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Old 11-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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gears and arb

Well brown Santa showed up today with my Yukon gears, install kit, and arb for my rear 44. Tomorrow my compressor will show up and Monday the curveball shows up. That which being an Aussie locker for my front d30.
A friend of mine that is very familiar with gear installs might be heading overseas before we can get this done so there is a chance I'll be undertaking this project solo. I'll use the auto skills center which is a shop on ft Carson where you can use a number of specialty tools and Bays with lifts, but I am a bit intimidated by the project. The cost for an install anywhere is ludicrous and enough for me to take it upon myself. with proper tools and patience is gearing and installing lockers that difficult? I've installed several of the compressors before so no worries there. Just the diff work itself.

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For the $450 I paid predator, it's a well needed insurance policy. My first set took a crap and I got a rebuild for free.

Its a detailed process starting with setup bearings, then the tedious work of getting the shims right. I'd rather pay to have it done.

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For the $450 I paid predator, it's a well needed insurance policy. My first set took a crap and I got a rebuild for free.

Its a detailed process starting with setup bearings, then the tedious work of getting the shims right. I'd rather pay to have it done.
Wow, pred quoted me 1400 just labor
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It is beyond tedious, and nerve wracking, in that if you screw up the whole thing is just so much scrap metal. When I did mine I had someone who knew what he was doing checking everything I did. When I regear next spring I may just say screw it and let him do it.

I do have a set of D44 setup bearings you're welcome to borrow for the project.
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Wow, pred quoted me 1400 just labor
front and rear?
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front and rear?
Yep, that's with doing the rear arb too
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Wow, pred quoted me 1400 just labor
Predator jacks the labor rates if you supply your own parts. They like to sell the parts that they put in.
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Yep, that's with doing the rear arb too
Did you check with High Country 4x4 or Rokmen?

They may be about the same rate, but You may get lucky
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I've got a guy up here who does gears for everyone around here, he's doing mine today. I'll ask him what he would charge, he's who most of the serious locals have do their more technical work, and he also does them for some nasty diesels too. He had a big diesel performance shop but blew his back & retired, but he still does lighter jobs like gears. He's VERY reasonable... might make it worth the drive for you, I'll find out this afternoon after he finishes mine.
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I've got a guy up here who does gears for everyone around here, he's doing mine today. I'll ask him what he would charge, he's who most of the serious locals have do their more technical work, and he also does them for some nasty diesels too. He had a big diesel performance shop but blew his back & retired, but he still does lighter jobs like gears. He's VERY reasonable... might make it worth the drive for you, I'll find out this afternoon after he finishes mine.
Cool man, let me know. There will be a slight delay since I just realized they sent me the wrong arb model.
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Cool man, let me know. There will be a slight delay since I just realized they sent me the wrong arb model.
Gotta love that kind of thing!!


I'm sitting here cringing today hoping everything I got is right & we don't hit any snags so I can play tomorrow!
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Just got back from getting mine in & doing a break in drive... UNF***ING REAL. I can stomp on the brake & it won't stall... I can idle up a wall at my house that makes my rear tire touch. I'm amazed at what a difference it is.

He said he'd do your gears & locker install for $650.
Mine are quiet as my car... ran it on the lift for a while before we did a test drive, Mesh looks great... I'm so stoked.
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Just got back from getting mine in & doing a break in drive... UNF***ING REAL. I can stomp on the brake & it won't stall... I can idle up a wall at my house that makes my rear tire touch. I'm amazed at what a difference it is.
Very nice! Do you still need your 2x4? lol
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Very nice! Do you still need your 2x4? lol
Easy on the 2x4 yo...
Every time you see a manual jk roll back on a feature... Just remeber


2x4 yo!

All joking aside though, you'd be surprised at how well it works. Looks silly as sh##, but it works.
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Easy on the 2x4 yo...
Every time you see a manual jk roll back on a feature... Just remeber

2x4 yo!

All joking aside though, you'd be surprised at how well it works. Looks silly as sh##, but it works.
I still think you should cover it up with a bare foot pedal.
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I still think you should cover it up with a bare foot pedal.
Gotta be honest... that would be hilarious...





Oh yeah... that's the look!!

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