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Old 11-04-2014, 08:13 PM
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Average lift installation cost?

Getting some 35s, might as well let them out the lift on too. It's a rock krawler 2.5, aev geometry correction brackets in the front, rock krawler adjustable CAs in the rear, and fox reservior all around. Anyone have a guess at what they are going to charge me for the suspension install? Thanks

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Free if done yourself

I'm going to say 6 hrs. Are you installing rear uppers and lowers ?

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You'll probably get a lot of this, but if you have any mechanical ability (I.e. You know how to use a ratchet) and you have access to some basic hand tools and Jack stands, and a friend that is willing to help, don't be afraid to do the install yourself. It really isn't hard, and there are plenty of people here who will answer any questions and provide tips if needed
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^^^What he said. This is my 3rd Jeep and I started with no real knowledge. Many times there are guys local to you that are more than willing to help out a fellow Jeeper. The plus side to having them install it is they should warranty their work but it costs you. The plus to doing it yourself is that you gain a valuable understanding of how your Jeep works. Just my $0.02

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^^^What he said. This is my 3rd Jeep and I started with no real knowledge. Many times there are guys local to you that are more than willing to help out a fellow Jeeper. The plus side to having them install it is they should warranty their work but it costs you. The plus to doing it yourself is that you gain a valuable understanding of how your Jeep works. Just my $0.02 Jeremy
Agree, I lost count of how many shop install disasters posted on the forums.
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Most places charge $75-100+ per hour labor. You should choose them carefully, and get a quote.

We have great shops locally that sponsor our Jeep club. But many of the folks we have run with are just as good - the guys who can basically tear apart and rebuild a rig on the trail. If you have a Jeep club with experienced folks like that, they often will help for just the price of pizza and beer - and you will be involved and see how everything works and can proudly announce "hey I installed that lower rear control arm myself".
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I wish I could install it, as most of you guys know I'm 17, and my parents rules go (as they should, I love them to death). Iv installed plenty for friends and all of them go in about 6 hours. This place pays by the job, not by hour, and they seem flat out stupid. I sat down with the kit and the mechanic and he pulled up the instructions online... Then he proceeded to tell me that I don't need a front track bar, I need a drag link.... So hopefully he's better at following instructions than he is with his suspension knowledge. Wel see. Just wanted an estimate because I am impatient and can't wait until tommarow to hear haha
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My RK1.5 X-Factor was installed with Rancho 9k shocks, mounted & balanced new 35s on new wheels for $650 in Raleigh. If you're not doing CAs I'd expect it to be less.
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If you don't trust his suspension knowledge, I wouldn't trust him to install the lift. Period. It may sound mellow dramatic, but with the driveline/suspension, you're trusting your life to the guy. Either do it right or don't do it at all. It isn't hard, but you should at least trust the folks knowledge
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I wish I could install it, as most of you guys know I'm 17, and my parents rules go (as they should, I love them to death). Iv installed plenty for friends and all of them go in about 6 hours. This place pays by the job, not by hour, and they seem flat out stupid. I sat down with the kit and the mechanic and he pulled up the instructions online... Then he proceeded to tell me that I don't need a front track bar, I need a drag link.... So hopefully he's better at following instructions than he is with his suspension knowledge. Wel see. Just wanted an estimate because I am impatient and can't wait until tommarow to hear haha
No. You need a front track bar if anything. Take your lift somewhere else. I would help you do it for free but if I recall correctly you are over in Colorado.
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No. You need a front track bar if anything. Take your lift somewhere else. I would help you do it for free but if I recall correctly you are over in Colorado.
I wish I was in Colorado. I'm in Charlotte NC. I could do it with a buddy but my parents are making it clear that I have to get it done professionally, or I don't do it at all. Which is a little irritating but I understand. I don't want to just turn around and not use the 2500 in parts I have, so I'm forced to pay it haha. Hopefully they don't bend me over too bad.
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If you don't trust his suspension knowledge, I wouldn't trust him to install the lift. Period. It may sound mellow dramatic, but with the driveline/suspension, you're trusting your life to the guy. Either do it right or don't do it at all. It isn't hard, but you should at least trust the folks knowledge
Find someone else. There are to many good shops and people that know what they are doing. Check around, even beyond local. If you have to drive a little out of town to find someone you trust, it will be worth it.
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*Sorry for the auto correct... It's supposed to be "Melodramatic"*
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I wish I was in Colorado. I'm in Charlotte NC. I could do it with a buddy but my parents are making it clear that I have to get it done professionally, or I don't do it at all. Which is a little irritating but I understand. I don't want to just turn around and not use the 2500 in parts I have, so I'm forced to pay it haha. Hopefully they don't bend me over too bad.
Just because it's done "professionally" doesn't always mean it's done correctly. Show them this wonderful forum and all the good info you have at your finger tips.

Can I ask why your parents are so adamant about you not doing it ?
Trying to understand why they would want to make you spend a extra $600+

Disappear for a day. Draw up a fake bill of sale on a PC. Remove money front bank and hide (use later for more jeep parts). Give fake bill of sale to folks ... Done ... Happy Cameron happy parents
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Just because it's done "professionally" doesn't always mean it's done correctly. Show them this wonderful forum and all the good info you have at your finger tips. Can I ask why your parents are so adamant about you not doing it ? Trying to understand why they would want to make you spend a extra $600+ Disappear for a day. Draw up a fake bill of sale on a PC. Remove money front bank and hide (use later for more jeep parts). Give fake bill of sale to folks ... Done ... Happy Cameron happy parents
I agree, but probably going to get him homeless if he gets caught, lol. Although he does need to explain to his parents professional isn't always the best. Prime example is the drag link comment. Plus he can explain that when he breaks it, he will know how to fix it. Maybe they will be more willing with experienced non-professional help, that actually knows and cares about what they are doing.
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Just as many has suggested, I would only bring it to a shop as last option. From past experience tells me that going price hunting for quality work usually ends up with poor outcomes. Not saying there isn't any fair and great shops, just rare. Since you said you help your friends out, why don't you swing by their place for half a day to get your car done and keep your parents happy? I rather work on my car and screw up and know about it then have someone else do it and not tell me. Nothing beats obtaining knowledge about your own car. I hope you get that thing lifted and go out and have some fun!

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I did a lift and it was the first time working on suspension. It took me two weekends and I really didn't have any issues. I researched all the steps carefully and it was a snap. There were somethings I learned, like do the brake lines first, then you can lower the axle enough the springs just fall out. If you prep and read it will be pretty easy and fun (if you like doing mechanical work).

After I did my lift, I took it to a 4x4 shop to do the alignment. It just gave me an extra level of comfort to make sure I did everything right. The alignment was around $150.
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Just as many has suggested, I would only bring it to a shop as last option. From past experience tells me that going price hunting for quality work usually ends up with poor outcomes. Not saying there isn't any fair and great shops, just rare....

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Solution to make the parental units happy: tell them to move to Phoenix lol! We have a number of great shops here in Phoenix. These are folks that run and build KOH rigs, folks that have been crawling under Jeeps since before many forum posters were born, folks who wheel and are legendary on the local trails. Folks that fab custom suspensions. And so on.
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It really depends on the shop but if you read some of the existing threads labor varies from ~$500-1000. If you decide to go with a shop make sure it is a reputable one that has installed a variety of lift kits. For some reason many shops are not very competent and don't pay attention to the details of installing a lift kit.
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Check out RubiTrux in Boone, NC. A little bit of a drive but I have heard nothing but good things about them. They specilized in AEV lifts and just started selling RK lifts.
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I had my Teraflex 2.5 w/ front track bar installed, and c gussets welded on by a local offroad shop for $300. I honestly I was planning on doing it myself, but asked him for a quote since I was gonna have him weld my gussets on for me, when he told me 300 to do all of it I was like works for me... I have since taken most of it apart for various reasons but not because the shop did a poor job I have no complaints there. When I pulled up to pick it up he was re-checking torque on everything after taking it for a drive I felt better about him doing it right when I was able to witness him taking the extra steps to make sure it was right.
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I had my Teraflex 2.5 w/ front track bar installed, and c gussets welded on by a local offroad shop for $300. I honestly I was planning on doing it myself, but asked him for a quote since I was gonna have him weld my gussets on for me, when he told me 300 to do all of it I was like works for me... I have since taken most of it apart for various reasons but not because the shop did a poor job I have no complaints there. When I pulled up to pick it up he was re-checking torque on everything after taking it for a drive I felt better about him doing it right when I was able to witness him taking the extra steps to make sure it was right.
That sounds like a great deal. I would pay that

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