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Old 06-12-2009, 01:06 PM
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HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

Okay...dropped my rig off this morning to have the front Bilsteins installed. I just called over there and he said "it was a little more involved than I thought"...someone please tell me how hard it is to install front struts on an 08 WK. I need to have an understanding of how difficult it is so I will not get raped! Please tell me how much you paid for install, total time for install, and any troubles you are aware of...THANK YOU in advance for any assistance...FYI I am picking it up in an hour
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:08 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

I think that was a tactic to stall cause they're fawking off.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:13 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

it is a biatch dude! They have to move the fuse boxes, coolant tank, remove the strut bar and remove the strut/springs all together. its a pretty good job. I was charged $50 for each side....so $100.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:25 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

I did it myself - and was a pain in the ass. In retrospect I would have gladly paid someone $100-$150 to do it for me.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:15 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

Damn, round here i was told if i supplied the struts it would be about $3-400 to get it done.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:16 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

Over in California where labor rates start at $85/hr it should cost you a little more than $200....

With that said, it is an involving job and it took my shop three hours on the dot to finish the job.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:24 PM
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

So they got it done....it was $300 and took a little over 3 hours. It is involved like posted (ie move fuse box, compress the spring for the strut etc) so I am fairly happy with the price since I did not know anyone at the shop, but now I do!
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Re: HELP - Front Bilstein Install ?'s

A lot of people dont realize that on things like this the dealer may be the best option because theyve more than likely done it before. Now i have no idea how much time is quoted for strut changes at the dealer....but that would be the most they would charge. My dealer charges me for actual time they work on my truck...not by the quoted time in their computer. keep that in mind when you have things done. call the dealer too. My dealer charged me $50 for each strut...but....a lot of dealers are different and try to rape their service csutomers. Anyway....I bet you live the new struts and shocks! i have the SRt Bilsteins and they are one of the best mods I have done. they completely transformed my jeep!
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:56 PM
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Called two dealers and they would not install a non OEM part...and i brought up the fact that Bilsteins are OEM on the SRT8, but they said we will not install anything other than what came from the factory on my WK...and the other dealer i spoke with wanted $300 so that is what I was going to cap my cost at! I agree the 25 miles I put on it after the install totally made me pat myself on the back for spending the $600 on the suspension parts
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oh...was that for all four? If so that was pretty fair IMO
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:09 PM
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No I put the rears on myself...so it was a little pricey but like i said i had no clue who these guys were, nor did they know me...but we had a nice chat about my jeep and they were impressed with some of the stuff I did, so i will get a better rate next time (hopefully)
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it is a biatch dude! They have to move the fuse boxes, coolant tank, remove the strut bar and remove the strut/springs all together. its a pretty good job. I was charged $50 for each side....so $100.
Yeah but all that only takes like 5 minutes under the hood and maybe a half hour for everything else. 100 bucks is a fair price though. I did one set on mine so anyone can do it.
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