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Old 03-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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AXLE SWAPS...How much???

Save me some time here people I feel like im back in school here doing all this research.What axle work or switch did you do and how much did it really cost.I dont want to start a war over whats better I just wanna know if your happy and what it cost to do.This could be a very helpful thread I think.Thanks in advance for your input..

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:01 AM   #2
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ive got about 2k in my 8.8, and i knew the guy who built it so he gave me a hell of a deal, only regret is the junk e-locker

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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Found a 2000 Tj D44 with the same ratio as my front. Paid 600.00 to buy, and maybe 200.00 more to pick it up, freshen up the brakes and fluids and bought all new bolts for mounting it (another piece of mind thing). Swapped my self over the course of a two day weekend. Total out the door right at 800.

Being my ratio (newer gears, and previous owner did all new seals/bearings) saved alot, that and the axle price was cheap by TJ D44 standards. Managed to sell parts of off my D35 to help reduce it by 100.00.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:05 AM   #4
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I did my 8.8 rear for $600 and my HP dana 30 for $300
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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Its getting cheaper thats good to see Solman Thats really cheap how did u swing that just smart shopping ???and all the gear work your self ??
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Its getting cheaper thats good to see Solman Thats really cheap how did u swing that just smart shopping ???and all the gear work your self ??
I did not have to regear. I have a 4.0 with the 3 sped auto and 35s. I decided to stick with 4.10 gears since my auto tranny does not have overdrive.
I did the fab work myself for the 8.8. heres the run down

8.8 rear from 99 explorer with 4.10 lsd - $200
heavy duty TJ rear bracket kit from River Raider - $200
driveshaft adapter, e-brake cables, new brakes, brakes lines - $200

HP Dana30 from 94 xj with 4.10 gears - $150
new ball joints - $150
Swapped axles, U joints, unit bearings, brakes, knuckles from my LP dana 30 - free
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #7
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #8
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Basically you need to decide what you future plans are for your rig, ultimately this will determine what you end up spending on the axle. Also do you have the ability to set it up yourself? I spent approximately $2,300 on my "ready to bolt in" Ford 8.8 from East Coast Gear Supply. This included TJ brackets set to my approximate pinion angle, a re-gear to 4.56, an ARB locker, a forged yoke instead of an adapter, correct p/brake cables, new pads/rotors/park brake shoes, modified track bar bracket and delivery. Some will tell you an 8.8 can be done much cheaper which is true however in my case this was the best solution and I am very happy I went this route. See link below, select options from the drop-down menu for pricing.

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What Scott said. Think long term. For example, when you bought your Jeep did you see yourself modding to the point of swapped axles? What are the chances of a future bigger lift and tires? Do you want lockers? Because now is a GREAT time to install a set.

Remember this no matter what route you go, there is no such thing as overkill. Strong axles make relatively cheaper parts become the weak link, like driveshafts. And with a few basic tools you can limp home missing a drive shaft, not so much can be said about a broken axle.

I have a Sterling 10.25 rear and Dayna 60 front. I also run 38" tires as a DD. I couldn't be happier with my axles.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:34 PM   #10
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I have $1950 in two steering axles(Rockwells).
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I have $1950 in two steering axles(Rockwells).
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I bought a pair of axles for 3k came with 1350 rear driveshaft, arb solenoids, and 5 wheels. Ford 9 rear, high pinion, 1350 yoke, 35 spline shafts, ARB, 4.88 gears, disc brakes. Freshened up the brakes for $100. Bought axle and frame brackets for $200. Truss $120. Bought 8 threaded rebuildable joints for $320. 8 threaded inserts $88. Tubing $150. Shorten 1350 driveshaft $100. 1350 tcase flange $60. All labor by me other than the driveshaft.

The other is a LP D44 arb, chromo, 4.88, hi-steer arms. I had to rebuild the hubs, lockouts, brakes, and ball joints so it wasn't cheap. Still waiting to get tubing to get the front in.

nick50471- Can you post a pic? That sounds like a great deal for two front rockwells.
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nick50471- Can you post a pic? That sounds like a great deal for two front rockwells.
I ordered them yesterday. Coming by truck to my work. I will be gone all next week. Should be here the week after. I will certainly post pics when I get them.
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I bet you could have them friday, shawn said it normally takes 2 days or so to get here.
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I bet you could have them friday, shawn said it normally takes 2 days or so to get here.
He could not tell me when they would be delivered. I don't want them sitting on the shipping dock for a week while I'm gone. I told him to wait until next week to ship that way I can just take them home.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #18
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All great stuff guy's a huge help !! I dont plan on running over a 35" tire I run 33's now I do want to lock the rear for sure.Im thinking ARB because I want to know when its locked its locked Im up in the Mtn's and I've heard horror stories of involuntary lane changes.Its not a dd its a Toy I got a Jeep instead of a Rhino on a friend's suggestion(God bless him)!! But the kids request to be picked up in it from where ever they are.I have 3.0 King Shocks and Hydraulic bump stops on all 4 corners and a 5.5" HD Tri Link kit from Rubicon Express and I tend to favor the skinny pedal on the rocks so I better do it right since I just ate some spider gears last weekend it was like a kick in the pants for me.Keep it coming guys this is great covering every angle so far.

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