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Old 02-09-2005, 11:19 PM
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series 4 ring and pinion in a series 3?

I heard this was possible using a special shim and bolts, is this true and if so is it reliable? Thanks.

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Yes, Mr.Gasket and several others marketed a spacer with longer bolts. These work well, for all but serious big tire, stick shift, drag cars. Also some gear manufacturers offer a thicker ring gear for the same purpose.
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spacer

If you did not buy the gears yet get ones that are designed for the 3 series carrier.

If you do decide to go with the spacer here is a word of caution. The register where the ring gear locates is not always the same length on all carrriers. Slide the spacer onto the carrier and then the ring gear make sure the ring gear has a purchase on that register. If not the only thing that will locate the ring gear is the bolts and thats a disaster waiting to happen.......

What i do with carriers that are short is weld a distance of about 1" long by 1/2" wide 4 places on the carrier ( every 90 degrees)and then turn the weld to match the same diameter as the register. This has worked for me many times with zero issues.

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Old 02-11-2005, 09:26 AM
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Kstar hit the nail on the head. Just buy one that is made for it, then it is done and you don't have to worry about it.
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Old 02-11-2005, 11:34 AM
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I found a bunch of those that fit 3 series carriers, thanks for the help.

This is for my street/strip car, slicks at the strip and 295 on the street with like 450 -500 torque. Will the gear and pinion hold up fine it's going in a 12 bolt btw?
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:52 PM
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You will be fine if you go with the ring and pinion made for your series. I just would not trust it at that level of power with the spacer in there.
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not a spacer, a thicker ring/pinion.
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