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fair price to install upper control arms

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Redgrom, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    Redgrom

    Redgrom [OP] http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-builds/29

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    ATO front skid (need more but icon's might fail if I hang anything else from my truck) All-Pro front bumper thanks to a good deal here and a pesky encounter with a rock or 20, total chaos uppers.
    Not quite sure if I want to try the install myself so what is a fair price for the uca install? I am in southern california so if someone could recommend a shop in Orange county that would be a huge help. The 2 local shops quoted me about $1000 out the door so just wanted to see what others had paid. Did find the arms from Down South Motor Sports for $650 but the install locally seemed a bit high.
    Thanks
     
  2. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    jandrews

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    A grand? fuck no. Do it yourself...fun as hell and really not that horrible if you have the tools and a buddy for extra hands...
     
  3. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    weiser5150

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    do it yourself.
    If you can turn a wrench and use channel locks then you can do it.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    Redgrom

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    ATO front skid (need more but icon's might fail if I hang anything else from my truck) All-Pro front bumper thanks to a good deal here and a pesky encounter with a rock or 20, total chaos uppers.
    Only thing that has stopped me is the uni ball, don't want to over tighten it and have it squeak at me. Guess I could buy a torque wrench and stop being a bitch.....
    I must say I have seen a few diy threads here that make it look easy ( Chris 4x4 I think )
     
  5. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    Do it yourself and I can lend a hand for only $900:)

    But for real, it's not that hard. You'll have to bend the inner fender on at least one side to get the bolt through but just use some vice grips and a cloth so you don't scratch the paint.

    I did mine without any previous experience in that area and it took abot 4 hours for both sides and we were putting in new shocks as well.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    +1 on the DIY
     
  7. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM
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    free: do it yourself. all it involves is losening a couple bolts, finessing the screw out and replacing. very simple
     
  8. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:44 PM
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  9. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM
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    I just put on camburg uca on saturday and i was able to do it by my self in 5 hours with some breaks. Just make sure u get a nice pair of channel locks i found that out the hard way.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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    Yeah $350 to install and line it up does sound a bit steep, Anybody have issues with over torquing the uniball bolt or are the shops I have spoke with just trying to make a $$ (not that I blame them mind you)
     
  11. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM
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  12. Apr 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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    I've done plenty of these. Just get a torque wrench and torque to factory specs and you'll be good to go.
     
  13. Apr 26, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    LOL! I've removed and replaced my UCA's so many time, I have nightmares!:goingcrazy:

    But it's really easy! I have a DIY on it somewhere here or on TN??

    Chance Em!!:headbang:
     
  14. Apr 26, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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    I just helped my buddy do his last week and it took I shit u not 20 minutes per side, its so simple a caveman can do it
     
  15. Apr 26, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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    Save your money and knock it out yourself. I had no experience doing this sort of thing and I was able to do my whole lift with a buddy (who also has never done this sort of thing). Very easy, just print out the DIY, plus it gives you some understanding and appreciation of your work and truck. Buy the torque wrench becasue you will use it for other things later on. Torque the factory frame bolt to 80 lbs/ft and the uniball bolt to 100 lbs/ft. Remember all your doing is taking off nuts and bolts and putting new ones on.
     
  16. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    ATO front skid (need more but icon's might fail if I hang anything else from my truck) All-Pro front bumper thanks to a good deal here and a pesky encounter with a rock or 20, total chaos uppers.
    So if I only replace the upper arms and leave my 5100's as set do I need a alignment? I need new tires in the next few months and will likely have to crank up the 5100's or if I get a little free $ replace them with some kings. So I will be getting a alignment for sure after the new rubber.
    Thanks for all the help!
     
  17. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM
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  18. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    does the $1000 include all the parts, and alignment?

    it's cheaper in gas to drive up here, to meet the norcal guys. they have a mod day may 8th. half that crew can do it in their sleep. 2 hours, i bet.
     
  19. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:33 AM
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    Is it the TC kit that uses a uni ball with the little sleeves that go into the spindle so there's no drilling? I'm in Oceanside about 1 hour max South of you. Seriously a grand? WTH? That's exactly why I hate shops.
     
  20. Apr 27, 2010 at 10:38 AM
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    Redgrom [OP] http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-builds/29

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    ATO front skid (need more but icon's might fail if I hang anything else from my truck) All-Pro front bumper thanks to a good deal here and a pesky encounter with a rock or 20, total chaos uppers.
    No, it's not that bad! They wanted $1000 out the door ( both shops were going to get the alingment close but no machine to dial it in 100%). From everything I have seen its a pretty simple install and no drilling. I would hit up the so cal mod day at all pro and give it a go but I have the NIke lowers pro all next week. Beef pm me you have a install price in mind. I would rather help install and give some cash and beer and maybe learn something rather than drop it off and pick it up.
    Thanks.
     
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