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Hey guys and gals,

Whats a fair price for a mechanic to change the front ring and pinion? He will have to install a new master bearing kit in addition to the ring and pinion. I would do it myself...but I'm not experienced enough and from what I understand it can be a very tricky business. :9lame: I also needed my axle ujoints and my drive shaft ujoints replaced. I bought the parts and he said he could do the labor for $220 with me helping him. Does that sound pretty fair?

Thanks in advance :)
 

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sounds a little steep to me if you're getting your hands dirty. i had my entire rear end rebuilt from the bottom up in my 55 for $250 (not including parts). the guy that did it is a friend though.
i've had gear installs done on other vehicles for $100. ujoints are fairly easy to replace.
 

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Cost is what you can aford. Use this as a learning lesson so you can help another Jeeper in the future
 

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I agree with Ibuildembig... From what I understand it is a bit more in depth than the rear end. The shop were gonna do the fix at is a pro shop... Which sucks cause it does add to cost. I think I can get him to take a bit more off of cost because I'll be doing the ujoint changes to the front driveshaft and the axles while he is working on the pinion. The 3 bolts that hold the wheel hubs on are 12 point 13mm heads right? I can change a ujoint or two no problem... Just didn't want to overpay for the ring and pinion installation. And because I'm buying all new bearings and shims that should make his job a bit easier I would think.
 

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Replacing bearings will only add to labor cost & shims are required to do the job. whether you supply them or not. If he is breaking down the frtend then he will be removing calipers, rotors, driveshaft & unit bearings anyways, or is he doing just the bearing labor & R/P setup only? Frt & rear R/P setups are going to require about the same labor. It just takes more time to break the frt end down than the rearend. If he has all the proper tools for R/P setup, then that helps eliminate trial & error. He may get the setup right the 1st time. You need to figure out what exactly he is doing & what you are doing, to come up w/the right labor.
 

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As of right now I just want him to set up the ring and pinion. I'll take care of the ujoints. He doesn't have to disassemble the axle to do the ring and pinion does he? I thought you could do all that just by taking off the diff cover
 

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Ya mean the front versus rear? Umm alot more time. A rear all you have to do is pop the cover, remove the c-clips, push the axles into the tubes a few inches, pop the carrier bolts out and remove the chunk.

A front axle, you have to remove the tires, hubs, rotors, axle shafts, and possibly the lower tie rod as well.
 

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As of right now I just want him to set up the ring and pinion. I'll take care of the ujoints. He doesn't have to disassemble the axle to do the ring and pinion does he? I thought you could do all that just by taking off the diff cover
If he's a pro, I'm suprised he will let you help. I think you'd be slowing him down. In his line of work time is money. I'd probably only let you do the Ujoints & axlejoints & that's only if you have had experience replacing Ujoints b4.
 

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Ya mean the front versus rear? Umm alot more time. A rear all you have to do is pop the cover, remove the c-clips, push the axles into the tubes a few inches, pop the carrier bolts out and remove the chunk.

A front axle, you have to remove the tires, hubs, rotors, axle shafts, and possibly the lower tie rod as well.
uh, you really should be removing the same stuff from the rear axles as well. you know, if you're into doing it the right way and all...... :D
 

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He is a pro but also a friend. He's doing the work for me on a Saturday and honoring me by letting me watch and learn. So it's more of a favor than anything else. Im thinking he doesn't want to waste time on the ujoints so I'll do those. Not a huge deal... Just wanted a fair price.
 

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if he's breaking the whole axle down to do a bearing and seal overhaul, you have to take everything apart anyway, front or rear. he's not removing the axle housing, he's yanking the guts.
i didn't say the front doesn't have more stuff, what i did say is it doesn't have so much more stuff that it should justify a big difference in cost, especially to a experienced mechanic. if he's charging you buy the hour, it shouldn't take too much longer than the rear. if he's charging you on the "pain in the ass scale", then i can see it.
either way, it's not an unfair price, just sounded a little high to me. like i mentioned, i have friends that are mechanics who can do the work for me that i cannot, which usually isn't much.

look at the link i posted above. most of that stuff doesn't have to come "apart" to do the job, it just needs to be removed or moved out of the way.
 

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He is a pro but also a friend. He's doing the work for me on a Saturday and honoring me by letting me watch and learn. So it's more of a favor than anything else. Im thinking he doesn't want to waste time on the ujoints so I'll do those. Not a huge deal... Just wanted a fair price.
always good to watch and learn. take note of how much disassembly he actually has to do to get the front axle apart. it's not as much as you might think.
 
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