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Unread 08-17-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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Cost to replace struts

Wondering if anyone had their front struts replaced at the dealer. I have a 2008 GC overland 4x4, the front struts are shot. I've seen the how to's on this site, and it looks like a pain in the butt to replace them. But I guess I gotta compare and decide whether to deal with the pain in the butt or pain in the wallet?

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Unread 08-17-2014, 12:48 PM   #2
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In my experience each strut installed by the dealer costs about $500. $175 parts, remainder is labor. Purchase it yourself and each strut is $135 but you will need tools - jack, jack stands, and tools.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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In my experience each strut installed by the dealer costs about $500. $175 parts, remainder is labor. Purchase it yourself and each strut is $135 but you will need tools - jack, jack stands, and tools.
^^^ This. It's definitely not rocket science as far as a diy job.

Whatever you do, absolutely don't have it done at a dealer - they will rape you.....AND charge you a ton of cash....
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Unread 08-17-2014, 03:11 PM   #4
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If you are considering a DIY on this with no good tools in your toolbox or jack stands and a jack you will do better than breaking even after you purchase what you will need. I found the Kobalt 1/2 corded impact driver purchased at Lowes for $150 to be a frustration saver. It was able to loosen and remove all of the stubborn bolts.

The benefit is then you will have the tools to do brake work, hubs/bearings, and CV boots - all of which are typically needed sometime after 100,000+ miles.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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I recently ordered Bilstein 4600s from Kolak here, and paid a local shop to do the install. Front struts and rear shocks installed were about $250 in labor, total. Seemed like a good deal to me.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 04:02 PM   #6
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I recently ordered Bilstein 4600s from Kolak here, and paid a local shop to do the install. Front struts and rear shocks installed were about $250 in labor, total. Seemed like a good deal to me.
That is a terrific deal! If I had a local shop like that I would not do some of the work myself. Unfortunately, my Jeep Dealer marks up parts above list price and charges full rate book for labor.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #7
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Check with front end shops or local mechanics. I just replaced mine with OME and it can be a challenge without the proper tools. I had help from a friend who had the specialty tools (spring compressors, and the ball joint tool) and also had a car lift. My strut tower bolts were seized in the bushings and that made changing mine a pain. We couldn't get them out so we had to work it out by pushing the strut up out of the stand.
If you DIY.
Make sure to take off the abs wire off the mount. It will pull it and possibly break it if you don't.
You'll need and 8,10,14,18,19 and a 20 something mm sockets. The spring compressors, and the ball Joint tool. And a good impact.
we had to take the control arm off on the rear drivers side because it was hitting the gas tank skid before it would drop down low enough to remove the spring. Putting that back on was a pain.

It took an experienced mechanic ( jeep mechanic) and me 2 hours. On a lift with all the tools
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Unread 08-17-2014, 10:31 PM   #8
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I recently ordered Bilstein 4600s from Kolak here, and paid a local shop to do the install. Front struts and rear shocks installed were about $250 in labor, total. Seemed like a good deal to me.
I did the same thing here and the cost was $300 total because I needed to get a Moog Strut Mount Kit as the original ones were shot and we didn't know it until they had taken the front end apart.
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Unread 08-19-2014, 04:07 PM   #9
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That is a terrific deal! If I had a local shop like that I would not do some of the work myself. Unfortunately, my Jeep Dealer marks up parts above list price and charges full rate book for labor.
I'm glad I found this guy. He also took care of a seized parking brake for what I thought was a fair price. Just moved to town, so chose him based on Yelp and other reviews. So far so good!

Anybody in South Bend, IN, it's Tim's Auto Repair. Locally owned shop, with 4-5 bays and lots of business. Seems like he's doing something right.

Best of luck with the repair.
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Unread 09-27-2014, 03:32 PM   #10
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would you guys say the Monroe "Quick struts" are the way to go? The jeep has 160k miles on it. Planning to do this job myself. Thanks!
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Unread 09-27-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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If the Quick Strut meets your needs, it doesn't make the job easy (you still have to get the old strut assembly out) but does cut out a whole lot of labor.
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Unread 09-27-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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The right front strut has been leaking for a little while. The bouncy front end is getting tiresome. Think I'm gonna order up a pair of the quick struts and start soaking things with penetrating oil
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Unread 09-27-2014, 07:41 PM   #13
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Unread 09-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #14
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quick struts are the way to go if your rig has higher mileage. New springs, new upper mount and new struts will definitely improve the ride and will make the job much easier. Hardest part of the job is removing the lower strut clevis.
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Unread 09-28-2014, 09:28 AM   #15
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PB Blaster is your friend. Soak it for a week or more, daily. Also, make sure you have an 18mm regular and deep socket, and a 21mm. I just put the 2" RC lift on and it was a pain getting the lower strut bolt out...ended up bashing it with an 8lb sledge for an hour while pulling with vice grips. Reinstall was much easier!
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