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Gearing / Lockers Regear, or not to regear

If you did regear? What would you do and tell us why below!!!

  • 4.88

    Votes: 16 37.2%
  • 5.29

    Votes: 25 58.1%
  • I'd swapped the manual transmission 4.30's in because I'm crazy like that.

    Votes: 2 4.7%

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So guys! I have a 4banger 2wd Tacoma. Is it normal to be in 3rd gear, at 6k rpm almost flooring it? Going 65-70mph on the US-395, going up the grade to Mammoth Mountian, at 7 thousand something feet of elevation. Considering the oxygen is thiner here. Im really considering about a regear! If so what ratio should I run? I'm running 32” Falken Wildpeak M/T’s.
 

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So guys! I have a 4banger 2wd Tacoma. Is it normal to be in 3rd gear, at 6k rpm almost flooring it? Going 65-70mph on the US-395, going up the grade to Mammoth Mountian, at 7 thousand something feet of elevation. Considering the oxygen is thiner here. Im really considering about a regear! If so what ratio should I run? I'm running 32” Falken Wildpeak M/T’s.
Not that im aware of. Its definitely worth it to regear regardless. Im currently scheduled for install wednesday the 10th and im running 35's in the 3.5l v6. gears arrive this thursday.
 

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My previous tacoma was a 2012 4banger. That truck was miserable to drive. I always felt sketchy pulling into traffic and it took forever to accelerate, I felt that it didn't have that next level punch to speed up just putted along. My 3.5 engine even with 35's feels night and day better.
 

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You're not alone. My 6 cylinder feels like a complete dog on that same hill. It's a combo of a number of things, but specifically crap gearing in the Tacoma.

In short, yes you should regear. Just like I should, and just about everyone else should.

As to which gears, That really depends on what else you'll be doing to the truck. If you plan to go to 35's some day or add a ton of armour and weight like me, go 5.29's. If you plan to keep the tires below 34" and not add a ton of weight then go 4.88's.
 

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Not that im aware of. Its definitely worth it to regear regardless. Im currently scheduled for install wednesday the 10th and im running 35's in the 3.5l v6. gears arrive this thursday.
My previous tacoma was a 2012 4banger. That truck was miserable to drive. I always felt sketchy pulling into traffic and it took forever to accelerate, I felt that it didn't have that next level punch to speed up just putted along. My 3.5 engine even with 35's feels night and day better.
You're not alone. My 6 cylinder feels like a complete dog on that same hill. It's a combo of a number of things, but specifically crap gearing in the Tacoma.

In short, yes you should regear. Just like I should, and just about everyone else should.

As to which gears, That really depends on what else you'll be doing to the truck. If you plan to go to 35's some day or add a ton of armour and weight like me, go 5.29's. If you plan to keep the tires below 34" and not add a ton of weight then go 4.88's.
Thank you all! I think ill go with 4.88’s! Lets see what other people think? Malcolm lets set up a poll, 4.88 vs 5.29?
 

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whats the total cost roughly for 4.88s? parts and install
 

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whats the total cost roughly for 4.88s? parts and install
gears are gonna cost you around 1300/1400 install will cost anywhere from 900-1500 depending on the shop. Brothers 4x4 near pomona, CA will install front and rear for 900.
 

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gears are gonna cost you around 1300/1400 install will cost anywhere from 900-1500 depending on the shop. Brothers 4x4 near pomona, CA will install front and rear for 900.
Quite pricey but it pays for itself
 

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So guys! I have a 4banger 2wd Tacoma. Is it normal to be in 3rd gear, at 6k rpm almost flooring it? Going 65-70mph on the US-395, going up the grade to Mammoth Mountian, at 7 thousand something feet of elevation. Considering the oxygen is thiner here. Im really considering about a regear! If so what ratio should I run? I'm running 32” Falken Wildpeak M/T’s.
Nothing against regearing - gonna do it myself soon. However, have you first considered the cheaper option of installing OVTune? It is really night and day, especially for the situations you described. You'll probably feel like you don't even need to regear anymore until you go to 35s, if you ever did. And if you're on tires smaller than that, you'll probably be really satisfied.
 

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Nothing against regearing - gonna do it myself soon. However, have you first considered the cheaper option of installing OVTune? It is really night and day, especially for the situations you described. You'll probably feel like you don't even need to regear anymore until you go to 35s, if you ever did. And if you're on tires smaller than that, you'll probably be really satisfied.
The only reason I’m glad I didn’t get OV Tune is for 900$ I can install gears instead of 700 for OVTune. And the. Just pay for gears. The 3.5l engine is fine, they just fucked up the hearing which is why you aren’t able to utilize your OD gears even with stock tires for the most part
 

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The only reason I’m glad I didn’t get OV Tune is for 900$ I can install gears instead of 700 for OVTune. And the. Just pay for gears. The 3.5l engine is fine, they just fucked up the hearing which is why you aren’t able to utilize your OD gears even with stock tires for the most part
I don't think they make ovtune for the 2.7L I4 engine.
 

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I have heard of people running into a speed governing issue with 5.29 gears and people are still diagnosing the exact issue. Has anyone else heard of this. I was planning on 529’s until i saw this.
 

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Hi all.
I have a 2020 Tacoma TRD Off Road. It is my daily driver. My 3” suspension lift and 33” Nittos are set to go on the truck this week. I have a Diamondback HD cover on the bed and a tool box with about 100-150lbs of gear in it. During the winter I will always keep buckets of rock salt and shovels in the bed and I often haul trash and appliances for work.

I live in Connecticut so we do get a couple of nasty winter storms each year.

Do you think 4.88’s or 5.29’s would be better for my truck?
 

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Hi all.
I have a 2020 Tacoma TRD Off Road. It is my daily driver. My 3” suspension lift and 33” Nittos are set to go on the truck this week. I have a Diamondback HD cover on the bed and a tool box with about 100-150lbs of gear in it. During the winter I will always keep buckets of rock salt and shovels in the bed and I often haul trash and appliances for work.

I live in Connecticut so we do get a couple of nasty winter storms each year.

Do you think 4.88’s or 5.29’s would be better for my truck?


You're definitely bordering on the 5.29 edge with the added weight of the box, tools, cover, and winter setup. If it were me, I'd be leaning 5.29 with your setup.
 

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Hi all.
I have a 2020 Tacoma TRD Off Road. It is my daily driver. My 3” suspension lift and 33” Nittos are set to go on the truck this week. I have a Diamondback HD cover on the bed and a tool box with about 100-150lbs of gear in it. During the winter I will always keep buckets of rock salt and shovels in the bed and I often haul trash and appliances for work.

I live in Connecticut so we do get a couple of nasty winter storms each year.

Do you think 4.88’s or 5.29’s would be better for my truck?
If you do end up re-gearing. Where will you get it done and what are they quoting you. I live in NY right over the CT border and only place i know of is EVB.