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Unread 09-18-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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Re-gearing questions

Hey guys,

Wanted to get some local opinions on a few things....

2012 4 dr JK Sahara, auto trans, 2.5'' coil lift, 33" MTR's, 3:21 gears

I will go to 35's in about a year or two when this jeep isnt my daily driver. I wont be doing any major crawling or turning the jeep into a tow vehicle. It will be used for a fun summer car and taken on road trips, over mounatain passes, camping, etc. Probably in-line with how 90% of people use thier jeeps.

1) I am thinking I should go to 4:56 with the 2012. Is this a mistake do you think? Should I go to 4:88's?

2) Where are you guys getting your gears done at?

3) What brand has been good for everyone? Yukon, G2, Superior, etc?

4) Is the $1000-$1200 cost that is so often quoted about what I can expect in the Denver or surrounding area?

I appreciate any info you can give.

Thanks,

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Unread 09-18-2012, 02:42 PM   #2
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Well.I am full of opinions. Right or not, I have opinions.

1 The difference between 4.56 and 4.88 is pretty small. The bigger the gears, the easier it will be to pull the jeep with big tires. You will be amazed how much power 35 inch tires steal.
2 I went to Emily Griffith(an auto school ran by Denver schools) and took a class and bought a vid on step by step of an 8.8 from old shoe(a ford master tech that makes how to vids) and got the tools and did it myself. Total cost to me was 5 bills for both axles and I have more tools...
3 Front Super 30 is Yukon gears and the Super 88 in back is Superior gears. I have not had issues with either.
4 Call High Country. They are $$, like 6 bills per axle, but they are good.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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Like Jeepster said, the difference between those two gearings is pretty small. Do a little more research and look at a gearing calculator to check rpms for tire size and tranny etc. The site I usually use is grimjeeper or something like that, google will be your friend.

It would be cheaper to do it yourself, but you have to be willing to learn, need some extra tools, have the competence, etc. One benefit of having it done by a shop, is that you get a warranty, something you dont get if you do it.... There have been a couple of names thrown out there, look further down the Colorado page here and you will find a thread asking about places to get regearing done. Crawltech in Commerce City seemed like it was a pretty good shop. I talked with the owner when I was shopping around to get my rear end regeared. I think their price is ~1500 for both axles. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. If you are willing to do some work yourself, you can pull the axles off. There is a guy in Colorado springs who will do the labor for $100 per axle. His name is FrankZ. Again, good guy and very knowledgeable. Worth it just to talk to him to get his opinion.

I went with Alloy USA gears, they have a longer warranty and I've heard better things about them as well as Yukon. I've been told to stay away from the G2. But talk with the shops and they will tell you what they are used to using and what they've seen.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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No one ever complains that they went with too low of gears. Go see Josh at Crawlertech and go with 4.88s if you are going to offroad it at all.
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Unread 09-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it!
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Unread 11-28-2012, 06:29 AM   #6
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Finally going to get this done, going to call around today and figure out where.

After reading around there are some old posts about a guy names josh who has a shop and was doing a bunch of re-gears. Is he still open, anyone know what the shop name is so I can look him up?
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Unread 11-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #7
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If you are talking about the guy named Josh in Aurora or Parker, I'd stay away from him as he is a crook.

If you only plan on doing it once, go with quality and use a place with a good reputation. I've used Joshua at CrawlerTech on my XJ and High Country did the gears on my LJ. Both of them do great work and stand behind what they do. I do believe CrawlerTech is less expensive.

Remember, you get what you pay for...
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Unread 11-28-2012, 01:42 PM   #8
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If you are talking about the guy named Josh in Aurora or Parker, I'd stay away from him as he is a crook.

If you only plan on doing it once, go with quality and use a place with a good reputation. I've used Joshua at CrawlerTech on my XJ and High Country did the gears on my LJ. Both of them do great work and stand behind what they do. I do believe CrawlerTech is less expensive.

Remember, you get what you pay for...
I agree...wow, everthing I read while searching the forums was great on this guy. Would love to here what the heck happened if you want to PM me. I called him earlier and left him a VM, havent heard back yet. Just getting some quotes now.
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Unread 11-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #9
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Called around...Crawltech was probably the cheapest, but I ended up going with Edge Automotive in Englewood. Chris was extremly helpful and a super nice guy. Getting 4:88's done, with Diff covers with labor and tax included for about $1800.

Seemed like a fair deal. Crawltech was $1650 + tax, so close to the same.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 07:28 AM   #10
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I agree...wow, everthing I read while searching the forums was great on this guy. Would love to here what the heck happened if you want to PM me. I called him earlier and left him a VM, havent heard back yet. Just getting some quotes now.

Here is an older thread about my experience.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f345/...stoms-1413133/
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Unread 11-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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Not sure what happened ^

But my experience with him was great, good priced and finished my gearing the same day.
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Unread 12-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #12
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Just got back from picking up my jeep from Edge auto, who did my regear to 4:88's.

Drove it 19 miles and its great!!!

Will be using edge for many other mods to come,l and I highly recommend them. Chris and Scotty were both awesome through the process - very informative and communicated with me through the whole process. They know 4x4s up down an side to side.

Btw, I still have my 33's for sale if you know anyone. 275/70/18 (33/11.50/18)
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