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Old 02-12-2004, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default What should a spring install cost?

What is a fair price vs. a good deal vs. a rip off?
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Old 02-12-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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Depends on where you go...............
Dealership charges hourly rate x avg number hours to install....
That should probably be no more than 2-3 hours and from 50~100 $ per hour.....differences vary dealer to dealer......

Do it yourself....with a little help, a little time, a little research, and a few tools, can be done for almost nothing.
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:25 PM   #3
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don't you have to realign the car after doing so?
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:30 PM   #4
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Yes. But so does anybody else that will be doing it for you. If you do it all you have to pay of is an alignment.
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Old 02-12-2004, 08:42 PM   #5
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We used to charge $50 labor per strut, no matter how long it didn't take. So struts all around used to run $200 plus parts.. and alignment.

If you try to do it yourself, be prepared to spend all day and the possibility of taking the struts and springs to a professional to have them swapped over. You'll need some sort of spring compressor and a nice assortment of tools at the very least.

Pay to have it done. I've done dozens of strut jobs on every kind of car imaginable. I'm no longer in that business so I don't have access to a spring compressor, and even if I did I still wouldn't do it away from a professional garage type environment.
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Old 02-12-2004, 11:50 PM   #6
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I paid $150 for the spring install. I thought it was fair.

One place wanted $90, but they had never done the job on a WRX. Don't want people "learning" on my car.

Another place wanted about $230. I thought that was too much.

Went elswhere for the alignment.

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give someone dinner and a beer for the install and get a shop to do the allignment. other wise dealers charge about 80 per shock, or private 50.00 per shock.
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Prices may vary from one region to the next.

We're located in Southern California and our rate for a spring install or full suspension swap is $100. We've done spring installs/suspension swaps time and time again (no "learning" on a customer's car)..

The dealerships here charge an average $75/hour rate - at around a 1.5 to a 2.5 hour job, setting you back anywhere from $112.50 to $187.50, though after talking to Renick Subaru's service advisor, I found out their spring install rate was $360!

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advanced auto loans out tools for free... well you buy it and they say if you bring it back within 90 days you get a full refund. their spring compressor is 42.80 with tax.

I did mine and a friends in the last two weekends and it's easy... to a point. If you are mechanically inclined.
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advanced auto loans out tools for free... well you buy it and they say if you bring it back within 90 days you get a full refund. their spring compressor is 42.80 with tax.

I did mine and a friends in the last two weekends and it's easy... to a point. If you are mechanically inclined.

Thats what I was about to say. Spring compressors are about $40 at our local autoparts store. They take your credit card number, but dont charge unless you dont bring them back.
If you do this, see if they have the two piece kind, they are easier to use.

Half a day is not unreasonable for this install.
If you are into doing to stuff to your car, do it yourself. It may take you a little longer because you have never done it before, but you will get a lot more familiar with your car and learn a lot.

You can always come back here for install advice.

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