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Old 12-14-2004, 09:22 PM
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how much does a gear change cost, aprox?

Hi guys, thanks for the info, I am learning a lot from all of your posts. I just have a couple of questions how much do you think a 3.50, or 4.11 rear end gear change would cost in U.S or CAN funds, and would it work reasonably well for the time being with a 289 and a 2 barrel carb, as I would probably have to wait until mid summer to put in the 4v carb and intake, due to a shortage of funds.

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I was quoted about $900 to swap my Camaro's 3.08 to 3.73. I ended up buying the whole thing off Ebay.
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I set of Richmond 4.11's for a 9" is $160, new gaskets, bearingss(minus axle bearings and seals) etc is around 100-120, and then labor(no idea on this) Maybe around $450-$500 and up.
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I changed my gears myself. You have to make sure the pinion depth is correct. It wasn't too hard. Actually, the hardest part was pumping the gear fluid into the case.
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450-550 for axle rebuild and gear change

I was pricing this last year for my truck. To rebuild the axles, take everything out, check the axles, replace the bearings and seals, including the pinion bearing it was running between $450-$550. That was without new gears but with new seals and bearing in parts and the price included labor.
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When I was going to swap out gears in my El Camino, my local trans/differential guy was asking $175, plus parts.

I bought an entire rear with the gears I wanted for $125 and just swapped the whole thing.
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For my 9" gears were about $160, I paid a little over $400 for my locker, about $90 for the rebuild kit, and $100 for my machinist to set the whole thing up (wasn't about to try it myself).

Honestly I wouldn't even bother with a gear swap if you aren't going to add some sort of traction device, it'd be one step forward and 2 back, the bigger gear would just aggrivate any sort of traction issues. Plus you wanna match your gear set to your engines performance.
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Max Keith and I have all your info on the original thread with costs for each step and help on where to get it.

Incase you missed my post:

You can buy a complete used 8" pumpkin with 3.50 gears for $150-200US and do the changeout yourself in about 2 hours.

May take 6months or 6 days to find one. the info on where to look is on the other thread.

Why a new thread?

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if you supply the install kit, and gears, it costs $350CDN at a local shop. $300 if it's after hours
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Old 12-15-2004, 01:02 PM
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Dubz is in your area (relatively), and Im sure the cost wont be that much different from Manitoba to Alberta.
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