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Old 03-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default How long to install invidia q300 hatch

I asked my dealership how long it would take them to install my invidia q300 exhaust and they said 3 hours. That seems a bit long, does it sound right?
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #2
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You can just do it urself with simple tools, and ramps.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #3
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Shouldnt take more then an hour
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:47 AM   #4
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That's just how long they are going to make you wait. Not how much labor they are charging correct? For a dealership or place that's busy with other work it sounds about right. But if you planned ahead and made an appt you should be in an out within 30 min to an hour.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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I'd also suggest trying to do it yourself if you're physically able. It's simple enough to figure out on the way. Many exhaust hangars will be your only fight!
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:27 AM   #6
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That was how much they were gonna charge me, but I figured out that they though it was the whole downpipe and everything not just the exhaust
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:08 AM   #7
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the exhaust is the downpipe and everything... I can see where they got confused. Cat backs are silly simple..save for the hangars which always give problems.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:33 PM   #8
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Yea I can see how they misunderstood although since only q300 was in your question I knew you just meant the catback. In either case that's still to much to charge for the whole tbe but if it's a dealership then I get it. The shop I use only charges one hour labor($80) for the whole tbe if you get the part through them and I think only 1.5hrs if not. Like others said you should try yourself for the experience, it's fairly simple
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:53 PM   #9
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I had no issues with my hangers on my hatch with the q300. not bad at all, just need two jack stands and a few sockets/elbow grease.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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They were probably giving you a quote more than an estimated amount of time. Shops charge by the 'hour' even though it'll take them probably 15 minutes to do once the car is on a lift. 3 hours seems much, I think most performance shops will probably charge something like 1.5-2 hours of labor. I got my downpipe installed for 1 hour of labor from iagperformance.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:55 PM   #11
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Took me just shy of two hours with ramps, jack stands and me doing it by myself on my back under the car. Toughest part was as others have mentioned, the hangers. Use some simple green or WD40 to help the hangars slide on/off easier.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:14 PM   #12
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Use PB blaster and channel locks on those pesky hangers!
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:16 AM   #13
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man you can do this yourself with a few tolls and jack stands. It will take you alone from stop to finish maybe an hour. To get the hangers off the rubber just use WD40 and they will slide right off.
Also the shop I always used charge an hour to do cutback and another hour to do DP. They were always done faster but thats what they said. But since they would finish sooner they would adjust the price.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:23 AM   #14
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Blaster causes the rubber hangers to degrade over time. WD-40 is where it's at. Took about 20-25 minutes to do a Q300 on my '10 hatch with an extra set of hands and a lift. Shouldn't be a difficult undertaking even on jack stands.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:57 PM   #15
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i got this done in about 45 min. with just ramps and jackstands. half the time was spent trying to move around under the car. with a lift i think u can get it done in less than 30. as for the hangers, just spray some wd40 on them and just pull them off. might take a while but thats probably the hardest part of the install. i would definitely suggest do it yourself as its not hard you really cant go wrong, very easy to do.
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