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Old June 9th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #21
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If you have to hit the stud, just thread the nut back on till it's flush
If possible I will run nut to top of stud. Probably flip over a castle nut so I'm not bending the tines.

Bigger target and if you miss you don't damage threads. I can easily replace a nut (insert Lance Armstrong joke here) rather than try to repair threads.

and I think that the estimate you got was a fair price for that job. I would do it myself, but I learned the cost of taking vehicles to shops for repairs long ago. I have a very short list of things I can't or won't do on a vehicle, and the list of places I will take MY Jeeps is even shorter.
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Old June 9th, 2007, 09:45 PM   #22
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It's too much money. No need to rant, just do it yourself or take it elsewhere.

Shops don't charge a lot of money because they HAVE too, it's because they can. Anyone who has done balljoints before can do 4 on a D30 in an hour. Say they are slow as crap and give them 3 hours to do the joints and the ss.

$150 ish in labor. $175 in parts.

$325 seems fair to me.
So you'd do 4 balljoints and a steering stabilizer for $225?
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Old June 9th, 2007, 09:49 PM   #23
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So you'd do 4 balljoints and a steering stabilizer for $225?
$325 - $350. Not a problem at all.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #24
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$325 - $350. Not a problem at all.
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Anyone who has done balljoints before can do 4 on a D30 in an hour.
1 Hour labor - $50

Parts - $175

Total $225
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Old June 10th, 2007, 01:00 PM   #25
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Again, the labor wasn't the issue, it was that I knew I could get the parts for about half the price. :p

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Again, the labor wasn't the issue, it was that I knew I could get the parts for about half the price. :p

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Sorry, I'm a stickler for details :tonka:

It wasn't actually meant to start an argument.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #27
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With labor rates around 125.00 an hour I don't see a problem here. Also the cheapest parts are not always the best parts.
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Old June 10th, 2007, 10:19 PM   #28
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Sorry, I'm a stickler for details :tonka:

It wasn't actually meant to start an argument.


I would actually charge 4 hours, then use the other 3 to sip a martini at my desk.
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With labor rates around 125.00 an hour I don't see a problem here. Also the cheapest parts are not always the best parts.
shit 125 an hour? I'd love to shake the man's hand that can get 125 an hour out of your pocket, then i'd ask him for a job we charge 98 per hour and we're a dealership. Shit the Cadillac dealer charges somewhere around 125...


point: dont take a jeep to a cadi dealer!
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Old June 11th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #30
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I would actually charge 4 hours, then use the other 3 to sip a martini at my desk.
Can I work with you?
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With labor rates around 125.00 an hour I don't see a problem here. Also the cheapest parts are not always the best parts.
You sure about the parts part? I picked up an OME SD40 SS from UOC on Saturday for somethin' like $25 less than the stock SS the shop was gettin' in. Depends on what you're lookin' for and what you know you'll be getting.
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ball joint repair kit, hell I've been wheeling over 10 yrs that's part of the trail tool box, along with 4 spares.

it sucks to be in the middle of no where, without tools and parts.

you learn that through experience.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 08:36 AM   #33
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ball joint repair kit, hell I've been wheeling over 10 yrs that's part of the trail tool box, along with 4 spares.

it sucks to be in the middle of no where, without tools and parts.

you learn that through experience.
4 spares?

I'm beginning to look at create a spare parts box myself. couple ujoints, ball joints, various bolts/nuts, and some pieces of metal for possible weld in usage.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:00 AM   #34
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I can understand your rant on the price of parts, but what you dont understand is the cost of labor and business. You might think the shop is making a killing on you but they most likely are not. To have certified mechanics with training, their wages, workers comp and liability insurance......all these things add up.
If you have the knowledge, time and tools to do the work yourself then great do it. But until you own a business and understand the cost of business..... well I guess I'll stop there.

end of my rant.....
i can understand what you are saying BUT!!!!!
ihad a bad pitman arm and idler arm on my 95 chevy znd took it to tuffy and they wanted almost 600 bucks i ended up buying the parts at autozone for something like 60 bucks a piece they wanted like 140 each then had a local shop put them on for 50 dollars and tuffy wanted almost 300

so lets see i bought the parts had them put on and had it aligned and it only cost me half of what tuffy wanted hmmm
oh and when i took it to tuffy to have it aligned the guy told me that they wer les quality parts and would wear out
well im here to tell you that i have like 20,000 miles on them and that is alot more than the ones my dad had put on the truck only a year before and only got 10,000 miles on them so it is just the fact that they charge their price and people pay it cos they dont know that they can do it cheeper
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #35
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advanced auto had HD stering stablizer for like 35 bucks and comes with a boot and they work great and uysually in stock
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