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Old 08-22-2013, 11:07 AM
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No, they were saying it's only $20 a shock if I buy them from the shop...that sounds wrong man, but if they can do it for that I'll be all over it.

I know the place is a good business, they've been in town for as long as I've lived here and you just don't stay in the auto business like that for 14 years doing sub-par work.

Note: I was planning on ordering mine from Bully's.

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No, they were saying it's only $20 a shock if I buy them from the shop...that sounds wrong man, but if they can do it for that I'll be all over it.

I know the place is a good business, they've been in town for as long as I've lived here and you just don't stay in the auto business like that for 14 years doing sub-par work.

Note: I was planning on ordering mine from Bully's.
well i see no reason not too. as long as you know they are a reputable shop. i mean in the end it really is an easy job and $50 is all you really should pay. no way Id paid anywhere from $250-400 for them to do that.
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I called my local Pep-boys just to see what their price would be and they said $29 a corner...I was expecting much higher there, but apparently not. This might actually turn out cheaper than getting an actual leveling kit installed.
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I called my local Pep-boys just to see what their price would be and they said $29 a corner...I was expecting much higher there, but apparently not. This might actually turn out cheaper than getting an actual leveling kit installed.
its less work to install a spacer leveling kit...so probably not. you don't have to disassemble the shock/spring to install the level kit. much easier.

but still that is cheap. interesting.
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Yeah, I don't know man, the guy at the 4x4 place was gonna call me back on an overall price (if they ordered them there; I don't think the shocks will be cheaper than Bully's TBH) and still hasn't, so maybe he ran into a snag, there anything special about the shocks that I should be telling these guys when I ask them things like this? I mean, I'm saying "they are Bilstein 5100 series adjustable shocks." At Pep-Boys they said it'd be $90 if it was the strut too, but if I'm not mistaken that's not the case with the Bilsteins?

I wish I knew a little bit more about all this stuff, being able to put my actual 2 cents in would be nice, but it's a little out of my league. Best I can do is probably keep my truck running through the zombie apocalypse with duct tape and WD40.
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Haha, well, so I called back the off road place and said some of the things you were saying, and it finally clicked with the guy that there was more work involved, we're no longer at $25 a shock, it's up to ~3-4 hours which is ~$300. Now things are making more sense.

Still looks pretty good if it's $90 a pop at Pep-Boys. I've had some work done on my old OLD Dakota there, they did pretty good, had a leaking manifold gasket and eventually a cracked manifold, they put two new (well, used but in good shape) ones on for me (figured I might as well do both sides) pretty quick and I drove that truck for a good 50k miles after that with zero problems.

Like I said, it's something I'd love to do myself because I enjoy this kind of stuff, but there's a limit to how long I can spend with my truck apart (I know this would be a Saturday kinda job, but it'd probably take me longer what with screwing things up and all) and there's a limit to my automotive knowledge. I'm probably gonna order the shocks now-ish and wait a bit before I get the install done.

If I have them sitting in the garage I may get adventurous one Saturday and rent me a spring compressor and give it a shot.
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on a brand new truck, it'd be an easy install. ESP with a buddy. I wouldn't be hesitant to try it. just follow the directions and hit me up for a bunch of how tos
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I may very well do that, my dad loves tackling this kind of stuff with me, and it's a lot cheaper to just buy the shocks The reason we had so much trouble doing things ourselves on my old truck was that it was so rusted, so every bolt we couldn't torch out was break and tap...got real old real fast.

Do you know of any tutorials on YouTube or anything for doing this? It's always easier with a video (for me). This would be a cool one to do myself if I could pull it off.
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Looks like Kyle has helped you out with most of this stuff.

The $90 a side a Pep-Boys sounds very reasonable to me. IMO it's about an hours worth of work each side so that makes sense. The other thing you need to remember is that you'll need a front end alignment after these are installed. So that cost would be on top of that....

To do the install yourself would not be hard to complete on a Saturday at all. Even if you do mess a few things up and take your time. As Kyle said, with your truck being as new as it is everything should come apart really easy. The worst part of the job is getting the bolt off the top of the stock strut. There's a couple tricks I learned with that one to make it easier 1) Spray it with some penetrating oil and let it sit for a while 2) Don't compress the spring very much when you take it off. The tension from the spring will stop the shock from spinning 3) Use and impact gun to take it off. Other than that it's not too hard of a job at all. Just take your time and make sure you're doing it all properly.

And again, as Kyle said there's tons of us on the board here that have done it so you can always ask anything you're unsure about and will get an answer fairly quick. Or if needed I could write up a fully detailed instructional post on the full install.
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I may very well do that, my dad loves tackling this kind of stuff with me, and it's a lot cheaper to just buy the shocks The reason we had so much trouble doing things ourselves on my old truck was that it was so rusted, so every bolt we couldn't torch out was break and tap...got real old real fast.

Do you know of any tutorials on YouTube or anything for doing this? It's always easier with a video (for me). This would be a cool one to do myself if I could pull it off.
you'd have to look. I just had a few write ups that talk about removing the OEM strut CAP to get the spring seat off (you have to reuse that).

stuff like that, that usually stumps people sometimes. they do have pictures as well.
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