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Non mechanic, SYE+DCDS myself or pay a shop

I have no mechanic background and in my 2-year ownership I did 2"lift and regular maintenance myself. Now I am ready to do SYE+DC DS. I read some write-ups and feel it's not too bad but not easy. Should I do it myself solo or pay a professional 4x4 shop?

Letting the shop do will give me peace of mind but not the pride of jeep owner. Doing myself may get me into troubl--things happen, right?

I want to hear from your experience. What should I do to do it right? Thanks.

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There are some great write ups having to do with the installation of an SYE. If you follow them to the exact you should have no problem. Though, I would check with a club around you to see if any of those guys have any experience installing one so they can help you. I plan on installing mine myself with the help of a friend who's done his himself when I get mine.

Here's a ten minute video on it. I know you've read some write ups, but keep on reading them and watching videos on it to get familiar with it so when you go in you have an idea of what to do. Usually when I'm doing something new to my Jeep I have my laptop next to me and read through the steps to make it go smoother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hGpjCAkOvk


and here's stu's write-up from stu-offroad.com
http://www.stu-offroad.com/engine/sye/sye-1.htm
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Always, always, always learn to do it yourself.

If it's worth doing, then it's worth overdoing.

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Its pretty easy. I vote DIY

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It would have to be a -really- reputable jeep specialty shop to give me 'peace of mind' - Many shops are nothing more than a guy or two who don't mind learning on someone else's dime...

I'm guessing it doesn't happen as much on 4x4 shops as it would the race shops however.

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Thanks for the inputs. I think I should learn to do it myself.
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It seems like a really intimidating job but it is quite in fact pretty simple.

The hardest part of the job are removal of the old snap rings on the shaft, so be sure to get yourself a good quality pair of snap ring pliers before you start the job.

Have fun.


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It seems like a really intimidating job but it is quite in fact pretty simple.

The hardest part of the job are removal of the old snap rings on the shaft, so be sure to get yourself a good quality pair of snap ring pliers before you start the job.

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x2. EASY job with annoying snap rings. Get a GOOD set of lock and snap ring pliers for the job and have a couple write ups to reference. Transfer cases are very simple devices.

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x2. EASY job with annoying snap rings. Get a GOOD set of lock and snap ring pliers for the job and have a couple write ups to reference. Transfer cases are very simple devices.
X2 get a good set of snap ring pliers, the only frustrating part of this job for me was using a crappy set of snap ring pliers.

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