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you will be fortunate to re-gear for less than $600/axle.. a matter of fact, plan for about $1k an axle.. that is $600 for ring and pinion, and master install/bearing kit, and install @ $400 per axle..
you don't want just anyone installing gears- they are about the trickiest job you can perform, and it takes experience to get them right.. it's the only job I won't consider doing myself.. and, you're only considering moving a marginal ratio, so it would take a long long time to make up the cost by raising the ratio (numerically dropping)...
If'n I was in your position, I'd advertise on your local Craig's List or other place people buy/trade/sell, and swap out entire axle(s).. there are going to be plenty of folks wanting to head the opposite direction as you (lowering gears to compensate for larger tires, as an example).. you can swap out axles a helluva lot faster and more efficiently than you can re-gear- and then you don't have to worry about getting the install right near as much..
I've seen brand new Yukon Ring and Pinions eaten alive in less than 1k miles.. I've seen covers taken off after break in to replace fluids and have gobs of metal on magnets.. If you do decide to re-gear your existing axles, for the love of God, find a reputable joint to do it, and one that backs their work...
if you were any closer, I'd consider swapping out with you..
Last edited by drewactual; 01-22-2013 at 05:07 AM.