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Cost of Bilstien 5100 Complete Install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by danbow, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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    In case anyone was wondering... I was and I have access to estimating software. This is what it would cost to get 5100's all the way around. (labor rates based on N. TX, 8.25% sales tax included)

    prices from Autoanything.com

    Front Shocks 2@ 119.88-Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorber - 24-186711
    Rear Shocks 2@ 84.88-Bilstein 5100 Series Shock Absorber - 24-186728

    Parts w/ tax 426.20
    Mechanical Labor-2.8 hrs @ 85.00/hr=238
    Front Wheel alignment w/ rear reference=69.95
    Total 734.15

    Keep in mind rear shocks not adjustable, reason for price difference and different part numbers.

    This was written using my VIN for the 09 Double Cab 4x4 TRD OR, labor unlikely to vary much for other 2nd gen years and models.

    You do not need to pay for the full 4wheel alignment, that is ony needed for independent rear suspensions. Shops can reference the rear wheels and align the truck to spec.

    so... slow day at work. Maybe someone will find this helpfull. I'm thinking of getting rid of my spacers up front and going with this with front set at 1.75 for level ride height, I have the rear leaf TSB.

    ---- and yes I realize I misspelled Bilstein in the title----
     
  2. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    Who on earth would have pay to have it installed?? and 2.8 hours.... Shocks are very easy installation! Shouldn't take a mechanic 2.8 hours of time.
    Agreed there's no such thing as a 4 wheel alignment for Tacomas.
     
  3. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    bhlm paint wheels duplicolor plasti dip white grill. billies 5100. bf goodrich at 285's 75 16 black valence led corner lights expedition bed rack by anb fabrication spidertrax wheel spacers rotopax fuel tanks 4gal mounted on bed rack quickfist mounts for shovel. ddm hid kit 35watt 6000k hi/low beam
    labor cost = 18 pack of XX (dos equis) ;)
     
  4. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    I agree it doesn't actually take 2.8 hrs to install the shocks. Think of Labor "hours" as labor units instead of actual time. 2.8 labor units to remove and replace 4 shocks is typical.... You save 238.00 to complete this yourself.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    You felt the need for estimating software for this?? :rolleyes:
     
  6. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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    on a serious note dont get bent over and pay that much to get them installed
     
  7. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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    the guy prolly just drives his truck, but knows nothing about mechanics. and why in the heck would this shop even reference that as the rear alignment?! there is not even a question as to if a taco would have irs?
     
  8. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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    Well not everyone is mechanically savvy as some of us. It did take me and my friend(who has been a mechanic for 20 years)..about that time to do mine...altho we were careful as he hasn't worked on a truck in a year or two. If we did it again we could do it under 2 hours easy.
     
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    dude its like 15-20 bolts max (rough number) haha and will take somewhere around an hour. its not hard to do. if you dont know anything about working on trucks and stuff now would be a good starting project for you to learn, dont know the situation, not judging you either. just saying. i dont see the need to get them installed at a shop... maybe you can enlighten me on why your having a shop do it?
     
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    The rears are simple, 2 bolts and loosen the top nut and you're done. Not everyone wants to mess with a spring compressor to do the fronts, or has the place to work on the truck up on jack stands. That would be a good reason to pay someone to do the work. It's not rocket science, not everyone has the desire to work on their truck... :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow.... I never said I was going to have a shop do it. I know plenty about mechanics. Just wrote it as an estimate that a typical shop would charge out of boredom.

    Some shops will try to charge you for 4 wheel alignment when it is not needed. Believe me, I work with shops all day every day. Just some info for someone who might not know.

    There are 3 types of alighments

    Front Wheel
    4 Wheel
    and Front Wheel with Rear Reference

    The last is easiest to see when its needed on Vans. When you see a van going to the road that looks like its crooked, the shop did not reference the rear wheels when it was aligned.
     
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    Ok, everybody off the OPs back. He stated this was just an estimation exercise since he was bored, he didn't say he was getting it done. Personally this is good info since we regularly see posts along the line of "what does it cost to get this done". Now the answer is there, 2.8 hours.

    We all know every price listed can be reduced/negotiated. DSM has the 5100s for $325/set now I think, the labor rate can be anywhere from $50-$100/hour, depending on where you go, and the alignment for just a single front-end is $50-60. 5100s and the alignment are about the only requireds, all else depends on if you want to do the work or pay someone to do it, or somewhere in between.

    Personally I removed the fronts, took 'em to a shop and had the front compressed and shocks swapped, then swapped the rear and reinstalled the fronts myself, added up to 325+60+60 for 5100s, shop time and alignment respectively.
     
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    That's were the 2.8 comes in. I figured it was around there, but those are the accepted units nationally by shops to remove and replace all 4 shocks. Actual labor rates vary widely... and i was bored sitting at my computer staring at an estimate on a different car and thought... what the hec... lets just see.
     
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    thanks for showing you forgot to rear the entire thread... Above you will see a link showing DSM has them for 300.00
     
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    I have not even looked at my front suspension enough to know. Do you have to take the coil springs off or loose to install the front shocks on a Taco? My old Nissan Titan had the type where the coil spring seated on top of the shock and it was difficult to change so I paid a shop to do it. I think they charged about $100.

    If you do not have to mess with the coil springs then definitely just install them yourself.
     
  18. Dec 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM
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    ^you will need a spring compressor to remove and replace your front shocks. If you don't have access to one, I'm sure a shop would replace the front ones for you for much less than the actual estimate I created.
     
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    What some people have done is remove the assembled coilover and brought just that part to the shop, had them just swap the coils to the new shock and do the actual labor to disassemble and reassemble themselves. This saves a considerable amount of money and gets you out of using a spring compressor.
     
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    Why is it only the 1st Gen guys that are like this?:D
     

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