Gaaahh!! I just got back from MIT with a severe case of sticker shock. MIT can build a Ford 8.8", but they want $2400 - $200 less than their Dana 60 price!!
And that does not
include regearing the front axle or install labor!
Yes, I know it can be done for under $1000 doing it myself, but the landlord would pitch a screaming fit if I undertook something requiring welding, cutting and grinding in the driveway (she wouldn't be too upset if I just bolted in a pre-built axle though).
So, for everything pre-built, ready to drop right into the Jeep, is $2400 a fair price? This is with a full remanufacture, C-clip elimination, e-brake cables, Detroit locker, 4.56:1 gears and setup, U-Joint yoke adapter, new U-bolts, and all spring pads/perches welded on in the correct locations.
FWIW, their pricing for regearing the front D30 is fairly
reasonable: $680 out the door.
Oh, and their thought about the axle tubes on my D35C was that they're about as straight as a San Francisco transvestite...
Thus, the terrible skipping I'm getting.
Anyhow, what do you guys think - fair prices? Or can the same setup be had for less?