I just got off the phone with the local dealer and was quoted "about $200" for the front end service/axle repack? I though it was wayyy more expensive than that. He said it would take about 1/2 a day to complete. ??? ???
That probably does not include the Birf's
That service is closer to a grand :'(
I just called the local dealer, and was a little ???
but is supposed to call me back when he finds out what the seal kit will run,
WOB, just the parts are getting near $200 assuming you don't also replace all the bearings (which you should imho)
the dealer not knowing what service is required does not bode well for the job itself being done right. They likely have no experience with this work on 80's. As somebody (paradise cruiser??)'s experience with Lexus shows, the job can be screwed up repeatedly even by a dealer (and you won't know for a while plus it is a royal pain to get it fixed). Try another dealer or a specialist shop. Also read the tech links on this job (on this site) so you appreciate all that has to be done, then talk to the shop again.
From what I have learned on this site, not only is it important to replace the bearings as semlin points out but pay special attention to the axles to ensure there is no wear from the seal clips (as per Cristo @ slee off road). Soon I'm starting on a venture to find a shop that can do this.
It's sad that not even all dealers can be trusted with this task. :'(