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What should I pay for a 3.27 rear axle

I am looking to upgrade my rear axle on my 66 250se euro spec to a 3.27 and from what I heard I will be much happier with this set up. I drive to Vegas from LA every month and it's uncomfortable to drive above 70 since the rpm's are close to 5000. What should I pay for a clean rear axle and if anyone has one in CA I may be interested.
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What's your current diff ring and pinion ratio? You'll probably need to have your speedo recalibrated to match the new diff ratio
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I need to get under the car and take a look
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are you pushing this car a little too much , i dont think the car want to go there . a 280se 4.5 rear axle is getting rare , they are in 280sl by now .$ 1000 would be fair for a good one .
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are you pushing this car a little too much , i dont think the car want to go there . a 280se 4.5 rear axle is getting rare , they are in 280sl by now .$ 1000 would be fair for a good one .

Is this car a 6 cylinder?

I assume the 280 SE 4.5 liter m117 has the same drive train as my 1973 450sl did. I'm pretty sure that had a 3.06/3.07 differential, which I think can be had for about $100 all over the place. I have to admit that I don't know too much about this topic, or if there are compensator springs attached on this model, etc.




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are you pushing this car a little too much , i dont think the car want to go there . a 280se 4.5 rear axle is getting rare , they are in 280sl by now .$ 1000 would be fair for a good one .
It used to be easy to find a W108 4.5 with the rear end at the junkyards in S. California, now the axles are removed fairly quickly. A change I've noticed over the past 5 years or so...

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Car-parts.com has a 3.27 for $900, as of today.

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Thank you very much I was about to buy one in LA for $1400. These used to be a couple hundred 10 years back what an increase.
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Unbelievable thank you so much for the car-parts.com site referral I just got one for $350 plus $150 for shipping out of state from the site. I hope it makes a big difference I will let you guys know.
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