2011 3.8L JKU Regear questions/opinions wanted.

Discussion in 'Axles / Suspension / Tires' started by Turk919, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Turk919

    Turk919 Member

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    Hey guys, I’m considering regearing my JKU to get a little more “oomph” and mileage out of it, and all the reviews I see are on the newer 3.6’s that have more power to begin with, so it’s not really comparable.

    Currently have my JKU on 34.5-35’s, Auto trans, tuned with a flashpaq on the performance tune, it does not have the torque to cruise at 65+ without coming out of OD and you can forget it going up a grade. I think the stock gears are 3:73’s but I was wondering if I should go with 4:88’s or possibly 5:13’s? Anyone have a similar setup and is happy with it? I’m not looking to go nascar speeds in my Jeep, just want it to be a bit more peppy and responsive.

    Any comments or thoughts are welcome and appreciated.
     
  2. Jason W.

    Jason W. Carolina Trail Blazers

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    5.13 , end of discussion!
    It will drive much better.

    @Nakoma can give you first hand experience
     
  3. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    5.13 no doubt about it with 34/35 and the 3.8 V6.
    Top end won't suffer as much as you'd think. You'll be happy with them for sure
     
  4. Turk919

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    Ok, next question I guess would be is $2000-$2500 about right for having a shop replace them? I don’t have the knowledge to tinker on axles and certainly don’t want one locking up going down the road.
     
  5. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    That’s high IMO just for a regear. Should be able to find a reputable shop in the $1400-$1600 range.
     
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  6. Turk919

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    I’ll call around again then, the two places I called was East Coast Gear in Raleigh and Carolina diesel trucks in Fuquay.

    Looking back at the quote it is over $1100 in labor. 4.5hrs/per axle at $562.50
     
  7. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    East coast is a great shop. Never done a JK myself but I wouldn’t think it would be much more than a TJ. You running a D44 rear and D30 front?
     
  8. Turk919

    Turk919 Member

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    Yes sir
     
  9. tsconver

    tsconver Well-Known Member

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    Check 4 wheel parts. They do specials during their sales events and they have one coming up on august 10th. Also if you are a club member they give you even larger discounts.
     
  10. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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  11. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    Had a guy drive here from Emerald Isle once for a regear. Dropped it off Saturday am, called an Uber, he slept own bed that night. :huggy:
    I don't do that turn and burn routine anymore though. I prefer my weekends to be spent getting my own tires dirty
     
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  12. ghost

    ghost Well-Known Member

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    If you an do without the JKU that guy @Jody Treadway is as good or better than anyone there is. I towed my xj from SC to get him to redo my gears.
     
  13. CLRracer

    CLRracer Mopar Nut

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    ECGS did my 15 Ram 2500. Excellent work. Not sure how comparable price would be to a JK but the bill was in your first guess range.

    Duane
     

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