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I am currently running a high gear ratio (lower numerical) of 3.07 and have found no major issues while desert driving. However, since I had increased my tire size from 29" to a 31", and since I am looking in the near future at a possible differential replacement, I wanted your suggestions on whether it would be advisable to go for a lower gear ratio (higher numerical) like 3.54, 3.73 or even 4.10. What I have understood from reading online is that when you mention a 3.07 gear ratio, the drive shaft would rotate 3.07 times for one rotation of the wheel. So that means that while driving on the highway you would get better mileage as the drive shaft is rotating less as compared to a 3.54 gear ratio. In the US, all the forums suggest going for a lower gear ratio (higher numerical) like 3.73 or 4.10 as a minimum, but then their offroading activity is more into rock crawling where you would need the car engine to be in right bandwidth of approx 3000 rpm so that you have maximum torque but with low speed to climb the obstacle. How would the gear ratios matter while doing desert driving where momentum is the main thing. By lowering the gear ratio to 3.54 or 3.73 I presume my speed would on the 1st gear would reduce which would reduce the performance. So bottom line for desert driving is whether a high gear ratio (lower numerical) better than a low gear ratio (higher numerical) ?
Since there has been a lot of buzz and so many people want to learn the art of driving in the sands, I am posting this absolute newbie desert drive. When : 27 January 2017 at 7:30 am Where : Adnoc Petrol station on Maliha/Kalba road. GPS Coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/7LJBiXhtjCK2 Level of drive: Absolute Newbie. Plan: Drive followed by breakfast. What to bring along: Breakfast, water, liquids, smiles and stories. Approximate finish time : 11 AM Note : Drive level can be changed if we have no beginners in the desert to suit the level of the convoy. List of participants: Rahimdad Kadwani - 050 6749099 Gaurav Khanna - 050 5258706 Karamullah Kadwani - 050 8817799 Mujtaba - 050-8100074 Wingnut (Carlos) - 055 2801073 Sohini - 050 4642690 Barry & Kris - 052 1742967 Jason Shilliday - 050554729 Srikumar - 055-9567471 Joseph John - 055 120 7383
With the title itself many will jump up and down and swear on manual, but I am really confuse based on driving with few of my friends and have different experience. When manual gives full control to stretch the gear as much as you like, auto gives seamless shift on uphill steep climb when you are unable to shift with your hands or on long side slope when both hands are super busy. Really appreciate some advise from the user who have used these both gears in sand dunes here in Dubai. Thanks.