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Old 04-05-2003, 02:49 PM
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Post Diff recon: change ratio aswell?

Dear all,
Garage diagnosed worn rear differential.
Found a shop that specializes in diff reconditioning.
Am wondering if I should have the ratio changed now that diff is taken apart anyway.
Current ratio is 3.42
Car pulls reasonably well, but does make quite some noise at 3500-4000 rpm.
If I lower the ratio (3,27), I expect the engine will become quieter, but also less powerfull.
Increasing the ratio (3.64) will give more power, but also more noise, I assume.

Your comments/recommendations are highly appreciated.
'01 DT41 - M54 - A5S 325Z - 482
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Old 04-05-2003, 04:32 PM
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If the shop doesnt have the mercedes tools and they dont shim it properly it will whine.

Id keep it the same.
No Benzes in the stable at the moment, but itching for one again.

Former Mercedes in the Stable:
1983 300CD Turbo diesel 515k mi sold
1984 300CD Turbo Diesel 150 k mi sold
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1988 300 CE AMG Hammer 15k mi sold
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