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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-16-2001, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

I am sure the prices would vary a lot depending on what you do to it. For an example say i found 85 grand wagoneer w/ d44. If i wanted to replace everything i could what do you think the cost would be and what would i have to do? The rear would use a carrier, ring and pinion, bearings and gaskets, brake drums and shoes. Anything else. The front would need the same plus what u-joints and anything else?? Anyone got a price on that? Would there be any need to completely go through an axle like that? What would be the benifits of doing that. Thanks for the help

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

well depends on what you are doing with this axle.. first off.. if this is coming out of a running vehicle.. or something close to that.. you wont necessarily need to replace the carrier.. or r&p gears.. you might want new gears.. and i mean different ones.. say.. instead of 2.72's.. which suck.. something like 4.10's... and if you plan on something else.. like a locker.. then some of them.. you will not even need the carrier.. since they are one unit.. arb, detriot, etc.. were as some posi's you will need to install them into your carrier..
but.. i would replace ALL bearings and seals.. and since its apart.. you gotta love that saying... you might as well replace the u-joints in the front axle shafts.. and the ball joints or whatever you have there.. (where the steering knuckle pivots).. most of this is preventive maintenance.. meaning you are fixing something now... while its out.. vs later on the trail.. depending on the condition and depth of your wallet will determine how much you want to do.. i didnt replace my ball joints... they were in good shape.. but some will just do it.. do get it done..

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

this is only a hypothetical (sp?) question. I am just trying to get a feel for alxe swaps and axle rebuilding. Would there be any reason to replace the hubs?

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

the little innner diff seals on a front 44 are like $17 each, I called and check, U joints for the front are $10-$30 each, balljoints, hmm I dont recall, calipers are $20 each with exchange, pads are $12.

it REALLY ads up, especially if you add the differential bearings, IM doing it right now, little by little as the $$ allows.




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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

d-44 balljoints are close to $100, might as well......
might as well put the detroit in too ..since it's all apart...thats $473 delivered.. gears and the install kit are $200, looking at just over $1000 for everything new except axleshafts and brakes

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

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$200 R&P set up (bearing and seal changes)
$90 as side for ball joints,
$20 U-joints
$20 turn rotors
replace/repack wheel bearings free if already apart.

i'd only replace the hubs if the wheel bearing races are not tight and worn the hub assy.
if your talking about lockout hubs, there are better quality ones than factory, but not really needed for street driving.


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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

Is it only $200 to setup up gears? Is this what I'm reading. That's a relief to me. I thought it was like $500. How much would someone charge to setup gears AND a locker? Other than that, I think I can handle the ball joints, u-joints, and all the other crap. Shouldn't be to bad. But I'm really interested in pricing for gear setup!

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

Gear set ups are usually around $200-$250. If you can find a shop that will let you watch and learn it will save a lot of cash down the road. Gear set ups are not rocket science, they are just a little technical, but once you see one it take the mystery out of it. After that its just a matter of doing it right.
I generically look at most axle swaps, with a detroit, as costing $1000. i could be cheaper if you find one with desirable gears and your not going for a locker(but why would you swap and not lock), strong locked axles is the turning point for any rig looking to go serious.

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

Okay, it's about $200-250 for a gear setup. So it'd be about $500 or so to do both front a rear. Now, couldn't I get all the tools for a lot less than that? Like around $200 for all the tools. That'd be saving like $300. Plus I'd gain the knowledge and privledge of doing this myself. I know it is time consuming, and I'm in no rush. If it takes time to do right, I'm fine with that. What do you think Jeff?

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Re: what\'s it cost to rebuild an axle?

I think you answered the question yourself. And you answered it the right way, to boot. You want to do it, so just do it, and you realize the importance of buying some good quality tools to own for the future and to do it right the 1st time. just look at guys like Jeepgod Elusive, and High 5, there are many others but these guys come to mind because they recently dove into axle swaps,(or in Jeepgod and Elusives case, are constantly into some axle swap or another). If these guys find a good deal on an axle, and a set of used gears, then "Bam",a rebuild kit and a few hours later they have an axle with the gears they need and the reat is just welding and bolting. I look at guys like Jeepgod and Elusive, high 5 and the others, and see what they are doing, and thats what I try to copy, not neccesarrily as far as designs or driving skills go, (because I have them all beat there, hehehehe), but in attitude, they do everything themselves, and that gives you the freedom to build what you want at an affordable price. I may have never started a swap in a equiptment yard, by myself, if I hadnt learned to respect, and envy what they were doing.
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