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camaro_RS 05-14-2013 11:27 AM

$460 quote for BBK header install?
 
Does that sound right? Sounds high to me but that's how much I got quoted for the LT's w/ HFC's, new OEM gaskets, and O2 extensions.

What do you guys/gals think?

nikos30 05-14-2013 11:35 AM

it was 300 bucks to install my DT shorties, but IDEALG had to weld it on. I dont think you have to weld the BBK's on, do you? If you dont, then I think that is a little expensive.

camaro_RS 05-14-2013 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by nikos30 (Post 6542320)
it was 300 bucks to install my DT shorties, but IDEALG had to weld it on. I dont think you have to weld the BBK's on, do you? If you dont, then I think that is a little expensive.

Nope, you're right. The BBK's are all bolt on.

nikos30 05-14-2013 11:45 AM

plenty of people have done this so youll get an answer for sure soon enough. Ever consider doing it yourself?

lscamaro 05-14-2013 11:47 AM

460 seems a bit expensive but really depends on the shop rate. For 460 I'd attempt to do it myself even if it is a pain in the butt to do

PonyKiller74 05-14-2013 11:51 AM

If you are or have a friend that's mechanically inclined, I would save your money and install yourself. There will be plenty more you'll want to do to your car and don't want to waste all that money on labor. Headers are fairly easy. Me and a buddy had them knocked out in less than 3 hours in my garage. just my 2 pennies

PoorMansCamaro 05-14-2013 11:55 AM

wow, that's expensive. what you need to do, is ask a shop what their hourly rate is, and then ask them how long it will take to install headers. I would really like to know what the rate is at the shop that quoted you $460 and/or how long they think it will take them to install. Being VERY conservative, it should take a shop 4 hours and most shops charge 80-100 an hour. so $400 should be tops, for header install. and like I said, that's being VERY conservative.

spyder 05-14-2013 12:24 PM

I paid 380 flat. Took almost 4 hours for a professional muffler shop.

Vroom_vroom 05-14-2013 12:28 PM

Ironic, was just watching there you tube channel " the average enthusiast can install them in a hour"

PoorMansCamaro 05-14-2013 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Vroom_vroom (Post 6542520)
Ironic, was just watching there you tube channel " the average enthusiast can install them in a hour"

lol, this would be amazing to watch. I've installed long tubes on 2 5th gens so far. both v6's. first time took me 8 hours with a buddy on jacks and stands. second time took a little less than 5 hours with a lift.

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 12:57 PM

Dang I didnt know cost was this much. Most websites say installed in an hour on the description

lscamaro 05-14-2013 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542648)
Dang I didnt know cost was this much. Most websites say installed in an hour on the description

Not gonna happen. Maybe on the v8s but on the v6s, not a chance

menendez1293 05-14-2013 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542648)
Dang I didnt know cost was this much. Most websites say installed in an hour on the description

Those places are talking a load of bull. I think it would be Impossible for almost anyone to do a header install on these cars within an hour. Even if you had a team working on it would take longer than an hour.

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 01:01 PM

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Originally Posted by lscamaro (Post 6542655)
Not gonna happen. Maybe on the v8s but on the v6s, not a chance

:sad0147:Guess i better save up for install costs then. Figured 800 would be enough but nevermind haha ill wait till this months paycheck.

PoorMansCamaro 05-14-2013 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542662)
:sad0147:Guess i better save up for install costs then. Figured 800 would be enough but nevermind haha ill wait till this months paycheck.

wish you lived closer man, I would help you install ourselves.

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by PoorMansCamaro (Post 6542667)
wish you lived closer man, I would help you install ourselves.

:word:Ill talk to my dad about it and see if he would be up for maybe trying to install it our self. Maybe he can, he repairs million dollar machines everyday but then again this is totally different.

menendez1293 05-14-2013 01:07 PM

OP does the quote they gave you include a new set of OE Gaskets and some O2 extensions? Because if it does then that means they are charging less for labor because that 460 include some parts as well.

camaro_RS 05-14-2013 01:10 PM

Thanks for all the info, fellas. It's at a Firestone, and I didn't ask them their hourly rate. He said after checking to see if all the O2 sensors were working correctly it'd be 4-5 hours for them to do it.

I've thought about doing it myself...but I don't have a garage (well I have a big parking garage, but not my own garage) let alone the tools....which I'm not even sure what I would need. Once you say it like..."save that $460 for other mods"...it sounds very tempting.

I'm not mechanically inclined myself. I installed my CAI, throttle body, JDP halos...and that's about it. I do have four jack stands and a jack.

Anybody wanna help??? Ha! :help:

camaro_RS 05-14-2013 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by menendez1293 (Post 6542694)
OP does the quote they gave you include a new set of OE Gaskets and some O2 extensions? Because if it does then that means they are charging less for labor because that 460 include some parts as well.

No I already have the new OEM gaskets (~$35) and O2 extensions. This is just labor.

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by camaro_RS (Post 6542702)
Thanks for all the info, fellas. It's at a Firestone, and I didn't ask them their hourly rate. He said after checking to see if all the O2 sensors were working correctly it'd be 4-5 hours for them to do it.

I've thought about doing it myself...but I don't have a garage (well I have a big parking garage, but not my own garage) let alone the tools....which I'm not even sure what I would need. Once you say it like..."save that $460 for other mods"...it sounds very tempting.

I'm not mechanically inclined myself. I installed my CAI, throttle body, JDP halos...and that's about it. I do have four jack stands and a jack.

Anybody wanna help??? Ha! :help:

Let me take another vacation to PCB and do each others :biggrin:

PoorMansCamaro 05-14-2013 01:13 PM

i'll be in fort Walton beach for a week, during 4th of july. lol

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by camaro_RS (Post 6542704)
No I already have the new OEM gaskets (~$35) and O2 extensions. This is just labor.

Are new gaskets required? I thought you could use your existing ones or is it just recommend to get new ones since their so inexpensive?

PoorMansCamaro 05-14-2013 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542727)
Are new gaskets required? I thought you could use your existing ones or is it just recommend to get new ones since their so inexpensive?

on a fairly new car, I just use the existing ones. I've done it twice now, and no leaks. both cars with about 20k miles on them.

camaro_RS 05-14-2013 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542715)
Let me take another vacation to PCB and do each others :biggrin:


Okay! Haha.

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Originally Posted by PoorMansCamaro (Post 6542726)
i'll be in fort Walton beach for a week, during 4th of july. lol

LOL I appreciate the offer anyway!!

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Originally Posted by SIM Curly (Post 6542727)
Are new gaskets required? I thought you could use your existing ones or is it just recommend to get new ones since their so inexpensive?

No, they're not required...some people have used the old ones and have no problems. I just figured they weren't too expensive and I won't even worry about using the old ones.

SIM Curly 05-14-2013 01:17 PM

Oh okay ill probably just use mine then. I actually might be in PCB the week of July 4th!


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