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Old 08-22-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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Gear Ratio... High or Low?

I watched a cool video regarding manual transmissions posted on another thread that you can find at the link below:

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Old 08-22-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by nvestysly View Post
On a related note I'm curious about the opinions of those who may want to comment on gear ratio.
Yeah. Not OCD, We all trip over that too

I think you are correct, a "low" gear is from the driver perspective because it is labeled with a low number on the shifter - but the numerical ratio is high e.g 4:1.

It has carried over to rear axle ratios as well even though drivers do not even think about the differential gear ratio. I will say that my truck needs a lower rear end gear, even though I know I need a high gear ratio.

FUnny who most peopel can identify with the concept of a "low gear" even thigh they have never been exposed to the concept of gear ratio.

Oh well....we are stuck with it. Context is everything! When needed I just say "higher ratio gear"
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:35 PM   #4
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One way to avoid problem is to not say gear ratio, but axle ratio and then the numbers must be used, which everyone understands.

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