I hope everyone is doing well. I want to thank you all for all the past help. I thought I was done with my questions, but I was wrong.
I bought my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with the 4.0L about a year ago. I just found out that the rear gear ratio was lowered from stock. To what it was lowered to.... I do not know. I just know it was lowered. Since I do not know technical things about vehicles I was hoping some of you could explain to me why the rear gear ration would be lowered. Like:
1. What is the advantage to having lower rear gear ratio?
2. Will it help or hurt me on the street?
3. Will having a lower rear gear ratio in my Jeep hurt the mpg?
4. Anything else that would be helpful to know.
I have no desire to drive my Jeep off road. I live everyday in pain from back and neck injures so bouncing around driving off road would only hurt me more. I only bought my Jeep because I love Jeeps and for the room in the back for my Service Assistant Dog. The only bad roads I will be on is wet ones and snow covered.
I guess what I want to know; should I have the gear ratio put back to stock or leave it? Or should I even go the other way and have the rear ratio raised. What I need out of my Jeep is the smoothest ride I can get with the best mpg. Is changing the rear ratio expensive to have done by a Jeep Dealer? I am no mechanic and I do not have a trusted person that I can take my Jeep to.
Any help would be more then appreciated!