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Old 05-14-2010, 07:23 AM   #1
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opinions on pricing.

the local 4X4 shop quoted me a turnkey price on:

2" lift including new shocks
32" comp tires
15X8 black steel rims
labor and VA state tax.

for the grand total of $1681.00

now in everyones opinion. is this high, low, or dead on?? this is in the roanoke VA area. i dont know of any other shop anywhere near the area to get a comparison quote.

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What kind of 2" lift? what's in it?
What type of tires?
Who makes the wheels?

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Old 05-14-2010, 07:46 AM   #3
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durn, i knew the info was too vague. i didnt get all this info wrote down.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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The labor will eat you up. I generously ballparked parts at $1100, so $500 labor is a lot. I had a buddy do my lift for $50..... Offer up pizza and beer to some friends with skills and tools and buy a new bumper with what you save...
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:07 AM   #5
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also 4 tires/wheels or 5? (make sure its 5, nothing more sad than seeing a Jeep with 4 monster tires and the OEM spare hanging off the back.)

type of lift makes huge difference....if its a "budget boost" aka spacer lift then its one thing, now if its a more complete lift that's a complete different story.

You'd be suprised what you and a couple friends can do. Lifting a jeep is rather simple as long as you have the tools, and at least some understanding of how vehicles work.
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Old 05-14-2010, 09:13 AM   #6
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It's hard to say without the details . . . a nice set of 5 tires and wheels could set you back that much depending on what you get. Usually like others have said they get you on the labor for the installation and in my opinion you are really better off doing it yourself, saving the money, and learning valuable information that will become useful when you are out on the trail and something goes wrong and the shop and mechanics are not going to help you.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:03 PM   #7
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if it helps any he said the labor was $275 for all that was spoke of.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:17 PM   #8
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That sounds incredibly high to me. First off, this is all stuff you can do yourself in a day! The lift requires nothing more then some basic shop tools and maybe a helping hand. You could probably enlist the help from some members here with no more then some decent pizza and decent beer! Plus, if you don't have the tools, rather then spending that on labor, you can spend it on tools that you'll have and use in the future. A hydro-lift is something invaluable in any shop as well as some decent jack-stands! Plus you'd be surprised how far your basic ratchet set will take you!

Pricing wise, you're still looking at quite a bit of money

32" tires - $600 depending on brand for four
2" lift - what kind of lift? A budget boost would run you roughly $200
Steel wheels - $200

You're looking at roughly $1000 there. If it's a suspension complete lift, that is maybe a better deal. But for that price, I'd spend a little more and bump it up to a 4" lift, especially if it's being professionally installed.

Tire installation runs about $40 in my area ($10 a tire). Add a 5th tire and you add $10 to that price, plus $50 for the wheel and $140 for the tire.

Again there's a lot of variables at play (brands especially).
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thanks for the info. i thought it was high, but im definitly in the dark on this type of thing. got the tools, and no problem with getting more. i believe in tools. i have a 2 bay garage so the tools and work area is no problem...... but absolutlely no knowledge on where to even start.
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Putting a lift on is really simple. I do not recommend re-drilling the tracbar. Deal with it being offset (axle) until you get a adjustable. Jack up the jeep and get the jackstands under the frame. Pull tires. Drop the frame side of the trackbar. That will allow you to move the axle enough to drop the springs. Put new springs back on and bolt trackbar back up. Then take the old shocks out, put the new ones in. Then to the rear, be gentle with the rear upper shock bolts. They tend to snap. Hit every bolt you are going to take out with PB blaster for a few days before you take the knife to the jeep.

When putting bolts back--- ANTI SEIZE EVERYTHING!!!! Should take ya about 4-6 hours.
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DANG.... i am too far away for a wrenching party....
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Putting a lift on is really simple. I do not recommend re-drilling the tracbar. Deal with it being offset (axle) until you get a adjustable. Jack up the jeep and get the jackstands under the frame. Pull tires. Drop the frame side of the trackbar. That will allow you to move the axle enough to drop the springs. Put new springs back on and bolt trackbar back up. Then take the old shocks out, put the new ones in. Then to the rear, be gentle with the rear upper shock bolts. They tend to snap. Hit every bolt you are going to take out with PB blaster for a few days before you take the knife to the jeep.

When putting bolts back--- ANTI SEIZE EVERYTHING!!!! Should take ya about 4-6 hours.

hmmmm........thanks. i followed most everything but the tracbar...what is that.
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DANG.... i am too far away for a wrenching party....
what part of south eastern va. thats my home area. tidewater.
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The trackbar is the bar that centers the axle. It is right behind the tie-rod. The top of the trackbar is located right behind the steering box on the frame. The rear trackbar is bolted to the backside of the rear axle. Take it off the frame side here too. That will allow you to not need spring compressors also .
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Where are you in VA? I have a place near Roanoke that I'm at all the time. Tidewater area is a little far off, but maybe I can offer you a day of labor in early June.
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See what being part of the Wrangler community can do? The best part is now that you know how to do it, in July you can drive up to NJ and help me install my BL, BB, and bumpers! It comes with pizza and delicious cold beer!
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Where are you in VA? I have a place near Roanoke that I'm at all the time. Tidewater area is a little far off, but maybe I can offer you a day of labor in early June.

im about 15-20 mins north of roanoke. botetourt county. i appreciate the offer immensly. early june will be too early. im going to be outa town the first two weekends of the month. plus i wanna shop around and see what elses is outthere. rims and tires wise. perhaps in the future you can school me on this.

im sold on the 2 inch lift, and its got to be a A/T tire.

you welcome anytime though, just hollar at me.
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Just give me a heads up...I love twisting wrenches! PM and I'll send you my cell number.
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