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Old May 8th, 2015, 05:47 PM
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Price reasonable?

Would it be reasonable to pull a LT230, replace it with a shop rebuilt LT230Q for $2400 bucks?

Shop had it for almost a month.

I'm pretty irritated. I believe original quote was around $1400.

TC was $500. Labor charge is $116.00 an hour. That's 12 hours and book says 7 1/2?

Just checking...
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Old May 8th, 2015, 05:54 PM
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It took less time than that for Brandon and I to put an overdrive on a t-case and swap it with another t-case while singing beatles songs and taking naps.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 06:00 PM
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I swapped out mine a few years ago in my driveway by myself and took way less time than that.
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Old May 8th, 2015, 06:56 PM
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It took less time than that for Brandon and I to put an overdrive on a t-case and swap it with another t-case while singing beatles songs and taking naps.
Haha - and I think even Lav and Galpin took less time doing it on the trail and driving at least a few hours to go get one.
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A $2400 LT230??


ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

sorry...


ha ha

no, not reasonable.

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Old May 8th, 2015, 07:24 PM
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4 hours would be a reasonable labour charge, imo.
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4 hours would be a reasonable labour charge, imo.
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A $2400 LT230??


ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

sorry...


ha ha

no, not reasonable.

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4 hours would be a reasonable labour charge, imo.
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agreed
The warranty time is 5.1 hours, so 4 hours is unreasonable in my opinion. I would expect a shop to charge around 8 to 10 hours. That's also not including fixing all of the other stuff that you will find wrong when you take it apart.
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And to think, I didn't even get a reach around...

Calling shop owner on Monday....will let you know response.

Thanks for the input guys...
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Old May 9th, 2015, 08:39 PM
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Was the $500 transfer box including the rebuild? If I was installing a used transfer box I would charge more to reseal it.
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We just priced this out today for a customer, and we charged 5 hours to pull and install, 8 hours to rebuild and $350 in bearings and seals. For a bill of around $1650. I will keep posted of actual costs of the work being done. Our book called for 14.3 hrs for a pull and rebuild, we decided on 13 hrs at $100 plus parts.
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Was the $500 transfer box including the rebuild? If I was installing a used transfer box I would charge more to reseal it.
The $500 was for the transfer case used. I did insist on a "newer" LT230Q.

There were some misc. charges but the bulk was 16 hours @ $116 an hour to pull old transfer case, rebuild the "new" one and install it.

The truck was in the shop for a month.
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I guess if that includes the rebuild it is not unreasonable. It would have made more sense to buy a rebuilt unit. A rebuilding shop does it much cheaper as they have specialty tools and jogs setup to do it quicker than someone rebuilding by hand.

I still don't believe a pull and replace should be more than 4 hours. Any competent shop could do it in that time.
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Holy CRAP! As others pointed out, price is off the charts. It's definitely an "undertaking" doing it, but it's not as bad as you think. Hell, I've done it (either in or out) 5 times in the past 2 weeks. I'm sore as sh*t, but it's really just unbolting and bolting stuff together. If i can do it on my back in the garage (or dirt), anyone can . It does help to have a 'Galpin' for said dirt version of removal/replacement. Every tool roll needs a Galpin, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year long...

That said, I am INFINITELY pleased with how quiet the newer style tcases are...I'm not calling my truck "quiet" by any means, but I can now actually hear my tire hum on the highway (which before, apparently all I heard was tcase whine). Now if I can just get my exhaust leak(s) fixed [including half of my tailpipe that got left somewhere at Rausch Creek] dare I say my kids may actually not have impending hearing loss from riding in the 90.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 09:11 AM
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I still don't believe a pull and replace should be more than 4 hours. Any competent shop could do it in that time.
They definitely could do it in that time, but mechanics are paid by the job and don't work to make 40 hours a week.
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I suppose it depends on the shop, how the work is done and hrs allocated, but if you are not able or willing to put your own wrenches to work, then you position yourself to be at the mercy of the shop who turns your wrenches for you.

For $2400, would think you can buy a lot of tools and perhaps even your own lift.
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Hours charged to do a job have no relevance to actual worked hours. When a mechanic gets a job allocated sometimes he wins. 12hrs paid for 4hrs work. Sometimes he loses 8hrs for a warranty job that takes 12.
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