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86 K10 hub bearings

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by Camar068, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Camar068

    Camar068 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    How much should I expect to have someone change the inner/outer bearings/races on the hub assemblies including parts?

    I ask because I have some play in them and hopefully I'll be dropping it off next weekend to have the gearing changed on the front/rear. I figure I might as well have him do it since he's already there.

    He's charging $175/axle for the gearing and $175 total to change the bearings on the carriers (front and rear).

    Thanks In Advance Guys
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    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Uh, that rate is WAY cheap for a gear swap and setup.

    The hubs and bearings all have to come apart anyway to do the gear swap. There shouldn't be any extra labor charge, except for knocking out the old bearing races and driving in the new ones. So basically, just the added cost of the bearings, races and seals.

    Your old bearings may just need packed and adjusted.
     
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    What bucket said....

    The math doesn't make sense.
     
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    I'm taking him the gears and installation kits (x2 were $450). he's installing the gears and the carrier bearings on front/rear for a total of $525 in labor.

    I could get him to not change the carrier bearings and save $175. But they come with the install kit and he's already there.
     
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    Yeah, that labor is cheap. Most places here charge in that neighborhood for just one axle.
     
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    Agree. It only takes a few minutes to swap bearings on a carrier. But he seems to be charging the same for that as setting up a ring and pinion? There's a lot more time involved in setting pinion depth, preload, backlash and patterning the gears.

    Maybe he's that good, but be careful. I've known plenty of guys to just hammer everything together with air tools and send it. Most of them worked at dealerships and we're trying to beat the book, but it can happen anywhere.
     
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    depending on price of race/bearing/seals (local) he says $60 max for parts and $60-100 depending on how much of a bitch it is to get the races out. I can deal with that.
     
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    Getting the races out is easy. A walk in the park compared to setting up gears.
     
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