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post #1 of 23 Old 02-09-2006, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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XJ lift labor prices?????????

Alright guys, I've got a good one for you. I went to my local garage which I get 90% of my cars serviced at. I asked how much to put a simple 3 inch lift kit on? No SYE no CV no driveshaft, JUST THE SUSPENSION! He told me $800 for installation... NOT INCLUDING PARTS!!!!!!! WTF!!!! Since the lack of tools and gargage space to work in I have to take it to a gargage. How much did ya'll spend on the labor???????????????????????????

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post #2 of 23 Old 02-09-2006, 03:31 PM
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Bring it to Texas and I'll do it for a case of good beer! I've never paid to put a lift on, always did it myself, even with out a garage.

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same here if WI is closer I will do it for lunch !!!!

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i paid to have it done, (while i was out of town ) cost me around 400-500$ i guess thats not too bad compaired to 8

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ur way over paying mine was like 400 bucks or maybe even less to install
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Alright guys, I've got a good one for you. I went to my local garage which I get 90% of my cars serviced at. I asked how much to put a simple 3 inch lift kit on? No SYE no CV no driveshaft, JUST THE SUSPENSION! He told me $800 for installation... NOT INCLUDING PARTS!!!!!!! WTF!!!! Since the lack of tools and gargage space to work in I have to take it to a gargage. How much did ya'll spend on the labor???????????????????????????
What tools don't you have?

There isn't anything to extravigent except maybe the Coil Compressor that you can rent from Advance.

And if you have buy some stuff. Just buy it, you'll use it again.

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I charge $100 an inch, which is right around what most shops usually charge, so that is a little high.


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I did mine in my friends driveway with 2 jackstands, no airtools, and a buncha 2x4's I only have a 2 inch however.

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There has got to be a friend or relative you could go to and use their garage or carport. It shouldn't take more than 3 hours to add a 3" lift with 2 peps, a set of jack stands and regular hand tools. Start spraying PB blaster now!!! Come down to AZ and I'll let you use my tools & compressor. If I do it for you it'd be $1500 + parts. I call it incentive to do it yourself, because you should do it yourself so you can fix it when it breaks on the trail. I learned that the hard way with my TJ.

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Yeah guys, I'm sure he wants to drive all the way to TX, WI, or AZ to install this lift

What's the hourly labor rate at that shop? Also, are you doing an AAL or full leaf packs? Full packs are a royal PITA on XJ's and definitely warrant some extra labor cost.

For modifications like that the shop may charge book time for changing all the suspension parts that you're changing for the lift, or they may charge the hourly rate for the actual time a technician takes to install it. Did you go in there and tell him exactly what parts you wanted installed, or did you just say "how much would you charge to lify my Jeep"? Was this a written estimate, or just a verbal guesstimation?

Around here the going labor rates are 75-85/hr at indy shops, 90+ at most dealerships.

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Are there any local jeep clubs in your area? Search around for one, most clubs would love to help out a local jeeper, and then you will meet a bunch of new friends to go on trail rides with

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Go buy the $100 mechanic's tool set and a $200 floor jack/jack stand combo from Craftsman(you need them anyway) and do it yourself. You'll save $500 overall from your price quote and actually know how the thing went on for when it breaks on the trail.

Full leafs are as easy as a aal if you start spraying the bolts a few days before the work begins. Even if you do take it to a shop you should spray spray spray. Every shop around here will charge more for broken bolt extraction. It took me 30 minutes to swap out my stock ones for 5.5" leak packs without air tools. Full pack offer better ride and flex than an aal.

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What tools don't you have?

There isn't anything to extravigent except maybe the Coil Compressor that you can rent from Advance.

And if you have buy some stuff. Just buy it, you'll use it again.
Seriously... If your willing to pay that much money to have someone else do it... use $200 and buy some of your basic tools and do it in your driveway or in the street.

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I charge $100 an inch, which is right around what most shops usually charge, so that is a little high.
Ditto. I paid around $500-$600 (which includes the SYE/DS install). So, IMO it wasn't bad.

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I did my 3" kit (full leaf packs and coils, that's it) and it took my about 2 hours. And that's with my air tools of course. it's REALLY easy to do. leaf packs are a total of 6 bolts on each side (4 on the axle, one in front one in back) and the front ALL you need is a spring compressor and you're done.

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