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$800 Gear Install

How does $800 sound to install rear gears and bearings, all parts included? The shop has a very good reputation regarding quality of work.

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That seems a little high. Most people, myself included, tend to spend about $300 on parts and about the same on labor. $800 isn't outrageous though, especially considering that I recently came across somebody who got a $1600 quote for the same work from a stealership. If the shop does as good of work as you say and they're offering a warranty on parts/labor, I suppose it's not a bad deal.

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$120 for the bearing/install kit
$180 for the gears
$30 for wheel bearings/seals
$120-150 for traclock rebuilt
$300ish for labor
$30 for fluid

That's about right, to be honest. If they're rebuilding the traclock while they're in there.

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yeah thats not too bad, i got mine done for 500 but thats all the shop did was gears and trannys nothing else so theyre labor was less cuz they could do it in much less time still for it to be done right and with warranty thats on the high but fair side

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seem about right, had my 373's put in two weeks ago, 720$..had another shop quote me just over a grand...

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His price does not include rebuilding the trac-loc. The car has 37,000 miles in it and has never been abused. Driven hard, but not abused or raced. Is a re-build in order?
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IMHO $550-$650 would be more in line if they are just doing gears and bearing/seals. $800 is a little high but that's for my area where there is about 20 shops that do that kind of work in a five mile radius.
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I charged to install gears and bearings for 350, ( labor )
never rebuilt the trac lok or anything else,
so like 350+300 =650 ?
It all depends on how much they have exp. and skills to do the job great, theyre probly badass if they have a good rep, thats why they charge so much

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+1 thats too high... I probably paid less than 500 or so for everything plus labor.. You gotta ask around and see who is good and cheap around you.

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I'm not sure how far you are from CT, but there any many transmission shops in my area that will do it for $300-400 if you supply the gears. I live in the quiet corner, right off exit 70 on 84. Probably 15 minutes south of the border.

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Only $100.00 seperates the quotes I have received so far from two shops in my area. $550.00 from one w/ no dyno, and one for $650.00 w/ dyno equiptment.
Everything inc. That price is a shade high to me.
But for your area it may be right in line!

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I had a local shop install gears in my Jeep last year. I believe the shop charged $500 labor per axle if the axle was in the vehicle and $300 or $400 if the axle was out of the vehicle.

Add to that the cost of gears, install kit, bearings/seals if needed, and other stuff that bullitt listed and $800 doesn't seem too bad.

I ended up paying $1800-$2000 for both axles which included labor, 2 gearsets, 2 install kits, a used trutrac LSD for the front axle (IIRC he sold me the trutrac for approx $200), and some other odds and ends. It was more expensive than other shops in the area but this guy has an amazing reputation so I paid the price.

On the other hand, the next time I need to do gears I am going to buy the tools and do it myself.

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I hope any drive train shop that's not "shady" would be able to do a Ford 8.8 right. There are millions of them out there. I'd shop around and make sure I get a receipt. You can't refute gear whine. If the shop wants return customers, and with the power of the internet in this day and age any customers, they generally won't screw you over.

Now if you go and bargain for a cash price with no receipt, then you should go to someone with a good reputation and make sure they know you're not a fool.

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