So I got a quote from an axle shop that would put an 8.8 with disc brakes, locker, and gears for about 1500. Being that I'm not mechanically inclined and up to it myself does this sound like an ok deal? It's about half the price of a Currie with the same specs. Any thoughts? BTW I live in Long Beach Ca if anyone knows of a shop that might be cheaper/better.
Well detroit/eaton makes the tried and true detroit locker and they also make the true trac which is a limited slip dif. So make sure your getting what you want. If the price includes the install, etc, a new ring and pinion and the detroit locker NOT the true trac, i dont think its a bad deal.
Your limited slip differential sucks.
I can tell you what is invested in My 8.8...
installed it myself, including the welding.
$400 for the 8.8 itself(I live in Colorado, where NOTHING 4x4 related is cheap)
$700 for the ARB locker
$100 for the diff cover
$50 for all new brake lines
$150 for new shock mounts and spring perches(I added a shock relocator for 3 inches of shock lift)
$150 for a ubolt reversal kit
$50 for this and that(fluid, gaskets, rotor turning that kind of stuff)
It could have been done cheaper, but I did add a few...upgrades.
Cheap wasn't necessarily the ultimate goal though.
Last edited by jeepster93; 10-17-2008 at 02:56 PM..
300 for 8.8
275 for aussie locker
100 for diff cover
125 for brackets
100 for misc
1998 TJ, 4.0 HO, 5 speed, 3.5" RE Super Flex Adj SA lift, AA SYE, Currie steering, 4.88 Gears, 8.8 Rear with Eaton E-Locker, HP Dana 30 with Detroit locker and chromoly shafts, 36x12.5x15 TSL-SX, TNT Customs front 3.5 fenders, XRC rear crusher corners with 3.5 flare, A to Z rock sliders, PSC steering pump PSC steering Bx, XRC 8000 winch.
109 for axle (drum)
50 for perchs/shock mounts
already had the MORE upper shock ext.
28 for ss braided brake line
20 for new brake shoes
fabbed my own e-brake cable coupler
IIRC, 225 for superior 4.56 R & P and install kit
250 for gear install labor
502 for full Detroit
85 for diff cover
95 for JKS ubolt plates
40 for u-bolts
$1404.oo/ Did my own welding/install
edit: forgot the yoke adapter... 20-30???
OP, make sure that price is for weld in w/new perch's and not a bolt-in job using the fac. perch, where as the springs will be pulled inward.
'92 YJ, 4.0, 5sp, 8.8, 4-1, SYE, BDS 5" on 35 MTR's. 1ton TRE flip, 1"BL, 1" MM. <><
'05 LJR, 5.13's w/37 MTR's.
Originally Posted by 80 CHOPPER
Knowledge is a tool, without knowledge, you are just a tool.
Bought the 8.8 w/ 4.11's & discs for $150 from a salvage yard (came 100% complete including e-brake cables).
Reused the ubolts & plates & modified the plate for the shock mount for $0.00
Used the Ford brake lines for $0.00
Had some gear lube left over from a previous project.
Removed the Ford factory spring perches & reused them for $0.00
Driveshaft flange for $30
Shorten driveshaft 5/8" & balance for $65
Turned Rotors for $15
Did welding & labor myself for $0.00
Brake calipers & stuff were in good shape $0.00
TOTAL COST = $260 (I think that was everything)
Sold the Dana 35 for $350.
So I made $90 swapping to an 8.8. I was pretty excited about that.....I think the key is finding one that is in good shape with all the necessary stuff with the correct gear ratio already in it, but I know in some areas that can be difficult.
$350.00 for 8.8
$20.00 Turning rotor's
$250.00 Aussie locker
$25.00 Shock mount's
$35.00 Spicer Adapter
$15.00 gear oil
$20.00 .030 wire
$6.00 zinc primer (Help's with rust)
$2.00 Walmart special rattle can
All in All it ran me a grand total of $903.00.
The 8.8 was from a 2000 exploder with only 11,000 miles that was in a head on collision. SO new pad's and shoe's, Did not have to get master rebuild kit, Just the minor rebuild kit.
It also took me a total of about 12 hour's, So for $90.00 an hour (going rate in fresno, CA) for 12 hour's = $1080.00
If you dont have the tool's or the Fab skill's $1500.00 is not a bad deal at all.