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Old 02-06-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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3.91 Gear install price a joke

I called a Portland OR Chevy dealer and asked them how much to put in a 3.91 gears in my differential. They quoted me $2800 for the install even when I told them I have the gears. I told him you got to be kidding? He said we tear it down and replace all the gears? I told him there is only one gear and I already have it. He still stated he has to replace all the gears. I'm scratching my head and asked him, your not talking about the transmission are you and he stated no. I told him I could get a brand new 1LE dif for less than that. He told me we have to warranty the product. I told him forget it and hung up. Is this nuts or what?
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like a shop that does not want to do the job... I paid $340 for mine to be installed
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #3
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Quoted for $900+ around here from my dealerships -
Let me know if you find a good shop for what I see others have paid with no problems.
...Like the guy above it seems like all of them are on the east cost with the good install price.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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There are two gears in the differential. A pinion gear and a ring gear. You were surprised the stealership is crazy overpriced? You must be new to cars.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #5
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I called a Portland OR Chevy dealer and asked them how much to put in a 3.91 gears in my differential. They quoted me $2800 for the install even when I told them I have the gears. I told him you got to be kidding? He said we tear it down and replace all the gears? I told him there is only one gear and I already have it. He still stated he has to replace all the gears. I'm scratching my head and asked him, your not talking about the transmission are you and he stated no. I told him I could get a brand new 1LE dif for less than that. He told me we have to warranty the product. I told him forget it and hung up. Is this nuts or what?
Don't walk; RUN away from that idiot! I paid $600 labor to a reputable shop for everything (dropping the pumpkin, setup, and reinstall) back when I had my gears changed.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:59 PM   #6
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Yea...mine estimated $2500...worthless
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:13 PM   #7
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Not too new to cars - just shopping around but Iam still new to the area sorta.
Maybe I can find a truck/jeep shop ...
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:35 PM   #8
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I am keeping my warranty even though I am switching out the entire diff with the 1le diff and I am paying $500
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:48 AM   #9
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I paid $250 for labor for the ring and pinion install, $75 to install PFADT bushings, and $100 to have the billet endcaps machined. $461 out the door. Really no need for a warranty on the diff. Just have a differential shop build it and install it yourself. Follow their break in procedure. If something goes wrong down the road, replace it. No big deal.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:49 AM   #10
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There are two gears in the differential. A pinion gear and a ring gear. You were surprised the stealership is crazy overpriced? You must be new to cars.
No, not new to cars and yes I know there are two gears, what I meant to say is one set of gears. I was assuming everyone especially the mechanics know when I say to swap out my gears out with a set of 3.91 they don't repond that we swap out all the other gears as well. I took it as the dif has more than 1 set of gears. I know it has to have more than just 1 gear to make things work, one gear alone is worthless, right?
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:28 AM   #11
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Paid $750 for complete 1LE diff and installed it myself in about 3 hours in my sloped driveway on jackstands with a standard socket set. Install price zero dollars.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:30 AM   #12
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For $2800 you could buy a brand new complete 1LE differential, have it installed, and have $1300 or so left to over for other goodies. That is a joke.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:54 AM   #13
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yep, unless its a recall or warranty issue. A dealership is the last place you want to have any work done.

Up here, they have the least experienced mechanics and that is where they make a lot of their profit. 1LE gears are a highly recommended for any M6 SS.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:25 PM   #14
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Paid $750 for complete 1LE diff and installed it myself in about 3 hours in my sloped driveway on jackstands with a standard socket set. Install price zero dollars.
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Did the same thing!
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:26 PM   #15
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I know a lot of you guys think you're being polite for not posting the dealerships' names, but we should really know who the bad guys are. Some members are unaware that these unscrupulous businesses are overpriced, but they might recognize that they're bad guys through name recognition. Tell us who they are.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:06 PM   #16
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Just to see if your dealer knows anything about installing a 3.91 rear tell them you've given it some thought and ask them IF the install includes the recalibration of the speedo? ...you didn't mention it in what they told you what was involved. My guess is that they didn't mention it because they have no idea what's involved. See info the 3.91 gear kit from GM Chevy Performance .... http://www.chevrolet.com/performance/camaro-parts.html
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:20 PM   #17
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holy hell thats alot!! mine was installed for free because of the camarofest voucher but i was told the labor work would of been 700 total but i also had them install Dif bushing and posi mod lol
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holy hell thats alot!! mine was installed for free because of the camarofest voucher but i was told the labor work would of been 700 total but i also had them install Dif bushing and posi mod lol
That is a lot more realistic for a gear install.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:02 AM   #19
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I know a lot of you guys think you're being polite for not posting the dealerships' names, but we should really know who the bad guys are. Some members are unaware that these unscrupulous businesses are overpriced, but they might recognize that they're bad guys through name recognition. Tell us who they are.
Wentworth Chevy, Portland Oregon. Don't go unless you want to pay. Checked around and getting a price around $900 with me supplying the gears and they supplying the rebuild kit. Thinking about dropping the cradle myself and saving a few hundred dollars.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:37 AM   #20
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Dont need to drop the cradle at all. I just did mine 3 weeks ago. If you are not replacing axles, you can just undo one side of the suspension, slide the axle out, undo the diff from the 3 stand offs and driveshaft, move the diff over and slide the other axle out, then remove diff. Reinstall in reverse order.
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Once the diff is sitting on the bench any good builder should be able to re and re gears and set up in about 3 hours.

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Dont need to drop the cradle at all. I just did mine 3 weeks ago. If you are not replacing axles, you can just undo one side of the suspension, slide the axle out, undo the diff from the 3 stand offs and driveshaft, move the diff over and slide the other axle out, then remove diff. Reinstall in reverse order.
Thanks for that, however, I'm thinking about installing the Pfadt sub frame bushing as well. Haven't 100% decided yet since it's $690. If I decide not to do it then I will do what you suggested, that is a great idea. Thanks
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