I think I’m in the same boat except 16 stock everything no exhaust or tune. Pure stock. I can putt on level ground at 5mph but to slow climb I have to be between 8-10 mph and if starts bogging the motor sounds horrible so it’s “pick a line, cross your fingers and gas it” honestly just trying to get it back up on my trailer in my garage at the end of the day is more of a challenge.. lolSo this trip to Cinders has come and passed...
I was really bummed I was dealing with a tranny issue and couldn't make it up.
To anyone and everyone who was there, been there, has videos or pics of the area - please post them up! I've still not been and have been living vicariously through you!!
I did want to close on my tranny repair and '19 gear change. Beforehand, I was running a '16 3-pedal with OEM gearing and BFG 30x10x14 KM3 on DWG Sector BL. This is on a Non-turbo (NA) car that's tuned.
I had dog issues, bent shift forks and shafts, and it took 3 times to fix each issue in succession. Like peeling back the layers of an onion. Learned alot and have zero fear of the transmission now, got the tricks for an uber easy in/out of car, but - I hope to not experience it again 😅..
So new large and small shift forks and shafts. Gears with wear, bad dogs, or were getting replaced with '19 version/tooth count. I can definitely feel the gearing difference. First feels way lower. I have a Rekluse clutch and use 2nd now most of the time to start off as 1-2 is such a short shift. 2-5 gear I see about a 3 mph difference on speedo vs gps. Essentially the speedo reads 53 and car is actually going 50 by gps. There is a larger gap between 1 and 2. Like a wide ratio dirt bike (monty will know it for sure). The rest have the '19 reduction. I'd like 5th to be taller (OD). I have 28" paddles for the dunes and this might get me to a light 30. With the '16 gearing on 28" paddles I was constantly shifting from 2nd to 3rd. I kind of hope this will keep me in third mostly and the rest is good.. Local AZ terrain, the gearing is awesome (other than an OD for long dirt roads). I did a trip up the backside of Crown King and loved where I was geared relative to my rpm/power. For anyone who has been up there, there are a couple areas that sometimes challenge people and cars to get up and I hit a roadblock just like it. Many moved off to the side, I didn't need to lock a diff, picked my line and it crawled up without a hitch. The gearing before was taller and I would have needed more speed or a small run at it - nailed it.. I'd say I can get down to 5 mph.
Am I happy - absolutely! Does it feel like a set of 32" tires would be great for open desert (if they fit lol). Granted - I'm not running a turbo with extra power (yet?) - it won't win a drag race but for a 1000 na, it's still plenty fast on the trail. I'm digging it and can say that I still get the classic YXZ tranny clunk at times, but when it's moving right - it's buttery smooth.
I’ll get every last mile out of the stock tranny before I sink the money into a 19 gear set, but I’m sure I’ll like even more ( just hoping that until then, I don’t tear up the front end steering or suspension with my bump and goooooo strategy) I probably need to carry spare control arms as I just helped a guy last week who snapped one, about 5 miles out into Bulldog Canyon where there was no way he gonna get a truck out to it. 5th gear OD sounds like a solid plan as well for those long fast straight aways and highway time. Someday I’ll hit you up for all the tricks you learned with doing 3 back to back R&R’s.