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Old April 23rd, 2010, 01:35 AM
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labor cost - suspension

Any idea what i can expect to pay to have my stock setup replaced with OME shocks and springs if i provide the parts? A local shop quoted me something i think is absurd, but they are the only OME shop in SF.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 02:01 AM
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It's not too difficult if you have the tools. you can do it yourself in an afternoon. You'll need some sockets and wrenches, along with a jack and probably some jack stands. You may need a spring compressor but you can probably get away without one. I'm thinking $300-400 would be a reasonable price to pay someone if you have to.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 02:16 AM
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You don't need a spring compressor. Pay for beer and pizza and a board member will help you out. I am about the most mechanically challenged person I know as far as cars are concerned and I was able to swap out spring and shocks in an afternoon with the help of a mechanical buddy who had never done a 90 before.

Search the forum for the "How To", get all your parts/tools together and buy beer and pizza for your helper. All good, and MUCH cheaper than the typical $90/hr. shop rate around the bay area.

Not to mention the karmic goodness you will recieve from your vehicle. Also, if something breaks on the trail you will be that much more confident in diagnosis and a possible fix.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 07:28 AM
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It's 2 hr job if all comes apart with wrenches and can be a 3 hr job if it all has to be cut/burnt off. I generally quote $300 as in the NE it almost always needs the latter.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 08:53 AM
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It's not too difficult if you have the tools. you can do it yourself in an afternoon. You'll need some sockets and wrenches, along with a jack and probably some jack stands. You may need a spring compressor but you can probably get away without one. I'm thinking $300-400 would be a reasonable price to pay someone if you have to.
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Most Advanced Auto / Auto Zone stores rent tools for free. You pay a deposit and when you return it, you get a full refund.

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Old April 23rd, 2010, 10:33 AM
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It really is the easiest thing to on the truck. I had the leisure of a lift to get it at chest height but to get the springs out i just used my bare hands. Was surprised at how easy it was actually.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 11:02 AM
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thanks all. The biggest reason i don't plan to do it myself is that I only have street parking in the city, which means that if anything has to be put on hold in the process im screwed
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 11:41 AM
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You'll get good work at Cerrone's in Redwood city if you want to take the truck down there.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 11:58 AM
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You'll get good work at Cerrone's in Redwood city if you want to take the truck down there.
Jump over to lrrforums.com. It's run by Cerrones. Most of the members are in your area and I bet someone would be willing to help you out.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 12:49 PM
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Damn, thanks everybody! Ill give Cerrone's a call. Jeff, thanks a ton for your offer.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 07:32 PM
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Bennett- I can help you out and I'm in Berkeley. It is at most a 1-2 hour drive way job.
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Bennett, the good part is that you are keeping and using the truck. Congrats.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 10:15 PM
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hell yeah Scott. We all have moments of weakness, but glad to still have my d90 (though ive only driven twice in as many months). Probably gonna get this done around June and then possibly add a Wolf rack later in the year if i can find somewhere to keep it when it's off the truck. For anyone who has done this before, is there anything else i should need?

I'm probably buying the standard OME medium duty kit http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/9393.cfm and steering damper http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/9388.cfm


Though i may get the nitro shocks instead http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/OME60037.cfm


Do i need extensions for any hoses, etc. given the extra height? Previous posts don't seem to have consensus on this. I don't have any rust to speak of, so i probably don't need to replace any mounts.
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If you are only lifting it 2 inches, you do not need to change your brake lines to longer stainless steel braided ones, but it is a useful addition.
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If you haven't bought the parts yet, call john at http://www.tennesseeoffroad.com/. He gave me the best price on my OME HD suspension with the new Sport Shocks. Nice guy and he can drop ship them from ARB in Seattle.
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will do. Thanks Brian
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Rear upper shock relocation mounts to compensate for the 2" of lost down travel? front shock tower retaining rings in case the studs break? start spraying everything now with pentrating fluid so the hardware all just comes right off?!
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