Long time since anyone has talked on this, but I ended up doing a transfer gear swap on my 1994 over the winter.
I had originally swapped my van to a 3.8L/4-speed, whichis a 3.42 ratio. When my 3.8 died I ended up putting a 3.3L in it's place, which mated to the 3.8 trans was unbearably slow.
I decided to swap the transfer gears to 2.5L Stratus gears, 3.90 ratio. Night and day difference on performance and actually boosted my economy as well.
The issue lied in the new gears making my speedo off. Without a computer to swap for/to that would work with my van, I was at a loss. So I did a quick/dirty fix, I pulled the speedo needle, ran to 60 mph on my GPS, then put the needle back on there. That got my speedo reading close enough for our normal driving, so it did the trick.
I have been thinking about rebuilding the 99 3.8L that hatched the bottom end on me. That motor was amazing with the long gears, it would be a monster with this new ratio.
Sadly finding an old scan tool doesn't seem to be possible around here. I tried for months before I finally just moved the needle.
I lost my original 3.8 when it dumped all it's oil out the exhaust without warning while cruising down the interstate, never looked into it, but figured PCV issue. I installed a 3.3L in it's place, drove that for a while, then found a 99 3.8L to take it's place. Unfortunately, that motor had major issues from overheating/stop leak/poor maintenance, and only made it a week before developing a death rattle. So back in the 3.3L went, combined with these new lower gears.
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All right, now the 47/49 transfer gears are installed and I have to say that the van feels brisk. Acceleration from standstill is pretty impressive for what it is and it really woke up. I haven't towed anything yet but I believe there will be far less transmission slip than before when we put...