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Old 04-27-2015, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Cost: Rebuild vs Installation of new short block

What is the cost difference on just the labor portions of a short-block rebuild (assume all new internals, hone, and balance) vs. installation of a new short-block?
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:57 AM   #2
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New shortblock isn't much more costwise. On top of that OEM assembly process typically yields a significantly better product. Unless you want stronger internals (and even then can be botched) I'd go OEM every single time.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:46 PM   #3
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Should be the same labor wise. Most shops charge you to pull the motor and to install the motor. Then the build is a separate price altogether.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:20 PM   #4
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Got it. What is the typical labor charge on the rebuild portion?
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:50 PM   #5
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Edit: BASIC Rebuild should be $600-1500 depending on many factors.

Labor for install on the motor has to happen regardless of new or rebuild.

Shouldn't you be concerned with new shortblock price vs rebuild price only?

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Old 04-30-2015, 12:07 AM   #6
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Rebuild should be $600-1500 depending on many factors.

Labor for install on the motor has to happen regardless of new or rebuild.

Shouldn't you be concerned with new shortblock price vs rebuild price only?
Yes. That is what I am asking. I will most likely do a pre-built block, unless there is significant savings having my current one rebuilt.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:18 AM   #7
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If you're staying at or near oem power output there really is no better than oem build quality. I don't care how much you save its not worth it in the end. I'll step off my soapbox.

Don't get some local shop to build it just cause they can save you a couple hundred. The bottom end is and should be expensive when done properly and one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.

It would suck to get a cheap job and have it go in a matter of months. Which happens often it seems.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:54 PM   #8
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I would either do a Rallispec Street Pro (http://rallispec.com/eng_sbl_rssb25p.html) or basically replicate it. It's the closest I have found thus far to "exactly what I am looking for." End goal would probably be in the 350ish whp range (depending on what the stock axles/diffs can handle).
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:36 PM   #9
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Are there any good local shops that allow customer supplied parts?
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