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post #16 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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After getting quoted $400 and $575 from two different shops to do this, just labor.... I may have to put it off almost indefinitely unless someone thinks they can do it cheaper or knows of a spot that can do it cheaper.....

Any help or suggesting would we awesome thanks for all the help!

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post #17 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 12:57 PM
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Post up and get a M&G together with some other like minded people
May cost you some food and refreshments but labor will be cheaper
At least thats the way we do it around here

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post #18 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Alright that would be really cool! but what exactly do you mean by post up and get a M&G with other people?
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post #19 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 05:14 PM
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Alright that would be really cool! but what exactly do you mean by post up and get a M&G with other people?
For example on LOST JEEPs we have an area for each state/ region
People will post up on there that they are having a Meet and Greet and where
sometimes its just to meet up, sometimes its to help others do work etc.
You could try something like that to see if anyone close by has done a lift and willing to help you/ teach you how to do one on yours

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post #20 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 06:42 PM
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I already have the BDS on although I wish I would have done ironman now. But I'm mainly just looking at what size clevis spacer and lift plate. How will I know when I need new shocks?

Just to get a final work plan:
Front:
.375" clevis spaced from jeepinbyal
1/4" lift plate from jeepinbyal
Rear:
? How many rear iso's?

Is that it?
For clevis spacers, I used 2" conduit locknuts that are 1/8th" each. I used two per side. Cost was about $3.50 total, bought em at Lowe's.
Is the BDS really worth the loot when no front shocks are included?

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post #21 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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The parts aren't really my concern. It's the really high labor costs that I'm trying to work around.
And yeah I do kind of wish I would have gone with a different kit at times... but there isn't much I can do now. The kit is pretty sturdy though at least in my limited perspective. I think the coils have a bit higher strength rating than most... that may be the only upside.
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post #22 of 84 Old 03-23-2013, 08:49 PM
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After getting quoted $400 and $575 from two different shops to do this, just labor.... I may have to put it off almost indefinitely unless someone thinks they can do it cheaper or knows of a spot that can do it cheaper.....

Any help or suggesting would we awesome thanks for all the help!
The labor is high due to they are charging you for R&I of the coilovers and adding alot of $$$ on top of that because they do not want to deal with it(or understand) thus trying to get you to go elsewhere.


Heck I can do it in less then 2 hours but it's way to cold out for me now,maybe when it get's above 65 degrees I maybe temped to show you how to do it,granted weekdays only.

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post #23 of 84 Old 03-24-2013, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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That would be incredible. I still need to get the parts, so that should give the weather plenty of time to improve.

I could probably do this on a weekday, depending on the hours, because I'm still in high school...
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post #24 of 84 Old 06-02-2013, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Would anyone still reading this be able to help me...? I have a place to do it or I can drive somewhere that's useful for you. And I can pay you to help! Thanks in advance if anyone out there can help me with this.
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post #25 of 84 Old 06-02-2013, 05:47 PM
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What places did you get estimates from? It's 1.9hrs book time via Mitchell for pulling both front struts. Throw in the alignment you need, that's $300 tops. Obviously they don't want to mess with it, and probably would screw up a wet dream. Some of the national chain shops in town won't touch it due to what you are wanting done. My previous employer in town was that way. I lack a garage at home to do it, so can't help you there.
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post #26 of 84 Old 06-02-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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These were estimates from a jeep dealership and Predator 4wd that obviously focuses on this kind of work. I guess they just don't really want to do It. I'm about to suck it up this week and just pay a shop because I bought the parts and I'm getting sick of them sitting in my car and I can't find any help... Thanks though!
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post #27 of 84 Old 06-02-2013, 10:02 PM
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Predator was struggling for business. They make their money off toy funds, and when the economy gets shaky, the toy funds are the first to go. I once was told by them the best lift would be a daystar lift, that's all a KJ is really good for anyways(sigh). Some shops will pad labor due to you supplying parts(understandable since they are not making a profit on the parts), but still that's pretty high. Have to keep calling around to shops, you'll eventually find one here that will do it. I'd stay clear of Tanner, IMO.
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post #28 of 84 Old 06-02-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'll keep searching and I have a neighbor I might try to ask that lifted his FJ cruiser... And not to bash anyone's company, but I was definitely surprised that Tanker would charge $50 to trim fenders when everyone else wanted hundreds...and they tried to give me a u-joint front diff when that notorious kj joint went out.... Luckily I found out how to just replace the joint thanks to the forum.
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post #29 of 84 Old 06-03-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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I literally just walked out of Predator and they re-estimated me at $550... I think I give up, I'll just live with these parts in the back of the jeep for the rest of my life...
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post #30 of 84 Old 06-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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There are other shops in this town, besides predator, and tanner, just fyi. Just open the phone book, or drive around. There are tons on Academy, Union, Powers, Platte....
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