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Old 03-17-2005, 05:57 PM   #1
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I just purchased a set of springs and i was wondering what it normally costs to have a set installed. I have called a few places and they all quoted me at $160. Is that normal, good or bad?
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Old 03-17-2005, 06:22 PM   #2
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sounds about right, my buddy had some teins installed for $180...
Mine was free, did it myself
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Old 03-18-2005, 01:53 AM   #3
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$160 isn't bad. You will also need an alignment after a spring install.
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Old 03-18-2005, 01:48 PM   #4
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Do them yourself and use the $160 on something else. It is an easy job if you have any sort of mechanical skills and only a little more difficult if you don't. There are a couple very good step-by-step write ups on this site to guide you.

$160 bucks isn't horrible, but it's a lot worse than free.
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Old 03-18-2005, 03:23 PM   #5
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I agree, do them yourself, spend $100 on an alignment, $60 on beer and still be money ahead. It's really easy. all you need is like a 17mm socket, 13mm socket, 19mm socket and wrench, lug wrench, floor jack and stands, spring compressors and a few hours of time. i would also have someone there to hang out and help occasionally for things like lining up the tops when reinstalling the struts. I took my sweet time on everything and it took around 6 hours or so. Now that I've done mine I could probably do another car in 2 or 3 hours.
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice... I think I might do it myself now. I have always done all of my other installs but this one sounded kind of scary.
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do it yourself, it's not hard, just make sure you have a big ass breaker bar to get the stock lower strut bolts off
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oh and you don't need spring compressors, don't listen to anyone that says you do. i did mine without them and didn't need them i've also done like a dozen other spring installs over the last few years and never needed them.
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Old 03-19-2005, 01:08 AM   #9
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Around here I called 3 places and was quoted $125 per wheel. They all consulted a book that said that is how much it cost. What a RIP! If I was quoted 160, I probably would have paid to have it done. But the downside is you are foregoing an opportunity to get intimate with your Subie. And in a year when your struts go you will have to shell out that amount again!
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Old 03-19-2005, 06:33 PM   #10
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oh and you don't need spring compressors, don't listen to anyone that says you do. i did mine without them and didn't need them i've also done like a dozen other spring installs over the last few years and never needed them.
You are flat out WRONG to generalize like this. While the stock springs usually are not under a dangerous load, the new springs very well might need compression in order to fit on the struts. GDA STi springs for example need compression in order to fit on the STi struts. Why don't you try putting the stock springs back on the stock struts without a spring compressor?
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I was just quote $682 to install a set of dealer-provided Prodrive springs. ***!!!

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Old 03-30-2005, 05:02 PM   #12
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Use a compressor for sure! Its easier and safer! If you don't got one, you can rent one for probably $10 - it's well worth it.

The install is pretty easy - I'm an install n00b, and I did it 4.5 hrs with friends.
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:30 PM   #13
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springs are easy to do, you can EASILY do it yourself with just basic tool set and a spring compressor. a good compressor will run you about $500, i suggest use a friend's or something.

the alignment you should spend money on. WAY too much of a headache to measure the angles at home and adjust them. using the alignment rack and machine at my college i can do it myself for free in an hour
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