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Default Suggested price to rebuild rear end and install gears?

Hey all, I have a 1984 mustang gt and currently am still using the puny 7.5 rear end. I pulled an 8.8 from out of the junkyard the other day and want to have some 3.73s installed and have it completely rebuilt. I've called a few local shops and the cheapest I've found is $600 if I supply the gears. What do you think?
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sounds fair............
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That's not bad. Two things I would highly recommend:
1. Make sure you use a reputable shop
2. I would have the T-lok rebuilt using the carbon fiber clutch packs and heavy-duty spring:

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You could see if any shop will cut you some slack if you do some of the work. I paid 100.00 to have mine done, but I took the rear end out of the car and did the work so all they had to do was put the gears in. I was putting in upper and lower control arms, shocks, and springs at the time too, so it wasnt too much efferot to yank the entire thing out.
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$4-500 is about right. Although a good mechanic should do it in 5 hours I would think. If you supply the gears I would be searching for $400 I would also probably switch to this with a set of Moser or Strange axles. http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200...5&toolid=10001 REBUILT FORD 8.8 POSI TRAC-LOC POSI 31 SPLINE F150 MUSTANG 8 PLATE NEW BEARINGS | eBay

That 31 spline w/ extra clutch pack and the heavier f150 spring is a big plus, especially for your build. You are going to break an axle.
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I wouldn't spend $200 for a T-lok, but that's just my $.02
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Yeah I know what you mean I spent two hundred on my auburn unit but it was used and isnt rebuildable. These are the only two units I would use on the street. Unless you have the money for a Auburn E unit.
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I am having some noise issues with my Eaton Truetrac right now, but I do love they way it operates, and it's very streetable.
I have ridden in a couple other Mustangs with Truetracs and they were silent, mine makes a popping when it's warm while coasting.
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Thanks for all the advice guys, hopefully I'll have everything in in about 2 weeks.
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