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Old 01-03-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Rock Krawler Flex lift install

How long should it take a shop to install a rock Krawler 2.5" flex lift. With exhaust spacers and trimming pinch seam and rubi rails

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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6-8 hours depending on how many guys are working on it

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Old 01-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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That's what I thought. I dropped it by a jeep shop this morning at 8:30 and at 4:30 told me it should be done by 10:30 tommorrow. I was quoted 420.00 dollars for the install and am wondering if this effects it any?
I also over heard him saying something about weld-in brackets??? I thought the kit was bolt-on?
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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The rear track bar mount should be welded to the axle, that is what they're going to refer to.

I can do that amount of work in about 7-8 hours, by myself, on jack stands..However sometimes those exhaust spacers can be a real bear to install and seal. The more I do, the more I dislike them.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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The rear track bar mount should be welded to the axle, that is what they're going to refer to.

I can do that amount of work in about 7-8 hours, by myself, on jack stands..However sometimes those exhaust spacers can be a real bear to install and seal. The more I do, the more I dislike them.
What would you charge for all that?
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$500 ? That's a decent price.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:34 PM   #7
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If it's a shop, your Jeep may not be the only one they're working on.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #8
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If it's a shop, your Jeep may not be the only one they're working on.
Oddly enough it was. It's a good shop and I trust them. It was a 3 week wait to get in. I am hopping that it is what they expected and the quoted price is going to stick. The original price was 420.00 and I'm fine if its more but I don't want it to be like 800.
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$500 ? That's a decent price.
Something around there, probably like the $420. For a shop install, that is pretty good. I doubt they'll try to up the charge, just other stuff going on today perhaps.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:09 PM   #10
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if youre quoted $420 than don't let them bait and switch you for anymore... period.

if they know what they're doing. then they'll go by what they quoted you.
That's a good point. Any time I get a "quote" for work done I always expect it to be 100 more. I hate I don't have a garage to do it myself.
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Honestly OP

Post in your local forum. Guaranteed somebody will help for $0
Ok... Maybe some beer and pizza.
The satisfaction of doing the work yourself and learning a little bit about your jeep is the best part.
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Or they broke a part and are scrambling to get it replaced.
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The satisfaction of doing the work yourself and learning a little bit about your jeep is the best part.
Fact.

And knowing how to fix something when you break it is priceless.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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Fact.

And knowing how to fix something when you break it is priceless.
Crap... this as well
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:30 PM   #15
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I can defiantly do the install, and would have loved to do it. When I had my TJ it was one of my joys to take it apart.

Thanks everyone
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The Flex kit has the front lower control arms, couple that install with the pinch seam work and welding of the rear bracket your looking at about a 8-10 install. Most shops in NY have a labor rate between $80-$100/hour so an install for your kit and the body work your looking at about an $800-$1,000 install charge. If the shop doing the work for you is charging you less than $500, make sure that they are fully aware of the kit they are installing and all the work involved because it seems really underpriced. I have done 3 RK kits and could probably knock it out in less than 8 hours, if I'm doing it alone. If I have someone helping me that kit could take me 6 hours. I can't see it being done correctly any faster than than, so I would ask them for an estimated install time and what their hourly labor rate is. If they are only charging you $50/hour than I say have them install it, you should be good. If they charge $100/hour than something is adding up.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:14 PM   #17
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Got it back this afternoon they charged 420.00 for labor, and 4.19 for some break fluid. Took them 12 hours. This shop is really well known in my area and did a good job of the lift install.
They also had a 4 door JKUR that the did a 5.9 Cummings swap and it sat on 40".
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #18
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Got it back this afternoon they charged 420.00 for labor, and 4.19 for some break fluid. Took them 12 hours. This shop is really well known in my area and did a good job of the lift install.
They also had a 4 door JKUR that the did a 5.9 Cummings swap and it sat on 40".
That's great, congratulations. Its an awesome price for that amount of work. 12 hours is a pretty basic amount of time if its just one guy doing all that work and taking a couple of breaks in-between for lunch etc. Did they end up doing the pinch seam and welding of the track bar? Also, make sure you get an alignment if they didn't do that for you already.
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Damnnnn, that labor rate is low... I'm seriously jealous! Everything I need done professionally in my area (Northern VA) is $75 to $100/hour.

Congratulations btw! POST PICS NOW!
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:43 PM   #20
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That's great, congratulations. Its an awesome price for that amount of work. 12 hours is a pretty basic amount of time if its just one guy doing all that work and taking a couple of breaks in-between for lunch etc. Did they end up doing the pinch seam and welding of the track bar? Also, make sure you get an alignment if they didn't do that for you already.
Welded the back bracket, and trimmed the pinch seam and my rubi rails.
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Did clemson four wheel drive do it??
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #22
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Welded the back bracket, and trimmed the pinch seam and my rubi rails.
You should post up some photos of your Jeep and if they did a good job, put up their info for other guys in your area.
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seems like a reasonable price for the install. i went to offroadevolution here in southern cali last week to talk about lifts and they told me its 500.00 to install a shortarm lift kit. 500.00 less than what i thought it would be.
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Did clemson four wheel drive do it??
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Saw it last week sitting outside when i had to go to freightliner in greenville wanted to stop a take a look but was on the clock
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Picture of the back bracket and of the jeep. I really like the way the jeep rides! It's just as good as stock with a little less bounce.
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Looks great! Host the pictures on IMGUR and just use the forum links they provide for each picture to post them here.

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