i really messed up my rear differential in the dessert this weekend. i took it to ProGear for a free diagnostic, and the guy just called me back and said the entire thing needs to be replaced. he said the spider gears are what gave, and the bits and pieces got into everything (ie bearings etc...) plus my axle was quite worn to begin with. he priced me at $1400 ($400 labor, $1000 for the parts) and i'm pretty shocked. isnt that way too high? i'm a little skeptic to go the route of used parts, since they will mostly likely be well worn already. how much should i really be expecting this job to cost, and is it that big of a deal to replace with used parts?
400 for labor isnt bad, but 1000 for parts is kinda high unless hes replacing the housing also. gears and install kit should be in the 250 range which will include all bearings. if the carrier is messed up, you can get a full detroit for ~500......so, yes, it sounds high.
you could upgrade to a stronger axle for cheaper and keep it form happening again. theres no way id put $1400 in a dana 35, but thats just me.
'90 YJ, ford 8.8, SOA, lincoln front, aussie rear, 4.88s, swampers.
flowmaster40,hpd30 with aussie locker,currie upper joints,4.88's, lca skids,chromo shafts,vanco brakes,d35 with super 35 and arb locker,re 4.5" springs,currie arms,re front uppers,Re shocks in back,walkerevens shocks up front, Re track bars with currie jj joints,anti rock,ss brake lines,re rear sway bar links,jks 1.25" bl and mml,bfg 35x12.5 km2's,craiger soft 8's,ome steering stabilizer,currie hd steering,rockmen front bumper,emp tank skid,lots more too.
I would definately upgrade before I spent that kind of money on the D35. As wannabe said, the ford 8.8 is a good swap. Find one at a local salvage yard for a few hundred bucks, regear to match the front, and throw it in.