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Old 12-28-2020, 08:16 AM
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Differential rebuild parts $$$ vs $$

Ok I am finally going to swap out the front and rear ring and pinions in my 82 Waggy. I am planning to change the gear ratios from 2.73 to 3.54’s and adding an air locker to the front D44. Most of my Off-roading to this point has been some local parks here in Michigan, and Ohio. Nothing to aggressive but definitely a lower set of gears and at least one locker would have been nice. I am about to purchase my ring and pinions. And I thought I would reach out for some thoughts. I have been pricing them out. And reading as much as possible. I don’t mind spending money on a good product. But also don’t like to spend money on just a name. My current direction is Yukon Gear, I like everything I have read and the rebuilt kits are good. But with my type of use. Would a set from Rockauto, Bj’s, or even my local Autozone work just as well? I do eventually want to make it to Moab. But most likely will be sticking to Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee... please need some honest options....
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Old 12-29-2020, 07:14 PM
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I have only replaced gears once, 82 Wag 3:15 to 3:54. I bought used gears and paid a friend mechanic (and a good one too) to install them. I was more concerned with proper installation than the quality of the gear set (less Chinese crap around back then). Worked great, never had a problem.

If I was doing it today, with more spending money I would probably aim for new parts in the "middle" price range. The gears would have to be American made too. I would say my wheeling was similar to yours.
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Old 12-29-2020, 07:41 PM
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Kodi, fwiw i do this for a living. I have likely replaced at least 30 sets in the last 4 yrs. The only returns i have had involved the owner refusing to break them in properly.There were 2 failures out of 30. That being said, understand this, new jeeps come with Koyo bearings and there are only about 3 or 4 manufacturing plants in the world making gears. Again, that being said, the only gears i did not like were "revolution" gears. Nothing wrong with Motive,, USA standard, yukon, etc.
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Old 12-29-2020, 07:42 PM
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I do think yukon are overpriced but quality is great.
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I did find a local guy here in Michigan that came highly recommended. Thank you for the information. J20 I am sure we will be talking again about drive shafts 👍
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Go with a quality rear gears set because it is driven 100% of the time. I normally go with the mid-grade front gears and if possible the old bearings etc because the front is hardly ever used. However, if your paying to have someone install your gears pay the extra expense for the premium parts--its minor in comparison to the cost of labor to have them installed.
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