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Old 07-24-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
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Re-Gear Q's 2.4L

After putting 31's on my 2.4L 05 SE, I definately need to re-gear for the highway. I have lost a considerable amount of momentum and have to downshift quite often when going up hills I used to go up no problem. City driving is fine...the highway is a struggle sometimes.
I have the factory 3.73 gears and decided to re-gear to 4.88. A local shop here on Oahu said he can do it for 1800.00 out the door. Is this a reasonable price?
Next question: When you re-gear, do you have to drop the axle? I'm going to have a 3" lift installed later on down the line. If you have to drop the axle, it would be cheaper to just go ahead and install the lift at the same time.
Thanks in advance for your help and happy wheeling.

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4.88 seems a bit low to me but I guess I do have the 6cyl. Anyway, $1800 is a rip off. Gears and install kits are $400 for the front and rear, $500 tops. I dont think he's gonna do $1300 worth of labor. Id serisiouly find someone whos not trying to steal your money. Also, no, the axle doesnt get droped.

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Well honestly on the islands you might not have too much of a choice. When you mention lifting it 3" later on are you planning on upping your tire size also? 4.88's are pretty deep for 31's, but I see that you are at least just going it all at one instead of only moving up to 4.10 or 4.56.

On the mainland you can expect to pay about 1200 for a complete re-gear.

The only thing that needs to come out of your axles are the tires/brakes/shafts to do the re-gear. Also removal of the driveshafts off the axle is necessary.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:18 PM   #4
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4.88 seems a bit low to me but I guess I do have the 6cyl. Anyway, $1800 is a rip off. Gears and install kits are $400 for the front and rear, $500 tops. I dont think he's gonna do $1300 worth of labor. Id serisiouly find someone whos not trying to steal your money. Also, no, the axle doesnt get droped.

500 dollars for gears AND bearings??? Not for quality gears and full master install kits. If you are going to do the job, do it ONCE and change ALL the seals AND all the bearings. And Labor should be 275-350 per axle, depending on location. I charge 275 per axle. 4.88 is a perfect gear for a 4 cyl TJ, as the only difference in RPM is about 175... Besides, as a Jeep owner, he will be going to a bigger tire sooner or later, and its not worth paying to do it all over again.





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Yes, the price I said is for quality gears and MASTER install kits. Shops run deals on 2 sets of gears and install kits all the time.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:53 PM   #6
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= 534 and with a package deal im sure you could lower that to around 500 for both axles
then labor puts it to about $1200 usually
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Haha, see! I knew I have seen package deals for $500. Still, Id say $1200 is a rip.

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