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Old 02-07-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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$375 to install AEV 2" spacer lift - fair price?

Local shop quoted me $375 to install the AEV 2" spacer kit on my JKU. I will supply them with the kit. Does that sound like a fair price? Seems a bit high to me given what appears to be involved.

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I was quoted 360 at a Jeep only place. Install TF 2.5" Coil kit, grade 8 Bolts, exhaust spacers, and 4 shocks.

Yes, seems high for spacer kit.

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Local 4wheel parts here in NC charges about $275 for the same lift install. It should take them no longer than 1hr with the tools they have and the lift to do this. I installed mine with a few friends in a driveway in about 2 1/2 hours with no experience and basic hand tools.
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Sucks, was supposed to get mine done today...Freakin injury, I couldn't even pull the shocks out of the boxes. Grrr
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Sucks, was supposed to get mine done today...Freakin injury, I couldn't even pull the shocks out of the boxes. Grrr
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Eff Mildewed sidewalks, rain, and bicycles
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Sucks, was supposed to get mine done today...Freakin injury, I couldn't even pull the shocks out of the boxes. Grrr


What, exactly, did you do to yourself man?

EDIT: An, gotcha. Bike's jealous of your Jeep.
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We have Mango Beach cruisers here in FL, extra's if anyone wants to visit

Anywho, we were going to fast down a narrow sidewalk, rain enhanced our speed to head to cover. Well, I did a braking maneuver (The one you do as a kid when you stand up on your pedals, slam pedals back, and back tire skids out) Well, when I did that, the front seagull handlebars pretty much did a complete 180 facing downward launching me forward, apparently they were loose. The mildew and rain, made me slide, and land pretty damn hard on curb right on left wrist. Got up pretty quick, and GF ran over my fingers as she passed on by.

Stupid is, as stupid does, this is completely my fault.

Edit: Tenderness has gone down a bit today, but still can't rotate it upward or downward. May have a chipped bone
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We have Mango Beach cruisers here in FL, extra's if anyone wants to visit

Anywho, we were going to fast down a narrow sidewalk, rain enhanced our speed to head to cover. Well, I did a braking maneuver (The one you do as a kid when you stand up on your pedals, slam pedals back, and back tire skids out) Well, when I did that, the front seagull handlebars pretty much did a complete 180 facing downward launching me forward, apparently they were loose. The mildew and rain, made me slide, and land pretty damn hard on curb right on left wrist. Got up pretty quick, and GF ran over my fingers as she passed on by.

Stupid is, as stupid does, this is completely my fault.

Edit: Tenderness has gone down a bit today, but still can't rotate it upward or downward. May have a chipped bone
Sucks that it had to happen right before your lift install. Murphy's Law.

When I was 17 I got hit by a car the first day of a weeklong trip to VA Beach w/my posse. Had to go to the E-room and get a chunk of gravel removed from my eyebrow, just to the outside of my right eye. Don't remember how many stitches I got, but I couldn't swim the entire week.

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i did the lift in about 2 hours with basic tools... i say you can do it! and use the $375 for other toys =)
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Neighbor has all the tools...But a bad back...I actually thought about trying this with one hand to prove a point. After opening the tf box, I couldn't even hold the grade 8 bolts in that hand, so that idea is out, lmao
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i did the lift in about 2 hours with basic tools... i say you can do it! and use the $375 for other toys =)
Exactly what I was fixing to say. Save the money and do it yourself. Or spend a fraction of that amount, buy the tools you need, and still do it yourself.
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i did the lift in about 2 hours with basic tools... i say you can do it! and use the $375 for other toys =)
I am not brave enough to attempt the install and don't have the necessary tools, jack, stands etc. By the time I buy all of that, I will likely spend most of the quoted installation price.
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I am not brave enough to attempt the install and don't have the necessary tools, jack, stands etc. By the time I buy all of that, I will likely spend most of the quoted installation price.
Like I said in my post above, buy the tools. They will be things ii may need in the future anyhow. Tools are almost always a good investment. And working on your Jeep, or any vehicle for that matter, is a great learning experience and a lot of fun. If you don't feel like doing it solo, post up in one of the local boards and ask for a lift install party. You provide the pizza and refreshments and I'm sure a few guys will help you out.
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id try to get it at least in the 200 range. It is easy for them to do but most places want X dollars to get something on a lift. It is only a spacer kit so if you only checked an off road shop try any place that does suspension etc. Sometimes people jack the price up if you bring in your own product instead of buying from them.
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In this economy...i would say walk in there, drop 2 $100 bills, and say end of day cool?
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Like I said in my post above, buy the tools. They will be things ii may need in the future anyhow. Tools are almost always a good investment. And working on your Jeep, or any vehicle for that matter, is a great learning experience and a lot of fun. If you don't feel like doing it solo, post up in one of the local boards and ask for a lift install party. You provide the pizza and refreshments and I'm sure a few guys will help you out.
To be honest, I don't think I'll ever have use for jack stands in the future - just not my thing. I haven't thought of a lift install party but there is not much of a 4x4 community here in Fairfield County, CT as it is a NYC suburb with little open space and no off road trails.
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Threaten to turf their lawns. You'll get some volunteers.
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I installed the AEV spacer lift about a month ago. First I am not very mechanically inclined but my brother and I worked through it and the instructions are pretty good. I don't know how an indy pit crew could do it in an hour or two but again I’m not very mechanically inclined. It took me about 7 hours and I’m glad I did it but you are right you will probably spend a couple hundred in tools needed to do the job and a few hours to do it so in my mind $360 doesn’t seem out of line
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What does this kit include??
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We have Mango Beach cruisers here in FL, extra's if anyone wants to visit

Anywho, we were going to fast down a narrow sidewalk, rain enhanced our speed to head to cover. Well, I did a braking maneuver (The one you do as a kid when you stand up on your pedals, slam pedals back, and back tire skids out) Well, when I did that, the front seagull handlebars pretty much did a complete 180 facing downward launching me forward, apparently they were loose. The mildew and rain, made me slide, and land pretty damn hard on curb right on left wrist. Got up pretty quick, and GF ran over my fingers as she passed on by.

Stupid is, as stupid does, this is completely my fault.


Edit: Tenderness has gone down a bit today, but still can't rotate it upward or downward. May have a chipped bone
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:26 PM   #22
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Seems really high....with a vehicle lift and air tools the install shouldn't take more than 2 hours....guess it depends on their hourly rates.
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I installed the AEV spacer lift about a month ago. First I am not very mechanically inclined but my brother and I worked through it and the instructions are pretty good. I don't know how an indy pit crew could do it in an hour or two but again I’m not very mechanically inclined. It took me about 7 hours and I’m glad I did it but you are right you will probably spend a couple hundred in tools needed to do the job and a few hours to do it so in my mind $360 doesn’t seem out of line
Thanks - Any pictures of your Jeep with the kit installed? Would love to see them.
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Thanks - Any pictures of your Jeep with the kit installed? Would love to see them.
sure here you go. FYI I have 285/75R16 tires and 16" wheels
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sure here you go. FYI I have 285/75R16 tires and 16" wheels
Looks good. How do you find the ride and handling with the AEV kit? Is it noticeable worse or different that stock?
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Thanks! No different than stock. Having said that if the new 2 1/2" AEV kit coming out sometime this spring improves the handling like i've read their 3 1/2" kits do I may go that route
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Looks Great Camper!

Thats the kit im looking into, AEV has some quality stuff for sure.

Also that color Jeep is sweet, I seen a GC in the show room in same color and thought it was black until I got right up to it. Then under the light it sparkels dark dark green!

I think I seen Quadratech has the AEV 2.5" out in thier magazine for $899.

Maybe they are coming up with a new 2.5" lift? I have heard it was going to be more like $1200 thou.
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$899 is right for the AEV 2.5" kit. You can get the CA bracket kit for another $99.

I've been waiting for its release before I get my lift and bumpers.

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