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Old 04-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Dropped Jeep off for new gears today

After much research I put it in the shop this morning for 4.88's, sleeves, gussets, ball joints (with zerks), and a new front driveshaft. Keeping the diffs open and let the BLD's do their thing .

Time for a winch and bumper next, which should be allot easier research wise than the gears were.

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Why spend all that money on the axles and then rely on BLD? It is very limited on what it will do.

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Old 04-01-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Why spend all that money on the axles and then rely on BLD? It is very limited on what it will do.

It goes where I point it now, why over-complicate things with devices that will never be used ?

I have been getting used to the BLD, keep a steady throttle and it works as advertised... Not much rock crawling in South Louisiana, just muddy trails and sand beaches. If I ever move somewhere that requires lockers then they will be installed ...

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It goes where I point it now, why over-complicate things with devices that will never be used ?

I have been getting used to the BLD, keep a steady throttle and it works as advertised... Not much rock crawling in South Louisiana, just muddy trails and sand beaches. If I ever move somewhere that requires lockers then they will be installed ...

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You really haven't usedbit much have you? As soon as the wheels start to spin it stops working...... kinda hard to do mud without spinning the tires.

But if your jeeps goes where ever you point it you must not need much in the way of extra traction where you go "wheeling"
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It goes where I point it now, why over-complicate things with devices that will never be used ?

I have been getting used to the BLD, keep a steady throttle and it works as advertised... Not much rock crawling in South Louisiana, just muddy trails and sand beaches. If I ever move somewhere that requires lockers then they will be installed ...

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I don't see the need to add strength to the axle if you're running in sand and mud, but it's your money. At least you have enough to do it twice.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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BLD takes me thru this every time spinning tires along the way slow and steady...

Why add something that I don't need ?

Everyone has different needs, lockers aren't on my list. If later on I need them, then they will be added... Simple as that


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Why add something that I don't need ?
Hummm, like sleeves and gussets?
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Are those AT tires...?
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Hummm, like sleeves and gussets?

I give up !
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Are those AT tires...?

Yes, caked with mud and acorns...
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4.88 gearing on a looks to be a 33" AT tire, open diffs, with gussets and sleeves with no lockers?? Overkill in one area and leaving weak spot in others. Who is giving you advise? Cause they're mis leading you
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Your money, Hydro. Do what you want.

I'm doing the same as you in prep for 35's. Well, I am waiting on lockers and gears, but I am doing gussets, HD ball joints, and lift of some sort before putting on the 35's.
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Congrats hydro! I'm glad your getting what you want. It feels like middle school reading some replies here.
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Congrats! I'm sure you will love them.
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4.88 gearing on a looks to be a 33" AT tire, open diffs, with gussets and sleeves with no lockers?? Overkill in one area and leaving weak spot in others. Who is giving you advise? Cause they're mis leading you

You are making allot of assumptions, wrong ones I might add...
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It feels like middle school reading some replies here.
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After much research I put it in the shop this morning for 4.88's, sleeves, gussets, ball joints (with zerks), and a new front driveshaft. Keeping the diffs open and let the BLD's do their thing .

Time for a winch and bumper next, which should be allot easier research wise than the gears were.

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Congrats! I understand your excitement. I recently had my jeep regeared and when I picked it up it felt like xmas morning because I was so happy. Enjoy your new gears and other gooodies you are adding!
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You are making allot of assumptions, wrong ones I might add...
I would say he's right on the money
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Not sure why not putting lockers in my rig is such a big deal to other folks ???

I don't need them, so why install them ? Why this is so hard to understand for some ???

4.88's are right on for my situation, maybe not yours, but for mine its what I need. I tow allot and rarely see interstate speeds.

Gussets and sleeves are a no brainer, for me and my situation... We romp around allot of old chopped up rice fields and crawfish ponds, may not be rocks but things get bounced around quite a bit.

Thanks and have a nice day

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Good for you. I know you're excited as I would be. Enjoy
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This doesn't sound like a WF thread.

There is no reason to flame somebody for not putting in lockers.

Don't hijack this from a before/after install thread and turn it into a polemic on why this guy was "wrong" in your opinion to not to spend an extra thousand or more dollars to get modifications he doesn't believe he needs but you think he should.

There is nothing wrong with his choice here. Aside from being his money, he obviously put some thought into it and determined the cost/benefit just wasn't there with lockers.

At most, all this "mistake" costs him is the labor costs to break down an axle or two in the future to add a locker. At best, he never misses them, keeps his extra cash, and enjoys his regeared jeep.

Contrary to what is apparently popular belief, that is not crazy. It might not be your choice in the same circumstances, but it's not crazy.
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Got it back today, everything was good to go and delivered when promised. No vibes, noises or other anomalies.

Very happy with the gearing, put 75 miles on it today just dinking around, now just to get past the break-in period so I can tow my boat again and get in the woods.

Best thing so far is how well the clutch engages, first gear start without touching the gas is cool, also being able to use 5th and 6th is nice too...

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Got it back today, everything was good to go and delivered when promised. No vibes, noises or other anomalies.

Very happy with the gearing, put 75 miles on it today just dinking around, now just to get past the break-in period so I can tow my boat again and get in the woods.

Best thing so far is how well the clutch engages, first gear start without touching the gas is cool, also being able to use 5th and 6th is nice too...

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This doesn't sound like a WF thread.

There is no reason to flame somebody for not putting in lockers.

Don't hijack this from a before/after install thread and turn it into a polemic on why this guy was "wrong" in your opinion to not to spend an extra thousand or more dollars to get modifications he doesn't believe he needs but you think he should.

There is nothing wrong with his choice here. Aside from being his money, he obviously put some thought into it and determined the cost/benefit just wasn't there with lockers.

At most, all this "mistake" costs him is the labor costs to break down an axle or two in the future to add a locker. At best, he never misses them, keeps his extra cash, and enjoys his regeared jeep.

Contrary to what is apparently popular belief, that is not crazy. It might not be your choice in the same circumstances, but it's not crazy.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for everything? I want to regear my Jeep very bad, but am kind of hesitant due to the cost.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for everything? I want to regear my Jeep very bad, but am kind of hesitant due to the cost.
It depends. I've seen prices stated up here that ranged from $1200 - $2000. Just depends on the shop and the going rate in that part of the country. I talked to 3 shops here in Va before I did mine. They were all on the upper end of the range.

If you do it yourself the parts are only a few hundred dollars. I'm don't have the skill or the tools so it wasn't an option for me.
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If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay for everything? I want to regear my Jeep very bad, but am kind of hesitant due to the cost.

1,500 for re-gear alone... Very happy with it ...

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Northern VA here and waiting to pick up my 13 JKU with 4.56s. The shop here charges $400 per axle, plus shop supplies and oil. So that's just under $1k labor plus the cost of the gears and install kits.


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Northern VA here and waiting to pick up my 13 JKU with 4.56s. The shop here charges $400 per axle, plus shop supplies and oil. So that's just under $1k labor plus the cost of the gears and install kits.


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