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Old 01-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Swapping final drives

I am sitting in front of a 2.3 5sp mazda Tribute, its the same as the Ford Escape with a 2.3 and 5 sp. Mazda calls the trans a G5M we call the manual in the escape a 5MT, and our cars use a MTX 75. The gear ratios are so close but the real reason for the post, the final drive is 4.13. While the 4.06 is becoming super hard to find, this gear would be great, if I could use the entire trans or just the final drive, or order a new one from ford, if it would work. Any experience out there on this one before I go and install the 4.06. Its for a race car so I am looking for more revs not MPG.


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Old 01-25-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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Thought I would let anyone else thinking about this, after speaking to some very knowledgeable folks this swap will not work, bolt patterns may line up but available lmt slips and all the rest are impossible, and the increase from 4.06 to 4.13 is not cost effective.
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