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Old 08-31-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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estimate on lift kit installation

Can anyone give me an estimate on what a garage might charge or charged you to install a basic 2" lift kit, (shocks, coil springs)? Just so im not getting ripped off, im new to jeepin' and all the mods that come along with it. lol

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Save yourself a ton of cash, buy the tools to do it yourself.

Depends on the shop and their labour rate, wouldn't you rather feel satisfied at a job well done BY your hand??

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Old 08-31-2010, 09:04 PM   #3
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Budget boost lifts are easy to install yourself, WAY easy!!! I did mine and it felt awesome when I was done and could say "I did that" and everyone was like really...? Hells yeah!!!

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i have the tools and i think i could prob do it...just dont have a garage or driveway..still live in an apartment, could make the trip home and use the parents garage, how long does an installation usually take? for the a smaller lift?
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I did a Rubicon Express 2" lift in my garage on a Saturday. It pays to do some research up front to make sure you have the right tools. It was definately worthwhile to do it myself, just to get familar with the suspension. There are links to pages that show the step by step process and what tools you will need. Again, very worthwhile if you plan to keep the jeep and do any other mods... which most do. Gives you a chance to check out other things while you are doing it as well.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
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do it man, lift it.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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i have the tools and i think i could prob do it...just dont have a garage or driveway..still live in an apartment, could make the trip home and use the parents garage, how long does an installation usually take? for the a smaller lift?
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From what I've seen, it takes the average joe about 3-4 hours. Make sure you start soaking all of the bolts and nuts with a good quality penetrating oil a few days in advance. It will save your knuckles and some time.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:12 PM   #8
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:21 PM   #9
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PB Blaster, apply lots of it the day before!!!
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:26 PM   #10
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X2 on the PB blaster. The job should only take you about 5-6 hours with just you or 3-4 with a friend. A good floor jack and tall stands make it easier. Oh yea and for a 2" lift you do not have to replace the stock shocks unless you want to.
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:36 AM   #11
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Another vote for doing it yourself. I 've done work on vehicles before and did reading on installing lifts and did it myself. The process is basically the same for a BB or a coil lift. There are plenty instructions across the web. It will take around 4 hours the first time. I could bang it out in 2 - 2 1/2 hours now.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:20 AM   #12
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It's free if you do it yourself or if a friend helps, maybe beer & pizza.
If you have access to air tools, it will make it quicker, but basic hand tools will do just fine. Like everyone said use PB Blaster on the nuts & bolts. I would start spraying them about 2-3 days ahead of when doing lift and spray them each day.

Search youtube, there used to be a video of someone that installed a RE Budget Boost.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:32 AM   #13
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Dude get a friend, go to the parents house and do it, you'll learn a lot about your rig, and you'll be proud that you did it yourself afterwards. And the HUGE plus, a;ll the money you saved doing it yourself you can buy something else!!!!

One thing a bud and I learned doing his lift....if it went on too easy check it because it's probably wrong, if was difficult and hard than it's on right. LOL.

Do it yourself, look up instructions and write ups. Good luck
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Old 09-02-2010, 01:58 PM   #14
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I put the RC 3.25 lift on mine (Springs, Spacers, and Shocks) and have never worked on a Jeep suspension before. Some buddies and I knocked the job out in about a day. Id say x2 on the air tools. Hand tools take longer and save yourself the fatigue.
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we put a 4" lift on my rubicon-had a 2" budget boost for a couple years and decided to go bigger. Ended up being a week project-at night and all day weekend. Had to cut out rear shocks-bolts were rusted, then ended up welding reinforcements in there. Found problems with front end, needed universals...then bearings, then locker wasn't working...so it was just one thing after another. Just after the lift, which was GREAT, the front axle bearings went, driveshaft bearings went, and had to go to another shop (friend couldn't handle it in his garage) and several $1000 later, it is running fine and has handled everything we've taken it over...although my nerves couldn't handle it-had to let me wife drive some of the really rough stuff...but without the lift we never would have made it.
Don't bother with a 2"-that's not much more than getting bigger tires-go for a 4" lift and get it over with! A GOOD shop, that works on jeeps, lives on jeeps, eats, drinks and craps jeeps....should charge $600 or so to install it and if you let them supply the lift, they make a profit off that-should run you $1200 or so depending on lift.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:27 PM   #16
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I asked my local dealership about a 2" lift. Price will be $1300. If you have a 4x4 garage or dealership install a lift kit, you should probably find out the following.
1. Spring/coil lift or BB?
2. Are new shocks included in the price? (several posts I've seen on WF tells they are not needed for 2" lift - may be able to get a lower price if your shocks are in good shape).
3. Find out how they will handle track bar for each axle - relocate using original bar or put on an adjustable bar.
4. Find out if front end alignment is included in the installaton price.
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I asked my local dealership about a 2" lift. Price will be $1300. If you have a 4x4 garage or dealership install a lift kit, you should probably find out the following.
1. Spring/coil lift or BB?
2. Are new shocks included in the price? (several posts I've seen on WF tells they are not needed for 2" lift - may be able to get a lower price if your shocks are in good shape).
3. Find out how they will handle track bar for each axle - relocate using original bar or put on an adjustable bar.
4. Find out if front end alignment is included in the installaton price.
Forgot one more thing - you may need to get the transfer case lowered about 3/4 inch if there are driveline vibrations. Should find out if this is covered in the cost. This may also involve a modification to the tcase linkage. If lowered you will want to make sure the case shifts into 4LO with no problems.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:25 PM   #18
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2" bb at 4wp

I just bought a 2" RE bb at my local 4-Wheel Parts store for $239 and used my Labor Day 50% off install of 1 item coupon for the $240 labor charge...so I got my labor for $120.00. Being a chick, it was worth it to me because my only logical alternative was to place an ad on Craigslist for some jeep enthusiast(s) to help...which prob would have ended up costing me less but with no guaranty of real expertise/warranty on labor like I'm getting at 4WP. Just my $0.02

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