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Time to order gears. Where to buy???

Ive been ordering things for my truck getting ready for lift and 35s. Ive been looking for 4.88s and install kit. The lowest ive found is $254.98 shipped. The brand is Motive. Anyone know anything about this brand of gears?
Heres the link Ford 8.8 Ring and Pinion 4.88 Gears Bearing Kit Package:eBay Motors (item 370225931512 end time Sep-04-09 15:50:39 PDT)

Anyone know a cheaper site to get gears and install kit? Also will i need a notched cross pin?
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I prefer Yukon, as shown here: FORD 8.8" GEAR & INSTALL KIT PACKAGE DEAL 4.88
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anyone heard of those Motive gears in the e-bay link i posted? What about a notched cross pin.
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Here's where I got my 4.56's and install kits. I went with Yukon's. I asked about the notched cross pin and some people said just to notch one of the teeth on the ring gear and the regular cross pin will slide right in. Don't use the notched cross pin.
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Welcome to Complete Off Road treated me very well. Got my gears and install kits for just over $400 for 2 axles. $10.95 flat handling fee and free shipping. Definitely recommend them!
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Welcome to Complete Off Road treated me very well. Got my gears and install kits for just over $400 for 2 axles. $10.95 flat handling fee and free shipping. Definitely recommend them!
What the hell kind of gears and install kits did you get for $400? Were they made in China or what? I paid over $700 for mine. I also got master install kits front and rear.
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What about a notched cross pin.
i just ground down a little off a tooth to get a reg. cross pin in. it was recommended to me by a few people and it worked great.
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Completeoffroad.com. (as linked above)

Cheapest place I've found Yukons for. Got my front M35 and rear 8.8 4.88's with master install kits for about $400 shipped. You want quality gears...nothing worse than going cheap on gears and ending up with howling.

Shave a little off the ring gear where the problem area is for installing the centerpin. I shaved some off my 4.88 ring gear and it wasn't all that much grinding. I think the max allowable grinding is 1/4 of the tooth depth, and as long as it doesn't get into the tooth mesh pattern. Also, sand the edges of the teeth that were ground. I used an 80grit sanding wheel when I ground mine. I would suggest getting an aftermarket hardened centerpin. Same better stuff those notched pins are made of, but they're not notched. Significantly stronger than stock centerpins.

And remember...gear installations aren't exactly for the novice. Requires specialty tools and experience to get 'em right. I was going to install mine myself, but $400 or so in tools and my axle guy installs gears for $150 an axle....sorta made my decision for me.
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What the hell kind of gears and install kits did you get for $400? Were they made in China or what? I paid over $700 for mine. I also got master install kits front and rear.
Yukon gears and install kits. Just gotta do some shopping around ;-) it was a bit closer to $420 - $440, but I still thing that's a pretty sweet deal!

Also, stay away from motive gear! They're the walmart equivalent gears and they run pretty loud.

Setting gears is a very tricky task. It's taken me 4 weekends to do it because of not having the right tools or whatever. I'm still proud of being able to do it by myself, and I think the second set will go much easier!
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Damn. I wish I had found them. I searched everywhere on the internet and compared prices and I couldn't find anything cheaper.
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i know some of you hate 4wheelparts but i got my lifetime warranteed genuin gears with master re-build kits for just under $500
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And remember...gear installations aren't exactly for the novice. Requires specialty tools and experience to get 'em right. I was going to install mine myself, but $400 or so in tools and my axle guy installs gears for $150 an axle....sorta made my decision for me.
yep, from experience. i did mine myself, and after all was done, i had bought a press, dial indicator, bearing splitter, and inch lb torque wrench. so it did cost me some money, but now i got tools i can still use. as long as you understand what goes on in a diff. between the ring and pinion and what adjustments will do what, you should be alright doing it yourself.
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Thanks for all the input guys. Im not going to do it myself. Brenton (EdGe_wannabe) told me about a guy he knows that installed his gears in his old truck. Hes doing it for $70.
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**** it might be worth it to drive down there to get mine done. I got quoted 300 for each axle
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$70 is a good deal, as long as he knows what he is doing. Installing and setting up a gear set isn't like chaging tires, lol, you have to have many special tools such as a dial indicator, micrometer, feeler gauge, in/lbs and ft/lbs torque wrenches, etc... You can't just slap it in there either, you have to make sure that everything is spot on if you want them to live a long, happy, quiet life. I install 8.8 sets for $125 myself, and I usually have to spend about 4 hours to do it.
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**** it might be worth it to drive down there to get mine done. I got quoted 300 for each axle
Unfortunately it won't be worth it after that couple hour drive that'll overheat those new gears....
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Yeah, you only want to drive on them EASILY for 30 mins or so. Then cool all the way down, then an hour at most of driving, cool all the way down, then you are good for normal driving. You shouldn't even consider towing on them until after the first 500 miles.
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yep, from experience. i did mine myself, and after all was done, i had bought a press, dial indicator, bearing splitter, and inch lb torque wrench. so it did cost me some money, but now i got tools i can still use. as long as you understand what goes on in a diff. between the ring and pinion and what adjustments will do what, you should be alright doing it yourself.
I'm with you. I've got some pricey tools now, but they'll definitely come in handy down the road!
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