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Old 09-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Cost to regear? Wow.

I called today and got a quote on how much it would cost to regear my dana 30 and 35s figured the jeep will probly never have over 33's in my ownership, so i figured i might as well regear and get the power i want. So i called a axle shop in my area and was amazed that they estimated 1450 to regear! I've never had a regear priced before but i wasnt expecting it to be close to that price. Now im thinking about trying to find a wrecked rubicon and buying the d44s from it. Would this not be the better option? Whats the going rate of d44s? And also what gear ratio can i expect out of rubicon axles i currently have 3.07 and with my lift and 33 inch tires it has no power and since i live in the mountains it guzzles the gas everytime i go up an incline.


Oh and btw i have 3.07 gears and got quoted for going to 4.10

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That sounds about right, maybe a little high depending on your location. I know around where I live tthat price is about right. Its several hundred for the gears.

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Shops always quote high prices up front hoping you are clueless and will buy at their initial price. I'd expect you can get them to discount it down to $1200 if you push back. My last regearing was under $1100. Negotiate like they do on Pawn Stars.
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Here in Massachusetts everyone wants between $1800 and $2100. I wish I could get it done for $1400!
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #5
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Just got mine done for 1400 OTD. 4.10 to 4.88 Nice and quiet no vibrations. I was quoted much higher else wear. I asked around and went with Jeeperformance. Ask about comebacks and such from others on the forum. If it is cheap and makes noise it was not cheap in the right way.
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Shops always quote high prices up front hoping you are clueless and will buy at their initial price. I'd expect you can get them to discount it down to $1200 if you push back. My last regearing was under $1100. Negotiate like they do on Pawn Stars.
Is that total for both getting regeared? Just want to know so when I'm ready to do it I can have some numbers in my head.
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Yeah that ought to cover parts and labor for both axles.
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Is that total for both getting regeared? Just want to know so when I'm ready to do it I can have some numbers in my head.
Yep total for all parts and labor for both axles.
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Holy Gawd. Round here its $150 an axle.
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Keep in mind, you get what you pay for and this is something quality counts.
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Holy Gawd. Round here its $150 an axle.
I don't believe a word you just said.
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True story. Just had my 8.8 regeared about 6 months ago. That's just labor tho.

Edit: same guy did my mustang years ago. It was only $140 then lol never had an issue with either axle.
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do the gear repair yourself and pay 600 bucks for parts
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Shops always quote high prices up front hoping you are clueless and will buy at their initial price.
Wow, you're painting with a pretty broad brush there.
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Yea it was the cost for both axles.
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Gears & locker? A friend just had it done. In his garage for $100 and axle. He bought the parts kits, gears and locker, seals, gaskets everything. He had the jeep on stands with the axles pulled.
Make an offer like Jerry said. What have you got to lose? Tell him you will pay cash. Shop around. Ask other jeepers in your area where they go for gear work.

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Yep total for all parts and labor for both axles.
Thanks! A little mre reasonable than I thought it would be!
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I can hear it now.. "Dude ain't got a post count, what's he know.."

I know a HALF DECENT set of gears, front and rear with the master install kits are gonna run at LEAST $550.. If someone says they can do it without the $100 (per axle) master install kit, RUN.. The install kit is new shims, crush sleeves, pinion nut, bearings, etc.. And if you're taking that 3.07 lower than 3.73 ( you said 4.10), you'll need new carriers too.. FWIW though, go on and gear down to at LEAST 4.56..

This isn't an unbolt the old, bolt in the new operation like changing tires and wheels. You have to have the right tools to do it RIGHT.. Case Spreader, bearing puller, bearing press, foot and inch pound torque wrenches, micrometer, pinion depth gauge, etc.. And of course something with enough UMPH to tighten down the crush sleeve on the pinion..(300-400 ft/lbs). It will typically take someone that knows how to do it properly about 3 - 4 hours per axle to do a gear change correctly.

The tools you'd need to do it yourself will run you about $1000.. If you're VERY mechanically inclined, I'd spring for the tools, find someone that knows how to do it properly help you and do it yourself. You'll at least have the tools when you're done and the knowledge to do it again next time.

You mentioned finding some Rubicon D44 axles.. They come geared to 4.10 from the factory. They come with air lockers.. They are also as rare as unicorn teeth.. everyone knows what they are and are looking for them, so the axles and the 4:1 transfer case are generally gone before the rest hist the scrap yard for the public to pick over. If you do find a good set, be prepared for about $2500 - $3000 for the pair..
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Go to a quality shop. My friend Mike went to a "Major 4WD Chain" and they geared him up with different ratios front/rear. In 4LO, his Jeep ran like a bucking bronco! I have it on video, too!
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Go to a quality shop. My friend Mike went to a "Major 4WD Chain" and they geared him up with different ratios front/rear. In 4LO, his Jeep ran like a bucking bronco! I have it on video, too!
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My D44 Rubicon getting the case spread to ease R&R of the diff. Those spreaders are not cheap.
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I can hear it now.. "Dude ain't got a post count, what's he know.."

I know a HALF DECENT set of gears, front and rear with the master install kits are gonna run at LEAST $550.. If someone says they can do it without the $100 (per axle) master install kit, RUN.. The install kit is new shims, crush sleeves, pinion nut, bearings, etc.. And if you're taking that 3.07 lower than 3.73 ( you said 4.10), you'll need new carriers too.. FWIW though, go on and gear down to at LEAST 4.56..

This isn't an unbolt the old, bolt in the new operation like changing tires and wheels. You have to have the right tools to do it RIGHT.. Case Spreader, bearing puller, bearing press, foot and inch pound torque wrenches, micrometer, pinion depth gauge, etc.. And of course something with enough UMPH to tighten down the crush sleeve on the pinion..(300-400 ft/lbs). It will typically take someone that knows how to do it properly about 3 - 4 hours per axle to do a gear change correctly.

The tools you'd need to do it yourself will run you about $1000.. If you're VERY mechanically inclined, I'd spring for the tools, find someone that knows how to do it properly help you and do it yourself. You'll at least have the tools when you're done and the knowledge to do it again next time.

You mentioned finding some Rubicon D44 axles.. They come geared to 4.10 from the factory. They come with air lockers.. They are also as rare as unicorn teeth.. everyone knows what they are and are looking for them, so the axles and the 4:1 transfer case are generally gone before the rest hist the scrap yard for the public to pick over. If you do find a good set, be prepared for about $2500 - $3000 for the pair..
Yes the guy did mention new carriers, i know this guy is the best in chattanooga. I guess you get what you pay for, i've decided if i want to regear im going to go all out and swap in d44's or a ford 8.8
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FWIW, if you're willing to put the money into it you can put a G2 D44 geared the way you want it with either an OX or ARB locker for around $3000 in the front and $2500 for the rear.. They should be a nearly bolt in operation.. May have to do some drive shaft changes though.. If you're going that deep, go on and SYE.. Of course if you're going that deep, you might be better off selling what you have and getting a Rubicon..
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #24
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I wonder how much cheaper it'd be if i got 3.73 since i dont have to get new carriers. My cousin got his toyota done at the same place for like 200 an axle, plus parts, thats why i was expecting it to be so low, my cousin failed to tell me he took the axles off and broke them down too were he only had to regear them. I can do that much
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It costs just over $300 if you supply the gears where I live.

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