Went to 4 wheel parts the other day to get some prices of lift,tires/wheels, and gears and was a little surprised at the price of some of the stuff.
Lift-$1300(installed) 2.5 teraflex lift just coil and shocks.
Gears-$1850. This I wasn't too shocked at since vie asked this question and people on here said around 1500-2000.
Anyway the price of the lift seems like a lot for just coils and shocks.looked online and they're almost marking up the price for installation $dollars.
Should I be looking elsewhere ?
Are thoses prices normal?
Nawh. I think its better to have a pro install your lift and pay alittle more than to find somebody thats looking for money but doesnt know what hes doing which will cause problems for you in the future.
-33x12.50 Trxus MTs on 15" American Outlaws
-4" Skyjacker lift kit
-Rampage bowless soft top, 1.25" JKS BL
-Smittybilt xrc8 winch, xrc stinger, and step rail
-Detriot lockers front and rear
-ARB safari snorkel & more
I just installed that lift kit on my rig two weeks ago. I bought everything from 4 wheel parts online and picked it all up at the store so I didn't have to pay for shipping. (The kit was about $725, but without having to pay for shipping it ended up being the cheapest I could find it for) The lift kit took me and a friend about five hours to install. It's not hard to do like mentioned above, just follow the directions for your lift P/N because the instructions are for a few different lift kits and it can lead you in the wrong direction if you don't pay close attention. I drilled a hole for a relocation bracket that my lift kit didn't come with and I spent 30-45 minutes staring at my relocation bracket trying to figure out how in the hell that bracket is supposed to go there. So if I could have saved myself an hour on the install if I had payed closer attention to the destructions.
As for their quoted cost for installation, ask them what their shop rate is and how many hours they are quoting for the lift kit installation. I have been successful at haggling them down in the past. If you act interested and start to walk away, they usually stop you before you walk out the door and give you a better price... at least that has been my experience.
Maybe the estimated $600 for labor covers more than labor. The price of the kit is $700+, add in taxes/fees, labor installation rates at $100 an hour (rates at my local 4 Wheel Parts), plus a warranty that covers the installation. Check to see if part of that price is taxes and warranty. Also, if 4 Wheel Parts still has their sale going on, they were offering 25% off installation costs last month if you purchased the lift online.
I'm having my local shop install my lift, but it is a complete system with control arms, springs, shocks, steering/tie rod changes, and some welding/cutting. They will make sure all of the system works correctly, check to make sure that bolts are torqued correctly, mark the bolts after installation, check after a few hundred miles are put on the jeep to make sure that the bolts haven't moved, and warranty their work.
Having the local shop do the work is peace-of-mind for me. If something breaks or comes loose, my wife and I will be complaining about their work instead of my wife complaining about how I should have paid closer attention to how "I" installed it.
2012 Unlimited Rubicon
Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl
Yeah having a pro do it might be worth it to you, if you don't have all the tools. Went out to buy some tools for the jeep last night after my buddy and I did the old man emu lift kit (took about 10 hours, but we were drinking alot too). The biggest issue I ran into was being able to get the jeep up high enough so that I could easily lower the axles. I wound up having to go rent a spring compressor, because the coils I was putting in were a good 3+ inches bigger than the stock, and it was a tight enough fit to get it out in the first place!. So that time, plus having all the right tools, is it worth it to you? I mean I'd do it on my own again, but I also went out and bought a new jack and some bigger jack stands to make life easier. Plus they just opened a harbor freight nearby :-D