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Old 06-20-2012, 07:48 PM
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Install time/cost for 2" lift kit?

i know there are lots of variables, but for sh!ts and giggles, how many hours (or dollars) should it take for a qualified shop (say a local jeep dealer) to install a 2" mopar lift kit with bilstein shocks on a 2012 JKU rubicon.

mind you, i'm not planning on getting this lift, or having the dealer do it, but in my shopping around, i did ask for an estimate for comparison. and i fully expected them to be very high (multiple definitions intended).

to keep it honest, let's say:
install new lift kit and swap out stock rubber for new 33's, realign if needed, out the door...

just the labor time/costs please...

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I'm having a local 4x4 shop do my 2 1/2 teraflex with shocks plus an alignment for $500 total.

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There are also other places near me that wanted alot more but they were willing to work with me since I also bought my lift from them.
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For sh!ts and giggles, spend $10 dollars. get a buddy buy him a 12 pack and do it yourselves. It's pretty easy. Only specialized tool you need are jack stands.
Lots of good instructions on line and on youtube.
Generally, you shouldn't need an alignment.
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For sh!ts and giggles, spend $10 dollars. get a buddy buy him a 12 pack and do it yourselves. It's pretty easy. Only specialized tool you need are jack stands.
Lots of good instructions on line and on youtube.
Generally, you shouldn't need an alignment.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:36 PM
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aww come on guys - play nicely - am genuinely interested in how many hours/dollars a pro should charge for this. thanks!
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aww come on guys - play nicely - am genuinely interested in how many hours/dollars a pro should charge for this. thanks!
Probably 4 to 6 hours of pro labor for a basic 2" or 2.5" lift.

So my guess would be they'd come in anywhere from about $400 to about $700. Dealer will likely want more of course, plus a super mark up on a "mopar" lift.

But yeah, you should do it yourself. Think about what else you could do for $400+ on your jeep.
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Spacer lift, new shocks, wheels, tires, and alignment-$550 in labor
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4 hours MAX for a pro shop on the lift. I'd say around 400 would be a decent deal for a dealer. My dealer wanted just shy of $1k, a 4x4 quoted me $500. This is before the cost of the kit, which will be marked up likely.

You likely won't need an alignment, but most tire shops will throw you a freebie if you buy through them. Hope this helps.

And in the end I did my lift solo. First time that I had ever gotten under a vehicle.
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aww come on guys - play nicely - am genuinely interested in how many hours/dollars a pro should charge for this. thanks!
Sorry Amigo, didn't mean it in a bad way. You should really try to do it yourself and get to know your vehicle in case you need to make repairs on the trail. You'll save money and feel good about not relying on others to fix your jeep.
My buddy just got a 2" spacer lift with shock extentions and bumpstops installed for $420. Not sure what the labor breakdown was. I begged him to let me help him do it, but i don't think he plans to run in much worse than a dirt parking lot.
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nice! exactly what i was looking for (and flowers too!)
thanks all - this is very helpful
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nice! exactly what i was looking for (and flowers too!)
thanks all - this is very helpful
LOL! See we're not like "other forums".
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i'm not a mechanic, but me and a friend did install a leveling kit and discos. Until then my most ambitious endeavor was an oil change. You will save a boat load by doing it yourself.. even if you hire a friend to act as a stand-by in case things go south.
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It should not take them more than 3 hours but most places would probably charge for 5 or 6. I changed my springs and shocks in about 3 hours one night after dinner, it is pretty straight forward.
So I would guess $500 - $600 for the install plus $100 to change 5 tires including balancing. You should not need an alignement.
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I was charged 3 hours labor and a alignment charge $285 labor/alignment

I bought parts online, well except cam bolts

That was coil removal/shocks/cam bolts/new front swaybar links
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Realize I'm resurrecting a pretty old thread here but seemed the most logical place.

In short, I'm new to the forums and hoping to be a first-time jeep owner in the next 6 months.

Found a jeep posted on cargurus and the price turned out to be too-good-to-be-true by about 10K. Here's the actual dealer posting.

After confirming the price with the dealer, I said I'd pass b/c the mark-up seemed too much for offroad wheels/tires and a lift. Their response is below and I'm wondering if those figures are anywhere near accurate? I'm the first to admit I don't know what I'm talking about in this world. Thanks for any help!

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the wheels and tires alone are about 3k the lift is a 2 man job that takes about 8 hour that's 1600 in labor plus the price of the lift an hour labor to mount and balance the wheels than there is also an upgrade to the spare tire mount to hold the oversized tire and wheel
our price for all that is very reasonable plus the jeep appearance package and tint I have worked at 3 other dealers and they charge 2 to 3k more than we do for all that was added to the jeep.
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FYI - I live in the same area as that dealership. When I was shopping for my Jeep I also ended up looking at a "Too Good to be True" Jeep at that they were advertising. In my opinion, they are using misleading advertising to reel you in, then trying to hook you on overpriced add-ons. I had more than a few negative comments to say about how they do business. Needless to say, I took my business elsewhere and have no regrets.
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Say the wheels are $200 each, that's $1000 for the wheels alone. The tires I doubt are $2000 but probably close to $1500.

It all depends on what brand lift they installed. If it's a budget boost, that's probably $250 plus install. If they went to a full lift kit including control arms it can add up. I think the most expensive lift kit for 2" is between 2.5k and 3k. I would question the 8 hours it took them to install it

I would ask them what brands they used and then you can add it up yourself.

There's a dealer near me that does this and charges an obscene amount. They use cheap parts and people still buy it.
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i know there are lots of variables, but for sh!ts and giggles, how many hours (or dollars) should it take for a qualified shop (say a local jeep dealer) to install a 2" mopar lift kit with bilstein shocks on a 2012 JKU rubicon. mind you, i'm not planning on getting this lift, or having the dealer do it, but in my shopping around, i did ask for an estimate for comparison. and i fully expected them to be very high (multiple definitions intended). to keep it honest, let's say: install new lift kit and swap out stock rubber for new 33's, realign if needed, out the door... just the labor time/costs please... thanks for playing
Get up with Jeremy from KrawlOff Road. He is very helpful. Best prices I could find on 2.5 inch lift and tires.
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Y'all are super helpful -- thank you so much. With that guidance I've done some more research and it's clear the prices can be all over the map.

Before I contacted this place, I'd written a couple of dealerships to ask what the charge would be for a lift and offroad tires -- never got a response from either one. Guess they're not too keen on doing it.
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Y'all are super helpful -- thank you so much. With that guidance I've done some more research and it's clear the prices can be all over the map.

Before I contacted this place, I'd written a couple of dealerships to ask what the charge would be for a lift and offroad tires -- never got a response from either one. Guess they're not too keen on doing it.

Don't have a dealership install a lift. You're going to pay dealership prices. The Wrangler is pretty easy to lift and tons of other shops will do it for a fraction of the dealers cost.
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What's funny is the local shops by me charge more than the dealer to do springs and shocks lift. Local was 150+ more
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I got a 2.5 Teraflex spring lift, and added control arms and Northridge bolts all around to that. I wanted it done absolutely correctly and found a shop nearby (SF Bay Area) that specializes in offroad suspensions (the guy wins many of the Baja races on his rigs). Cost a little more ($800) but that included some tweaks most installers wouldn't know to do. And it included a free revisit after 1000 miles where he re-torqued everything again--which took a while (I watched--it does take time). A squeak showed up later and he fixed that for free too. There is a lot to a full lift, to do it right, just read this forum for people who say they have problems after. So I didn't want to skimp on the install.
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The 2.5" Teraflex spring with shocks is what I've been looking at too.

only reason I'd thought of having a dealer do it was along with buying the jeep, especially now that mopar makes their own lifts, for warranty purposes. Also figured it'd be cheaper than having to get rid of / store 5 brand new tires and wheels for nothing.

however looking around, seems it'd be better to just buy the jeep and then have a good shop take care of the lift (I watched a DIY video and it doesn't look like a suspension is the right place for me to start learning to tinker with cars)
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I got a 2.5 Teraflex spring lift, and added control arms and Northridge bolts all around to that. I wanted it done absolutely correctly and found a shop nearby (SF Bay Area) that specializes in offroad suspensions (the guy wins many of the Baja races on his rigs). Cost a little more ($800) but that included some tweaks most installers wouldn't know to do. And it included a free revisit after 1000 miles where he re-torqued everything again--which took a while (I watched--it does take time). A squeak showed up later and he fixed that for free too. There is a lot to a full lift, to do it right, just read this forum for people who say they have problems after. So I didn't want to skimp on the install.
What were the tweaks? The 2.5" Teraflex is a pretty straightforward lift.
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aww come on guys - play nicely - am genuinely interested in how many hours/dollars a pro should charge for this. thanks!
The best advice is just call the shops around you. They are open right now, not sure why you're being so bashful??

And our shop's price has no bearing on your shops.
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What were the tweaks? The 2.5" Teraflex is a pretty straightforward lift.
Sorry, I can't recall.
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I work with a lot of shops... Seems like $100/hour for labor (roundabout) is pretty standard. Then they going to hit you with other stuff for custom builds... And they will take their time. So I would say min of $400 and if they got you more than $700 you need to find a ship that won't rip you off

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