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Old 06-08-2010, 03:06 PM   #31
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I do all my own work including welding, some fabricating, repairs, modifications, and installations. I have a garage chock full of tools including air tools. I have pretty much most tools and a lot of years messin' around with Jeeps. But I won't even consider trying to install my own R&P gears. That's a job for an experienced ring & pinion gear installer, not a shade tree mechanic like me.

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Any idea on shop costs? And I can do my own homework on gears.

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I would not buy the gears on my own with the intent to save $$$ on their purchase with the plan to provide them to the installer. First, most any shop will discount the price of the gears to closer to what you can buy them for... if you ask them to. Most of their $$$ is made on the labor to install them with anyway.

Why not buy them yourself? Because if they install gears that you provide and something goes wrong (as commonly does) afterwards, they will blame the gears you provided. The dealer you bought the gears from will blame the installer (which is usually the cause of any problems) and you will be caught in the middle and responsible for getting the gears swapped.

Then, if you are able to get the gears replaced under warranty (difficult), the installer will want to charge you the labor cost again since, don't forget, he blamed the gears and not his labor.

You are MUCH better having the installing shop provide EVERYTHING. Only then will they be responsible for everything with a warranty on both the parts and labor.
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Got it! I'd do the same here in my business.
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I have learned alot here on this forum about Jeeps being I am new to jeep ownership. I have read ALOT of the threads regardless if the issue is something I may or may not have at the present time but may have in the future. Jerry you and alot of others have really helped out the newb's with great advice. Thanks to all for the help ! I will be getting new carriers and installing 4.56's.

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Called a shop and he recommended 4.56 instead of 4.88 . His first reaction was "put the tires on first, try it, then spend the money if you want more umph". Which I thought was cool rather than just throw out a number, which was about $1,400! Sound right?
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$1400 is excessive, most shops will do it for under $1200 if you don't just swallow the first price they quote. My last regear (to 4.88) was $1087 out the door, all parts and labor.
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Called a shop and he recommended 4.56 instead of 4.88 . His first reaction was "put the tires on first, try it, then spend the money if you want more umph". Which I thought was cool rather than just throw out a number, which was about $1,400! Sound right?
so which ones are you going with???

i have an 03 automatic with 3.73...each tire change has bogged it down more and more AND i'm looking at a small lift and 32's by the end of summer...and i KNOW i want to re-gear already...

anyway, what gears would be optimal? i'm not worried about gas mileage...i just want my take-off oomph back and don't want to rap it out on the highway (especially on windy days!)

btw...diggin this thread for sure...i need lots of opinions at this point in my "mod's" thanks!!!

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