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Old 06-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Gear swap $?

I have a 97 tj with the 2.5L and a 5 speed and stock 4.10 gears and 31" tires. Im curious on what shops charge to swap out the front and rear 4.10s with 4.56 would run? Thanks

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It typically varies. Usually around 900-1200 seems to be the average.

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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1000-1500

not exactly "cheap"
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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Check lots of places around you. I got one quote for $400 per axle labor only and another quote for $600 per axle in labor. At those prices I'll probably end up doing it myself.
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depends on a lot of variables. location being a big one.

i'm currently having 4.88's put in my rig for $1700.
that's materials and labor on a pair of D30/D44 original 3.73 gears.
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ill let you know how worth it is in a couple days
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:16 AM   #7
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My friend had his TJ regeared for $140 front and rear.
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My friend had his TJ regeared for $140 front and rear.
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My friend had his TJ regeared for $140 front and rear.
Sounds like your friend had a backyard mechanic do it.

Typically regear labor will cost between 3-600 dollars labor per axle on a regear.

I did mine, myself however. Buying a shim driver and setup bearings and Dana axle service manual makes for an easy job assuming you have the other basic tools.
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I did mine, myself however. Buying a shim driver and setup bearings and Dana axle service manual makes for an easy job assuming you have the other basic tools.
How long did that take you? I want to Regear and add a rear locker but I'm not really interested in paying someone $1,000 to do it
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I had $500 in gears and $400 in the install labor
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My friend had his TJ regeared for $140 front and rear.
It normally takes anywhere from 2-4 hours Per Axle if done correctly and you have all the proper tools and knowledge.
Someone's working Really Cheap! I know I wouldn't do it for that price.
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How long did that take you? I want to Regear and add a rear locker but I'm not really interested in paying someone $1,000 to do it
Taking your time and pulling the axle out fully(recommended and actually not too hard especially with a friend).......it takes about 8-12 hours per axle for a typical novice-intermediate DIYer......and thats taking your time with plenty of breaks for a beer or relaxed conversation.
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I've got a shop full of tools, air tools, welders, & do pretty much all my own work except for regearing my axles. That's a job I'm not interested in doing.

Not even many experienced automotive mechanics do ring & pinion installations. My two local 4x4 shops have 12-14 techs between them and there are only 2-3 they trust to do ring & pinion installation. So the $250-300 per axle labor is as much for the labor as it is for the tech knowing how to do it right without screwing it up. And to screw it up, which is EASY to do, means the new gears will be toast in short order. I had a very well-known tech who is very experienced & good at installing R&Ps do one of my regearing jobs & it was toast within 3 weeks. They took care of it under warranty but that is to say that even a good experienced tech can't always get it right the first time. What do you think the odds are of a beginner getting it done right? Slim to none in my opinion.

More importantly, I would not pay the $$$ to convert from 4.10 to 4.56 just for 31" tires. I would wait until/if you install 33" tires and then go to 4.88. I just don't believe there's enough need to regear from only having installed 33" tires. Unless the $$$ is absolutely no problem for you.

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