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Old 02-04-2005, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys i just got some h&R springs for my 328i and i was wondering how much every one has payed to get there springs installed !
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Hey guys i just got some h&R springs for my 328i and i was wondering how much every one has payed to get there springs installed !
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ok well i think you should install them your self cause its really easy, but no i'm going to jack this thread,

ok so i talked to my bmw dealship, about gettting H&R lowering springs, the sport ones, but they couldn't do anything but factory settings for the alighment. they said they could do it for this car, if i got the right settings. So anyone know them at all.
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$275-350 US depending on the labor rate in your area. Most mechanics charge you for 4 hours. Plus the usuall hazmat ect fees.
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$275-350 US depending on the labor rate in your area. Most mechanics charge you for 4 hours. Plus the usuall hazmat ect fees.
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Wow, that's a lot! That's more than a clutch job!

I think anywhere between $100-$150 is fair, you might be able to have it installed cheaper. The rear springs just pop out when your car is jacked up. The front springs will need to be compressed before it can be mounted to the strut. I don't recommend you do this yourself. Compressed springs are very dangerous.

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$275-350 US depending on the labor rate in your area. Most mechanics charge you for 4 hours. Plus the usuall hazmat ect fees.
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Wow, that's a lot! That's more than a clutch job!

I think anywhere between $100-$150 is fair, you might be able to have it installed cheaper. The rear springs just pop out when your car is jacked up. The front springs will need to be compressed before it can be mounted to the strut. I don't recommend you do this yourself. Compressed springs are very dangerous.

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Wow, you have some nice mechanics in your area. My mechanic, like most uses All data for his pricing on labor and it says four hrs x labor rate (might be 3 hrs as I think about it). His labor rate is $6X.XX US, thank god I don't pay him any where near what All data says. But the point is many US mechanics use aAll data for their pricing. And many charge in that $75.00 area.
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Wow, that's a lot! That's more than a clutch job!

I think anywhere between $100-$150 is fair, you might be able to have it installed cheaper. The rear springs just pop out when your car is jacked up. The front springs will need to be compressed before it can be mounted to the strut. I don't recommend you do this yourself. Compressed springs are very dangerous.

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Wow, you have some nice mechanics in your area. My mechanic, like most uses All data for his pricing on labor and it says four hrs x labor rate (might be 3 hrs as I think about it). His labor rate is $6X.XX US, thank god I don't pay him any where near what All data says. But the point is many US mechanics use aAll data for their pricing. And many charge in that $75.00 area.
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That's a pricey labour rate. Maybe there's just more competition where I live. It starts from $50 CDN per hour around here. BMW shops are as common as any garage.
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Old 02-05-2005, 02:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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rent spring compressors from your local autozone and do it yourself. it's not dangerous at all.
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Not dangerous??!! If that spring were to pop out of the compressor it would kill you instantly. changing front springs on a bimmer is one the most dangerous things you can do on it. If you dont know what you are doing dont attempt it, and the rear springs dont just pop out when you jack it up they take a little convincing. The labor rate at my dads shop is 65 an hour, that is normal for shops here in jacksonville. I would suggest going to a bimmer shop and ask the mechanics if they do side work, some do and will do work cheaper then their shop charges
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Wow, that's a lot! That's more than a clutch job!

I think anywhere between $100-$150 is fair, you might be able to have it installed cheaper. The rear springs just pop out when your car is jacked up. The front springs will need to be compressed before it can be mounted to the strut. I don't recommend you do this yourself. Compressed springs are very dangerous.

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Wow, you have some nice mechanics in your area. My mechanic, like most uses All data for his pricing on labor and it says four hrs x labor rate (might be 3 hrs as I think about it). His labor rate is $6X.XX US, thank god I don't pay him any where near what All data says. But the point is many US mechanics use aAll data for their pricing. And many charge in that $75.00 area.
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That's a pricey labour rate. Maybe there's just more competition where I live. It starts from $50 CDN per hour around here. BMW shops are as common as any garage.
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Yeah, my mechanic is in Arkansas, some one who owns a set of metric wrenches is an oddity. But he is still cheaper than half of the foreign car mechanics in AR. But most of them still think that BMWs, Toyotas ect are just like Chevies or Fords.
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Man.. I think I need to move to CA... or somewhere with tons of BMWs... I would do it for a case of beer and some Wendys... and I'd have it done in about an hour...

I've done a few... lol..

I've also never paid for labor... not once... I enjoy the avid complications and mistrials when doing your own work...

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Alpine if you showed up at my door to install springs I would buy you two cases of beer and take your ass to wendys. If you were lucky you could be my date!
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Old 02-06-2005, 02:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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ya! i was quoted 200 bucks for install.. 50 each spring!!
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ya! i was quoted 200 bucks for install.. 50 each spring!!
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