I purchased side raills, door guards and a Tuffy center console for my 2006 TJ Sport. The 4x4 shop is telling me that it will take them about 6 hours to install it all for me, at a rate of $75 per hour.
For 450 bucks, I would like opinions on how hard this stuff is to install myself. I have pretty much no tools, so would buy anything needed. This would be done in my apartment parking lot so even though time is a luxury, space isn't. I don't want to buy anything that would need to be stored afterwards, like a jack, as I don't have a garage.
Those shouldn't be a problem, I've been meaning to buy a drill anyway. What more info could I provide? I don't want get halfway through the job and realize I need to go to the auto parts store, since this is my only vehicle.
Well I don't put a value on my free time. If I don't spend it doing this, I'll just spend it playing video games. I would actually like to put in the time to get to know the Jeep better.
Seriously, a woman that likes Jeeps and video games? You start talking sports and you have the trinity for some single guy. Oh, and I think for the price of a few tools and your time and you can do it yourself. I am guessing a decent drill and a socket set and you might be ready to knock it out.
You can likely do it yourself, but if don't have the confidence, then hit up some of your local guys. They'll be happy to help a "damsel in distress". I know there are quite a few guys here in OK, just don't know where in OK you are. If you are around the Broken Arrow area, I have a brother in law who will do it for less than $450 for sure....
Offer a 1 or 2 local Jeepers off the forum some beer and pizza and watch how fast they get installed!
Btw...I'm no mechanic by any means (but I'm great at breaking things!) and those are all things I would probably do myself. Just read the instructions and if there's something you aren't sure of, post and ask BEFORE you tear it apart and get stuck...lol. Also, if any of those involve drilling... make sure you have a drill that can handle the job and if you don't have a decent set of bits, go pick yourself up some (and make sure you have the right size for the holes). Something I recently learned... I drill stuff a lot at work. We've got a few sets of bits...I break a lot...and it takes forever to get through decent thicknesses of metal. I picked up a set of Old Milwaukee bits from Home Depot the other day on a whim...mostly to replace all the small bits I've broken. Cost under $25 for the set. Them suckers go through metal like butter! God I wish I'd have bought those years ago!
"We don't build great brakes because we think you don't know how to drive, we build them for the guy on the road in front of you that doesn't." - Black Magic Brakes
75$ an hour shop labor?What is it,a harley shop?You can do this yourself,just sit down and eye-ball everything and do it in your head first,throw the instructions away and get er done!Ol Milwaukee drill bits?Do they taste like crap and drill square holes?LOL.Seriously,bolt ons are the easy things to mod your machine.Getting the original hardware off can be the tricky part.Go for it.Become one with your jeep Grasshopper-ess.
My buddy just purchased a 1 1/2" BL and a 2 1/2 inch Rough Country Lift from somebody for $200. They were asking for $250, but he offered $200 to help them remove the lifts. A little of this was to save $50, but a lot of this was to learn how to do it.
My advice is the same as above. Solicit for some help, and you'd be surprised. Some people will want to do it for the experience, others to learn, and others for the Jeeper's helping hand program.
i recently installed a tuffy console and it wasnt hard at all. the instructions are very clear and thorough- just make sure you follow them in order. the only tools you'll need are a drill, a basic socket wrench set and a screwdriver. at the time i installed mine i didnt have a drill but i was still able to install it anyway and its perfectly stable. you only need a drill so that you can install stronger bolts for better security- and even when i did use the drill it was really easy because all youre really doin is just widening a hole thats already there. you dont need a punch or anything- its pretty quick and simple
Thanks for all the feedback guys. I don't feel comfortable doing the step rails if there's drilling involved, but I'll do the center console myself. The offer stands, if anyone nearby wants to give me a hand (and maybe bring their drill), I'll provide food and drink of your choice