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The cost varies a whole lot. A good bit of that depends on what your definition of "reconditioned" is.

There are some places that will take an old used box, replace most of the gaskets, clean it up, do a little filing on the dog-teeth, and swap the synchros around so the less-worn ones are on the lower gears which see more use. Those are pretty cheap. I've seen prices below $1500; at least some of those prices have been for this sort of "rebuild".

Some people will take a couple of old gearboxes (like a tail-shifter with relatively few miles and a well-worn side-shifter) and use the best parts in one gearbox. If those two boxes are in pretty good shape, the price can be relatively reasonable.

There are also those who will replace every gasket, every bearing, every bushing, every synchro, and any slider or gearset that shows noticeable wear. Some of those will even use NOS transmission cases. Those are mind-bendingly expensive. (Parts prices alone are pretty staggering!!) Prices can run to $4K or even more...

It's tough to do a reasonably-complete rebuild for less than $2K these days. Just check the parts prices in our Transmission section! Not all transmissions will need all parts, but just counting the commonly-worn bits you can easily run well over a grand.

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