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Old 06-06-2011, 10:33 AM   #1
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Changing gears

Just curious, about to swap out front and rear gears for something that will push 33 s bit better. Is this a home project or do I have it done? I have been quoted 500 an axle for the work...
I have done engines, my lift kit, and have most of the necessary tools , looking for some advice.

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Old 06-06-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Most people take their gears in for work because it is such precise work. I have heard of people that normally do gears still making mistakes because of the precision involved.

Was the 500 for labor, parts included?

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Short answer; Yes, it is something you can do yourself, however, you MUST be very mechanically inclined, be able to follow and interprit mechanical drawings, have ALL the required tools, and most important have common sense. Close is NOT good enough here and "close" is exactly what seperates a BAD diff guy from a good mechanic. When you get to the point (and you will) that you are ready to say screw it, it's close enough. Take a break, go get something to eat, look at a few gear pattern pictures, and then take another crack at it. I promise you that you will get it better after you do that. I have been mechanicing my whole life and it still took me two days to do the rear because of the learning curve. Once I got it down and learned how to read the gear patterns then it took 5 hours to do the front. Take your time, do your research ahead of time, get ALL the required tools and knock it out. When you are done you must be within a few thousants of an inch..that is a very tight tolerance and means the difference between a ring gear failing, or lasting a very long time. You might even consider talking to your local Jeep dealer and finding their axle guy. He may be willing to look at the pictures of your gear patterns to verify your readings. Good luck, you can do it!
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:50 PM   #4
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Already have the parts
That was labor only
So... At 700 or so to do the rear Dana 35
Is it worth it to buy a already built Dana 44 from a company in California that ships custom rear ends for 1200??
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I'd personally find a new place to do your gears. 500 bucks just in labor for one axle is a lot. I paid 900 dollars in parts AND labor total for front and rear axles. Most people pay somewhere around 900-1100 for regearing both axles. As far as a new axle, it kind of depends on what you plan on doing. The rear stock 35 is not very strong but a properly set up front 30 can handle 35s locked
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