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Old 01-26-2004, 06:15 PM   #29
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You had your ring and pinion changed to 4:10. Would you be willing to share what the cost involved was? Thanks.

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Old 01-28-2004, 07:10 AM   #30
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I bought the ring and pinion kit from Gary's Ring and Pinion off the internet. It included the two gears and all the bearings. I paid about $350 for the kit. I paid about $350 for my local mechanic to install the gears. (After reading the instructions to install the gears, I opted for a professional installation and I'm glad I did) I also paid about $120 for a box that plugged into my unit that changed the shift ponts in the tranny, the speed and the mileage on the speedometer to a 4:10 rear end.

Of course the gear and pinion were only changed in the rear end. I only have a 2wd Yukon. The cost would be double for a 4wd tow vehicle.


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Old 01-28-2004, 12:34 PM   #31
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Thanks for the info, Mark. It sounds like it would be worth the expense to have the same done to my Suburban in order to improve performance. Maybe the haul up the hill to Lake Tahoe will be a little easier.
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:16 PM   #33
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We ordered our 2001 suburban with the intent of it being a tow vehicle for an Airstream. We selected the 2500, 6 liter, 4.10 differential, 4 wheel drive, with tow package. By having the suburban about 2 years before we got the trailer, we expected to fully flush out any bugs or add any enhancements. We couldn’t be happier with this choice and have made only extension to the car’s basic capabilities. Comfort and agility were better than expected and we averaged 12 to 14 miles per gallon.

In April of 2003, we took delivery of the 34’ Classic that we had ordered in Feb. Even though we had never towed anything larger than a Uhaul, our first tow from the dealer to our shakedown site was also very pleasing. Through out 2003 we have made 4 tows and have averaged 10 miles per gallon while towing.

This last September my wife and I took a “couple driving course” offered by Dick Reed’s RV driving school. The course was in our car and with our trailer and during one session I was coaxed into tackling an 8% grade, switch-back laden road . The car and trailer performed admirably up as well as down this “instructive” road. We look forward to may happy adventures with the suburban and airstream.

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