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tjwood29 02-22-2013 04:38 PM

Re-gearing
 
Is it possible to re gear an axel yourself?

jp2611 02-22-2013 04:45 PM

Possible the answer is yes...however it is not a good idea. The fact that you are asking the question tells us that you have not done it before.

Unlike most things on our Jeeps regearing (and would be both axles) is not something one should tackle unless they have "helped, or seen it done" several times. It is something that considering the potential damage..let a Pro do it and save your self some headaches.

beerly 02-22-2013 04:46 PM

anything's possible. I'm going to attempt it. Do some research and get comfortable with all that it entails. You'll need some tools you probably don't have. There is a lot more to it than most think, which is why it's not cheap to have done, unless you have a buddy who'll cut you a deal. Here's a real thorough write up that helped me a lot. Gettin
Read it 20 times and make a list of what you'll need. Then search all you can on youtube, this forum and others, to reinforce your understanding. Just remember if you change gear ratios, you need to match both axles if you want to use 4 wheel drive. And depending on what you change to, you may need new carriers. good luck.

doclouie 02-22-2013 04:51 PM

Yes, but unless you have the correct tools it is not worth it. The rotating torque wrench will run you $300 and the 250 foot pound torque wrench will run you $100. I did my own regear a few months ago and it took me 11 tries to get everything just right and I heard that 11 tries is on the low end of tries. I had a friend that I was able to borrow all the tools from. Hard job, no, but very time consuming to do it right. It has to be perfect. Close enough is not good enough. The difference between a good gear job and a bad one is the thickness of 3 human hairs. Think twice about doing it yourself.

tjwood29 02-22-2013 05:01 PM

Do you know about how much a shop would charge for the job?

beerly 02-22-2013 05:07 PM

It varies, but anywhere between $200and $800 an axle, without parts. Figure about $600 to $1000 for parts, rebuild kits and carriers if necessary. Others will chime in here. It really depends on the shop. A lot of them take advantage of the fact that most people will not do this themselves and gouge the public. A mechanic experienced in setting up gears can do both axles in a day or less, and the honest and reputable ones will charge accordingly.

doclouie 02-22-2013 05:23 PM

Figure about $600 per axle with everything included. It of course will vary from place to place. The last axle job I did myself, but the one before that ran me $350 for just labor. I supplied all the parts. Call around as prices will be all over the place. Call shops that routinely do axles for Jeeps and then you will find the lowest price and know the shop can do it.

4wheelin 02-22-2013 05:26 PM

I just had mine regeared, and it was $750 labor for both axles. I feel fairly mechanically inclined (rebuild engines, brakes, lift, etc...) and I took it to a shop. Dont regret it at all.

Atthehop 02-22-2013 05:29 PM

Personally I would not supply the parts, this way if something happens they cannot blame it on the parts you purchased.

doclouie 02-22-2013 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Atthehop (Post 3406337)
Personally I would not supply the parts, this way if something happens they cannot blame it on the parts you purchased.

Very true.


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