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Unread 03-09-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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Shop in south Denver...

Blew a rear diff tonight...
Backing out of a space at the rink after my hockey game tonight and BANG!, not more move-e... fwd or backwd... Put in four and limped out of the lot to find this:


Now I need to find a good/reasonably priced shop here in south Denver to have some work done I guess. I had a light pop Tuesday coming home from work and was going to pull stuff apart tomorrow to check it out, but it beat me to the punch. I'll yank the cover tomorrow and pull the parts out so I don't tear up anything else. but I'm absolutely open to reccos for good places near Highlands Ranch.

MUCH thx in advance,

Gritz

UPDATE:
new pics...


Not a ton of pieces. I don't know how bad the back of the gears are chewed up, but from what i can feel, they're in pretty good shape. Anyone want to guess @ how much I should be looking at to fix her???

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Unread 03-09-2013, 04:50 AM   #2
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You can try High Country Performance 4x4 they are open limited hours on Saturdays. They are near Hampden and Santa Fe.
I have purchased parts from HCP4x4 and the interaction was good. I have also taken a free class they offered on using recovery gear properly.

There is also Jeep Republic on Federal a block or two north of Hampden. They are open 7 days week.
I have only talked with Jeep Republic on the phone when I was looking for used parts. They were helpful and answered my questions. I purchased a bumper and spare tire mount from them.

Neither of these places have wrenched on my TJ but I have had pleasant experiences dealing with both.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 05:06 AM   #3
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What gear ratio?
You may be better off to buy a d35 with the correct ratio and install the whole axle. Might be cheaper.
I agree High Country is in the south area but they ain't cheap.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 06:45 AM   #4
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It's a 3.73, so the axle swap might end up being an option...
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Unread 03-09-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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There is a guy who advertises on Craigslist in the Parker area with very reasonable prices. Just go to auto parts and search Dana 44 or Ford 8.8 and he should come up. I dont have any personal experience with him. It seems to me that when I was looking into him he was a member either here or on Pirate and he had both good and bad reviews. Good luck.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #6
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There is a guy who advertises on Craigslist in the Parker area with very reasonable prices. Just go to auto parts and search Dana 44 or Ford 8.8 and he should come up. I dont have any personal experience with him. It seems to me that when I was looking into him he was a member either here or on Pirate and he had both good and bad reviews. Good luck.
This guy is Josh at SFF customs. He put an E-Locker in my D44 and did good. He does have some bad reviews though.
He might actually have or know of a complete d35 because he builds and sells/installs built Ford 8.8's
https://www.facebook.com/SFFCustoms
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Unread 03-09-2013, 01:40 PM   #7
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They are not in south Denver, but Brian does a great job, and is reasonable.

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Unread 03-09-2013, 03:34 PM   #8
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Thx all,
I'm half tempted to try and wrench on it myself, but I'm a little afraid. Hard job?
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Unread 03-09-2013, 10:52 PM   #9
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Im no expert but it looks like you just broke the housing. I would think there are quite a few running around or even a complete diff from people doing 8.8 swaps. If you swap the entire axle its a pretty strait forward afternoon job. To replace the carrier you need to be able to set up the gears. Not terribly hard. I just did this to a D30 but had help from a mechanic friend also. I would try to fix it myself first. Hell, its already broke!
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Unread 03-09-2013, 10:54 PM   #10
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Actually I shouldnt have said housing. Its the carrier that is broke.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 01:59 AM   #11
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If you're still looking, I used the above mentioned SFF Customs last month for a 8.8 swap and regear in my yj. Easy to work with and no complaints yet.
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