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Old 09-14-2017, 09:52 AM
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I've started looking for quotes on 4.88s and a rear locker install. I've checked with two shops here in Denver and there's a $2300 (4400 to 6700) difference. Both are including a major install kit (bearings, seals, etc) but I have not included the compressor. I'll do the compressor myself as I'm not sure yet where I want to put it. Does anyone have a shop recommendation? I'm willing to drive a bit if the shop is reliable, the work is good and the price is reasonable. I don't feel comfortable in tackling this one on my own.
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Did you check out slee?

The rear is straight forward, but the front is kind of a PITA and requires some finesse and an oven you're willing to have smell like gear oil.

4400 seems very reasonable, boarderline cheap. 6700 seems a bit on the high side.

I would definitely pay more for someone that is familiar with the front diff. It's very easy to mess up the front case.
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Like Jackson said. The rear takes shimming and its expensive to figure out you haven't done it right.

Robbie did my 40, Slee did my 200

ATLR might be another good option
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Robbie or Slee. My Robbie-done nitro 4.56ss are doing great two years later.

Unlike what Romer said, no shims here. I opted to use Toyota crush sleeves vs solid spacer with shims. Installer opinions will vary.

You want someone familiar with the kits, parts, and quirks.
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Robbie or Slee. My Robbie-done nitro 4.56ss are doing great two years later.

Unlike what Romer said, no shims here. I opted to use Toyota crush sleeves vs solid spacer with shims. Installer opinions will vary.

You want someone familiar with the kits, parts, and quirks.
Both the 10.5 (tundra) and the 9.5 elocker use shims for CB preload/backlash and for pinion depth (I think this is what ken was getting at).

I believe you are referring to the pinion bearing preload. I am a fan of crush sleeves unless you can machine the solid spacer to spec. The 10.5 uses a solid spacer from the factory though.

The front diff is the funky one in this case. The front case is a bit fragile and takes experience to get it right.
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Did you check out slee?
On my list. Just need to call.

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ATLR might be another good option
Forgot about ATLR. He's done good work for me in the past.

Appreciate everyone's input.
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Now that Jackson has come out of the diff closet, he should be added to the list of reputable builders of Toyota diffs. I'd trust him with my stuff.
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Sorry to dig this up from a while back but did you get the gears/locker installed on your Tundra?

Thought I was the only one actually wheeling a full size rig, good to know there are others
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Sorry to dig this up from a while back but did you get the gears/locker installed on your Tundra?

Thought I was the only one actually wheeling a full size rig, good to know there are others
not yet. still putting pennies away. it's the last big ticket item, for now, but i'm trying to button up some smaller projects first.
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