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2005 4.6 tow package questions

Gmctyphoon

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I posted this in the “Tow Rig” section too, but think it might get more attention here.

I currently own a 2002 xlt 4.6 with the tow package.

I occasionally tow 5000 lbs, and the explorer does it well.

I just looked at buying a 2005 Limited 4.6 that appeared to have the tow package (2in receiver with 7 pin harness). But this truck had 3.55 gears. My 02 has 3.73.

I thought all tow package 3rd gens had 3.73? How different will the 3.55’s be than the 3.73’s I’m used too?

Thank you in advance,
Greg
 
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94Eddie

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It is my understanding that the 3.73 gears were used in 4.0L Explorers and 3.55 gears in 4.6L ones but this might be only for the 4th gen vehicles from 2006-2010. IMO, you won't see a big difference between these two ratios on roads that are not extremely steep. Both should handle the 5k lbs. you need it to pull.
 
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Gmctyphoon

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I just wanted to update this thread.

I found out that my 05 v8 with the 3.55s did not come with the tow package. Previous owner had a factory 2in receiver and 7pin connector swapped over.

All 02-05 explorers v6 or v8 would have 3.73 gears with a factory optioned tow package.

It will be a while before I tow my trailer, but when I do I’ll update here to let you guys know if the lower gears had any significant difference.
 
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