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Old 12-06-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
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Genreral price for drop spring install ?

Just the install , I'll be supplying the springs . I just want to make sure I am not getting ripped off by the quotes ive gotten
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:58 PM   #2
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Probably $150-200 if they do the alignment as well. Probably more like $200+
That'd be a good price IMO, a shop today quoted me $300-400 today in labor alone to install the springs, thats not including the $200 or more for the springs. I walked right outta there, lol!
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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alignment is a must. My buddy put drop springs in himself and his inner tread was shot after a couple months.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:10 PM   #4
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I got a quotes at 300 to 400 just the install
And alignment isn't an issue
I have life time at auto zone

But I thought the install was gonna be 150 Max
I wish I knew how to do it my self
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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I was qouted about 250 i believe for the install a while back on a different car.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #6
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I got a quotes at 300 to 400 just the install
And alignment isn't an issue
I have life time at auto zone

But I thought the install was gonna be 150 Max
I wish I knew how to do it my self
Google "installing 2010 camaro drop springs" or something of the like. There's a decently detailed guide on it. I'm contemplating doing it myself as well. Then you pay abougt $200 for the springs and then about $100 for alignment.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:03 PM   #7
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I got a quotes at 300 to 400 just the install
And alignment isn't an issue
I have life time at auto zone

But I thought the install was gonna be 150 Max
I wish I knew how to do it my self
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Google "installing 2010 camaro drop springs" or something of the like. There's a decently detailed guide on it. I'm contemplating doing it myself as well. Then you pay abougt $200 for the springs and then about $100 for alignment.
If you have any Mechanical skills you can do this. I installed mine by myself no helper a few weeks ago.
I bought Pfadt springs and used the install DIY on their site. Just make sure you have the tools they recommend and your good to go. Lmk if I can help in any way.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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It depends on the shop and the hourly rate. Most places that do book rate are going to charge you 4 hours. Depending on where you live it could be $60/hr or $150/hr or anything in between.

If the shop goes by how fast they can do it, you might be quoted for two hours.

Then you throw in the alignment cost.

...and make sure you get your bushing re-timed during the alignment. It makes all the difference in ride quality!!

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Old 12-06-2011, 07:07 PM   #9
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I paid $150.00 last month install of springs, had to buy camber kit FOR fronts $46.00 (napa), alignment plus install of camber kit was $129.00


If you pay over $200.00 just for spring install ur getting ripped off.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:12 PM   #10
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My local guy wanted 200 + alignment. I trust him and he does it while i'm at work down the street so no down time.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:18 PM   #11
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dang , i will continue looking into it
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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I paid $150.00 last month install of springs, had to buy camber kit FOR fronts $46.00 (napa), alignment plus install of camber kit was $129.00


If you pay over $200.00 just for spring install ur getting ripped off.
A camber kit from NAPA for what? The Camaro does not need ANYTHING to set front camber. The OE clevis bolts are 16mm hardened bolts for good reason. Please take your Camaro back to the alignment shop. Have them refund your money for the 'camber' kit and reinstall your OE clevis bolts.

The correct way to set camber on a Camaro is with the camber set screw in the knuckle. It is a 10mm 1.5 thread. Any bolt in the shop will do for the adjustment. Once the camber is set the shop bolt can be removed.

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You never get ripped off when you go to a premium shop, pay a premium price and get premium work from people that know how to service your 5th Gen.
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Just the install , I'll be supplying the springs . I just want to make sure I am not getting ripped off by the quotes ive gotten
When you supply the spring you should expect to be charged more for the work. Why? Because when something goes wrong you'll be calling the shop that did the install. That aside, it isn't just banging in a set of springs. It is doing the job right, not skipping any steps and finishing with a good alignment. Find a quality shop that will not be learning on your 5th Gen. If they don't understand the steps that follow keep looking. You'll know you found the right shop when they take the time to answer your questions and make you comfortable. That is how you find value when you spend you hard earned money.

Bush Timing

Step 1. Pull the car up on a drive up lift.

Step 2. Loosen the following bolts/nuts:
Front:
---Inner Control Arm Bushing
---Inner Radius Rod
Rear:
---Trailing Arm Bushings (both ends)
---Toe Rod Bushings (both ends)
---Lower Control Arm Bushings (Inner)
---Upper Control Arm Bushings (Rearward)
---Lower Strut Bushings

Step 3.
Grab the subframes or sway bars, and jounce the car up and down a few times.

Step 4.
Tighten all of the nuts/bolts to spec.

Step 5.
Align the car at the new ride height.



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Old 12-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #14
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As mentioned earlier in the thread, spring swaps on these cars take about 3-4 hours if you're not familiar with the process. Add in the cost of an alignment on that assume you're probably looking at 200-300 dollar range. When you get the alignment done be sure to bring in your own specifications, the OEM has a pretty wide range of what's deemed acceptable. For best all around street performance take a look at our Performance Street alignment spec, it's a great balance of tire wear and improved street performance and is 100% achievable with the factory alignment hardware.

As mentioned earlier, a NAPA "Camber kit" is probably 50 bucks directly into the alignment shops pocket. Until you start getting really aggressive with negative camber there is plenty of camber adjustment for street tires.

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:43 AM   #15
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A camber kit from NAPA for what? The Camaro does not need ANYTHING to set front camber. The OE clevis bolts are 16mm hardened bolts for good reason. Please take your Camaro back to the alignment shop. Have them refund your money for the 'camber' kit and reinstall your OE clevis bolts.

The correct way to set camber on a Camaro is with the camber set screw in the knuckle. It is a 10mm 1.5 thread. Any bolt in the shop will do for the adjustment. Once the camber is set the shop bolt can be removed.

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You never get ripped off when you go to a premium shop, pay a premium price and get premium work from people that know how to service your 5th Gen.

Very well said.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:53 AM   #16
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To bad your not in mass. Id help you do the springs for free. You would still need the alignment.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:57 AM   #17
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Same here, if you were in the Lou, I'd help ya out. I'm sure there is someone in your neck of the woods on here that would help.
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geez some of the shops are charging a lot. i got quoted for springs and sways for around 400 install price. and that with about 5 hours install, if it only goes 4 then it will be cheaper.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:44 PM   #19
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geez some of the shops are charging a lot. i got quoted for springs and sways for around 400 install price. and that with about 5 hours install, if it only goes 4 then it will be cheaper.
Have you spoken with Becky at Rodgers Chevrolet about your test drives and installation costs? BeckyD@RodgersChevrolet
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