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Joannavr 03-24-2010 04:19 PM

How hard is it to...
 
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.

Can / Should I do this on my own?

pking911 03-24-2010 04:26 PM

I have done the center console for a buddy of mine. Yah it took time, but it was very easy. I suggest doing that one your self. The instructions were spot on.

My old jeep, I installed the factory side steps. It was cake to bolt on. No issues there.

I don't know about the door guards.

I definitely suggest reading the instructions (against the man code) and doing it yourself. Save those bux for another upgrade to the Jeep :)

Joannavr 03-24-2010 04:29 PM

Well, being a woman, I am not bound by the man code. I like instructions :punk:

Jp90Talon 03-24-2010 04:38 PM

Offer a 1 or 2 local Jeepers off the forum some beer and pizza and watch how fast they get installed!

K.C.'sJeep 03-24-2010 04:41 PM

That price seems really high to me. I think they are all things you could install on your own.

pking911 03-24-2010 04:42 PM

Beer? Pizza? I'm there! its only like a 16 hour drive!

catITguy 03-24-2010 04:48 PM

Definitely something you could do. Or like someone else said, if you have any halfway mechanically inclined friends, they could easily do it for you for much less money, or a beer and pizza or w/e.

chucky cheese 03-24-2010 04:51 PM

All depends what value you put on your time.

Joannavr 03-24-2010 04:54 PM

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.

As far as local jeepers / mechanically inclined friends, I have none of those to draw on. I'd be doing this solo.

Any input on what tools I should have ready for this? I believe I'll have to drill into the Jeep body to install the Console?

catITguy 03-24-2010 05:00 PM

Definitely a drill and some sockets or wrenches. Likely some screwdrivers.

Its really difficult to say without more info

Joannavr 03-24-2010 05:05 PM

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.

terrible2 03-24-2010 05:07 PM

Im sure there are jeepers around you who could help you install this crap. It shouldnt take too much. $450 is steep

Jp90Talon 03-24-2010 05:55 PM

Make a thread in here asking for a wrench fest at your place and that you will provide food and beverage.

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IslandTJ 03-24-2010 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by terrible2 (Post 581050)
Im sure there are jeepers around you who could help you install this crap. It shouldnt take too much. $450 is steep

There should be a few Jeep or 4WD clubs in your area. I would try attending one of their club meetings to get to know some resources.

kosh 03-24-2010 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joannavr (Post 581038)
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. :D 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.

InfernoGirl 03-24-2010 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Jp90Talon (Post 581090)
Make a thread in here asking for a wrench fest at your place and that you will provide food and beverage.

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^^^^ This is excellent advice. :)

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.... ;)

GTrom 03-24-2010 08:10 PM

Pizza and beer - it's all good!
 
I'd love to help out, but the drive back there, place to stay, food - expensive
Get to play with someone else's Jeep - PRICELESS! :D

Come on guys, there has to be someone closer to her to help out a fellow Jeeper!

What no takers, okay, bring the Jeep out to California, we can use my garage and tools! Then we can go play in Red Rock Canyon! :punk::punk:

Gordon

s3nt3nc3d 03-24-2010 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jp90Talon (Post 581016)
Offer a 1 or 2 local Jeepers off the forum some beer and pizza and watch how fast they get installed!

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

So true...

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!

Hardermods 03-25-2010 02:41 AM

I dont drink but throw down on some Dr. Pepper and Pizza and Im there, only like 6-8 hrs away from ya

terrible2 03-25-2010 02:57 AM

old milwaukee bits? I havent seen them

s3nt3nc3d 03-25-2010 06:42 AM

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Originally Posted by terrible2 (Post 581368)
old milwaukee bits? I havent seen them

I think they were Old Milwaukee or am I confusing the brand with the red and white logo with beer?:doh:

Okay...Googled it...lmao. It's just Milwaukee...not OLD Milwaukee.

mrcarcrazy 03-25-2010 09:01 AM

I'd likely get castrated for driving that far to help a lady...so I'm gonna pass.

But there are bound to be some OK guys (haha, ok guys) that'll help you out if you want it.

I'd go back to that shop that quoted you 450.00 and kick every one of them in the nuts, and leave...

IRWIN makes a nice set of drill bits if you like Lowes more than H.D. I don't know how much I paid, all i know is I like em.

if you buy a drill get a name brand. Personally I like Dewalt, but others prefer other brands. (its like Chevy vs. Ford)

saltwaterwop 03-25-2010 09:14 AM

The instructions should/may list any specific tools drill bit sizes etc you will likely need for each item being installed..

pking911 03-25-2010 10:08 AM

The console I installed for my buddy was a Tuffy, and it was a straight drop in replacement. I didn't have to drill any holes. I just used the factory holes and everything worked out fine.

baja 03-25-2010 10:10 AM

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.

Hexxum 03-25-2010 11:24 AM

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.

surfingopher 03-25-2010 12:30 PM

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

holes 03-25-2010 12:36 PM

You shouldn't have any problems doing this yourself as long as your not afraid of a drill. I installed all of these on my previous jeep, time consuming, but easy.

Joannavr 03-25-2010 04:13 PM

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 :)


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