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CHVYKLR 09-04-2010 12:24 AM

Gear change in VA
Anyone know/recommend a good place to change out my gears in the Norfolk, VA area.

I'm 2wd so obviously doing the rear only.

RootBeer 09-04-2010 12:26 AM

If you're still under warranty, I'd get it done at the dealer that way your warranty stands a good chance of staying intact.

CHVYKLR 09-04-2010 08:45 AM

The dealer wants $2k for a ring and pinion change. I almost died laughing. I've changed the gears in most all the vehicles I've owned so far (one Jeep twice. went from 4.10s to 4.56s then 4.88s). Granted I did all those myself with a buddy but I don't know anyone around here to help me so I'm looking for a shop. I don't have the confidence to swap them out on my own. Not really worried about the warranty b/c as long as they are set up correctly they will be fine.

I guess I could look into it again. That last price was down in Jax.

Toms Blue Ram 1500 09-04-2010 09:37 AM

Wow thats outrageous . When I worked at a dealership , we charged 6 hours labor to overhaul a differential plus parts . Did that price include the purchase of the gears also ?

CHVYKLR 09-04-2010 12:53 PM

yeah that was gears, install kit (bearings, shims, crush sleeve, etc.) and dealer mark-up!

The gears alone were somewhere around $800!!

what does labor typically run...ballpark? $80/hr?

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