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Old 05-15-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default Trying to find shop to install 4.10 gears

I have been calling/looking around the Kansas City, Missouri area trying to find someone that is EXPERIENCED with installing/setting up rear-end gears. I got my 4.10:1 Ford Racing gears today (along with a Motive Force installation kit complete with bearings/seals/shims and all fluids needed).

The ONLY people that I've found that say they have done this kind of job is the Ford Dealers --- and they want $500+ to do the job. I did find a local shop that would do the work for approximately $275, but NOBODY in the shop has actually done this job --- my car would be the first (no thanks!).

I really thought that $300 would be enough to budget for this job. What do I do? Where do I go?
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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go to the dealer ship and offer one of the guys there 275$ to do the job "off the clock" at your place or something.
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4:10 ooch gas consumption is going to go up but you're gonna squeal like a pig when you floor it. If a hack screws it up, it will whine and it will drive you nuts. Check around for speed shops.
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go to the dealer ship and offer one of the guys there 275$ to do the job "off the clock" at your place or something.
Have you actually seen how this job is done and exactly what work is involved? I seriously doubt that anyone that has done it is going to come over to my house and do the job in my driveway!!

Thanks anyways.... no harm in trying!!
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4:10 ooch gas consumption is going to go up but you're gonna squeal like a pig when you floor it.
Gas consumption isn't a concern (although I don't think this gearing will make that big of a difference anyway).

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If a hack screws it up, it will whine and it will drive you nuts. Check around for speed shops.
That's a BIG part of the reason WHY I'm looking to find a shop that has someone EXPERIENCED in installing the gears --- properly setting bearing preload and gear backlash.
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:21 AM   #6
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Bottom line --- 5 hours of labor at roughly $100 per hour = $500. That seems a bit excessive (to me) for this job.

But, that is what the local Ford dealers want. If that is what it takes to get the job done RIGHT, then I guess I'll "bite the bullet" and pay the price.

Still hoping someone will come up with a better suggestion on where to go in the Kansas City area --- I can wait a few (several) days to get this done!!!
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Most shops go by the 'book' and if it says 5 hours, then $500 is going to be about average anywhere you go. ($100/hr seems to be the average around here too). You might be able to find a shop that knows they can do it in less than the '5 hours' and/or charges less than the average rate and come out less expensive than that, but then that is where the word 'average' comes from
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Isn't KC a pretty large city? and you can't find any Driveline shops in a city that covers 2 states?
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My shop in southern california took the whole day because they wanted to make sure they did it slow and carefully. They only charged $340, I provided the installation kit and new bearings.
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I had a hard time finding places in Omaha that would do mine too...no speed shops here any more, at least not Mustang dedicated...lol
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