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Old 04-17-2014, 02:03 PM   #1
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Is this a good price for a shop to do the install??

I have a guy I have used that has always been good to me on price He said $750 about to install all the below items. He said if takes less than he figured would charge less but that only happened once. Never charged more than quoted.

2 - Shocks
2 - Struts
4 - Springs
Front Sway Bar
Rear Sway Bar
(all of the above is from Eibach Pro System Plus)
J&M Extreme Joint Rear LCA
Steeda Adjustable UCA
J&M adjustable Pan Hard bar
Full 4 wheel alignment

Good price? Or at least average?
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I would call around and get a couple other quotes so you know what shops in your area are charging. Also if you could do some of the control arms yourself...it could save you a little money plus give you experience working on the stang.
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that's a lot of stuff for him to swap out. I say that's a reasonable price.
You could probably do most of that stuff your self with basic tools but
if you feel more comfortable having your mechanic do it then yah sure.
could always get a quote at one more shop and if its give or take the same
then go with your guy... if its more.. then you know he hooks you up
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I have a guy I have used that has always been good to me on price He said $750 about to install all the below items. He said if takes less than he figured would charge less but that only happened once. Never charged more than quoted.

2 - Shocks
2 - Struts
4 - Springs
Front Sway Bar
Rear Sway Bar
(all of the above is from Eibach Pro System Plus)
J&M Extreme Joint Rear LCA
Steeda Adjustable UCA
J&M adjustable Pan Hard bar
Full 4 wheel alignment

Good price? Or at least average?
seems high, are you not able to do any of it, like the easier stuff?
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My guess is a competent shop should take about 5-6 hours for all listed. Seems a bit high for shop hourly rate to me. Hell, all that plus full exhaust and MGW took me only 10 hours in my garage with jack and stand alone.
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I am just nervous to do without allot of tools, no lift and no jack stands. My girlfriends son's best friend works on cars aloot, his whole family does. Maybe talk to him about "renting" his lift. That and tools are the main thing. Just been a long time since I wrenched lol.
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i'd invest in a lift and jack stands. That way you can have it and do a couple things on your own and save what you wouldve spent on that part of the install and have a lift and stands to show for it...along with the parts installed.
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buy everything you need from walmart then return it after looool
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I had all that work done minus the sway bars for $550 at my local shop.
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If you have enough to buy the things you listed... 750.00, for install is not bad. I am in the same place. I like working on my car, but can't stand it when I don't have the correct tool, space, or time (DD). If it were me I would shop around at all speed shops. Then chose the one you feel comfortable at. Good luck.
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If the install is somewhat simple, I go out and buy the tool...thus saving in paying a shop and have the tool for later. I did that with my bike and now have quite a few things accumulated.
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People will always give you the "do it yourself" response. To answer your question, that quote is not unreasonable. I would shop around but worst case, it isn't an outrageous quote.
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You probably can find a little better price, but with full alignment included, its not too bad. If you don't have the tools, this may be a bit much for you to DIY right away. I would however do what some have posted here for the future. Buy yourself a good jack and four jack stands. It will save you down the road and you will learn a lot about your car.
This is precisely why we do most all of our work ourselves. I use this to give my son knowledge and an understanding about his car and how everything works. Having a complete understanding of how your car works and when something is amiss can be invaluable.
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That's not bad that's like 7 hours labor
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Having a complete understanding of how your car works and when something is amiss can be invaluable.
I agree and this is actually my one thing making me wonder. I have two boys and am always explaining car stuff to them. I actually graduated an automotive school then decided to go a different route in life. All good thoughts guys. Thank you
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What always gets me is how we so easily surrender our self reliance for convenience. I feel somewhat privileged, looking back, that cars sucked so bad and we actually had to work on them, because they broke all the time. We weren't getting to work, school or, more importantly, the girlfriend's house, otherwise.

Nowadays's we gleefully sign over our independence to our smart phone, our automobile, our tax service, whatever. It's a thousand little steps backward and what I love about this hobby is there's a little pocket of self reliant resistance still holding out here.

I teach auto shop so, that suggests kind of where I'm coming from with this. No offense to the OP. Anything you want to try, lots of people, including me, will be here to help.
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True 5LHO. My dad could not wrench ANYTHING. My grandfather on the other hand could fix anything. I would live with my grandparents the summers. My friends there and I all had mini bikes. We literally learned all of our mechanic skills from taking stuff apart and putting it back together. We modded EVERYTHING, bicycles dirt bikes, you name it. My son at 14, knew nothing about working on a car but was already a car freak. He over the last four years has become a good mechanic. He has gone from my tool getter to leading the way on a lot of our projects. When he finishes finals in a couple of weeks, we will be doing a super charger install on this car together. With information that is out there today, it is MUCH easier to DIY than what it has been in the past.
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I'd say that quote is fairly reasonable, given the amount of lift time required. Other guys have made a good point though - doing it yourself is both cheaper and you get invaluable experience.

That said (I got some things to learn, too!) how are you guys doing springs + shocks/struts without a spring compressor? I managed to install my own springs on my old SRT4, but that was at the base's auto shop and with the assistance of several old gearheads and a full mechanic's toolset.

Are you simply seating it and using a jack to compress it, or am I overthinking it?
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Yep, use the jack under the lca to unload the spring.
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Yep, use the jack under the lca to unload the spring.
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You can rent a compressor cheap or buy one. It's a lot safer and less likely to leave you with damaged parts.
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Make sure to add new strut mounts to that list. It'd be bad to pay all that money for the install to have to turn around and rip the front suspension back out to replace them later. If you reuse your factory strut mounts, they will fail.
And I hope you have a plan to correct camber up front after the swap. You could go the cheap and easy way with Camber Bolts, or you could go the more pricey and correct way with some Maximum Motorsports Caster/Camber plates. This will also kill two birds with one stone. It'll insure proper alignment up front and replace your strut mounts.
The most time consuming thing to this install is the UCA. A competent mechanic with a lift and all the right tools could do all this in 4 hours or less. If I had to pay someone, I wouldn't pay a penny more then $500 for everything, including the alignment.
Do yourself a huge favor...

-Jack
-Jack Stands
-Basic Sockets and Wrenches
-Torque Wrench
-Spring Compressor
-A Saturday
-And a few beers

Job done for half or less then what your going to pay someone else.

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