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Old 12-21-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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I'm wanting to lower my car for appearance mainly but I figured if I'm going to do it I should just go big or go home. I was going to get Steeda everything: sport springs, UCA, LCAs, panhard bar, camber adjustment bolts. I got a quote from a mustang shop locally and they said it would be $935 for labor. Is that a decent price? I'm sure people out there have had the same thing done. Just curious before I pull the trigger in the spring.


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I am also curious on install prices. I may get a Hotchkis Stage 2 TVS track pack handling kit. I have some steep driveways that I deal with so I may just forget about it...
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I'm wanting to lower my car for appearance mainly but I figured if I'm going to do it I should just go big or go home. I was going to get Steeda everything: sport springs, UCA, LCAs, panhard bar, camber adjustment bolts. I got a quote from a mustang shop locally and they said it would be $935 for labor. Is that a decent price? I'm sure people out there have had the same thing done. Just curious before I pull the trigger in the spring.


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Not too bad considering avg labor cost these days run around $80 -$100 per hr.(depending on location, of course.)
Particularly if they are not providing materials since they usually make part of their profit on that.
Where's your LCA relocation brackets to get those LCA back to where they were before lowering? Also, you may want to research the use of camber adjustment bolts further. Many don't think they're a good idea. Some feel you may not need camber adjustment for moderate lowering. And if camber adjustment is required, CC plates are typically preferred.
I'm assuming this shop has a good reputation, warrants all work and includes alignment and pinion angle adjustments.
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I'm wanting to lower my car for appearance mainly but I figured if I'm going to do it I should just go big or go home. I was going to get Steeda everything: sport springs, UCA, LCAs, panhard bar, camber adjustment bolts. I got a quote from a mustang shop locally and they said it would be $935 for labor. Is that a decent price? I'm sure people out there have had the same thing done. Just curious before I pull the trigger in the spring.


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I think its a bit high. I did mine in about 5 hours and I also did rear shocks, LCA relocation brackets and rear sway bar end links.
I paid $300 to have SRT8 shocks, struts and springs done on my Challenger RT at a shop.
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You cant install those parts yourself? Where I live an alignment is under $100.
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I did lca/lca brackets, uca/mount, pan handle bar, springs, shocks/struts in a weekend in my garage. It was my first on a mustang and simple as amy other vehicle. You can do what you want in a day tops. Save your money and buy shocks and struts, then do the install yourself. It's really not bad.

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Shop around, find out what the going rate is around you.

I received a few quotes for $800-1200. I found a shop that charged $400 for it not including alignment, they did a great job.
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Seems high to me but I installed it all myself.
Go big or go home is not using camber bolts. Steeda has adjustable strut mounts that are a better option than camber bolts.
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I recently had Koni sports & J&M cc plates with BMR lca's & panhard installed for $425.00 Same shop charged $60.00 to install DSS 1 piece. Shop around.
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I just paid 650.00 for the installation of springs, pahhard bar, upper and lower control arms with brackets. all bmr hardware. With alignment. Love the way the car handles now. About an 1 1/2 inch drop.
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$450.00 at a Mustang shop who will do it correctly. They will align it with the car loaded with weights, ect....
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Are you in Orlando area? I'll do the install for half of that. Just did mine this past weekend. It's really not that bad. Just take your time and make sure you have the right tools.Click image for larger version

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A couple more months and my license plate will say 1fstcpa!!!!
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I figured I would leave a part or two out like the relocation brackets, I'm a rookie at suspension upgrades. The place where I got the quote from knows exactly what they are doing. They have a shop here in Indiana and one in Texas. The place is called Brenspeed. I figured their price would be a little high, but they know exactly what they are doing, and could get it dialed in perfectly. Which is what scares me about other places. I dont want to have problems because they aren't as familiar with the mods. They also said they would give me a 15% discount on labor if I buy all the parts from them, which works because they have all the Steeda parts I want. With the discount it would be around $795. Also visiting the place would be pretty cool.
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If I had proximity to Brenspeed I would go to them for the install. Price is right for the quality of workmanship and the reputation of the Brenspeed shop.
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When aligning our Mustangs (ALL GENS), especially those who have all the complete proper parts installed without missing anything such as modified balljoints, bumpsteer, C/C Plates ect. when applicable, the shop DOES load up each seat (drivers only for track) or (driver & passenger for street) with weights equaling your body weight, CORRECT??
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I was a total noob when it came to installing suspension parts, but I did it all myself. It's not that bad with jack stands and a jack. Just awkward positions. I got quotes around here from $200 to $1200.


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Are you in Orlando area? I'll do the install for half of that. Just did mine this past weekend. It's really not that bad. Just take your time and make sure you have the right tools.Attachment 195139Attachment 195140Attachment 195141Attachment 195142Attachment 195143


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Just curious, per the pics, were these 3 different guys or 3 different changes of clothing?
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I am also curious on install prices. I may get a Hotchkis Stage 2 TVS track pack handling kit. I have some steep driveways that I deal with so I may just forget about it...

Any quote a shop gives you I will beat the price. Not sure how close you are to Houston though.


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Any quote a shop gives you I will beat the price. Not sure how close you are to Houston though.


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Just curious, per the pics, were these 3 different guys or 3 different changes of clothing?

Two different guys, but two changes of clothing lol. I started the project by myself and took a break took a shower and the started again(wifey wanted to go eat)! Then my brother showed up to help. Took me about 4-5 hours. Installed bmr panhard bar, panhard relocation bracket, sway bar relocation bracket, Lca's, lca relocation brackets, adj uca, bracket, Steeda sport line springs, shocks and struts. Needless to say it was a long install.


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If I had proximity to Brenspeed I would go to them for the install. Price is right for the quality of workmanship and the reputation of the Brenspeed shop.
+1! Plus you get to check out the shop!
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People really pay that much to install simple parts?

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Two different guys, but two changes of clothing lol. I started the project by myself and took a break took a shower and the started again(wifey wanted to go eat)! Then my brother showed up to help. Took me about 4-5 hours. Installed bmr panhard bar, panhard relocation bracket, sway bar relocation bracket, Lca's, lca relocation brackets, adj uca, bracket, Steeda sport line springs, shocks and struts. Needless to say it was a long install.


A couple more months and my license plate will say 1fstcpa!!!!

Are you satisfied with the drop? You got some more pictures where you can see the LCAs from the side?


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Sure if you have one. I figured it has to look a little tougher than stock. Also is an UCA really necessary for what I'm getting? Or can I leave it out?


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Are you satisfied with the drop? You got some more pictures where you can see the LCAs from the side?


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I'm in GA right now for Christmas. I'll be back on the 27th and I'll get some good pictures of it. Haven't had a chance since work has been hectic. I really like the stance of the ultra lights (I think I said sport lines in my earlier message due to lack of sleep).


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Sure if you have one. I figured it has to look a little tougher than stock. Also is an UCA really necessary for what I'm getting? Or can I leave it out?


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Absolutely. You will need an adjustable one at that. i see you have that in the pic or your pinion angle will be off. Also an adjustable pan bar rod, your rear thrust will be out. Some cars more than others, but regardless it will be out. It can get kind of embarrassing going side ways when you on it. And with that said, you have to install a bump steer kit or ball joint. Do your best to align it and go straight to a shop that understands your mods. Have fun and put up pictures.
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