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Jeep Wrangler Axle Differential Ratio

A quick summary of Wrangler YJ & TJ models Drive line components.
 

6 Cylinder Engine

BA-10/BA-5 Peugeot (87'-3/9/89')
 
  • 5 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 3.07
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.55
   

AX-15 (89'-99')

 
  • 5 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 89'-97' 3.07
    • Towing Package Axle Ratio 3.55
       
    • Axle Ratio 3.73 Option for 98'-99'
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.55
   
NV3550  (00'-04')
 
  • 5 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 3.07
    • 4.0 Sport Package 3.55
    • 3.73 Option for 00'-04' 
    • Rubicon Model 4.10
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.73
    • Rubicon Model 4.10
   
NSG-370 (05'-06')
 
  • 6 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 3.07
    • Rubicon Model 4.10
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.73
    • Rubicon Model 4.10

4 Cylinder Engine

  AX-5 (87'-02')
 
  •  5 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 4.10
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.73
   
 
NV1550
(01'-04')
 
  • 5 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 4.10
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.73

NSG-370 (05'-06')
 
  • 6 Speed Manual
    • Axle Ratio 4.10
 
  • Automatic Transmission
    • Axle Ratio 3.73

 

If you are unsure of the gear ratio, look for a metal tag held on by two of the differential cover bolts. This tag will have the gear ratio stamped into it. This may not be accurate for used vehicles or vehicles with a history of modifications .

Another way to determine the ratio is from the bill of materials stamped into the housing. (See Article: Axle Identification)

An alternate way to be positive of the gear ratio is to remove the cover, count the teeth on the ring gear, and divide by the number of teeth on the pinion gear to get the ratio.

Example: 39 Ring Gear teeth / 11 Pinion Teeth = 3.545 or a 3.55 Differential Ratio

An easy and quick way to get a general idea about the ratio would be the following steps: 
  • Raise up the rear axle and support it by jack stands.
  • Put a chalk mark on the top of the tire and the top of the drive shaft.
  • Put the transmission in neutral and spin the rear wheels.
  • Count the number of times the drive shaft spins to one revolution of the tire.
Example:  If the drive shaft spins 3.5 times to one tire revolution, the ratio would be close to 3.55; 4 times is 4.10; 3 and 3/4 times is roughly 3.73 and so on.

Carrier Breaks:

As the pinion gets smaller with a lower (numerically higher) gear ratio the ring gear has to be moved over to be in contact with the pinion. One way to achieve this is by making the ring gear thicker.  Unfortunately, this can only be done to a certain extent. Once the max thickness of the ring gear is reached, the gear carrier must be changed. When these changes are needed, they are referred to as Carrier Breaks, and they are gear ratio specific. The specifics behind this, is that the mounting flange for the ring gear is moved over to allow for proper gear engagement between the pinion gear and the ring gear.

These are typical carrier breaks with the gear ratio range.

Dana 30 3.55 and down, 3.73 and up
Dana 35 3.08 and down, 3.55 and up
Dana 44 4.88 and down, 4.89 and up
Example: You have a Dana 30 with 3.08 ratio, but you wish to go with 4.56 ratio. You will have to purchase a new carrier since the break is at 3.55 and 4.56 is numerically higher than 3.55.



* Every attempt has been made to make the above information as accurate as possible.  However, with various options or packages the gear ratios may differ than the information above. Please verify your ratio using the above tips to be absolute on what ratio you have.
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