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Old 12-28-2001, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default H&R Spring installation cost

I'm thinking of having a shop install the springs (4) on my 02
wrx wagon. I just have one quote so far from the local dealer.
I would appreciate feedback on what people have spent for this
labor only since I have the springs already. Also, if anyone has
any referrals to good shops in the Portland, Oregon area, I would
appreciate it.
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Old 12-28-2001, 11:22 PM   #2
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I would guess about $200-$300 not including the alignment. The dealer probably quoted you between $600-$900. Am I close?
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Old 12-29-2001, 12:28 AM   #3
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Only cost me $80.00 in SoCal.
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Old 12-29-2001, 01:15 AM   #4
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we charge 100.00 here
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Old 12-29-2001, 11:38 AM   #5
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The dealer quoted 7 hours at 70 bucks per hour = 490
plus 79 for the alignment. Total of 569.
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Old 12-29-2001, 01:05 PM   #6
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before i knew what i was doing, i paid to have mine done.
$280 and that was in 1999.....

arent there any local Scooby owners near you?
some with experience who could help you do this yourself?

sure it takes a few hours, but we're talking $$$ here....

alignments are generally $80-100....

good luck
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Old 12-29-2001, 07:02 PM   #7
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try fast trax.... or ground zero.. or if you wanna come down to eugene, racing trendz. Or do em yourself The later is my choice.
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Old 12-29-2001, 09:05 PM   #8
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Thanks for your replys and tips. I'll pursue this after the holiday.
Hope you all have a safe New Year!

Cheers!
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Old 12-30-2001, 12:44 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by GPH993
The dealer quoted 7 hours at 70 bucks per hour = 490
plus 79 for the alignment. Total of 569.
7 hours?!?! It took my brother and I about an hour and a half to do the spring install with air tools.

Try somewhere else!

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Old 12-30-2001, 12:21 PM   #10
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Default OK, I'm almost convinced......

Chris,

I looked at the STI strut install in the 'Mods' forum and I am
closer to doing this myself. I have air tools and will rent a spring compressor. My only remaining question is: do I have to remove
the whole strut assy, or can the spring be installed leaving the bottom of the strut intact? Your help is most appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2001, 01:19 PM   #11
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Default Re: OK, I'm almost convinced......

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Originally posted by GPH993
Chris,

I looked at the STI strut install in the 'Mods' forum and I am
closer to doing this myself. I have air tools and will rent a spring compressor. My only remaining question is: do I have to remove
the whole strut assy, or can the spring be installed leaving the bottom of the strut intact? Your help is most appreciated.
I would remove the strut assembly. It makes it easier to work on and it's not that hard to do.

The brake lines are clipped on on the '02 models so you won't have to go thru all the brake line stuff that is listed in those install instructions.

If you decide to do it yourself one word of caution. Be very careful when you are re-installing the struts. The upper strut bolts are weak and only need about 15 ft lbs of torque. I broke one of mine with a hand ratchet.

If you have air tools and have worked on cars before I would defiantly do the install yourself. It's not hard at all. Just think of the mods you could buy with the money you would save.

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Old 12-30-2001, 01:48 PM   #12
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I have to agree with Chris. We put a set of springs on GregUnd's car in around 2 hours using air tools. It's probably the easiest thing I've done to a Subaru. I would definitely take the whole strut out. I'm pretty sure you couldnt do it any other way. You have to get the old spring off and the new one on and I don't think the suspension allows enough movement for that. It's only 2 bolts per strut anyway.

Good Luck,
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:02 PM   #13
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Iv'e done a lot of business with Altasports in Beaverton. Adam and his crew are quick,professional,experienced,and they love Subarus. The hourly labor is quite reasonable.
Call them at 503.649.8781. Ther is also an alignment shop right there in the complex, and Adam usually can get an alignment scheduled the same time as a spring installation.
Spend a little for an install, get it right the first time, and let the guys at Altasports skin their knuckles.
(P.S. there is a boatload of Subaru parts "in stock" there too !)

Please tell them Mike sent you, it'll keep me on their good list, I bug Adam all the time.
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:33 PM   #14
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Lightbulb OK! I'm Convinced!

Chris,

The brake line issue is why I didnt want to remove the struts.
Since there is no issue with getting the lines off, I will go ahead
and do the install myself after the holiday when I can rent a spring compressor. Thanks for the heads-up on the torque spec
for the bolts.

Mike, thanks for the Altasports contact. I have heard of them
but since I live way out on the eastside, it would be a bit of
work for getting transportation to and fro. I will keep them in mind
for future work.

Thanks again to all and to all a happy New Year!
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Old 12-30-2001, 02:37 PM   #15
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Does Altasports have a web site to browse parts and to place orders?

Bill
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