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Les Schwab experience with lift install - anyone have any?

Discussion in 'North West' started by sportsguy, May 7, 2012.

  1. May 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    sportsguy

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    I seem to recall a thread somewhere noting the Les Schwab in Bellevue was doing installs of the Bilstien 5100's and AALs for somewhere around $670.

    Just wondering if anyone has experience with this set up, and with Les Schwab installing it especially. ;)

    Only looking for maybe 1 - 1.5 inches, max. Heck, I might just stay stock for now and add the Duratracs...
     
  2. May 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I have no idea, all I know is that they only install what you purchase through them. It's dumb, but understandable.

    My buddy works at the schwab in Redmond.
     
  3. May 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM
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    Chickenmunga

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    This is not just my personal experience, but the story I hear from everybody is that the business is going downhill since the old man died.

    If you are only looking for a tiny amount of lift, go add some 265/75/16, which gives you exactly 1"

    If you want to go more, I like the OME. OME is a product of ARB, and you can have OME put on by Schwab. HOWEVER, if you don't mind the drive, I encourage you to try Auburn Car Repair & Offroad. John knows his stuff and is a fair deal!
     
  4. May 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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    Now, this helps immensely...

    1 - adding the tires alone will likely keep me happy for a while, it seems. Small bump in lift, but big improvement in traction. You say "exactly 1 inch of lift"...but is that because the tire diameter is 1 inch larger than the stock 245 tire? If so, it's only 1/2" of actual lift (still fine in my book). If the tire diameter is 2 inches bigger than stock, so much the better as I'd be happy adding the extra full inch of ground clearance under the truck. :)

    2 - I LOVE getting recommendations for local shops. Auburn isn't too bad...you could have said Olympia... ;) I used to have a "Jeep only" shop back home where I went - always best to build and nurture a relationship - it pays off in the end. :) I'll check them out.

    Thanks for the feedback guys. :)
     
  5. May 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    Honestly...never been impressed with Les Schwab and don't know anyone else who is.
     
  6. May 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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    Twistedfreedom

    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    I'm sure some of the members on here would be willing to help you out and save you some money.
     
  7. May 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    ...and this is why I love communities like this. :)

    Great feedback and like minded people willing to share ideas and time.

    ...mixed with a few dolts to spice things up from time to time... *whistles*

    Next question:

    Where do folks like to buy Goodyear Duratrac's (non-kevlar versions) around here?
     
  8. May 9, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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    Sportsguy, I was assuming you had the TRD. You may gain a different amount from your set, check out the tire size calculator in my sig.

    They were worthwhile a number of years back for basic care, but I also knew the guy who oversaw tires for ODOT... Who in turn had personal connections with Les Schwab himself... While that relationship was active, they both kept things in line. However, one is retired and one is dead. :p
     
  9. May 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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    I can't seem to get the calculator to work. :( Tried it in IE and FF - no joy... :(

    ...and no TRD - just base for me. :)
     
  10. May 9, 2012 at 4:51 PM
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    I had my 5100's installed by Schwab in Hillsboro. The guy there was top notch. I did have to buy the front set from them, but they could not get the rears. I purchased them from Downsoutmotorsports, and on the installers advice, left them sitting on my backseat. When I picked up the truck, lo and behold, I had front and rear shocks installed. The alignment was also done properly, and overall, am happy with my experience there.
     
  11. May 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    You used this link, right?

    Anyway, the 265/75/16 has a diameter of 31.7", compared to a 245/75/16 at 30.5"
     
  12. May 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    Got mine from sears, lady found me one set
     
  13. May 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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    No...I clicked the link in your sig, it took me to the Tacoma World calculator...which isn't working. ;)

    So...how are folks recalibrating their speedos after tire swaps? As easy as grabbing a scanner and telling the truck it has bigger shoes?
     
  14. May 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    That seems a little on the high side.

    I had 4 Wheel Parts install my lift (a good experience), mount & balance 4 new tires and do and alignment and it was just over $475.
     
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    Did you buy the lift from them?
     
  16. May 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    I've had a Schwab account since I was 17. Since then my love for them has dwindled down to the point that I just purchased my wheels/tires for my truck from Discount. first time I've ventured away from Schwab in 14 years.

    Last summer they did install my 5100's for me. They did it wrong the first time, had the seat for the coil turned upside down. They bitched the whole time, charged me to much but in the end it's done and guaranteed through them. The installer and the Ass. Manager tried multiple times to talk me into their spacer leveling kit.

    Typically, they will only install what they sell and they mark up special order parts a ridiculous amount.

    I don't think I'll go back again .. 14 years and they lost me. They only installed the two front 5100's and aligned... almost $600.00.
     
  18. May 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    I did not.
     
  19. May 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    Did you use Tacoma or Lynnwood shop?
     
  20. May 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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    It's actually Les Schwab on 124th in Kirkland that sells the 5100's and choice of rear blocks or AAL's (go with the AAL's!). It's a great setup, I've been running em for a while now and love em. I didn't buy at Les Schwab or have them installed there (I bought from Toytec and installed myself), but it's a pretty basic strut swap and AAL install, so they should do a fine job, and it's guaranteed, and their price is pretty good.
     
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