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Old 05-17-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Rear end compatibility for 97 F-bird

the rear end on my 'Bird has a bad carrier bearing and bad pinion bearings. I'm looking at two options. Have it rebuilt at a dealership (because of a specific mechanic I know who is ace with trannies and differential rebuilds) for around $450-600.

Or I can look for a used one in good working order and replace it myself and save a few hundred bucks. My question is, what GM rear ends are compatible, including other makes/models? For instance, Ranger and Mustang rear ends are a direct replacement.

Does anyone know what all will fit my Firebird? The more models I have to work with the easier it will be to find one.
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Direct bolt in only a rear from another 4th gen Fbody will directly swap right over. Honestly for $450 I would let the guru rebuild my rear if it was me. Sure you can pick up a used one for $250ish and not know its history or it may be ready to grenade.
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Direct bolt in only a rear from another 4th gen Fbody will directly swap right over. Honestly for $450 I would let the guru rebuild my rear if it was me. Sure you can pick up a used one for $250ish and not know its history or it may be ready to grenade.
That's true and if I went that route it would have to be from a reputable rebuilder as well. The difference would be the labor. There used to be a guy local who had a well-established tranny shop who would always have various rear ends he re-built to sell. He'd usually ask about $300 for one, but he died recently. So it would be a lot of phone tag to track down a solid rebuilder.

That said, I am leaning toward having mine rebuilt. The mechanic I go to used to build transmissions and differentials for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and various IRL teams. When you can go to a dealership and have a guy like that do your work for $59.99/hr I guess that should be a no-brainer, eh?
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I used to work at a dealer (non GM dealer) and there is a tech that works drivelines, one that does diagnostics, one that does alignments, one that does electrical etc... So honestly the guy rebuilding it at a dealer is gonna know what he's doing.
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60 bucks an hour at the dealer??? Ours charges 105 bucks an hour.
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