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Ford Performance Ring and Pinion Gear Kit; 3.73 Gear Ratio (05-09 Mustang GT)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, guys, Stephanie with here with these Ford Racing 3.73 gears for all Mustangs with an 8.8 rear or '86-'14 V8 and 2011-2014 V6 Mustangs. Gearing's really important to a car, and it can make or break a build no matter how much power you may or may not have. Gears should be carefully chosen based off your intentions and the performance that you want out of your car. These 3.73 gears from Ford Racing are gonna be a good option for those of you out there that aren't wanting to spend a ton of money, but that are looking for a good gear that will perform well for a daily driver and for the car that might see the track occasionally. I would say that the 3.73 gear is a middle of the road option. It's short enough to provide a huge difference in driveability, but not so short that it'll create a negative impact on street driving.When you go about choosing your rear gear, you'll have to keep in mind where and how you mostly drive your car. You do a lot of highway driving, you aren't going to want a short gear, and if you're looking for acceleration improvements from a stop, you aren't going to want a tall gear, either. A 3.73 gives you a little bit of both worlds here. You'll get a cruise on the highway without screaming in those higher RPMs, but you're really going to notice a big change in acceleration as well and that's what makes these good for a daily driver.If you're coming off of stock gearing and you're moving into a 3.73, you're going to think that you're driving a totally different car because the gears are gonna totally change the driving experience. Even if you have some bolt-on mods already, your car probably still feels sluggish but it won't after the gears are installed. If we break this down some, the basic way that rear gears work can be boiled down to saying that the number of the gear is how many times the drive shaft will turn to one turn of the rear wheels. So in this case, the drive shaft will turn 3.73 times for every one turn of the rear wheels, and this is how such drastic changes in the driving experience are made. Typically speaking, low gears give higher top speeds and better fuel economy, but the tradeoff there is a car that's slower off the line with less torque. High gears, on the other hand, are the exact opposite and the 3.73s hear fall in the middle, and they're a great all-purpose type of gear.A set of gears includes a ring and pinion gear and Ford Racing gears a forged gear that are CNC cut with lapped gear teeth. These also have a black oxide finish, so that'll help resist corrosion, and in case you happen to be worried about it, these are not a noisy gear so don't expect a lot of whine with these. Upgrading rear gears will throw off the calibration of your speedo no matter which brand you end up choosing. It's just a side effect of choosing the ratio, but Ford Racing does make a recalibration tool to fix this issue, so just keep that in the back of your mind. Or the issue can be fixed with a tuner, as well, but if you don't happen to already have a tuning device, then the recalibration tool is going to be a less expensive way to fix it.As far as price, these gears are going to be the least expensive that are available on the site, costing under $150. There are some other brands to choose from but they're gonna be more expensive, and I did want to mention that you should also pick up a gear install kit while you're purchasing these. The price of this kit is going to change depending on if you want just the install kit or an install and bearing kit, but you're looking at an additional 30-75 bucks for either one of these. And depending on the mileage and the last service, it could also be a really good idea to invest in entirely rebuilding the rear while it's apart, but that's up to you.So I'm not gonna say that the install here is easy because it's not. You're looking at taking the car to a shop for a proper install or having a nice collection of tools since you will need a handful of items and about four hours to get the job done yourself. This is a three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This is a pretty big project that's going to require removing the axles, which means dropping the driveshaft, the rear brakes, the diff pinion shaft, and the axle shaft U-washer, and you've got to remove the differential itself, which means removing the diff bearing cap bolts and the shims, which all needs to be marked and reinstalled the same way.The assembly and install of the new gears is very specific, and I'm obviously giving you guys a general overview here, so I'll just mention that you'll need to check for diff case run out as well as check pinion depth and do some shimming, as well. Then you've got to get it all back together after measuring and checking your work over.Wrapping things up here, the Ford Racing 3.73 Gears for the 8.8 rears are a great gear for cars that see a lot of street time and some track time. They're a middle of the road gear that offers the best of both worlds when we look at the benefits of a tall gear versus short gear, and they're the most affordable gear set on the site. They are CNC cut and they have lapped teeth, and you can check them out more online right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Ford Racing Quality
      • Strong Forged Construction
      • 3.73 Gear Ratio
      • 8.8" Ring Gear Diameter
      • For Street or Track Use
      • Fits 2005-2009 GT, Bullitt and GT500 Mustangs


      Improve ET's and low end torque. Are you looking to get more low end grunt off the line and lower ET's at the same time? Then look no further than installing a set of steeper gears in your Pony. Ford Racing Ring and Pinion Gears are perfect for street, road, or race use.

      Superior Quality. These Ford Racing 3.73 Mustang ring and pinion gears feature a super strong forged construction, CNC cut & lapped gear teeth, and a black oxide finish to resist corrosion.

      Recommended Upgrade. Changing the rear axle gear ratio will throw off the calibration of your Mustangs speedometer, but a Ford Racing Speedometer Recalibration Tool is an inexpensive way to fix this issue.

      Application. This Ford Racing Ring and Pinion Gear set will fit all 2005 to 2010 V8 Mustangs including the GT, Bullitt and GT500 models. A master bearing kit is recommended by most installers, especially on high mileage vehicles, see drop down option above.

      Attention 2010 and newer Mustang Owners. Starting in 2010 Ford changed the inner rear gear pinion bearing in all 8.8" equipped Mustangs. Because of this you will require a new 8.8" rear gear pinion bearing (Ford part# 9L3Z-4630-A) for proper installation, please see drop down option above.

      Technical Note. Installation costs will vary, but a good rule of thumb is between $250 and $300. Be sure to work with a reliable shop that you trust for installations. You can also save money on your installation labor by having your Trac-Lok rebuilt at the same time as your gears are installed, see drop down option above.



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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Ring gear
      • (1) Pinion gear

      Tech Specs

      Approximate RPM for 2005-2010 GT

      Gear @25 MPH @35 MPH @45 MPH @55 MPH @65 MPH @75 MPH
      1 3888 5443 6998      
      2 2301 3221 4141 5061 5981 6902
      3 1518 2126 2733 3340 3948 4555
      4 1150 1610 2070 2531 2991 3451
      5 782 1095 1408 1721 2034 2347

      Gear @25 MPH @35 MPH @45 MPH @55 MPH @65 MPH @75 MPH
      1 3704 5185 6667      
      2 2634 3688 4741 5795 6849  
      3 1771 2480 3189 3897 4606 5314
      4 1150 1610 2070 2531 2991 3451
      5 817 1143 1470 1797 2123 2450

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        • GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09

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