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.