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Old 01-15-2010, 12:36 PM   #1
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$600...are you kidding me?

So I got tired of putting off installing my Pfadt spings and sways myself and decided I'd just have it done. Called the local speed shop that has done work for me before and they quoted me $600. It seems most shadetree mechs. here are saying it's a 4 hour job at most so I am assuming a professional with all the tools handy should be able to do the job in 3.5 hours at most. Am I crazy for thinking their quote was way to high?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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I was told 5.7 hours at $100 per hour by my local dealer.

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Old 01-15-2010, 01:30 PM   #3
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Typically most places charge around 4 hours for springs and about 1 hour for sways.

For example we charge 4.5 to do both since there is some overlap on the front suspension, at our shop rate of 75 per hour.

This is merely just mentioned as a benchmark, and not what everyone should or could charge.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #4
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Guys you can do it your self i did my coilovers and that was not hard.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:37 PM   #5
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if $600 included the alignment...I guess it wouldn't be that bad. They are probably over-estimating it assuming it's the first Camaro suspension they are working on. I'd say it's roughly a 4hr job + alignment (alignment should be done after a few miles have been put on it incase the springs settle a bit).
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:39 PM   #6
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Very easy install and it took me about 4 hours in my garage with a jack and hand tools. I got same quote and decided to take it on myself and was very simple and straight forward.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:55 PM   #7
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Guys you can do it your self i did my coilovers and that was not hard.
How long did it take you? Is there DIY guide anywhere? I want to get my XAs on soon! ....nevermind it looks like you made a DIY coilover post There are a few for spring installs too!

To the OP-$600 is way high. Try another shop.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:21 PM   #8
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Here's a DIY from Pfadt on doing the springs:http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60238
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:19 PM   #9
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Yea...I will take the time to do it myself. It's not about the know how as much as having the extra time. It's like my employer wants me to work, my wife wants me to be a husband, and my kids want me to be a dad or something....don't they understand this is a Camaro we're talking about?
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:54 PM   #10
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This is a good write-up on installing the lowering springs:

http://www.planetlsx.com/tech/How_To...010_Camaro/131
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most good shops go with a flat rate system of work. I believe the front and rear springs would be about a 5 hour job in the flat rate guide, plus the alignment will put you right in the 600 range at most bigger shops. While i'm sure you can find some that are a bit less, and some that are more, it's not out of line to give you that price.
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:39 PM   #12
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I just didmy pfadt springs and balance bar in 4hrs with hand and air tools in my driveway. Its quite easy and worth saving the money.
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How easy would it be without the air tools?
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How easy would it be without the air tools?
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How easy would it be without the air tools?
Its easily done without air tools, just doubles the time. You will still need a spring compressor.
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I'm not surprised by this. I just paid $240 for a used book. That's ink and paper, $240.... and it's not even entertaining. It was $350 new, so I should feel like I got a deal. Everything is too expensive these days, lol.

I think 6 Benjamins is a bit steep for a spring install. I might shop around if I were in your shoes.
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