Unique Lift Question...Jeep Dealer Capable of Quality Lift Install?
Simple Question: Are ALL Jeep Dealers capable of doing a QUALITY lift install?
I live in DC and the local Jeep Dealer quoted $1,500 to install (Labor only) my recently purchased AEV 2.5" Dualsport XT Suspension Kit, which is way too much. I spend a lot of time in Western Pennsylvania and the local Bedford, PA Jeep dealer quoted me at 8-10 hours of work at $80 an hour ($640-$800), including an alignment. I have no reason to think that they would do a bad job but it seems that there are Jeep dealers more mod friendly than others. Is there any reason to think that they would not do a good job? I am supplying the lift and geometry brackets. I don't want to get into warranty info because I know it is covered in countless posts on this forum that I have read, but I do like knowing that the lift kit is being installed by a Jeep dealer, which can only help any warranty issues down the road.
Given that I need to drop the car off for a full day, this dealership is logistically easier for me. To get my Jeep out to one of the 4x4 shops in the DC suburbs is more difficult than it should be as they are all 30-60 minutes outside the city. I have been quoted at $575 for the install for a shop in Fredericksburg, va that I would prefer to use but the location is tough for me. I am okay paying a little more IF the work will be done right. Thanks in advance. I am just getting my feet wet with my first mod.
Brian - Thanks for the quick reply. That is a very reasonable answer. I guess the real question is should I assume that a Jeep certified mechanic is capable of doing a lift install? Of course there will always be shops that are better than others. Is there anything that they dealership could mess up that could cost me down the road?
Brian - Thanks for the quick reply. That is a very reasonable answer. I guess the real question is should I assume that a Jeep certified mechanic is capable of doing a lift install? Of course there will always be shops that are better than others. Is there anything that they dealership could mess up that could cost me down the road? -Mike
Jeep mechanic <> capable lift installer
Hard to say what could go wrong as that's a pretty open ended question.
What components are you having installed? The more pieces there are to install, the more could go wrong.
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Here is my $0.02 Just because they are a Jeep dealership doesn't make them better mechanics. I would MUCH rather go to a shop that specialized in lift kits and off road vehicles. Plus its cheaper and they have a warranty on their work as well.
Pizza and Beer sounds good too and then you learn about your own suspension. nothing tops that.
Skill levels aside, I believe you'll have someone more knowledgeable and get cheaper labor if you go to a shop that specializes in 4x4 vehicles. They will have done many more lifts than a dealership mechanic and know what to check for when installing them (centering your axles). I have worked in a few dealerships they train them (sometimes) in scheduled maintenance procedures and how to repair the OEM parts, when you get into aftermarket or installing options you are taking a shot in the dark.
Example: I was working for Chevy and had 2 master techs working on my team, a new car that sold with options not installed already had to go to a special guy working in the shop because my master techs did not know how to do it. They would also outsource any electronics installs (factory headrest tv's, sound systems, etc.) to a third party vendor who came by twice a week to do installs.
Keep in mind that any reputable shop should also warranty the work that they do for you.
Are you sure you don't want to try the install yourself? I installed pretty much the same lift you purchased. It is time consuming, but a good time. If it's a space or tool issue, I can understand that...
As others have mentioned, I'd prefer to go to a shop that has installed a few lift kits...Guys that could do it in their sleep.
It's a hit or miss if the jeep dealership mechanic has ever installed a lift of not. Maybe they'll do a great job, but just seems a bit more "iffy".