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Tight budget for rear end

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    Tight budget for rear end

    I currently have '01 WS6 M6 that's daily driver. The car is pretty much stock except for cat-back and air filter. For the past year my rear end has been making a very loud noise, especailly on the highway. I was advised by a mechanic that it would need a rebuild that can cost up to $700. Now being that I am going to get laid off in May and going back to school in the fall, I am wondering what rear end to get. With the tax returns I can afford a rear from Midwest performance, but with my current situation I think I can put the 3k to better use (sad to say because I really want to go with MWP). I was thinking about going to junk yark and finding direct replacement? Would this be better or are there better options out there? Thanks for the help.

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    If you're going to replace the rear, IMO you'd be better off going with a 9" instead of a stock replacement. They are pricey, but it would be a better choice in the end. You're in Aurora, OH? I might be able to look at it for you if this is where you're at. I've got a few parts laying around too. Might save you some $$$, at least to get you by.

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    Unfortunately I am in Aurora, IL. I apprecite the offer.
    The thing is that I don't really race this car, just my daily driver and cruiser, I rarely ever gain up on it. As I said I am going to get laid off in May and going back to school in the Fall so I might need the money that I have saved up. I did notice that prior to the loud noise it makes, the oil was leaking where the axle housing and driveshaft connect. I had it "fixed" but within a couple of days the loud whinning noise began

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    Considering your job status, the choice should be clear.... as cheap as possible. Get a used replacement from the salvage yard.

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    +1. You can always upgrade later.

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    I just upgraded my 3.23's with 3.73's and got the retech deluxe install kit(comes with everything to rebuild the 10 bolt) from ws6store and it cost me under $700 for parts and labor and it's like new again.
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    I might just go with a junker, unless someone in the Chicago land is selling one

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    if you cannot find one locally,give this guy a call,Billy Graham's Camaro.1-205-668-1169.he has a 4th gen f-body only salvage yard in Calera,AL,he also has shipped parts to Europe,so i know he can ship you one.

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    Buy a stock replacement save the money. They are cheap

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    Find a reputable shop and fix yours...

    Without specific details i can't say if you just need bearings or what...but being it's been a year i kinda am leaning toward you have bearing issues, could even be a bad u-joint...

    I'll tell you what though....waiting a Y E A R is not the best thing to do when you hear a noise....

    If you need bearings you are probably looking at $110 to $130 for the master bearing kit and depending on your area from $250 to $350 for labor, plus 3 qts oil....

    Sure as hell is smarter to do that, then buy another pos out of a J/Y that you have no idea if it's good or not...


    Just make sure of the shop that is doing your rear.....lots of "i know what im doing bs out there"

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    Thanks again everyone for the advise

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    Yep, i got mine done a while ago. New bearings and seals. Threw in a carrier and gears while he was in there. With the bearings, seals, and install, total was $373. Be aware though, if your bearings are bad there is a good chance that the axles are bad as well. If i were you i'd check out salvage yards and see what you find.

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