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Old 05-24-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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Shocking cost of shock installation

$225 to $240 to install the front shocks on my truck. I have the shocks in hand. They live inside the coils and I really don't want to mess with the springs...
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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You could always buy this tool and do it yourself.

MacPherson Strut Coil Spring Compressor Set
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:59 PM   #3
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If you bought the complete assy, here is a video of how to do it yourself.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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I bought a tool and well worth it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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$225 to $240 to install the front shocks on my truck. I have the shocks in hand. They live inside the coils and I really don't want to mess with the springs...
What did you do that you need shocks on a 2011 truck? No warranty ?
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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What did you do that you need shocks on a 2011 truck? No warranty ?
I didn't do nuthin' Man.
I bought a set of Bilstein HD's.
I also put them on the 2006 Ranger 4x4 I had after about a year. It was a drastic improvement in ride and control.
The front end of the stock Ranger and this truck have that weird "falling" feeling after going over tracks or humps - I really hate it.
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I didn't do nuthin' Man.
I bought a set of Bilstein HD's.
I also put them on the 2006 Ranger 4x4 I had after about a year. It was a drastic improvement in ride and control.
The front end of the stock Ranger and this truck have that weird "falling" feeling after going over tracks or humps - I really hate it.
Should of bought a Chevy!
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:31 PM   #8
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I thought it was cold outside...
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Be carefull with those cheap compressers- might work on a car but truck springs are MUCH stiffer. I actually tweaked a Branick strut spring compresser($800-900 wall mount tool) at work once trying to compress a truck one once.

- I believe the book on struts is 1.2 hr.- so most shops at around $100 an hour would be right about where your at. I would want about $50 on each side if I was doing it on the side. Would probably take 30-45 min. On each side with proper tools. Maybe eternity if you use cheap compressers - just sayin' - those newer truck springs are stout.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #10
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Oh- and you will probably need or want an allignment too.
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