I agree with this however if you have 400 whp or more like I do then 3.73 is overkill and you will not hook up unless you are on a prepped track. Even drag radials go up in smoke on the street.What are your plans with the 8.5?? If you're going drag racing with a 3 speed transmission (assuming automatic here), then you're likely going to be in a good sweet spot with 3.42. But if you're running a 4-speed auto, then hold out for the 3.73.
Hooking up is a separate issue, but gear-wise in a stock or mild HP car, 3.73s are great with the OD transmissions. 3.42s are happier all around without an OD transmission. If you can hook the car, the 3 speed with 3.42 SHOULD give you the best trap times (governor settings not withstanding) between the two gear ratios if nothing else changes. If you're pushing a lot of power through the system, you're already making up for needing deeper gearing so 3.42 or even 3.23 may be right for your combo.I agree with this however if you have 400 whp or more like I do then 3.73 is overkill and you will not hook up unless you are on a prepped track. Even drag radials go up in smoke on the street.
This is why people need to understand where they're going with their build (not just to the end of the dragstrip necessarily) BEFORE they build it so they can match their parts and pieces accordingly to get the best combination of stuff. You don't want your stuff working against each other.
I got a 86 cutlass t top I’m looking for 3.42 gears but this prices in Chicago so damn high I can just buy a rollerI’m in the Chicagoland area looking for a posi rear end, mainly looking for a “plug and play” kind of thing. Preferably 3.73 gears. Came across an add for an 8.5 3.42 gears but they were asking 1500$ I thought the price was too steep. Was it reasonably priced?
Willing to travel a bit to pick it up
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