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Old January 14th   #1
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Best place for spring install?

Haven't ever done it myself (and pretty reluctant on messing about with my 2013 car...haha) and plus don't have access to air tools. What is a good shop around HSV that is knowledgable and fair on price for a spring install?


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A spring install may also warrant a strut change and can sometimes be easier if the whole strut/spring unit can be swapped. What's the car?
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My 2013 FIAT. It won't need a strut change. Many Fiat owners have put springs on with no issues. I have Eibach springs for it
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Sweet. Why not ask the dealership?
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I have, and they didnt know of any shops, and naturally suggested that their service dept do it... but some fellow Fiat owners have said they charge a TON for spring installs. (Some have said as high as 1k!)

I figured there would be a decent shop (or heck even a private person) who has done spring swaps many many times and does clean, good work.
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I have, and they didnt know of any shops, and naturally suggested that their service dept do it... but some fellow Fiat owners have said they charge a TON for spring installs. (Some have said as high as 1k!)

I figured there would be a decent shop (or heck even a private person) who has done spring swaps many many times and does clean, good work.
Hmmm...if it costs that much, it sounds like it's not an easy job. Have you seen the procedure?
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Dealerships always charge a ton of money. It can't be that hard. I mean heck me and a friend lowered our TSX in about 2 1/2 hours.
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Simple job! No brainer! But you need a good spring comperssor. A compressed spring has a lot of stored energy! Can be deadly ! But the job itself is simple. If you can remove the strut assy. yourself (easy), most shops only charge 1/2 hr. per to swap springs.
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I've done a ton of reading up on it on Fiat forums and everybody says its a textbook install, nothing difficult or out of the ordinary. I just would rather somebody who has done it before and knows exactly what their doing to be handling it. How much would Constant Velocity charge per hour? I've heard the norm for ameaturs doing it at home is about 2 hours.
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You can call them, but as a general rule it's about 1hr. per corner.
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My bf and a friend lowered my car last weekend, took about 3 hrs. Mostly because one of the bolts that holds the cup wouldn't come out for the love of god. They eventually got it. If you and someone else does it, you can easily rent a compressor from Advance or Autozone. I can only imagine how tight it'll be under there with your go kart lol.

I didn't replace my struts either. Though I'm switching to coilovers later this year. My bf has gone just over a year on stock struts, car is lowered 2 inches front/back and rides and drives fine. But you'll definitely want too later since it'll put more stress on the stocks
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Can vouch for Justin. He does good work.
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Dealerships always charge a ton of money. It can't be that hard. I mean heck me and a friend lowered our TSX in about 2 1/2 hours.
I've seen dealerships have reasonable install prices too. You can't justify charging 10hrs for a 2hr (book time) job.
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I've done a ton of reading up on it on Fiat forums and everybody says its a textbook install, nothing difficult or out of the ordinary. I just would rather somebody who has done it before and knows exactly what their doing to be handling it. How much would Constant Velocity charge per hour? I've heard the norm for ameaturs doing it at home is about 2 hours.
If it's not too difficult, try heading to the Pit Stop and work on it there. They have all the tools you need including a lift.
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Shops (especially dealers) are supposed to go by book labor times. I worked on cars for 29 years! That goes both ways. If it calls for say 2 hrs and it takes them 3.5 hrs. (oh well ) the guy should have been faster. The flip side is if it calls for 2 hrs. and it takes the guy .5 hrs. (you still pay 2hrs). If you know what the book time is for a job (if you ask they should show you) and they try to overcharge (report them). The job you are wanting done should not cost that much ! So it's all about the labor rate !
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Shops (especially dealers) are supposed to go by book labor times. I worked on cars for 29 years! That goes both ways. If it calls for say 2 hrs and it takes them 3.5 hrs. (oh well ) the guy should have been faster. The flip side is if it calls for 2 hrs. and it takes the guy .5 hrs. (you still pay 2hrs). If you know what the book time is for a job (if you ask they should show you) and they try to overcharge (report them). The job you are wanting done should not cost that much ! So it's all about the labor rate !
Yep, and that's what makes me wonder how difficult the procedure is. Almost all dealerships are $100 per hour, so $500 is 5 hours to do all the springs, or a little over an hour each. But if the procedure is complicated like in the case of the rear springs on an Audi A4, it may take a lot more hours--like 12 hrs for the Audi--or $1200.
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