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Old 01-06-2004, 08:14 AM
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Reasonable charge for bushings?

I've finally gotten started on the front end rebuild for the camaro. I've got the suspension out and was able to drive out
the bushings on the lower control arms but can't get the uppers
out. I took them to the local garage and was quoted
between $100 to $135 for the following work which I thought
was too high...

Upper - remove and install new bushings
Lower - install new bushings
- install new ball joints.


What would a fair price be? I'm supplying the bushings and
ball joints...
thanks
mwm

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With the right press equipment, the job should take about 1.5 hours. If you do it at home with a vice and spacers, it will take about 2.25 hours. Driving the old parts out is scary, but just be careful. Shop time should be posted some place in the shop. Today it runs about 75-100 per hour. Question, is the 2.25 hours of YOUR time worth the 135? If you don't have the correct tool for the job, I would say bite the bullet and move one with the rest of your project. For what you plan to do, sounds like a cheap investment in time.

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I'm with Thom, that's not unreasonable for shop work. Without proper equipment you can tweak the A-arms. It's safer to let the shop take care of it.
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Hey Guys,
Thanks for the feedback.... just wanted to get feel for the pricing and make sure it was fair... I don't have the right tools
so I think I'll cough up the cash... Thanks again.
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