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Old 07-05-2020, 08:05 PM   #11
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i think its the lack of power with the 4cyl. in 1996 that was a VERY dated motor compared to anything else really. the truck is slow enough as is but if you have a load in the bed thats anything more than a desk, it struggles to leave without the gearing it has. i think it was necessity for moving loads
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i think its the lack of power with the 4cyl. in 1996 that was a VERY dated motor compared to anything else really. the truck is slow enough as is but if you have a load in the bed thats anything more than a desk, it struggles to leave without the gearing it has. i think it was necessity for moving loads
Yes, that’s what I was thinking as well. Nissan has no v6 those years and the 4.6 gearing was a way to squeeze a bit more power out as the Hardbody model came to an end.
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No more power is produced by gearing but it will makes less power feel a little more.peppy.
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No more power is produced by gearing but it will makes less power feel a little more.peppy.
Yes, I meant access to power with higher rpms with the lower gearing, not that the engine itself makes more power.
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yah you always have the same "power" its just if you turn it into torque or horsepower. the 96/97 is so slow.
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i think its the lack of power with the 4cyl. in 1996 that was a VERY dated motor compared to anything else really. the truck is slow enough as is but if you have a load in the bed thats anything more than a desk, it struggles to leave without the gearing it has. i think it was necessity for moving loads
The four-banger under load isn't THAT dead. Hills are the problem, but that goes with any older four-cylinder. I've packed a full load of heavy camping gear weighing hundreds of pounds under my canopy, and on the flat was easily able to pass people by easing it up to 70-75 MPH. You have to plan it a bit, but it's not a problem.

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A properly maintained and tuned KA engine can do that for you, and get 25 miles a gallon into the bargain. That is the miracle of Japanese engineering, that this is even possible tossing in AC and power steering.

Stick with some high-quality supreme fuel, and you will get an additional edge.
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Are those ratios the same for the V6 engines?


I'm wondering if my 1989 VG30i had the 4.6:1, but my 1995 VG30E has the 4.3:1. That would explain why the 1989 seemed to run about 8% more RPM for the same speed in the same transmission gear, compared to the 1995.


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The V6 was available with a 4.1:1 very early on. After 86.5 it seems they were available with 4.3:1 and 4.6:1 with 4.6:1 as standard for the automatic.
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I think my 1989 came with a manual transmission made for a 4.3:1 rearend- but it actually HAD the 4.6:1 rearend. It always read about 5MPH too fast on the speedometer at 60MPH (it said you were going about 5MPH higher than you were actually going). And that was with 225/70/14 tires- the same diameter as the originals.



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