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    I will be putting a Powerglide in my 70 Stevens this winter & need to know what is the best low gear ratio to use? Motor is 468 BBC Tunnel Ram 17 gears. I need this boat to be more Lake & dock friendly in no wake zones. If someone has this setup in there V-Drive please let me know your thoughts on this? Thank you!

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    It makes no difference. Both are too low to drive the boat at with. Low gear is strictly no wake and docking. You can't even use it to take off with. With 17 gears, you don't need a low gear to take off. Stick in hi and go.
    All you want the trans for is the ability to shift forward to neutral and back, and slow around the docks and no wake. Reverse is even a little iffy in a boat that low. be careful or you will fill the thing up try to back it up



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    Quote Originally Posted by gn7 View Post
    It makes no difference. Both are too low to drive the boat at with. Low gear is strictly no wake and docking. You can't even use it to take off with. With 17 gears, you don't need a low gear to take off. Stick in hi and go.
    All you want the trans for is the ability to shift forward to neutral and back, and slow around the docks and no wake. Reverse is even a little iffy in a boat that low. be careful or you will fill the thing up try to back it up
    At least reverse is a very low gear...unlike a Velvet Drive. Now THAT will swamp a low boat in a heart beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelcomp View Post
    At least reverse is a very low gear...unlike a Velvet Drive. Now THAT will swamp a low boat in a heart beat.
    True dat!!!



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    Ok, Thanks for the replies! So with a stock ratio choice 1.76 or 1.82 what kind of motor RPM`s will I be seeing to move along in LOW? Idle, 2000-2500, higher? I know the drag racers like the 1.76 as it seems a little stronger than the 1.82. I have a 1.82 now but wondering if it will hold up to my BBC 468? I only want to do this once!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70 Stevens View Post
    Ok, Thanks for the replies! So with a stock ratio choice 1.76 or 1.82 what kind of motor RPM`s will I be seeing to move along in LOW? Idle, 2000-2500, higher? I know the drag racers like the 1.76 as it seems a little stronger than the 1.82. I have a 1.82 now but wondering if it will hold up to my BBC 468? I only want to do this once!
    Don't try to make any comparisons to cars, Not even close. The ideal low for a boat for driving the boat would around 1:40. So in that respect the 1:76 is a little better, but its still way to low to really "drive" the boat. You'll hit redline before the boat hits 25 MPH with the 17s in the v drive.



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    We used to run a powerglide in a blown hydro, as GN suggested the low and reverse gears are only useful in the harbor and around the docks. It's been a while but I thought you could get different ratios for the glides. Do not even think about gassing it and shifting, you'll probably float the valves faster than you can get your foot off the pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Pair View Post
    We used to run a powerglide in a blown hydro, as GN suggested the low and reverse gears are only useful in the harbor and around the docks. It's been a while but I thought you could get different ratios for the glides. Do not even think about gassing it and shifting, you'll probably float the valves faster than you can get your foot off the pedal.
    I would say that is a dead ass on description.
    there are custom ration from PG specialists, but they are expensive and I think the tallest I know of is around 1:68 not much help.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice Pair View Post
    We used to run a powerglide in a blown hydro, as GN suggested the low and reverse gears are only useful in the harbor and around the docks. It's been a while but I thought you could get different ratios for the glides. Do not even think about gassing it and shifting, you'll probably float the valves faster than you can get your foot off the pedal.
    Thanks for your Help! The only reason I`m doing the Powerglide is to make this boat easy to handle around the docks & lakes as stated in post 1. I don`t plan on shifting this like some do with a 350-400TH. I am just curious how much RPM it will take to move along in the NO WAKE zones. Would your setup let you idle along or did you have to pedal up in LOW? There are some options on gear sets so I`m just looking for the right combo so I don`t red line my motor coming into the Dock at 25 MPH like GN suggested.

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    the reply's are right on the money. I run one in a Daytona and its great in wakeless areas, trailer, docks. I can idle in reverse with no worries plus the fish cops leave me alone with the wakeless speed I can now maintain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleek Freak View Post
    the reply's are right on the money. I run one in a Daytona and its great in wakeless areas, trailer, docks. I can idle in reverse with no worries plus the fish cops leave me alone with the wakeless speed I can now maintain.
    Thanks, Do you know what ratio you have in your Powerglide? Reverse probably scares me more than anything not wanting to swamp my boat. I would like to just idle along to keep the noise down & keep on the Fish Cops good side!

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    in my opinion the ratio in the trans in not a concern. you can change props and vdrive gears. 1st gear in so low that its used for mostly idle only. if I need to step it up off idle I just hit 2nd. reverse is a straight shot only because my tunnel will not turn backing up ( no prop wash passing the rudder )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleek Freak View Post
    in my opinion the ratio in the trans in not a concern. you can change props and vdrive gears. 1st gear in so low that its used for mostly idle only. if I need to step it up off idle I just hit 2nd. reverse is a straight shot only because my tunnel will not turn backing up ( no prop wash passing the rudder )
    I didn't know a powerglide had second?
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    call it what ever you want Jim... maybe low and high, 1st and drive, 1st and 2nd, low and drive. its a two speed no matter what you want to call it
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