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What materials are needed to regear?

I will be putting 33's on my 2002 XLT. I plan to get some 4.10's to compensate for lost power. I've been looking around trying to find what I need, but I'll admit, I'm a little confused. Am I looking for a ring and pinion set, because that's all I can find? Also, will I need to get a new differential case, or will what I have be fine? By the way, it's 8.8 that currently has 3.55's. Thanks!
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i heard changing gears in an 8.8 is kinda hard

percison gear makes the ring and pinions
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I've done it and you can actually get gears from a number of places. I have Yukon in mine and so far they're fine. Best to get a "master rebuild kit" and new axle bearings while you're at it.

I posted some notes from my experience in this topic:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=6064

I was rebuilding an FX4 L2 axle, which is more like an Explorer axle (31 spline) -- but the ideas are the same.

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Thanks for the info guys. I planned on having the truck into a shop, because I have also heard that changing the gears can be a PITA. My truck has the 28 spline set-up. Will I be ok with just buying new gears... or would a rebuild kit be highly recommended?
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you should definately get a rebuild kit. most shopd wont do it without you purchasing one...
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Would it be cheaper for him to find an axle that is 8.8 with 4.10s? Kyle is about to sell one possibly, they can be found on ebay/at junkyards in almost any town.

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truthfully a matching 8.8 but only with 4.10 gears from factory would probably be cheaper and easier...
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As long as you know the axle condition. The nice thing about spending the money to rebuild yours is that you have a "like new" axle with bearings and seals all renewed.

And yes, as Gil said: get the rebuild kit if you have the install done.
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Someone's already got dibs on my axle Aaron. James and I talked last night about it, haha. He joined shortly after we talked.
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Kyle and I talked last night. Can someone show me where one gets a rebuild kit? I keep finding transmission rebuilds.
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Didn't I put a number in the post I linked? Follow it down and I think I put a name and phone/web on there. If not, I'll get it for you.
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Sorry, it wasn't there. Here's the guy I used -- he was very helpful and his prices were good.

Jeremy Ayers, J.T. Parts and Accessories (Specializing in Differential Parts and Service)
Phone: 425-879-6192
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Website: http://www.ringpinion.biz
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So this and the 4.10's and I'll be ready to rock?

Also... install is going to run about how much? It's a 2wd, so I am thinking maybe a couple hundred?
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Yep, but I'd add axle bearing and seals as well. The rebuild kit does the center section, but not the "ends". You can get them locally at a parts store if you like.

It can be even less than a couple of hundred -- depends on the installer; but you shouldn't have to pay more than that, for sure. Guys on here say they got it done for $50 -- but I'm suspicious of the work quality, lol.
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Thanks! Good info. I'll get back to you guys on how much it cost me
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