UPGRADE DIFFERENTIAL RATIO

  • Tiny
  • 94fleetwood
  • 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood
  • 115,000 miles

Hi, I am planning on using my 94 Cadillac Fleetwood to tow a camper trailer. The diff. Ratio it has is at 2.56:1 (not the best towing ratio).
I plan on upgrading to a 2.93:1 (from a Brougham) to increase the towing capacity to 5000lbs. Will this affect the pcm? Is there a tuning that must be done to the chip?

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Monday, August 29th, 2011 AT 12:22 AM

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  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
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No change there is required, but with the different diff ratio you will get an inaccurate speedo reading, you may be able to change the speedo drive to one for a model with that ratio.

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Monday, August 29th, 2011 AT 2:03 AM
  • Tiny
  • 94fleetwood
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Thanks for your input. The car has 235/75/15 tires on. Originally, it should run on 235/70/15. Would this slight difference in tire size compensate the speedo difference a little?

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Monday, August 29th, 2011 AT 2:08 AM
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  • cadieman
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Their is about 4 to five gears with different teeth nunbers. Make sure you have a good tranny cooler and a heavy duty radiator if possable. Thanks for using 2carpros

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Monday, August 29th, 2011 AT 9:30 PM
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  • mhpautos
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It is only the dia of the trye that will alter spedo readings, both are 15" so ther is no differance there.

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Monday, August 29th, 2011 AT 10:28 PM

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