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Old 01-05-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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QUESTION! Please help!

I'm not sure if this is the right thread...but I'm looking at doing mods to my Camaro this winter. Mod plans are L99 to LS3 conversion, cam, new exhaust, catch can, HE upgrade, and that is where I left off...Now, the guy who is working on my car throughout this build is wanting to charge me at least 6 GRAND in LABOR.

That is CRAZY, my question is what does everyone pay for these upgrade? What do some shops on here charge? Id be looking at sending my car out of state to get the work done if it means I won't be paying more in labor than I did on my Supercharger.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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If that's the case I mine as well sell my car and stick the cash in buying me a C6 Z06 and throw some bolt-ons on it. Jeez. lol
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if this is the right thread...but I'm looking at doing mods to my Camaro this winter. Mod plans are L99 to LS3 conversion, cam, new exhaust, catch can, HE upgrade, and that is where I left off...Now, the guy who is working on my car throughout this build is wanting to charge me at least 6 GRAND in LABOR.

That is CRAZY, my question is what does everyone pay for these upgrade? What do some shops on here charge? Id be looking at sending my car out of state to get the work done if it means I won't be paying more in labor than I did on my Supercharger.
Just to clarify...is it 6 grand for everything or just for labor not including parts?
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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I'm not sure if this is the right thread...but I'm looking at doing mods to my Camaro this winter. Mod plans are L99 to LS3 conversion, cam, new exhaust, catch can, HE upgrade, and that is where I left off...Now, the guy who is working on my car throughout this build is wanting to charge me at least 6 GRAND in LABOR.
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That is CRAZY, my question is what does everyone pay for these upgrade? What do some shops on here charge? Id be looking at sending my car out of state to get the work done if it means I won't be paying more in labor than I did on my Supercharger.
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Just to clarify...is it 6 grand for everything or just for labor not including parts?
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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Just to clarify...is it 6 grand for everything or just for labor not including parts?
Just for labor.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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Sorry to ask the question that was already answered but that just seemed ridiculously high just for labor for the work being done.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:51 PM   #7
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I agree, that's why I'm asking on here. I want to mod the car more (goal is to break 650rwhp) but the only good place around my area is this guy. So I'm either contemplating on going with it, going out of state to get it done (jannetty racing?) or sell it and buy a 08 Jet Stream Blue Z06.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:39 PM   #8
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I agree, that's why I'm asking on here. I want to mod the car more (goal is to break 650rwhp) but the only good place around my area is this guy. So I'm either contemplating on going with it, going out of state to get it done (jannetty racing?) or sell it and buy a 08 Jet Stream Blue Z06.
The closest place to you I know of is livernois motorsports in Michigan. I have no exp with them but I hear good things from others on here. All I can tell you is don't settle on a shop just because they are close. Remember a good tuner can make a stage 3 cam drive very well but a bad tuner can make a stage one drive terrible. So go to a reputable shop if you can.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:32 AM   #9
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We need more info....
What are they figuring for total hours of labor for the job and what is their hourly rate?
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EVERYTHING you see in my sig cost less than 2k in labor FYI.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:07 AM   #11
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We need more info....
What are they figuring for total hours of labor for the job and what is their hourly rate?
They said they would have to drop the motor, take the front bumper off, ect..I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure it was around 55+ hours and they charge 125 an hour.
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While not knowing every detail will make it difficult to tell you exactly how out of line it is, something seems a miss. Interestingly we were just in Wausau dropping off a customer's G8 that we worked on.

Now, the KB does add a good deal of labor, just because the blower itself is relatively complex to install compared to others, so it will cost more to do a camshaft, and related install than say a Whipple or a Magnacharger would. If you would like, email a list of your goals and wants with the car, and I can put together an official estimate for you both with and without our transportation options.

My emails address is aricketts@livernoismotorsports.com
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:17 PM   #13
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:39 PM   #14
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$125 an hour?????
Either I am getting a great rate on my work or your getting screwed on yours.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #15
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I recommend doing it yourself. It's way more satisfying, not to mention way less expensive. Somebody on here (I wish I could take credit for it) once said that "bragging about a car you paid someone else to mod is like paying someone to bang your wife and then bragging about the kid."
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I recommend doing it yourself. It's way more satisfying, not to mention way less expensive. Somebody on here (I wish I could take credit for it) once said that "bragging about a car you paid someone else to mod is like paying someone to bang your wife and then bragging about the kid."
Thats all fine and dandy in a perfect world,but there are people who need to hire this stuff out for many reasons,one being physical limitations (such as me).
Now,lets get back to reality and continue on with this thread.
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Sorry. I guess it was not a realistic suggestion, and I certainly didn't intend to offend anyone.

I still think the quote is funny, though.
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Sorry. I guess it was not a realistic suggestion, and I certainly didn't intend to offend anyone.

I still think the quote is funny, though.
Agree!! Love the analogy. lol
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