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Originally Posted by xx0will0xx View Post
the Store bought axles are cool but very expensive.
in the end how much more are those than actually fabbing everything yourself?
Here are some rough top of my head estimates I have for my axles

Dana 60 $650 Included a F250 truck bed for my dad
ARB 850
Gears 200
Install kit 120
King pin rebuild kits $70
U joint $80
Spindle bearings $25
Hub rebuild kits $90
Stock shafts $0

Still need at least one new hub $35 for a used one
Still need either new knuckles or to repair mine Free or $500

14 bolt $100
ARB $850
Gears $225
Install Kit $100
Hub bearings $75
Disk Brake kit $300
Diff cover for shave $100
Ni99 Welding rods for shave were a Gift but usually $50

Not to mention $100+ in tools for special sockets, larger sockets, wire wheels flapper disks and at least $50 in brake cleaner and I havent touched any steering components which are going to require a lot of work.

So to answer your question involving complicated addition and subtraction, they are a lot cheaper. Why? because my labor is free and I have a limited life time warrany on all my work... for myself

Now if your just looking for a trail rig, then you could do it for about 1/2 the cost. Heck as my friend said regarding the pic below.
Originally Posted by Tyler
With enough grease they will work for another 20 years!

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