Dual Range Gear Splitter / Overdrive
NOTE: The Dual Range is COMPLETELY out of production.
US Gear Corp has been sold, and the new owner completely scrapped the tooling and old parts. It's gone. I have not parts, Sorry.
They are completely out of production, no factory parts available at all. I am out of it. It's all junkyard and scrounging from individuals or shops who may still have stuff. Like as in old brownie boxes. Sorry. good hunting!
Range Frequently Asked Questions
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The Dual Range is available for most domestic full-size pickup truck, sport utility, van, and motorhome applications. Call us with your application and we can work out the details of an application for you.
Functions Exactly Like a 2-Speed Axle
Gear Splitting: What is it and what is it good for:
Mostly, the main benefit of a gear splitter is when you are either towing a heavy trailer, or the vehicle is a motorhome or bus in mountainous country. (Semis want them, but they already have them) Have you ever been trying to climb a long grade, and your rig just won't pull the grade, say, in third, then you gotta drop all the way back to second and climb it at 30 mph or wind out the motor. What a gear splitter does is it gives you additional gears in between your current gears. You will have that gear right in between 2nd and 3rd that would be perfect for that hill. Or in between third and fourth if that is the case.
Available in an Overdrive -OR- Underdrive Model
Available as either 0.8 to 1 (20%) overdrive or a 1.25 to 1 underdrive
While these units are two speed units, it is advantageous to be able to ad gear splitting capability on in the form of either an overdrive or underdrive.
Some applications are already geared well for the highway, however would benefit from gear reduction when towing or around town These applications would buy the Underdrive model. Available gears would be, for example, with an auto-overdrive trans: 1st-under, 1st, 2nd-under, 2nd, 3rd-under, 3rd, 4th-under (Partial O/D), 4th (full O/D).
Other applications are geared well around town, but would benefit from increased overdrive capability at times. For Example, a powerful Diesel pickup might be at the top of its optimal RPM band at 70MPH, but certainly has the power to cruise at 85. It can do so efficiently and economically with an additional overdrive. In this case, an example of available gears would be (we'll use a 4 speed manual this time for our example) 1st, 1st-over, 2nd, 2nd-over, 3rd, 3rd-over, 4th, 4th-over. They can be used with 5 speed manuals and automatics as well, if additional overdrive would be desirable.
So which one is right for you?
Works in 4WD or 2WD
In some applications, it can be made to fit between the transmission and transfer case. Other 4WD vehicle applications are designed to bolt on BEHIND the Tcase, and will only work with the Tcase shifter to 2WD. This is the only product of its type that is designed to operate in 2 or 4WD
Specific Truck and Van Issues
Trucks and vans that pull trailers, whether gas or diesel, automatic or stick, are distinctly different from motorhomes, because their loads can be dropped. This means that sometimes you'll be heavy while other times you'll be light. And because your engine produces its best power in a narrow rpm range, you will need the flexibility of numerous gear ratios to keep it running in the "sweet spot". If you own a newer model truck with an automatic transmission, chances are it came standard with an overdrive. But if you are towing really heavy loads, the OE overdrive may be too high even with the tremendous horsepower and torque produced by the engine. Even the original equipment manufacturers tell their customers NOT to pull heavy loads with it. Under this set of circumstances, you will need to add the Dual range to either replace, or lower the factory overdrive ratio to give you the power and economy you are looking for.
By selecting the proper Dual Range unit to complement your existing gear ratios, you can finally enjoy both low speed power and high speed economy. Our tech department can help you decide what is right for your set of circumstances.
Specific Motorhome Issues
How To Use The Dual Range
And the Dual Range Is a Real Work Horse
From the very beginning, the Dual Range was designed for towing extremely heavy loads. With a GVCW rating of 35,000 lbs and a torque capacity of 2000 ft lbs, the Dual Range has the strongest guts in the industry. It was specifically designed to use in either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, forward or reverse, both uphill or downhill compression braking, and at any speed. There simply is no limit to how and when to use the Dual Range. Again, no other auxiliary transmission manufacturer can make that claim.
The Dual range uses 32 oz or 80-90wt gear oil.
Pick-ups, vans, cab-chassis, class C or the very popular class A motorhomes, two-wheel or 4-wheel drive, We've Got Them All! We are adding popular new applications as soon as they become part of the towing world, so stay tuned!
Call our technical support department; tell them what you have and what or where you feel you need improvement. Chances are, they already have a solution.
Use with an Automatic Transmission
Advantage: will allow gear splitting (follow link above to see what this is and in what cases this is valuable)
Drawback: No Torque Converter lock-up: It is possible in many cases to add an overdrive behind an older 3 speed automatic, but since these do not have a lockup torque converter, there are compromises: When you go into OD the engine is asked to produce more torque at a lower RPM. This is fine, except then the torque converter then needs to work harder, and ends up using energy (fuel) and making excess heat. Unless your axle ratios are sufficiently high to still keep the torque converter in its more efficient RPM band (typically over 2500 RPM with gas motors), it will end up a compromise. Better to swap to a later model OD auto trans with lockup, or perhaps a manual 5 speed, or a 4 speed plus a splitter/OD or even a 5 speed plus a splitter.
Also Consider Overdrive-Auto Trans Conversion
Dual Range Frequently Asked Questions
No, the addition of the Dual Range doesn’t void your vehicle warranty. Automotive manufacturers such as Dodge, General Motors, Ford, Freightliner, and Spartan have publicized the fact that the addition of aftermarket products does not void their warranties. There has been a lot of confusion about this issue, but federal law actually prohibits manufacturers from voiding warranties based on the addition of aftermarket parts unless they can prove that the aftermarket item caused a failure in the vehicle.
the warranty on the U.S. Gear Dual Range?
The Dual Range is available in two different models: Direct and 20% Overdrive or Direct and 20% Underdrive. The 20% overdrive ratio is .80 and the 20% underdrive ratio is 1.25.
How does the
Dual Range work?
How does the Dual Range
compare to the competition?
The Dual range will fit all Dodge, GM, and Ford full-size pick-ups, vans, Suburbans, class C and class A motorhomes with automatic or manual transmissions, 2 or 4 wheel drive.
Is installation difficult?
depends on the torque curve of your engine, and how your axle gears are matched up. If you are pulling a heavy weight in hills, you will operate more efficiently when using the Dual Range as a gear splitter. Generally speaking, if you are spinning substantially more RPM at freeway speeds than needed - in other words if the engine would easily pull the truck efficiently at a 205 lower rpm - an overdrive will help. If so, you could experience substantial savings, sometimes as much as 20% If you Simply drop the RPM below the efficient part of the torque curve - in other words lug the engine - an overdrive will take you to the lower part of the torque curve or below it. This will not help fuel mileage.