I haven't heard of anyone getting charged for the putting the shock and springs together. They are pretty happy to be dealing with new parts not old rusty worn parts.
Just before the frame swap I spoke with the service manager and asked if I could provide toyota with some stuff to replace while they put the truck back together. They say no problem and no charge, for reasons mentioned above.
I drove my truck in with four billie 5100's, set of OME coils and a Skyjacker 1.5" add a leaf for the rear end in the box. When I drove out with the new frame, everything was installed on the truck, no charge. Again have a look at the receipt above.
I think they (dealerships) charge Toyota like 60hrs for the frame swap, but I've heard of some techs getting in done in 17 -20hrs...but the dealership still gets to charge Toyota 60hrs. Bottom line, the dealerships love this job and are making good coin, they don't mind throwing a shock together or chucking an extra leaf in there for the customer.
I had a main axle seal in the front gone that they replaced for really cheap (because it was apart) and had them re-wire the rear end for a trailer. Those are the only extra things they charged me for.
hope this helps.
Originally Posted by cpc12
Im new to Tacomas Ill need some help here..
Im down for buying a bunch of parts, I just don't know what I need exactly.
For the front do I just replace the shocks or do I do the spring that surrounds the shock to ?
Do I need to replace my leaf springs? DO they do it as part of the frame swap? If the don't where do I find them.
In the rear do get RANCHO shocks or just standard shocks ? do they all last as long ?
My Cat is shot, will they replace that ? Are there any good aftermarket cats that won't spit codes after 3 months