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Old 05-31-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Regearing Questions?

SO I was at a local shop picking up my jeep for some upgrades and mentioned to the tech that I would be regearing soon becasue I am getting 35 inch tires. He was like woooo no thats really expensive you do not want to do that. I said I know it is 1000-1500 but i have saved up and im ready for it. Hes like yea, it cost that PER AXEL and you have to do both of them. I was like WHAT? I thought regearing was one thing and I thought it delt with the rear differentials. I have never seen anyone on this forum mention anything about front regearing or anything like that. HELP?

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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SO I was at a local shop picking up my jeep for some upgrades and mentioned to the tech that I would be regearing soon becasue I am getting 35 inch tires. He was like woooo no thats really expensive you do not want to do that. I said I know it is 1000-1500 but i have saved up and im ready for it. Hes like yea, it cost that PER AXEL and you have to do both of them. I was like WHAT? I thought regearing was one thing and I thought it delt with the rear differentials. I have never seen anyone on this forum mention anything about front regearing or anything like that. HELP?

yes you need both axles done. think about it would you want the front tires turning faster then the rears.

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Old 06-01-2013, 12:05 AM   #3
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So its like 3 grand to do it?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:17 AM   #4
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Find a local guy. I did my old TJ for around $600. Just regarded the stock axles. Both. He did a good job but word of warning. I had to do the spedo gear on my own (not a big deal) I also put in 4.56 and hated them. Stick with 4.10. My advice...
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SO I was at a local shop picking up my jeep for some upgrades and mentioned to the tech that I would be regearing soon becasue I am getting 35 inch tires. He was like woooo no thats really expensive you do not want to do that. I said I know it is 1000-1500 but i have saved up and im ready for it. Hes like yea, it cost that PER AXEL and you have to do both of them. I was like WHAT? I thought regearing was one thing and I thought it delt with the rear differentials. I have never seen anyone on this forum mention anything about front regearing or anything like that. HELP?
Maybe at the dealership its that steep...

Just two weeks ago, regeared my Sahara Unlimited for $1150, both axles, parts and labor -- out the door.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:12 AM   #6
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I was at my local 4 wheels performance parts and they quoted me $2300 for regearing and speedo correction included for 2013 JKU. I didn't negotiate anything yet.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:17 AM   #7
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My regear was close to two grand but that included the gears, and a Procal tuner. I think it was 1600-1700 or so.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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Alright thanks thats what i thought!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:43 PM   #9
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I was at my local 4 wheels performance parts and they quoted me $2300 for regearing and speedo correction included for 2013 JKU. I didn't negotiate anything yet.
I paid just a bit more than that price but I got an Eaton selectable front e-locker to go with it. This was about 2 years ago. Still around here 1500 is the norm for a complete re-gear.
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Recent quote for me was $1,600 to 1,800 for front and rear 4.88.
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There are a lot of things that go into the price. Make sure you ask what's involved. This explains why some have $600 jobs while others have $2000 ones. Gear ratio affects price, as some gears are limited availability/manufacturers and cost a little more (4.56, for example). The quality and parts of the rebuild kit they are using. If you want new bearings, that's $300 more. Also the shop's willingness to get the contact pattern just right may be involved as well. If you ask the cheap places to personally see the final contact pattern and backlash, they may balk as this is (for me at least), the most time intensive part.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #12
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There are a lot of things that go into the price. Make sure you ask what's involved. This explains why some have $600 jobs while others have $2000 ones. Gear ratio affects price, as some gears are limited availability/manufacturers and cost a little more (4.56, for example). The quality and parts of the rebuild kit they are using. If you want new bearings, that's $300 more. Also the shop's willingness to get the contact pattern just right may be involved as well. If you ask the cheap places to personally see the final contact pattern and backlash, they may balk as this is (for me at least), the most time intensive part.
Except that the parts just aren't that expensive.. Most of the cost is labor and it varies widely from one shop to the next. The parts are about $500 total for both axles, give or take a little for this brand or that brand... Bearings are a couple hundred if needed or wanted.

EVERYTHING else is labor. Any reputable shop will show you anything you want to see... My reputable shop (Blackstone Jeep Shop, Canyon Country, Ca) did it for the 1150 previously mentioned. Everything is bang-on perfect. We skipped bearings as mine were pristine.

Anyone charging more than $300 per axle for labor is jacking you up the rear end. Do your homework, find a good shop that doesn't think they get $800 labor per axle. That's nothing less than robbery.

Its a fine line between quality and rape. Do your homework.
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Is regearing your Jeep just simply something that must be done by a shop? Anybody do it themselves?
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My regear was 1500.00 for both axles. I paid $2500.00 for regearing, front E-locker, and gussets
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Is regearing your Jeep just simply something that must be done by a shop? Anybody do it themselves?
It's not a do-it-yourself job unless you know what your doing and have the specialized tools to do it. I wouldn't even trust a regular mechanic to do it. It should be done by a shop that does regearing all the time.
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My regear was 1500.00 for both axles. I paid $2500.00 for regearing, front E-locker, and gussets
Yeah, but lockers and other work hose the math by running parts costs way up. Don't scare the newbies.
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Yeah, but lockers and other work hose the math by running parts costs way up. Don't scare the newbies.

Huh? not sure what you are talking about. My regear was 1500. I said that. It was 1500 quote before I added anything else. The locker statement was just an after thought after I added them
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Huh? not sure what you are talking about. My regear was 1500. I said that. It was 1500 quote before I added anything else. The locker statement was just an after thought after I added them
I just mean that some of the readers are going to see the big number and assume that's the price for gears. Scary but true that there are a lot of folks on this board that don't understand what lockers are, what they cost, or what they do.. So no point in discussing charges that may not apply.

Meant no offense.
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Is regearing your Jeep just simply something that must be done by a shop? Anybody do it themselves?
I did mine. It's nothing that difficult, but does require time, patience, a little skill, and some specialty tools. It took me about 40 hours to do it. It was my first time doing anything like it, so I'm sure next time would be much quicker, plus I also had to make setup bearings out of the old ones. I also took both front and rear carriers out about 7 times each to get the pattern as good as it would get. Either way, I know that it was done right, and I got the enjoyment of wrenching on the jeep!

Most difficult thing, I'd say, is getting around 400 ft-lbs of torque on the pinion nut. Not only do you have to apply the torque, but you have to keep the pinion flange steady.
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Thanks! I'm not big on time or patience. I should prolly let a shop do it.

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