Hey guys just need some input. I recently called a local off road shop to get a quote on a 3" TeraFlex lift, 4.88 gears, diff. covers, 35" wheels&tires. Dont remember what the wheels and tires were. they were nothing special.. I think the tires were $160/tire X 5. Anyways they quoted $7000 OTD and also includes 3 yr warranty on all components changed.
That's high. I added up around $5000+ at most $6000. Looks like they are adding a lot of double labor charges. Most of the work of regearing would require a lot of the labor of the lift anyways. Sounds like they are adding full labor cost for each project even though a lot of the labor is the same for each. I mean really, after you have the Jeep on lift and the wheels removed and other items needed to do the regearing work, all you have to do is remove the coils and add bumpstops among a couple other thing which takes no time at all at this point.
They shouldn't do that. I sort of doubt the tires are $160 probably closer to $260+ or more depending on the tire and wheel size. Wheels maybe $160 each.
__________________ 2010 Dark Charcoal Pearl Jeep Wrangler Sport S Automatic
4.88 Yukon w/Trac-Lok rear and Eaton ELocker Front - Synergy Gussets - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
BDS 3" lift - BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks
XHD front Bumper - Trektop NX - Goodyear MT/R w/Kevlar 35X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 Wheels - Thrush Turbo Muffler
You really need to identify the individual components--WHAT TeraFlex lift, WHAT kind of gears, WHAT type of wheels/tires, etc. Without that information, you have no idea what you're paying for parts versus labor.
Once you know the specifics, then you can shop around and make them price match on the parts. At that point, then you can talk about labor costs.
2010 JKU "Mountain" Edition
TeraFlex 2.5" Coil Lift : Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Shocks : 33x12.5R15 Goodyear DuraTracs : 15x8 Black Rock 909s : Other Stuff . . .
Is that a 'quote', 'estimate' or a firm price? It sounds like a place to start negotiating from. I agree with Rick - once the Jeep is in the air, the re-gear, lift, and wheels can be done together, so labor should be able to be combined somewhat. I'd ask for a break-down of parts, as Mike suggests. Also, ask about that warranty - they're obviously charging you something for it - is it an extended warranty from them or the manufacturer? Does it cover 'everything'? Since the intent of a lift,gears, and wheels leans toward going where roads don't exist, will that warranty cover a gear failure? A coil failure? Rim damage? Get the specifics and definitely shop the parts - the dealer I have my work done at is great about not only matching price on parts, but allows me to bring parts to them for installation, and will warranty the work done in concert with the manufacturer warranty on the parts. I usually ask the mech's opinion on parts (as well as getting superb suggestions here) so I don't add cheap/discount/off-brand parts to my Jeep.
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MTH is right.
Well.....my lockers & re-gear cost me $4000 2 years ago so there's a start & your wheels & tires could be a couple of K depending on what they are. Mind you usually the shops do make some on all the parts as well so they are likely to be bumping the cost up on everything quite a bit.
"Most of the work of regearing would require a lot of the labor of the lift anyways"
Really? I don't think you pull the pinion and carriers front and rear, then spend all the time it takes to set backlash and pinion depth, to install a lift. That's a totally different job. The only part you could combine is pulling the wheels.
And $3000-$4000 to change gears? Most any shop in so cal does it for under $1500, including gears.
Off road evolutions is still charging 999. and the quotes I have gotten around SD are 440 per axle just for labor.
Now add in a couple of ARB's or Zip locker's or Eaton E-lockers 800 to 900- each and where does the 1000 to 1500 for a regear come in to play??? If going from 3.21's to 4.88's or such, you have to add in the cost of the carrier. And if buying a carrier, why not the selectable locker??
Even the Detroit that is the ratchet type is 600 to 700 each. So doing the 1000 dollar regear, you aren't getting much!
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I am seriously in the wrong business, I just did 4:88s, was $490 for both sets of gears and master install kits, 33" duratracs $935 / 5, Teraflex SYE and long travel Tatton cv shaft $410, I do the work and all that is still under $2k, the lift can't be more than $600, shocks another $75, thats a hell of a lot for labor at $7k.
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