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Unread 07-28-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Complete Axle Assembly vs. Parts upgrade

I have been throwing around upgrade ideas for my Jeep and would like some feedback about cost, difficulty, idiocy, etc. for a newbie DIY. Right now I am running 33s on a 4" lift with stock gears. My goal is to get gearing to 4.56 with front and rear selectable lockers. I was comparing the parts vs. a complete axle assembly from G2. The G2 came with everything minus compressor. I came up with the following list. It may be inaccurate and/or incomplete. Think newbie.

Bits at a time
ARB Dana 30 F $850.00
Dana 44 R $850.00
Non Chromoly F $600.00
R $400.00
4.56 F $250.00
R $250.00
R&P Install Kit F
R $180.00
Axle Tube Seal F $65.00
Total $3,445.00
G2 Axle Assembly
Dana 44 F $2,900.00
Dana 44 R $2,500.00
ARB lockers
Chromoly Axles
Total $5,400.00

The price difference is $1955.00. If I were to get this done at a shop, wouldn't the labor be cheaper to do the complete assembly swap vs. all the individual components? What about DIY? Then I would need extra tools too besides the standard sockets and wrenches.

The last bit is could I get a decent price for my used axles and gears minus some parts like brakes and knuckles that would be used on the G2?

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Unread 07-28-2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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why not go with an ox locker and not have to worry about an air compressor? and the average hourly rate is about 65-75 bucks an hour so 2000/75 =26 hrs so I would have to assume that a good shop can do all of that in less that 20 or so hours. the decision is yours and ask for a quote from a shop and ask them if they guarantee the quote.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 11:02 PM   #3
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Just throwing this out there, you can have a HPD30 and Ford 8.8 built with lockers for half that from ECG for around $4,100 shipped thats with ARB's front and rear. I these from them shipped to my house and couldn't be happier. You will need special tools to install the gears, so IMO just have it built, shipped, and you can install it with simple hand tools.

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Unread 07-28-2010, 11:52 PM   #4
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Wait, you already have a D44 rear?

What size tires are you going to run?
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Unread 07-29-2010, 08:00 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies so far.

I was thinking about the OX Locker, then about upgraded axles. I figured I should replace any components that had some wear since I will be adding new parts. Then it started coming down to my ability to get it done and the time it takes for a beginner DIY.

I also read about the 8.8. I am looking at various options and opinions. That is what is so cool about this forum.

For the time being I will stick with the 33s. I do have a D44 in the rear. But I want the new one! (whining and pouting). But really it goes back to upgrading the axles, installing the lockers, etc. I figured i could get back some of the money I spent by selling the front and rear axles.

By the way here is the link to the G2 axles and specs:

Axle Assembly - Front Axle Assembly - Dana 44 Axle Assembly

I got the pricing from an ad in some Jeep porn mag.

Last edited by Jeepili; 07-29-2010 at 08:01 AM.. Reason: Forgot to add tire size
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