Originally Posted by Dannyboy18
I'm just curious for future purposes:
What does it cost to regear to 3.73s from 3.55s?
I'm talking parts + install (average cost). My shop specializes in Jeeps and offroad stuff so this wouldn't be a real "job" for them; just rebuilding an old puzzle really...
Are we talking around $1000? The reason I'm wondering is that in a couple years I'll be taking my lifted XJ down to college with me. The 31s make it more of a dog on the highway than I'd like for long trips (2 hours)... New gears should help this right?
well it depends on what gear ratio you finally decide to go with. i'm not too sure how much you know about axles, so forgive me if i cover stuff you already know...
there is a thing called a 'carrier break' point at which you may or may not need to purchase a new carrier for your gears. and i'm not sure what the stock axles (and your combo of axles) breaks are. so you might have to factor in buying new carriers.
oooooor, if you decide to get certain traction aides that are carriers themselves, you won't need to purchase a new one, just purchase the new traction aid.
then you'll need to purchase a master install kit for both axles. this will have all the new bearings and shims needed for the install.
then you'll need to purchase the new ring-n-pinion for both axles.
the prices very depending on what brand and what vendor you go with. so the best suggestion i can make would be start making some calls and searching through venders on these messageboards.
now price on the labor ... would be best answered by the shop that will be doing the install. i just recently had 4.56's and arb lockers installed in both of my axles for $300 an axle - labor only. it probably would have been a tad bit cheaper w/out the lockers.
hopefully that will give you a good idea of what you need to start hunting prices for.