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SF Bay Area Shop - Re-gear to 4.88?

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by Beater_Bimmer, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Jul 8, 2020 at 1:25 PM
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    Beater_Bimmer

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    Hi Folks,

    I'm looking to re-gear my 1st gen 4x4 to 4.88's but having issues finding a good local shop to do this. I live in San Francisco. Can anyone suggest a place that does good work?

    Otherwise, I can always trek up to Sacramento to Stellar Built but that's far away and the work takes 2-3 days.

    Plz help!
     
  2. Jul 8, 2020 at 1:28 PM
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  4. Jul 8, 2020 at 2:16 PM
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    Are you auto? Have you considered 5.29s? What tire size do you plan on running
     
  5. Jul 8, 2020 at 2:26 PM
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    Yes it's an auto, I've considered but wasn't sure 5.29's would be the right choice. I also have a GFC camper but I don't carry super heavy loads or have off road bumpers (it's my DD). Any advice on how to make the call?

    Tires are: 255/85/16 (so ~33's?)

    IMG_1090 2.jpg
     
  6. Jul 8, 2020 at 2:41 PM
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    Well, I’m running 295/70/17 also 33s, might be a little heavier than you because I’m fully armored and I have 4.88s. If I could do it again I would have done 5.29s. So if you have annnnnny thoughts of adding bumpers or bigger tires. It’s a no brainer to go 5.29s. I didn’t listen to the advice I was getting from the 1gen thread and kick myself sometimes for it. If you are in concord ever you are welcome to come drive my truck with the 4.88s
     
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    Also rear end shop in Livermore did mine.
     
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    Is there any downside to doing 5.29's if Im not as heavy as you?
     
  9. Jul 8, 2020 at 2:48 PM
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    Shaffer’s Offroad in Alameda is the shop most people will recommend, as will I. 4.88’s with 33’s on an auto box might feel a little short on a 1st gen if it’s mostly a DD. If you aren’t into super technical trails, you might find 4.56’s more to your liking.
    But, if you call Mike at Shaffer’s Offroad, he will be able to steer you in the correct direction. His experience in the Offroad community is well documented. As well as his racing chops...
     
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    Shaffer’s re-geared my truck. Awesome guy and solid work.
     
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    Second this.
     
  13. Jul 9, 2020 at 11:31 AM
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    I think the topic is settled, haha. I have an email thread with Schaffer’s Off-road in Alameda for a quote and guidance.

    Thanks all for the advice!
     
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    Picked up my rig yesterday from Shaffer's and seems great so far but will know for sure once I'm thru the break in process!
     
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    URD CAI front: Fox 2.5 w/ reservoir 700lbs coil Camburg UniBall Rear: 2.5 w/ reservoir
    How long did it take them to install etc?
     
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    Dropped it off at 930am and it was ready by next morning. 1 day.
     
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    URD CAI front: Fox 2.5 w/ reservoir 700lbs coil Camburg UniBall Rear: 2.5 w/ reservoir
    That's way faster than I originally thought it was going to be lol

    For some reason, rear end specialties quoted me 4 days so I was working off that number
     
  18. Sep 17, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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    Their standard, I think, is ~2 days but always strive to do it in 1.
     
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    They got mine done in a day also. Great shop.
     
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    Sweet rig! Did Schaeffer's have your gears in stock, or did you order them elsewhere and bring them to the shop? What brand of gears did you use? Total cost out the door?
     

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