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post #1 of 18 Old 03-27-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Are all gears created equal

So Im looking to re-gear to 4.11's this summer and im looking for affordable sets. Ive found some for relativley cheap on ebay or other online stores. And some for pretty expensive from yukon and other manufacturers.

So my question is, when it comes to gearing do you get what you pay for or are they pretty much the same no matter where you get them?

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-27-2012, 02:12 PM
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i've never bought cheap gears before but why risk it? if something does go wrong with them then your gonna end up spending more money than if you would have just bought yukon or something similar.

whats the price difference between the ebay gears and yukon's?

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post #3 of 18 Old 03-27-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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There's about 100-250 difference, I know its not too much a difference really but being able to save money is always nice lol

Ya I know what you mean about not risking it, ill probably just end up getting Yukon or similar brand

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quality is like buying oats....
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The biggest factor is quality set up... there really isn't much difference in any make of gear, it's all name brand, and a majority of gears are made by the same people, and different people sell them.

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I've always used Yukon Gears with out any issues

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I've heard some brands, like Spicer, run quieter than the cheaper ones.
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Quite is always nice. Are the yukons fairly quite?

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I've set up cheap gears and expensive gears. Cheaper gears are a bit noisier, but other than that, not much difference and set up is about the same. If you are running mud tires, what does it matter? $.02
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I've set up cheap gears and expensive gears. Cheaper gears are a bit noisier, but other than that, not much difference and set up is about the same. If you are running mud tires, what does it matter? $.02
Well im not planning on running massive mud tires for a while, its still my daily driver I have 31s now and plan on going to 33s in a couple years probably.

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I run yukon 4.88s in my 8.25 and their dead silent as well as 4.88s in my 30, the dana 30 gears are made by USA standard though. I believe USA is a branch of Yukon that they sell items as things that don't fit their inspection 100% but are still considered very good quality and usable just not something yukon wants their name on.. all my gears are quiet.

Most importantly is setup, the shop said my rear gears setup perfectly very quickly while the front took a few hours and many tries to get a perfect pattern. Cheap gears tend to be harder to setup and get a good pattern and sometimes may be a tad bit noisier, like I said though it mostly comes down to how well the gears are setup. I would go with yukon if you can and would not even bother regearing to 4.11s man, go to 4.56s minimum even if your gona just run 31s. 4.11s arent that big of a difference from 3.55 your talking a half turn of a driveshaft here, I love my 4.88s and 33s and would run them with 31s if I had to you will love the power and MPG.
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so are there any bad effects to running higher gears like that on only 31s? Like I said earlier this is still my daily driver so I dont want to do something that is going to make it harder for the jeep on a daily basis and going interstate speeds etc. If there arent any bad effects I probably will go with the higher gears then that way I have more space for my tires to grow if I decide to go even bigger eventually!

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So after some searching I was able to answer my last question myself I think. I couldnt really see any bad effects to having the higher gears as long as you drive it correctly. And I should adjust my driving anyway . So I will probably go with 4.56's.

One last question is can anyone help me find a write up for installing the gears im sure there has to be one around somewhere? Ive searched and searched but cant seem to find one.

I dont know of any good shops around where I live that will regear, unless anyone else in Colorado knows of a good place? Hopefully not far from Pueblo/Colorado Springs?

As always thanks for any help I get!

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So after some searching I was able to answer my last question myself I think. I couldnt really see any bad effects to having the higher gears as long as you drive it correctly. And I should adjust my driving anyway . So I will probably go with 4.56's.

One last question is can anyone help me find a write up for installing the gears im sure there has to be one around somewhere? Ive searched and searched but cant seem to find one.

I dont know of any good shops around where I live that will regear, unless anyone else in Colorado knows of a good place? Hopefully not far from Pueblo/Colorado Springs?

As always thanks for any help I get!

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Thanks but I actually ended up finally finding the write up I was looking for on here.

My question still stands if anyone in Colorado knows of a good place to get new gears installed I would appreciate it since they could probably do a better job than I could lol

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