3.45 too tall with 6-speed?

intentsrig

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So, 3.45 gears and 35's are not that bad with the manual transmission. 6th gear is totally useless as it was almost even before the 35's. 5th is only usable on flat low elevation freeway speeds. I can still get up most hills in 4th but if I am going slow leading up the hill and it is a BIG hill, I will have to downshift to 3rd and that'll be at about 3500-3700 rpm's for the remainder of the hill at about 65-70mph.

I have also had the opportunity to do some rock crawling and only stalled twice. Once on a very steep hill while I was climbing a steeper ledge at the same time. And another time while going over my first obstacle that required some skill! I will be re-gearing to 4.88's for sure and that will make huge difference both on and off road. It'll take the crawl ratio from 48:1 to 68:1. And slow my FPM (Feet per minute) significantly.

Did not stall here but did struggle a little bit learning the feel.
 

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