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Old 12-16-2013, 02:09 PM
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I got some new Tires on the way (285/65/20) and Bilsteins for all 4 corners. The should be here within a few days.

My question is that if you have a shop install them what is fair price for installation of tires, bilsteins, .75 rear spacer?

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I would say 5 hours tops for an experienced mechanic to install all four corners.

i know the fronts, given all things go as planned, should take 2 hours max.

so just figure out the shop rates (usually anywhere from $75-100+/hr)

i wouldnt pay anything over 500

with that said. that's why I did mine myself. 500 for and install is ridiculous. i few beers and my friends and a learning experience is a way better route. if you have a place/tools.
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hmmm,

If it was just the fronts I would be quicker to try myself. Were the rears difficult? Is the spacer installation pretty easy?
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hmmm,

If it was just the fronts I would be quicker to try myself. Were the rears difficult? Is the spacer installation pretty easy?
i assume it'd be the same process as the front. my truck has leaf springs in the rear, not coils like your 4th gen.

if you can do the fronts I bet the rear is just as simple.

hopefully someone else more experienced with the 4th gens will chime in
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That would be my guess. You would think the fronts would be harder due to the amount of things you need to take a part. Although i have heard that getting the rear shock top bolts out is kind of a nightmare. People have commented that the shocks look like they were put on before the installation of the bed and no forethought was given for when they need replacing. Of course I haven't done them yet myself this is only things I've read on the forum.
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I just paid a shop near me to do the swap front and rear. They charged me $260.00. They had to cut a wrench in half to get the top bolt out on the rears. Taking this job on in your driveway is possible but I am sure glad I didn't have to do it.
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I just paid a shop near me to do the swap front and rear. They charged me $260.00. They had to cut a wrench in half to get the top bolt out on the rears. Taking this job on in your driveway is possible but I am sure glad I didn't have to do it.
thats a good and fair deal!

and yes I have heard many people having to do the cut wrench for the rears.
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Wow, getting up in there and cutting bolts does not sound like fun. Nor does it instill confidence when Im driving 70mph down the highway and I am wondering if I did it right.

Perhaps I will go the shop route.

Either way I should have a new stance in 3-5 business days

Thanks for the input fellas
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Wow, getting up in there and cutting bolts does not sound like fun. Nor does it instill confidence when Im driving 70mph down the highway and I am wondering if I did it right.

Perhaps I will go the shop route.

Either way I should have a new stance in 3-5 business days

Thanks for the input fellas
you just have to cut the tool to fit. you aren't cutting any parts on the truck
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Bilstein 46mm front shocks for my 2009 Ram cost about $140 at 4 Wheel Parts
Labor charge for installation cost $60 at the alignment shop that i use

Bilstein 46mm rear shocks are on back order, i have already paid for them, about $140
Labor charge will be for 1/2 hour by the same alignment shop

a bit of history,
I took the Ram to the alignment shop to have the brakes done, they supplied the pads & turned all 4 discs
While it was being worked on, i walked across the street to the 4 Wheel Parts store & picked up the front shocks & walked back over to my Ram & asked if they could install them too.
The tires were already off, the mechanic took off the top bolt of the shocks & then the 2 bottom bolts, dropped the shocks out of the bottom, assembled the new shocks & slid them into place & tightened the bottom bolts & then the top bolt.
It took very little time with air tools

The rear shocks should be in sometime next month, according to
AFTERMARKET & MOTORSPORTS HEADQUARTERS - WEST
they are about 30 miles from my town
I have first claim for Bilstein 46mm rear shocks coming to this area
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