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Old 02-14-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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So I'm having a mechanic install a 2 1/2 inch teraflex lift...35" duratracts tires ....level 8 zx wheels and smittybilt oversize tire carrier...Just curious on how much $$ i'm looking at???...granted i know mechanics have different rates

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Oh and I forgot to mention its a 2012 unlimited sport

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Why not install it yourself? That's not a complicated lift to install, you learn a ton about your Jeep allowing you to fix any issues that might come up and you get the added bonus of working on your own Jeep. Its like paying a guy to sleep with your girlfriend
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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You proceeded without getting a quote from him first?

I would have tried to nail down a time and cost estimate before the work starts.

Or have you not proceeded with the work?

What does the lift come with? Is it just springs and shocks? Are CAs involved? Track bar replacements?

If it's a small kit you could easily do it yourself if you have basic tools and some jack stands and a jack.
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Why not install it yourself? That's not a complicated lift to install, you learn a ton about your Jeep allowing you to fix any issues that might come up and you get the added bonus of working on your own Jeep. Its like paying a guy to sleep with your girlfriend
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This guy is an ex-co worker of mine...i doubt is is out to screw me...the reason i'm not doing it myself is cause i don't have the tools and i don't think i'm mechanically inclined to do it..I want it done right
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Why not install it yourself? That's not a complicated lift to install, you learn a ton about your Jeep allowing you to fix any issues that might come up and you get the added bonus of working on your own Jeep. Its like paying a guy to sleep with your girlfriend
Well, more like paying a guy to perform knee surgery on your girlfriend. May as well just open her up and fix it yourself, you and your girl will be real close once you tear her open (having no idea what your doing) and then try and put her back together...

If he A) doesnt have the tools to do the job properly and SAFELY, and B) doesnt have the knowledge or mechanical skills to do it properly and SAFELY, then he should have a shop or person that has A and B do the job for him. I know its just the suspension and all it does is keep you alive while traveling 70mph down the highway, but i would say it is worth having a shop do it if you dont have A and B as listed above.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #8
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You don't need that many tools and since the guy installing it is your friend I would ask if you can at least help. Half of the enjoyment of modding is working on your Jeep. Where do you live? I have helped out several forum members looking to learn more about their Jeep and after a suspension install they walk away with a great deal of pride and understanding of their vehicle and to date I'm proud to say that none of them has had an issue traveling 70mph down a highway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:33 PM   #9
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Well this guy has a shop and he knows his sh*t...I'm just curious of what type of price range i'm looking at??
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If it's the normal 2.5 coil lift that Teraflex sells (springs, sway bar links, rear track bar bracket, break line stuff, shocks or shock adapters), it's probably 3-4 hours of labor.

Most shops charge anywhere from 70-150/hour depending on the area.

Edit: and bump stops
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$500 for everything. Don't let them charge $80-$100 for alignment.
That you can do yourself in your driveway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
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Kjeeper...thanks for the info..that sounds like a fair price but isn't the alignment difficult to do? again i'm not too mechanically inclined
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #13
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I just got a quote from our local jeep garage and to install the 2.5 inch teraflex lift with new coils and shocks was $450 for labor and $760 ish for lift kit. The labor was for install and alignment. The quote is for a 2013 jku and I'm in NH.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:03 AM   #14
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I paid $500 to get my 4" lift installed and that included the alignment.

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