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How much should a gear ratio change cost?

I'm about to get quotes to put 4.56 gears into my Dana 30 ('82 CJ-7). How much should I expect to pay for a shop to do this? I know I need gears, the install kit, and gear carrier. I just don't want to get ripped off.
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Re: How much should a gear ratio change cost?

My wrench charges about $250 for this service. This is probably on the average to low side pricewise. He does a thorough job of completely removing the axles and swabbing the axle tubes to remove any minor debris that may contaminate the refresh (stuff like that). What I'm saying is that this is a premium service ....but you can get a considerable variation in the "value" that the guy gives you for the same (or more) money.
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Re: How much should a gear ratio change cost?

I get mine done for $100 each from a small but quality shop. The local 4 wheel drive store wanted $260 each in labor only and that was with me bringing in the axle out of the vehicle.

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Re: How much should a gear ratio change cost?

I was quoted about $500 just for labor in SLC. I found someone to do it for $300. I thought it was fair.
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Re: How much should a gear ratio change cost?

A friend of mine has a transmission shop he also does axle work.I asked him how much he charges to do a gear change and he said $600 per axle but that includes everything.He puts in all new top quality parts and guarantees his work.I haven't asked anybody else around here so I don't know how that compares.
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