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Cai+window tint or 3.73 gears

Alright to yesterday i was quoted $550 parts and labor for a 3.73 gear install, but for around the same price i could buy a cai and i could get my windows tinted. Tough decision and i dont know what to choose. What would yall choose and why.

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373 will probably benefit you more than a cai and window tint for me I wouldn't go 373 I would do 355s due to my situation but the gears would be a noticeable difference where as the cai would be barely if even noticeable but your always going to have to pay 3 times as much to install parts at a shop its almost not worth it but I also understand why people do it


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CAI is useless specially without a tune, so I would go with 3.73 gears. But in reality for $550 I would try the tint + used tuner.
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Friends got a tuner so
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I'm actually not a huge fan of my 3.73s. It's almost too much gear tbh. I'm constantly shifting and i can cruise at 40-45 in 6th. On the highway, 80mph sits at 2500 rpm (and i have taller than stock tires) which is right where my exhaust gets annoying. I can just barely finish the 1/4 mile without hitting 5th gear, if I get any faster I'll have to. I also have traction issues. I'd much rather have 3.55s or even 3.31s.
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3.73 is a good match for the stick at the dragstrip but, you have to tire up to 27+ inches to keep it under the rev limiter in 4th. It was good enough for 11s for me on just a tune. I think 3.55s would have allowed staying with the more common 26" tire selections and not lost much off the bottom, personally.

I would leave everything suggested and by a tuner from a reputable company like VMP, Lund, AED or similar. You want something that's going to put a smile on your face daily, this is it and it fits the $550 budget with room to spare.

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Go with the 3.55 gear. My 2012 was ordered with the 3.73 and I regretted it. The 3.55 with the manual transmission gearing in the GT is a good match up. The CAI (eh...), the window tint you had better check on before you have it done. I'm not a fan of that either.

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performance or looks/sound if you have 2.73 upgrade the gears

I'll remind you CAI's are for sound only you won't get a performance upgrade.

If you can get one used they are worth the $150 but no more. this line is opinion only

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Since you have a V6, gears.

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If you decide to the gears make sure that you get a good mechanic. I had a bad experience with my 373's. They had a very bad whine. I actually did the CAI and tune first because of the 115 mph speed limiter. I know why they said that did it had something to with tire rating. My factory tires were rated to handle more then 115 that another thread. If you decide on the tuner I have the one from my V6 that I will make you a great deal on. It will not work with my 15 Gt need the new version. Send me a PM if you are interested.

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Well I just bought a cai but only because AM gave me some money because of the troubles i went through with them (long story). Anyways because of this looks like I will be getting the gears also.
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If you decide to the gears make sure that you get a good mechanic. I had a bad experience with my 373's. They had a very bad whine. I actually did the CAI and tune first because of the 115 mph speed limiter. I know why they said that did it had something to with tire rating. My factory tires were rated to handle more then 115 that another thread. If you decide on the tuner I have the one from my V6 that I will make you a great deal on. It will not work with my 15 Gt need the new version. Send me a PM if you are interested.
The speed limiter on the V6 is related to the driveshaft, not the tires. You should not exceed that limit without replacing the driveshaft with a better one.
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For that price - gears. In SoCal, I paid that amount for the install of the gears alone. And then there is the re-tune to consider.

3.73 minimum if you have an Auto. I wish I'd gone 4.10s. But for manual trannys, the consensus is that 3.55 is perfect.

You'll end up doing ALL these mods. Its just a question of which order you go in.

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The speed limiter on the V6 is related to the driveshaft, not the tires. You should not exceed that limit without replacing the driveshaft with a better one.
I have heard that and sure that you are right. There are more guys than I can count on this site who have driven way past 115 without a problem. I guess we need to slow down.

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I have heard that and sure that you are right. There are more guys than I can count on this site who have driven way past 115 without a problem. I guess we need to slow down.
Sure it doesn't happen every time a V6 goes over 115... but I've seen videos of it happening, and the possibility of a driveshaft exploding next to my legs doesn't sound very appealing.

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