 160 HP but, I pulled a 94 Pro Team 18 for 6 years with it and finally got rid of it at 170K because it was rustin' so bad.


  16. 6/3/05 8:55:00 AM Submitted by JLively (68.153.76.67) from GEORGIA says Tee, look, lighten up a little..........
    If you say you had one, okay. But General Motors says they didn't have it in 91. The last year was 90.

    And as I said, pulling a utility or aluminum boat trailer was okay. But it wasn't a "great" towing package under any circumstances.

    Sheesh.

    I give.

    Jim


  17. 6/3/05 9:34:00 AM Submitted by Tee (198.97.67.56) from OHIO says I give too:)
    and I usually don't give that easy:) No harm...no foul and Have a Good Un'


  18. 6/3/05 9:53:00 AM Submitted by JLively (68.153.76.67) from GEORGIA says You too.
    :o)

    Jim


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