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Old 06-14-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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To the gear heads out there, whats a reasonable price to have my 97, 2.5 on 33's regared to 4.56.

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Oh & she's a 5 speed

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Depending on labor rate in your area... it could be anywhere from $750-$1000+

When I had mine done a few years back in Chicago, it was about $900 out the door.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:35 AM   #4
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You'll probably want 4.88 and anywhere from $1000-2000 depending on labor.
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You'll probably want 4.88 and anywhere from $1000-2000 depending on labor.
$2k on gearing.... if your spending that much then you got taken.

For that price you can pretty much buy a bolt-in axle already geared....
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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$2k on gearing.... if your spending that much then you got taken.

For that price you can pretty much buy a bolt-in axle already geared....
I have heard as high as 1600 in some cities where mechanics charge out the but. That includes the actual gears though.
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$2k on gearing.... if your spending that much then you got taken.

For that price you can pretty much buy a bolt-in axle already geared....
One place near me wanted $1800 so its not unheard of. I laughed my way back to where I was quoted $1200
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One place near me wanted $1800 so its not unheard of. I laughed my way back to where I was quoted $1200
Yea it's definately amazing how some places can charge soo dam high.

Ahhh yea if your including the gear price in there as well, I was assuming he's mainly looking for shop labor/installed price range.
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Yea it's definately amazing how some places can charge soo dam high.

Ahhh yea if your including the gear price in there as well, I was assuming he's mainly looking for shop labor/installed price range.
Yeah I'm including parts and labor. I was charged a flat $250/axle for the labor.
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Hang out at a speed shop or motor supply and ask a few guys to help show you how it's done. Pizza and beer will help make a new friend and you will actually learn something.
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Hang out at a speed shop or motor supply and ask a few guys to help show you how it's done. Pizza and beer will help make a new friend and you will actually learn something.
Lol. Now if only I had one of those nearby
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Lol. Now if only I had one of those nearby
You can't tell me you haven't got a local dirt track around. Those guys do all their own work and hang out somewhere.
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Well i am in suffolk, va & got quoted $1700 including the gears. Anyone in my area who knows of a spot where i wont get taken please chime in
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Defiantly don't buy your own gears, let the shop get them for you. Since this is such a tricky job some shops will only use the parts they buy themselves
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Defiantly don't buy your own gears, let the shop get them for you. Since this is such a tricky job some shops will only use the parts they buy themselves
Yes this is a tricky job.

Yes shops like to make money on parts.

No. If a shop won't use gears you purchased they have plenty of work already and don't need yours. IMO most shops are happy to have your business and will do whatever the customer likes.

No respectable shop will install used gears.
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Defiantly don't buy your own gears, let the shop get them for you. Since this is such a tricky job some shops will only use the parts they buy themselves
Ummm....


Sometimes your better off buying the gears separate cause they can sometimes be found for cheaper then the shop will charge. You can get them from almost any 4wd site now adays.

Last time I did gears, I bought my own gears and brought them to the shop and they didn't have any issues with that.
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Just recently I had my rear axle regeared to 4.88. I paid $600. That included the Dana/Spicer ring and pinion, installation kit, and labor.
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Just recently I had my rear axle regeared to 4.88. I paid $600. That included the Dana/Spicer ring and pinion, installation kit, and labor.
So what is your front geared to?
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3.73. With a cracked cylinder head, the front axle is a low priority right now.
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Hey Jazz, make sure that you shouldnt go to 88's instead of 56's. Jerry and some of the other well informed on here steered me to 88's for my 97 tj with 2.5/5speed. It helped alot and would hate for you to spend the money and come up short on max performance.
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I was told 4.56 cause it is a 5 speed
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I was told 4.56 cause it is a 5 speed
4.56 with the 5 speed and 6cyl engine. 4.88 for the 5 speed and 4cyl engine for 33s
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Jazz have you tried ETA offload in Virginia beach?
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I have not, but i will this weekend, so far i got a quote from star motors for $1700
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I went with 4.10 it's plenty for me and its a daily driver. I was just under 2400 with a eaton locker in the rear
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i had 488s installed for my 2.5 and 5 speed. it was 1200.00
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I just got a quote from eta offroad for $2600, outragous!
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Is that with a Locker? See if you have a six states distribution in your area they did mine
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I was told 4.56 cause it is a 5 speed
As mentioned by InvertChaos, 4.56 is the right ratio only when you have the 4.0L engine. For your 2.5L, 4.88 is the correct ratio since the 2.5L needs slightly higher RPMs than the 4.0L engine does to turn those heavy tires. Trust us on that.

And by shopping around and negotiating, you can definitely get both axles regeared for under $1300. The first time I regeared and was a little more naive, I got it doe for $1300. The last time, I shopped harder and pushed the installer for a discount and got it done for $1087 including all parts, labor, and tax... out the door.

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