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Should a 5100 install cost this much???

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Maple85, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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    Maple85

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    Lots to come at some point. Hopefully soon.
    So I just went to the local tire shop to see if they could do the 5100 install. I would do it on my own but dont have the knowledge or tools. This is the price they gave me.

    $135 For Struts
    $70 Alignment
    $45 Stability Control
    $20 Tax

    $270 Total:eek:

    The Install costs almost twice as much as the shocks.

    Does this sound right? BTW I have a 2012 TRD Sport 4x4 In Portland Oregon
     
  2. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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    Panther

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    I think a lot of people on here pop them on themselves then get the alignment when all is said and done (after adding tires and new wheels if it's in a short period of time). There are probably a bunch of "How To's" if you check.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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    What the heck is stability control? Take that out and the rest seems pretty average. Not a deal for sure.

    Goes to show you how much you can save if you do it yourself. Get your shocks off yourself and someone like Midas should be able to switch them out from under the springs for like $50.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
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    Heh heh...
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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    Bobbb

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    I was quoted everywhere from $250 to $375 and that's just for the fronts. Ended up doing all four myself and paid a guy up the road $50 to swap the springs and another joint $56 for the alignment. If you do decide to pick up some tools and do it yourself I highly recommend finding a helper. It's no fun at all with only two hands.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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    ^ This.

    Remove shocks yourself, have a shop put 5100's together for you, install yourself at home, return to shop and get aligned.

    x2 on stability control?
     
  7. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    Maple85

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    Lots to come at some point. Hopefully soon.
    Guy said my 2012 model has the stability control so he has to do that if you puts the shocks on. He basically made it sound like if he didn't do that my truck would roll on the first freeway exit I took. Didnt sound right so I walked. I see there is a bunch of info on here how to do it on your own but I dont have a decent jack, flat spot or tools other then a hammer and probably some scissors, oh and maybe some elmers glue.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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    Lots to come at some point. Hopefully soon.
    Maybe a tool investment is in the cards. Starting scratch in this house so the garage is a little naked.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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    Don't know what's involved with the stability control, but looks like 180 bucks to physically install shocks plus the stability control. That's two hours at 90 bucks an hour. 70 bucks sounds right for alignment and you will need one. I'd say that's very fair. I know it would take me two hours to change those shocks out, including swapping the springs.

    Do it yourself if you want to learn and spend the money on tools, but seems reasonable to me. Not saying it's cheap, but nothing is anymore. I do appliance repair for a living, people bitch constantly about spending $180 bucks to come swap out a 40 dollar part. Yep, it's a lot of money, but so is insurance, rent, vehicle expenses, etc. Being willing to do things for yourself can save a huge amount of money.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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    Then I probably dont have it. I got just the basic 2012 sport double cab. The shop just looked inside my truck and saw the stability control button by the wheel so they said thats another 45 bucks on top of everything else. He said when doing an alignment that has to be done as well. It can rotate 360 degree and needs to be dead on. After accidents he said it can be off by 180 degrees. Sounds like he is just trying to make some easy money.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    120-150 is about right for compression of the springs and front install.
    50-70 is the range for alignment.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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    Dude, 135 for the shocks is a great price!
     
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