How much should I expect to be charged to have a set of lowering springs installed? I'm debating whether to get it done professionally or go at it with a few friends.<p>I was quoted at $500 for labor. Any comments on the price? <p>Thanks.<p>~Aldo
No matter which way you go about doing this, you're going to have to pay for an alignment. however 500 is really steep... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> what kinda struts/shocks you usin and how old are the spring seats/strut mounts, etc?
I have no problem paying for an allignment. I have stock shocks/struts, 45K miles on them. I know I'll need to get new ones eventually so when that comes I'll get the koni's or equivalent. <p>What is the max you would expect to pay for installation of the springs?<p>Thanks,<p>~Aldo
I guess not...I'm just the type of person who never wants to pay for anything. I've never worked on an s60, just the old 850 and rears took less than an hour on that car. Since you dont have an awd car, the springs should be seperate (someone correct me if i'm wrong). Should it really be THAT hard to switch out the rear springs? I remember jacking up the rotors on the 850... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> What shop are you using anyways? I live somewhat close to you. There's a shop in Clifton called Rawbear Performance and the guy is supposed to be the man for working on volvos. Maybe give him a ring?
The rears are simple in principle, but there's very little space to work in between. I gave up since I did not have two jacks, but it should be possible to open the _inner_ end of the lower arm and jack it down. If the spring is held on the with compressors inside (it's hard to compress them enough to get them out), maybe that will do the trick. Someone else might give better advice.<p>My problem was that I could not get the springs out, but the mechanic's problem was that he could not get the new springs seated properly, and had to take it apart and assemble again. Shops have hydraulic spring compressors that make this job much easier. But I looked under the car, and he'd removed the inner end of the lower control arm still.
Hey man I just got the H&R springs along with Bilstein shocks and struts. You may want to consider having them install new strut mount bushings. you know the rubber pad that sits on top of the strut? Litterally right after I left the shop, mine broke and I had to pay again, but not as much, to get new ones put in. My car has about 64k miles on it so i would imagine yours are probably getting ready to go too unless you have already had them changed. Just something to think about.
<B>ALWAYS </B>replace the spring seats when replacing springs or struts and <B>ALWAYS</B> replace the strut mounts when installing new struts (or springs) if they (the mounts) have more than 20K miles on them
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Aldo02T5S605M</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So then I guess $500 for the entire setup isn't THAT bad of a price?<p>~Aldo</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I guess it depends on your shop's labor rate, but that doesn't sound bad. I got springs and sways done for 6 hours labor ($432 up here), plus their usual alignment cost.
Both front and rear are easy jobs. All shops tells you they are hard, volvos are different. I did my coilover kit recently. One shop told me 4hours for just rear suspension, infact it was only a 1hour job. All you need is a spring compressior. 2 hours for just spring MAX.
Okay, if you had KW coil overs, those are actually easier, since they have a better fit than the Evolve springs I installed. But regular DIY strut spring compressors do not fit onto Volvo rear, and if you have not tried to do that yourself you cannot say it's an easy job. Shops have better tools available, the difficulty is upto manufacturing tolerances of the parts. My evolve pair was very tight and did not seat well.
I would just <B>love</B> to say something smartypants to that, living in San Diego, but I'll just let it go. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I just received the IPD newsletter, and started pining for the KW coil overs. The adjustable rebound is what I need for fighting the stupid bounce I have. Maybe I'll put my Evolves and Bilsteins for sale soon...
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mika</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I just received the IPD newsletter, and started pining for the KW coil overs. The adjustable rebound is what I need for fighting the stupid bounce I have. Maybe I'll put my Evolves and Bilsteins for sale soon... </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Let me know if you do...
regular spring compressors? I picked up mine from local part store called Advanced Auto Parts. I used that for the front. About rear springs, I dont see why you need a compressor. Rear doesn't have much tension like the front, unscrew the lower control arm, then you can pull the spring right off.