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Old 08-30-2013, 08:59 AM   #1
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Who in town does gear installs for a decent price?

I think I effed up the front housing when I did an install on my Explorer.
The axle housing is aluminum, and I think I effed up when installing the carrier and tore up part of the housing.

I have a spare housing. Although I could probably do it all again myself if I have a case spreader, but think it might be worth it to pay somebody.

Young's wants way too much.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #2
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there will be a name thrown in here I am sure by someone that I will stand behind and say no do not let him touch your gears. I am sitting here with one of his he did not locktite the ring bolts on, they all backed out and one went through the gears now it all has to be redone.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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^^^with that said you typically get what you pay for. Cheap usually isn't synonymous with quality. So keep that in mind in your bargain hunting. Gears usually aren't a fun trail repair.

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Old 08-30-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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If it was me, let me know. I'll need to make it right.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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with all that said, then, is $800 reasonable?
That's what Youngs told me.

That was with the bare housing (ie, not having the whole vehicle, not having to remove the housing.)

I understand the whole "you get what you pay for" but I also know there are times when some places just gouge.
It's not impossible to get the same or better service for less somewhere else.
Which is why I'm asking.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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Was that price with you supplying the parts? Gears and install kit?
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #7
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That's a lot. Seems to usually run between 3-500 if you supply the parts. Have you checked alaska spring?
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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$800 if you supply parts is expensive. If they supplied the parts, Not bad at all.
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I would expect 5-8 hours labor plus parts on any dana series axle not sure what axle you have. I'm sure if your expecting some sort of warranty you would have to get the parts through the shop as well. I know the cost seems outrageous but there really is an art to it. From the fleet vehicles that we have had repaired or changed ratios on in the past that seems to be the going rate. There are individuals that may chime in willing to or able to do it for you for less but I would expect a few references or at least a back ground of their mechanical skills before I hand over any cash or my housing. Not something I would like to have done twice. Even at a bargain rate. Just my .02 take it with a grain of salt.
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Unless they misunderstood or something, I said I already had the gears and install kit and just needed the setup.
They told me $1600 for both the D35 and 8.8.

I did the install on my 8.8. Probably took me, my first install, about 8 hours total.
I did the D35 too, but think I fudged due to the aluminum housing.
I know how much work is put in to it.

Alaska Spring does installs too? Might check them out.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:51 PM   #12
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You'll want to be VERY careful if you get ahold of a case spreader too. They can destroy a housing pretty quick... ESPECIALLY the aluminum ones.
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