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Old 11-08-2010, 05:50 PM   #1
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Lowering Springs..what should I pay to install

Looking at so many different makes but what should I pay to have them installed. Dealer told me today $600.00... I believe thats with alignment but he told me I need different bolts and other items...But to me thats pretty high...what have you all paid?

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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A decent shop that's done springs before can do a complete swap in about 3hrs, 4hrs TOPS. Figure their shop time times 3-4 hrs, then add the price of alignment ~$75. You should be looking at under $400. $600 is WAY too high.

Had mine done for $260 but that was at a friends tire shop. The guy that did my springs had done a few G8's so he's was familiar with the process. He used one of the existing bolts on the car to get the camber right. Forgot which ones though.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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$600 is way too much.

I think somewhere it the neighborhood of $150-250 is fair. For $600 you could buy a compressor, air tools, jackstands, do it in your own garage in a few hours max, and still have enough left for an alignment.
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Thats what I thought...the guy at the dealership mentioned that I needed new bolts because the lowering springs would not allow the stock ones to be used. Anyone know what they were talking about.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:51 PM   #5
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Thats what I thought...the guy at the dealership mentioned that I needed new bolts because the lowering springs would not allow the stock ones to be used. Anyone know what they were talking about.
There are camber alignment bolts for like $30, but from what I've read, the regular 1" to 1.25" lowering springs don't need it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:53 PM   #6
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$400-500, or DIY and have an excuse to get something else!
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:56 PM   #7
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Payed $150 for the install..
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:53 PM   #8
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changing springs really isnt a diy task unless you have the right spring compressor and you know how to properly use it, and those crappy rental compressors arent worth a broken orbital or very least broken nose, seen it happen all too often by first timers
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Had coilovers, swaybars, toe rods, and trailing arms and pending parts installed for $450. For $600.00 no way
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installed my own in my garage in about 4-5 hours, no spring compressor needed. I would say it shouldn't cost more than $300-4350.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:29 AM   #11
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Had lowering springs, front and rear sway bars, adjustable end links, and an alignment done for $540, and I thought that was a bit pricey.
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No more than $400...including alignment.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:42 PM   #13
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Looking at so many different makes but what should I pay to have them installed. Dealer told me today $600.00... I believe thats with alignment but he told me I need different bolts and other items...But to me thats pretty high...what have you all paid?

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WAAAYYYY to much. $300-400 is more like it including the alignment.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:07 PM   #14
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Well I live in Pensacola and I am being told $800. I wish I could find some to do it for $400.00. All I have is lowering kit and sway bars...
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:16 PM   #15
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Thats what I thought...the guy at the dealership mentioned that I needed new bolts because the lowering springs would not allow the stock ones to be used. Anyone know what they were talking about.
Yeah when you lower an 1 inch or more there is a good chance you could be out of adjustment for camber. I know this because mine was and still is today. I was not going to pay for the fix. explanation coming.

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There are camber alignment bolts for like $30, but from what I've read, the regular 1" to 1.25" lowering springs don't need it.
They could need it if the alignment cannot be adjusted enough. The bolts are the cheap part. It is the install that cost you the most. The problem is you cannot remove one of the bolts without dropping the rear subframe. Which cost time and money. I was quoted a high price to change the bolts to allow the chamber adjustment. I am not going to worry about it at this time. It is not off by that much.



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Payed $150 for the install..

Dealership installed the springs for $200.00 Alignment was another $159.


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changing springs really isnt a diy task unless you have the right spring compressor and you know how to properly use it, and those crappy rental compressors arent worth a broken orbital or very least broken nose, seen it happen all too often by first timers
It is the above reason that made me just have the pros do it. I know I could have but since it would need an alignment when completed I decided just have it all done and not worry about anything.

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No more than $400...including alignment.
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WAAAYYYY to much. $300-400 is more like it including the alignment.
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Well I live in Pensacola and I am being told $800. I wish I could find some to do it for $400.00. All I have is lowering kit and sway bars...
Check with a mod friendly dealership.

If you are near Michigan I recommend Rodgers Chevrolet (this is where Becky works). Thanks again Becky, Gerry and Joe.

My write up on the subject.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112638
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Just an FYI for the do-it-yourselfers. You don't really need a spring compressor for this application, just an electric or air impact wrench. Once the strut/spring assembly is out of the car and in its fully extended position there is very little spring tension on the assembly. You can physically just loosen the main nut on the top of the strut and the assembly pops apart with very little drama. It's not like older cars where even in the fully extended position, the spring still had a lot of tension on it.

NOTE: You would not be able to get the stock springs back on the car without using a spring compressor but lowering springs have a shorter free height and go together easily without the need for a compressor.

You still have to take the car in for alignment but installing the springs yourself can easily save you $200-$300 if you have some DIY in your blood....
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