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    4.10 gears worth it?

    Hello gents....i was thinking of installing 4.10's in my 01 SS. Question is.... will i see improvements in the quarter mile? Everything I've read has been leaning towards yes. I have an m6 with basically all bolt on's. Currently pulling 12.7's at track. I've been told 4.10's would help.Don't have the $$ to do a cam install. Someone mentioned gears would be a nice mod for a decent price. Is there anything concerning about putting 4.10's in? What are the best to buy and what prices am i looking at for install and parts? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    If you get traction launching, yes. Several factors come into play though. The downfall is a smaller pinion and teeth to achieve a lower gear. This makes the pinion weaker and it you have a stock 10 bolt, launching the car hard with a 4.10 gear and traction will likely lead to a broken pinion.
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    ^^ Exactly. You'll benefit from the gear change so long as you can put it the pavement at the line.

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    Thanks for the info guys. Sounds fun and a little worrisome at the same time. I'm a fan of acceleration, but i'd hate to put $$ into the gears if there was a chance the pinion would break.
    I wonder what the likelihood of those breaking are. Someone mentioned GM or Motive gears are pretty strong\durable gears. Do you guys know how much a garage would charge to put those bad boys in? And, what brand are the best for 10 bolt?

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    We are trying to tell not to invest in 10 bolt gears. Save the money for a new rear and it would be better spent. But to answer your question Motive gears are the go to gear for most guys. A shop will charge around $150-$250 to swap out the gears.

    You might be good to launch on street tires but like Jon stated.....it's not if but when you'll break the 10 bolt.

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    Guys break stock 10 bolts on stock hp all the time. Save up your money and get either a 9" or 12 bolt rear end. Throw one of those under the car and you won't have to worry ever unless you start making stupid amounts of power. I don't take the car to the drag strip or stop light race for the simple fact I don't want to pick up parts of my 10 bolt off the road.
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