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It’s the point where the numeric increase in gear ratio necessitates a new/different carrier be used. The act of increasing the numerical ratio of a gear set results in the diameter of the pinion gear becoming smaller. To maintain proper contact, the thickness of the ring gear can be increased. The point at which thickening is no longer viable is known as the Carrier Break, which necessitates the move to a larger carrier with a taller deck height.
To see the Carrier Break points of popular differentials, check out this article from our Resource Center.
Carrier Break Points
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