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    Registered Member Two Rings A4CT1.8QTM's Avatar
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    How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

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    I had a local body shop install a set of xenon ecodes for me today and they offered me to do the wiring for relatively cheap price... However, about 30 minutes ago, they called me and said their mechanic needs a lot more time to rewire the headlights and it would cost me more than 200 dollars, which I think is just outrageous.
    My car had 2 piece halogen lights and they had to be cut and spliced to work with the ecodes (I provided them with a wiring kit from AWE tuning). Is there a lot of work involved to rewire my set up to work with the xenon lights? I just think 200 dollars for rewiring is just crazy.
    Also I could've had another fellow AZer in NJ to rewire them for me... I should have went with the safe root...
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    Veteran Member Four Rings Mawhitey's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    Took me a few hours to do both sides, inc cutting the fender lip and soldering the wires to make a good connections, and mounting my HID kit in Oem location.

    100 bucks an hour !!!!
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    Senior Member Three Rings Wilco's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    Stop them before it's too late! Unless you really don't have time to do it yourself or have money to burn, there is really no reason to have someone at a shop rewire it for you @$40 an hour or more.

    So, a couple hours out of your saturday afternoon (or weekday evening?) or $200 - your call ;-) .
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    Registered Member Four Rings a4cefed's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    dont let them do it.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings SurferForever's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    Seems really really high. Its really not that ahrd to do either
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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    don't do it. i did it myself. yea, it too me a few hours, but it wasn't hard at all. plus i was fixing someone else's mistake so i needed everything new. i sodered the wires, put butt connectors, crimped, heatshrank and finally used electric tape. did it myself with my dad supervising. it doesn't really require that much skill. my dad just taught me how to soder, but everything else i got fine.

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    Active Member One Ring
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    either they don't know what they're doing or they charge alot per hr. I'm guessing you already pay for the mounting and what not. shouldn't cost $200 to wire it up.
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    Site Moderator Four Rings onemoremile's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    I'm lousy with a soldering iron and was slow and cautious when wiring them up. It still took maybe 1.5 hours to do both sides. That was with my wife talking the whole time which has to add at least 20 minutes.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings 20vpower's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    i need a writeup or a lesson on hookin up my ghetto ebay halo projectors up, i managed to rig the headlights, fogs and blinkers to work. but the parking lights and halos are another story. any links?
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    Registered Member Two Rings A4CT1.8QTM's Avatar
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    Re: How much would it cost a shop to rewire the headlights?

    haha thanks guys! I raised some hell to those blood suckers and lowered the price down to $75 + tax.
    Again, thanks a million!
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