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Unread 06-30-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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So, a guy walks into a car shop...

Now that my vacation is over, and I'm moving on to a new, better-paying job in the next month or so (Same job, new company, better pay, not working for someone who's clinically insane on account of MS and decades of hard acid and meth use, all that fun stuff), I've got the modding itch again. Specifically, getting my TJ onto 33" tires (Running 32"s right now, and have no problems with them, but just a bit more clearance would be nice).

So, I walked into my local car performance shop (Whitehorse, despite having its roads primarily filled with assorted 4x4s, doesn't have a dedicated 4x4 shop, just a catch-all car mod place), and asked what the price would be to regear my Jeep to 4.10 gears.

Now, from what I've seen on this forum, the going rate for a regear is about $1000 for the whole job. I expected $1200 or so, because it's the Yukon and we're waaaaay the hell away from everywhere (For reference: Edmonton or Anchorage, the closest cities of any measurable size, are both about 20-hour drives).

Final quote: Drumroll....$2230+tax!



$860 for gears and bearings (And that was 'house brand', whatever that is, not Superior or Yukon or something)-I can get them for about half price from Northridge 4x4 or Just Jeeps.

$770 for the front axle in labour, $550 for the rear. ($110 an hour in labour)

Oh, and $50 to top up the fluids.

It is literally cheaper for me to order a HP Dana 30 and Ford 8.8 from an axle shop and have them shipped to me. And I can (probably) install an axle myself, and be able to run 35"s in the future if I want.

That is pants-on-head retarded.

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Unread 06-30-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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what kind of diff fluid are they using to need $50 worth of it? geez.
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Unread 06-30-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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That too. I just changed by diff fluid, and it cost me less than $50 for 5 quarts of Quaker State and a tube of RTV. And I've still got most of the RTV left...
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Unread 06-30-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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Well, the fluid is at least the cheap end of the deal. I would imagine that labor is the real hit - seems like a lot of time for a gear install. My shop did the whole gear install in 8 hours, but did add 2 hours on to install my lockers. My gear job cost about 1400 as I recall which did include Yukon gears and master install kits.
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Unread 06-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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I've discovered that prices vary from one geographic area to the next. The price you were quoted is right in line with what I found here in SoCal.
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Why not just pull a front and rear end out of a TJ SE? They have 4.10 gears. Shouldn't cost you much for those boat anchors.
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Unread 06-30-2011, 07:26 PM   #7
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honestly its hard to find a good shop. i run into shops that dont have a clue when it comes to Jeeps...some tell me that they wont touch a Jeep with mods on it...im cool with that, since they just lost my buisness for my other 2 cars.

i rarely have to put my Jeep in the shop, i always do my own repairs and maint. but its still irritating that some shops are just plain clueless..
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