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Old 11-21-2004, 02:33 PM
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2.88 Diff: Use it, or sell it???

Pulled a 2.88 ratio diff out of a wrecked '85 300D a few weeks ago. Car had low miles (I think?) and diff was tanked and cover removed to examine/clean out. Everything is tight and in great shape. Was thinking of swapping in my 300D, but I like the accelleration I have with the current ratio diff.

I have some new side cover seals, pinion seal/nut that I thought I'd install in this diff and try it out in the car, but maybe I should just sell it as-is and save myself the work? Anyone in the Denver area have a 300D with a 2.88 I could test drive?

Opinions from those who've done this swap???
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:46 PM
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I've never driven in a car with a 2.88 so I can't help you there.... but I'll gladly take it off your hands if you decide to sell it!
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:55 PM
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Oooohhh!!! I'm second if you want to get rid of it! Cash in hand! RT
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Old 11-21-2004, 04:15 PM
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You don't really notice much difference in acceleration, but you do notice less RPM at highway and internet speeds. I installed a 2.88:1 differential in the 1982 300D (old one worn out) and also moved to 15" wheels and tires.

Better highway car because of it, and I don't really notice a difference around town.

Not enough of a difference to make it worth replacing a functional differential, but if you ever have to replace a worn one, that's the way to go.

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Old 11-21-2004, 04:20 PM
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You don't really notice much difference in acceleration, but you do notice less RPM at highway and internet speeds. I installed a 2.88:1 differential in the 1982 300D (old one worn out) and also moved to 15" wheels and tires.

Better highway car because of it, and I don't really notice a difference around town.

Not enough of a difference to make it worth replacing a functional differential, but if you ever have to replace a worn one, that's the way to go.

Ken300D
OK. That's kind of what I figured. Might try 15" wheels and get as much as the 2.88. So...., if I do decide to sell it, what's a "fair" asking price for the diff to a forum member?
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:56 PM
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You don't really notice much difference in acceleration, but you do notice less RPM at highway and internet speeds. Ken300D
ROFLMAO!! What exactly, is internet speed?? Anyway, it seems to me that you'd want higher numerical ratios for better internet speed. :p
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Old 11-21-2004, 06:46 PM
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Pulled a 2.88 ratio diff out of a wrecked '85 300D a few weeks ago. Car had low miles (I think?) and diff was tanked and cover removed to examine/clean out. Everything is tight and in great shape. Was thinking of swapping in my 300D, but I like the accelleration I have with the current ratio diff.

I have some new side cover seals, pinion seal/nut that I thought I'd install in this diff and try it out in the car, but maybe I should just sell it as-is and save myself the work? Anyone in the Denver area have a 300D with a 2.88 I could test drive?

Opinions from those who've done this swap???
I'm using the 2.88 in my 240D, automatic tranny. I love it, except for the 25% speedometer error.
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"Interstate" speeds. Those internet speeds are only theoretical.

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Old 11-21-2004, 11:36 PM
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You don't really notice much difference in acceleration, but you do notice less RPM at highway and internet speeds. I installed a 2.88:1
Errr, internet speeds? Got to have an 2.88 to improve those. BTW, I've got an 85 300CD and don't notice any difference in my internet speed.
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:05 AM
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rear diff 2.88

I am interested in buy that diff also,cash in hand and will pick up if it ia within a 200 miles of long island
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:57 PM
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when the whine in the diff started bothering me in my '83 300D I replaced it with a 2.88 out of an '85. All I can say is I wish I had done the swap sooner! The acceleration is still the same or about the same, but the car just seems to take on a new character especially over 65 MPH where it now cruises effortlessly.
Your's is a stick shift though, isn't it Tomj? I would think that car is begging for a 2.88 to marry up with its manual tranny.
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Markings Question

Where are the markings/ how do you verify what the ratio is on the rear differential?

This change may be of interest to me in the future.
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Old 11-22-2004, 03:59 PM
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when the whine in the diff started bothering me in my '83 300D I replaced it with a 2.88 out of an '85. All I can say is I wish I had done the swap sooner! The acceleration is still the same or about the same, but the car just seems to take on a new character especially over 65 MPH where it now cruises effortlessly.
Your's is a stick shift though, isn't it Tomj? I would think that car is begging for a 2.88 to marry up with its manual tranny.
This is good news. I have a 2:88 in my parts car that I'm itchin' to stick in Marlene.
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when the whine in the diff started bothering me in my '83 300D I replaced it with a 2.88 out of an '85. All I can say is I wish I had done the swap sooner! The acceleration is still the same or about the same, but the car just seems to take on a new character especially over 65 MPH where it now cruises effortlessly.
Your's is a stick shift though, isn't it Tomj? I would think that car is begging for a 2.88 to marry up with its manual tranny.
Yes, I'd try it before you sell it Tom, I think you'd like it. I expect it may build boost a bit sooner, and you'll get more useful torque down before you have to shift. On another subject, if you come across a pan and valve body for a turbo automatic tranny ('82 300CD), let me know -- I'd like to get mine repaired before my 240D auto goes south on me.
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Old 11-22-2004, 04:22 PM
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How about a 2.44 diff? Some W126's had it. I'm sure it'll bolt in the same as any other MB diff.
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