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Old 02-05-2009, 04:20 PM   #31
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Dangit!

If I had a lift (so I didn't have to lay on my back all weekend) a bearing press and a couple other oddball tools, I'd do this myself.

You two have practically gotten me talked into ORW...Just have to avoid the El Cajon store because you can sense the lack of brain waves and concern when you walk in the door.

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:17 PM   #32
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Now you guys got me confused (nothing new tho) I have the dana 30, 35 with 4.11 and was going to go with 4.88. I don't rock crawl, just minor off roading but mainly it is my DD with 33's. Should I be looking at 4.56 instead????
PS this is a 1998 2.5L

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Old 10-19-2009, 06:55 PM   #33
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i say 4.88 for a mild wheeler, daily driver.

anything beyond that i always hate to see money go into a crappy axle.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:13 PM   #34
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X2, your 2.5L engine makes 4.88 an ideal ratio for 33" tires providing your transmission is the 5-speed. Only go with 4.56 if you have the 3-speed auto tranny instead.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:37 PM   #35
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Then 4.88 it is as I have the manual 5 speed.
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Now, what are a couple of top brands for me consider for the 4.88 gears?
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:07 AM   #37
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I personally always strongly recommend against buying gears & installation kits that you will be paying someone else to install. If a shop installs your parts, they will only warranty their labor, not the parts you provided. If anything goes wrong after the installation, and it does (happened after one of my two regearings), the shop will blame the parts you provided and tell you their installation was flawless. The gear supplier will likely blame the installer (who is normally at fault) so you may be left out in the cold as they point fingers at each other.

Ask the installer to give you a good price (discount) on all the gears and parts and have them provide everything. That way, their warranty will cover anything that happens and you'll get the problem taken care of grief-free. Even if you pay a few bucks more for the parts, the peace-of-mind you'll have is well worth those few extra dollars.
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:52 PM   #38
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Makes a lot of sense, this is something I may have to do even if it does cost a few $ more.
Thanks for the input
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So how long is about average for a shop to change gears in both axels if I go with the 4.88's?
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Between lunch and breaks, they'll be working on it all day. Make sure they provide all the parts, don't buy any of them to provide to them. That way their warranty will cover everything, not just their labor.
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Thanks for the advice, I'll start looking for a shop

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