ok, so i was thinking the other day, about whether to go with 3.73s or 410s, etc… and in the process i was thinking about what they actually do…
if i understand correctly, the number means that is how many times the driveshaft rotates per wheel revolution, correct? assuming this, then it makes sense when you say they limit top speed slightly since that is basically determined by the rpm of the motor/tranny and how it is translated through the rear end. so at max rpm, the max wheel speed is less since with higher gears the wheels spin less per drive shaft revolution. so far so good.
my question comes in here - naturally when i read about gears and about how they give you more acceleration, i assume they would make bad weather driving real bad. this is where i am confused. the thing is, if you take two pretty mush identical cars, except one has (just for arguments sake, to keep numbers simple) 2:1, and one has 4:1 rear end gears. in the 2:1 car, lets say you try and start moving in snow and you just spin tires - understandable. but now if you take the 4:1 car, and lets say you give it the SAME RPMs (just by controlling the throttle carefully, i guess, and watching the tach) that you would have given the 2:1 car - the wheels will turn slower this time… wouldnt that be BETTER for getting moving?
make sense to me, but my instincts still tell me that 4:1 would be badddd in snow… am i missing something?