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Old 11-26-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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I'm getting a Detroit installed .... Too expensive ?

I'm getting a rear Detroit installed on my jeep it's a full Detroit plus the new bearings and install , 4wparts appraised it for 1185dollars ..... U think that's too much ?

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:10 PM   #2
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Yes, that's high. Detroit ~500, master install kit 100, that's leaving about 500 for labor. New bearings are easy to press on. For someone who knows what they are doing, installing a full case locker should be simple, all you need to do is swap the ring gear over and make sure backlash is the same.

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Seems in the ballpark to me. Subract the price of the detroit, master install kit, gears, ect and the rest is labor. A large chunk of that price is the detroit, gears and install kit. Oh, dont forget the small stuff such as gear lube..that stuff isnt free ya know lol
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Seems in the ballpark to me. Subract the price of the detroit, master rebuild kit, gears, ect and the rest is labor. A large chunk of that price is the detroit and rebuild kit. Oh, dont forget the small stuff such as gear lube..that stuff isnt free ya know lol
OP didn't say anything about new gears.
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This is true. However, that doesnt mean he isnt since he didnt say. I think we need more info from the OP. Or maybe the OP should cehck with the shop and make sure they arnt tacking on the price of new gears when he doesnt need them. (seen that happen locally)

Plus it seems silly to me to replace all that and not get some fresh gears in there as well...but thats just my thoughts lol
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:27 PM   #6
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Thx I'm not sure about the gears. I will speak to the guy in the morning . Honestly everything seems extra expensive in socal.
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Location itsself is probly the biggest factor here. Shops all have varying labor rates. Good luck and if you can (assuming they havnt started yet) it wouldnt hurt to call around and see what other shops will charge you.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #8
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To put it in honest detail I called 4wheelparts got they're price then called my fav shop that usually overcharges but they are jeep exclusively shop. I asked them once why they charge so Much , and they said because they r the experts , and I noticed they would go over the whole car every time they fixed something . Other then those two shops I don't have much options , the guy at my fav jeep shop said he would normally charge more then 1185 but it is a slow season so he would do it... I'm gonna talk to him in the morning and try to get him to do more stuff for no additional cost .
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:33 PM   #9
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:25 AM   #10
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Labor to install a Detroit Locker in the rear should be $250 to no higher than $300. All they have to do is press the bearings on & set the backlash which is a relatively minor job. It's not nearly as challenging or as time consuming as setting up a new set of ring & pinion gears would be.
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i live in long beach , i called both redondo and santa ana 4wparts.

took it in this morning and spoke to the guy, i mentioned that a couple of my "club members" thx guys , said that this was way overpriced. and he disagreed , he said 450 for work , plus parts ... he was talking about how a detroit locker is more expensive then it used to be, remember im getting the full detroit locker not the true trac one that is pretty cheap. i know its on the high side but i have gone to alot of shops in socal and they all charge like this... at least this way i got the best mechanic to do it, the owner of jeep solutions in long beach , all they do is jeeps and they work fast and know their stuff. i dont like getting ripped off and overcharged but id rather a pro do the work then me.

also he is doing new gears so , detroit locker600, bearings100 , gears 150... about 450 in work.... sounds high to me but too late now.
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i live in long beach , i called both redondo and santa ana 4wparts.

took it in this morning and spoke to the guy, i mentioned that a couple of my "club members" thx guys , said that this was way overpriced. and he disagreed , he said 450 for work , plus parts ... he was talking about how a detroit locker is more expensive then it used to be, remember im getting the full detroit locker not the true trac one that is pretty cheap. i know its on the high side but i have gone to alot of shops in socal and they all charge like this... at least this way i got the best mechanic to do it, the owner of jeep solutions in long beach , all they do is jeeps and they work fast and know their stuff. i dont like getting ripped off and overcharged but id rather a pro do the work then me.

also he is doing new gears so , detroit locker600, bearings100 , gears 150... about 450 in work.... sounds high to me but too late now.
Theirs no way in hell I would let 4wp touch my jeep. They don't know their ass from a wrench. Should've gone over to RWKHAUS
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I would call RWK haus in Yorba Linda and Brothers in Ontario for a quick comparison quote first....
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Theirs no way in hell I would let 4wp touch my jeep. They don't know their ass from a wrench. Should've gone over to RWKHAUS
I don't think 4wp is who is doing his work but Robert at RWK is who did my gears and lockers and did a fine job....
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A Detroit is NOT 600$.

Not sure which axle you have, but Detroit for a 44 it's 442$

Detroit Locker 913A589 Detroit Truetrac Differentials

For a 35 it's 380$

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A Detroit is NOT 600$.

Not sure which axle you have, but Detroit for a 44 it's 442$

Detroit Locker 913A589 Detroit Truetrac Differentials

For a 35 it's 380$

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He went full case not LSD
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He went full case not LSD
This?http://www.eaton.com/Eaton/ProductsS...als/PCT_338407
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Okay, my bad. Yeah, 600$ is right. For the Detroit Locker, gears, master install kit, those prices are pretty good.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:08 PM   #20
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I had an Aussie Locker put in my rear end for $500, parts and labor. It's like a Detroit but with less moving parts. The company was started by a guy from Auburn Gear. It is squirrelly at times and clicks louder than a Detroit, but it performs flawlessly. I love it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:38 AM   #21
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well damn trail snail , you slide into the conversation slowly.... i already have it installed... and it rained today sooo i fished tailed all over town... it was pretty scary at first but now i can control it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:45 AM   #22
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billy the muddy goat ( my jeep ) ... is now more moody than ever , i noticed it will pull you around in bends and certain situations. although nothing that a slow and light foot fends off. it drives basically the same as before , unless u stomp down on the gas... like i said it was raining , and at one point today i was doing doughnuts in a parking lot , and then sliding through turns .... it will kick out with barely any gas when its really wet outside.

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