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Old 10-18-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Appropriate charge to swap my springs?

Going to swap my low rider stock 2dr springs for stiffer 4dr springs. Should be a simple swap. Any idea what an appropriate amount would be to pay a shop to take care of it? Out in central California for the fall winter and my tools are back in WI.

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Couple hours labor

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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My guess would be 4 hours at the dealer.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #4
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I work slow but four hours is way to much I would think.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:02 PM   #5
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I work slow but four hours is way to much I would think.
Not for the dealer
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
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Did front springs on my '08 sunday. Air tools, floor jack, 40 minutes.
Remove tire, 1 shock bolt, 1 link bolt, 1 brake bracket bolt, lower axle, swap spring, back together. 2 hours ought to be reasonable for front and rear.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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5 hours and $525 from dealer for the spring swap + alignment. Have to wait a week if I get it done there b/c the tech is going to Detroit for Viper testing. NICE LIFE
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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I can swap all four springs inside of 45 minutes… at $525 I'm in the wrong line of business...
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:34 PM   #9
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Would alignment really be needed?
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:32 AM   #10
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Have you verified that the new springs are a significantly higher number to even make the swap worthwhile? Just because they are from a 4 door means nothing.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:26 AM   #11
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If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, you could find a small independent general mechanic or repair shop locally and get it done quicker, better, and less expensively. In most areas anyway.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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If it's going up an inch or so, perhaps nothing else needed. Any more and you need to recenter the steering wheel - which you or the shop can do.

You'll see a shaft that runs from the steering box's pitman arm to one of the wheels. Basically put masking tape on it and mark it (Start position), put an arrow on it^ for the direction of turn. Note the steering wheels off-centered position before you do anything. Loosen two bolts and turn it 1/2" turn, retighten. See if it's better or worse and adjust it to perfection. Takes a few tries and a couple of drives around the block.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #13
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I was charged 2 hours labor at $100.00 hour to swap out the springs and $50.00 for an allignment, total $250.00
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For what it's worth, I've only seen the steering wheel go out of whack when the trackbar was replaced/adjusted also. Otherwise everythin just pull over together and it was all still straight.
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Have you verified that the new springs are a significantly higher number to even make the swap worthwhile? Just because they are from a 4 door means nothing.
I've read lots of your posts on the subject daggo I have 14/56 so yes it should make a difference.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/sol...ls-193846.html

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