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Old 05-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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$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?
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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plenty of people have done this so youll get an answer for sure soon enough. Ever consider doing it yourself?
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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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
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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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
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:24 PM   #8
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:28 PM   #9
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Ironic, was just watching there you tube channel " the average enthusiast can install them in a hour"
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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.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:57 PM   #11
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Dang I didnt know cost was this much. Most websites say installed in an hour on the description
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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
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #13
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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.
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Not gonna happen. Maybe on the v8s but on the v6s, not a chance
Guess i better save up for install costs then. Figured 800 would be enough but nevermind haha ill wait till this months paycheck.
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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.
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wish you lived closer man, I would help you install ourselves.
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
Let me take another vacation to PCB and do each others
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i'll be in fort Walton beach for a week, during 4th of july. lol
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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?
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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.
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Okay! Haha.

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