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First question, Briefly, what exactly a Dana rear end ?
Second question, I want to get better gas mileage so what would be a good all around ratio for good gas mileage and pulling for my 2000 Chevy 1 ton dually truck. It has a 454 engine with auto trans. & 28" tires with 4:56-1 gears. I will be using it 98% of the time for a daily driver with no load & 2% with load. I'm using this truck with my inclosed car hauler, car and trailer are about 8 or 9 thousand lbs.

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a Dana rear end is a rear end made by the DANA Corporation, and sold to various manufacturers for use in their heavy duty vehicles. The best way to get everyday gas milage for your big truck is to buy a s-10 for daily use and save the work horse for the weekends. you can't have both great gas milage and great pulling power! the fuel you save will pay for the little truck in no time.
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Goning to a 2:73 gear will almost double your milage but you will loose a good amount of pulling power off the line. 3:55 or even 3:73 gears will still increasse your milage a great deal and not harm your towing aspect too greatly.
I guess it just depends on how hard you want your motor to work while towing.
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