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Old 10-17-2012, 08:46 PM
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addressed directly to f bird,Ill help you out here.using my car as an example,engine peak power on dyno was 6470 rpm,so call it 6500,,,3.50 gears,2.78 1st gear= 55mph,2nd gear 1.89 = 81 mph,3rd gear 1.28= 120 mph,4th gear 1= 153 mph. I used 27.7 for tire height.
This would make my car shift into 4th at the end of a 1/4 mile drag strip,if I raced 1/4 miles.
NOTE: not everyone races 1/4 mile,Im more interested in road racing. A straight offers more than a 1/4 mile and you enter off a corner,plus you need to slow down for the next corner.If I had 4.56 gears the 1st gear would be useless even coming out of a hair pin.
I guarantee my car accelerate very quickly.It weighs about 3300 pounds.There is noway my car could use 4.56 gears with any street tire except drag radials and believe me,I havent found too many cars that accelerate faster from 10 mph that are driven on street tires.
also,theres noway I want to drive on the freeway with my tach sitting at 3200 rpm.I can drive very nice at 2200 rpm and thats 63 mph,which is a common speed limit here

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forgot to mention 5th gear is .82,,,
also on street tires I can break the tires loose at almost any rpm in first gear,if I hammer it in 2nd at 35 mph,the tires break loose.road racers dont usually power shift.
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fbird,you are missing the point.The gears in the diff really have nothing to do with the engine.You cannot just say this cam needs this gear.What you can say is this cam works best at this RPM or RPM range.The rear gear ratio is tuned for application.If someone drives a lot at highway speeds,that application needs to incorporate a final drive ratio that is efficient,and that can vary alot.If someone wants to use a long duration cam(for w/e reason)then point out that the final drive and tire size will put the engine at a disadvantage because,,,then talk about cams and engine rpms and all the variables that contribute to w/e adverse effects that may be present.

NOTE:If I make peak torque at 3500 rpm,it doesnt mean I have to drive at peak anything,,,,lots of math rather than random numbers that have to match.

If I had a 283 in my corvette,I would still use 3.5 gears.Its the gearing I want/need for what it does.It just wouldnt do it as quickly. The car came with 2.73 gears and a whopping 160 horses.
A 195 horse 283 with 3.50 gears would match the 350 and 2.73 gears
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fbird,you are missing the point.The gears in the diff really have nothing to do with the engine.You cannot just say this cam needs this gear.What you can say is this cam works best at this RPM or RPM range.The rear gear ratio is tuned for application.If someone drives a lot at highway speeds,that application needs to incorporate a final drive ratio that is efficient,and that can vary alot.If someone wants to use a long duration cam(for w/e reason)then point out that the final drive and tire size will put the engine at a disadvantage because,,,then talk about cams and engine rpms and all the variables that contribute to w/e adverse effects that may be present.

NOTE:If I make peak torque at 3500 rpm,it doesnt mean I have to drive at peak anything,,,,lots of math rather than random numbers that have to match.

If I had a 283 in my corvette,I would still use 3.5 gears.Its the gearing I want/need for what it does.It just wouldnt do it as quickly. The car came with 2.73 gears and a whopping 160 horses.
A 195 horse 283 with 3.50 gears would match the 350 and 2.73 gears

For the drag strip Fbird is right, for the street you're right. There's a huge difference between the two and gear selections are usually a compromise of something in the middle.
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Howards Cams CL112591-08 - Howards Cams Hydraulic Flat Tappet Camshaft and Lifter Kits - Overview - SummitRacing.com How about that cam compared to xe274? who will be the best perfromer?

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They're both TOO BIG!!! You lose power by running too big of a cam. You also lose mileage. You also have more tuning headaches. You also wear through parts faster.

Basically you gain nothing and lose a lot by running a cam that is too big.
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Yeah final drive has nothing to do with the cam. Its ratio in first gear for racing will have a large impact on 60 foot times.

If you want to bumble down the road 1500 rpm at 70 mph then you will need the right gear for that goal. Then if you have giant cam and cant get off the line hard enough at the strip you change your trans gear ratios to match up with the cam. Final dirve is much easier. But really not needed in most cases. If final is two low it will be annoying all the time. Not just the first part of the 1/4 mile.

4:56 gear in a street car sucks arse!

My poncho had a big *** cam .700+ lift 330 adv. it required 3000 stall. I put in a 1200 rpm stall. Its what i had on the shelf. It was fine. everyone asked if the low end torque went down. The only answer i could give them was. "When the tires stop spinning I will let you know." 71 gp 4000+ lbs It was a big engine but I know 350 guys with similar results.

No it was not dead in the power band at all times but it still had mad power. I put lower gears in it and went to the strip. ran 11:50 with 3:55 and felt twice as fast as the 3:08. only problem the 3:08 went 11:20's all day long. and felt smooth and gentle. Two weekends covered in smelly rear end oil only to finish with the same thing I started with. Well sep for money.

Hope this helps.
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