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Old November 13th, 2007, 09:22 AM   #1
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Thought I'd share pricing info I got back from a dealer for axle gear swaps.


"We usually charge 8 hours to rebuild a rear differential, and 10 to do a front. That would be close to doing a ring and pinion because you are going to want new bearings and seals if you are replacing the ring and pinion anyway. If we are doing both front and back together I will cut the time down to 15 hours providing the aftermarket parts donít require significantly more work than mopar parts- I expect they wont/ shouldnít. labor rate is 88.00/ hour. Bearings/ seals/ shims and fluid is about 150.00 per axle if you arenít supplying them."

No, I'm not going there but I did want to get an idea what they would charge.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:02 AM   #2
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hahah $1717.20 plus the cost of (2) r+P
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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yeah, pretty scary. DTS had quoted $800 labor plus fluid cost. I got gears and install kits for $600.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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yeah, pretty scary. DTS had quoted $800 labor plus fluid cost. I got gears and install kits for $600.
that all seems quite obnoxious. I've gotten quotes from 2 places, and they were both around $800 parts and labor.

Or do you have those expensive Rubi 44s?
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:38 AM   #5
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Rubi 44's yes. But they shouldn't be much different labor wise.
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I usually charge $150 labor per axle + parts.
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thats a common book time for diffs. even out local 4x4 shop charges 8 hrs. they told us 8 hours labor to do a r&P install in a ford TTB third member. we were gonna drop off the diff and new parts. but not at 8 hrs labor! skrew that.
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I could understand 8 hours for both axles. What puzzles me is why the front books at 10 hours and the rear at 8. With the vehicle on a hoist both axles droop about the same and shouldn't require much different approaches to working on.
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I could understand 8 hours for both axles. What puzzles me is why the front books at 10 hours and the rear at 8. With the vehicle on a hoist both axles droop about the same and shouldn't require much different approaches to working on.
Because a lot of people are dumb enough to believe that there would be an extra amount of work to have to take a front end apart vs the rear. The front after all has a lot more moving parts, so to the average Joe Schmoe it makes sense, so they wouldn't think twice about it. Little do they know that with the unit bearing, disassembly and reassembly its a breeze. Would be much more believable if you still had spindle/bearing setup.
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I could understand 8 hours for both axles. What puzzles me is why the front books at 10 hours and the rear at 8. With the vehicle on a hoist both axles droop about the same and shouldn't require much different approaches to working on.
Because you have to pull the calipers, hubs, and tie-rod (well you don't HAVE to pull the tie rod, then put it all back together. I can see maybe an hour more labor all together. If you get an axle that has never been apart it can be a PITA to get the unit hubs out.

We charge $200 per axle. The only time it ever took me 8 hours to set gears was the first time I ever did it... that took about a week actually
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We are at $200 per axle including oil. Daryl really enjoys doing gear swaps, so our price is not rediculous.
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I dont feel too bad then at $300 per axle. My front I can have the calipers and axles out in 10 minutes I've had them apart so much. With 4 wheel disc you have calipers in the rear though as well.
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