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bought used gears

i'm about to buy used gears. 4.56 or $75. not bad right. he said they have 4000-5000 miles on them. u guys think i should go for it or just get new ones? anyone know of a place that sell the master install kit for cheap? are they difficult to install? do i need special tools to regear? thx for your help.
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you will need special tools to line things up and a master install kit. i'm not sure if 4.56s can still use the stock center pin or not. someone will have an answer for that one.

but kinda if "you have to ask on gear install", take it to someone and have them set it up.. just my 2cents!
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They should work fine. Yes, they will be difficult to install, and potentially very costly if you don't get them right. Yes you need a couple of special tools. And to Goody, yes the stock center pin will work, but you'll have to grind a bit off a tooth or two on the ring gear. I prefer that way better anyways, so you're not stuck with a weak notched pin.


Check www.completeoffroad.com for an install kit, and you'll probably want a pro to do the install.
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They should work fine. Yes, they will be difficult to install, and potentially very costly if you don't get them right. Yes you need a couple of special tools. And to Goody, yes the stock center pin will work, but you'll have to grind a bit off a tooth or two on the ring gear. I prefer that way better anyways, so you're not stuck with a weak notched pin.


Check www.completeoffroad.com for an install kit, and you'll probably want a pro to do the install.
^^Cheapest place I've found for gears and install kits. HEADS UP: If you order the 'name brand'', no name listed, cheapest gears listed on the site, YOU GET YUKONS. That's all they sell are Yukon gears...

All previous guys before me are right, get someone to do it for you. Takes alot of specialty tools most folks dont have, and takes years of experience to get right. The guy I had do mine has been doing it for 15 years...only charged me 150 an axle to install.

Here's a little comparo I made a while back.....

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They should work fine. Yes, they will be difficult to install, and potentially very costly if you don't get them right. Yes you need a couple of special tools. And to Goody, yes the stock center pin will work, but you'll have to grind a bit off a tooth or two on the ring gear. I prefer that way better anyways, so you're not stuck with a weak notched pin.


Check www.completeoffroad.com for an install kit, and you'll probably want a pro to do the install.
if i take it to go get installed would the mechanic know that he would have to do a little grinding or should i have to tell him?
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thats not bad shane. 4wheel parts want 400 buck for them to install them. thats too much tho.
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When I called a drivetrain shop a while ago they quoted me $550 just to set up the gears with all MY parts. Didnt include anything else with the axles, or housing, just getting the gear pattern.

I've chosen to buy the tools and do my own patiently. It helps me though, that I have the second rear-end that I'm doing everything to, off the truck. The second axle I ever do will have paid for the tools I bought.
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the stock center pin will work, as that is what i took out.
my buddy dirt can install them if you wanted to drive to bakersfield. he will most likely be half the price of any offroad shop for install price.
quickperformance.com is where i ordered all my stuff from. cheap and fast shipping.
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if i take it to go get installed would the mechanic know that he would have to do a little grinding or should i have to tell him?

If you've gotta tell the installer about grinding gears, you should not bring your truck or axles to them...

Find a specialty shop near you. Or go to a different 4wheeldrive shop...alot of prices have people come in and do the gear swap stuff for them. Or they bring it to a different shop if they havn't the employee's with the experience or qualifications.

I got a score of a deal...he does 'em out of his garage shop. 12+ years w/o a warranty claim at Randy's. Thats a very good record in my opinion.
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When I called a drivetrain shop a while ago they quoted me $550 just to set up the gears with all MY parts. Didnt include anything else with the axles, or housing, just getting the gear pattern.

I've chosen to buy the tools and do my own patiently. It helps me though, that I have the second rear-end that I'm doing everything to, off the truck. The second axle I ever do will have paid for the tools I bought.
Something that was REALLY helpful for me, was this book:

http://www.ringpinion.com/ProductDet...px?ProdID=6660


I was going to do it myself, but how can you beat 150 an axle!??? lol.
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i was driving around for shops and found two. i'm going in tomorrow for prices and see if they r qualified.
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