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Re: how to learn to install gears and diffs.
I have to second that... I paid a hundred something for new 4.88's and a master install kit for my 20. I had access to the needed tools, and did a little reading (not enough) and managed to get my 4.88's in, and driving. No more than a week later, I smoked the pinion and a few teeth on the ring. It cost me ANOTHER hundred something in parts and install kit, AND $400 in shop time to take it to the gear shop, say "I was a complete idiot" and "please fix it right!" So, while I too think that 400 bucks is way steep for an install, its what I payed here, and if I had payed it up front it would have been a couple hundred extra I would now have in other parts on my jeep. If I had more time to sit back and take one small step at a time and someone to ask needed questions of, I would try it again, and hope for better results though.
Just food for though.