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sageleo
01-21-2009, 07:24 AM
what would a fair price be to install a new control arm kit all 8 control arms.
I just called one shop and they quoted me roughly 1700.00 I think that seems a little high. That price is if the shop buys the kit, hopefully I would buy the kit myself and have a shop put them on. TIA.

lotusgardener
01-21-2009, 07:49 AM
You buy the entire kit for ~$400, so $1300 in labor seems really high..

akielb
01-21-2009, 09:27 AM
They are ordering either OEM(from audi) parts or all parts individually. Tell them you can get a really good kit for $500 and ask them how much for labor.

Spykce
01-21-2009, 09:48 AM
Damn man who was that? The price you told me last night was much better. Also I may know someone who can do the install for you, control arms and suspension if your still thinking that. I'd have to see what he is thinking for a price though.

djwimbo
01-21-2009, 10:31 AM
I'll install all 8 control arms for a TON cheaper than that. I'm in GR too, so it's not even far.

Hell, I'll even do them at your house. Only thing is, I don't have the ability to do the alignment, but that's $60-95 anywhere.

You can get all 8 control arms under $400, tie rods are more.

sageleo
01-21-2009, 11:01 AM
yeah i believe I talked to you on mive I'm defintely interested I get taxes back in about a week.

somebody5788
01-21-2009, 11:10 AM
That shops either taking you for a ride or Audi charges 1k for parts... I think most shops would install them all for under 300 w/ alignment.

sageleo
01-21-2009, 11:13 AM
spykce- Holland Imports quoted me 220.00 for each control arm x 8 control arms. All I can say is screw him. Eurotech told me 975.00 for control arm install plus suspension install, but I buy my own control arms, and they provide the h&r sport springs

djwimbo
01-21-2009, 12:26 PM
spykce- Holland Imports quoted me 220.00 for each control arm x 8 control arms. All I can say is screw him. Eurotech told me 975.00 for control arm install plus suspension install, but I buy my own control arms, and they provide the h&r sport springs

Yea, that was me. I have the same screen name on "all" forums

The H&R's are on sale, and low stock, for $199 from AWE. I'd pick those up quick if I were you.

Holland Imports can go F- themselves. MY cost on OE replacement control arms was $55/ea, and I think we sold them for ~$80-95/ea

Spykce
01-21-2009, 12:55 PM
spykce- Holland Imports quoted me 220.00 for each control arm x 8 control arms. All I can say is screw him. Eurotech told me 975.00 for control arm install plus suspension install, but I buy my own control arms, and they provide the h&r sport springs

Damn man that's crazy! Sounds like you have some choices to make on just what you want to do, lol.

a4937
01-21-2009, 01:00 PM
When I was getting ready to have mine done the dealership told me that parts would be around $900 for them to order it all. I got what I needed for $500. Labor ended up being just under $900. Sounds like I should've taken a drive up to Michigan one day instead, but oh well too late now.

Here is the kit I got, same seller.. I would recommend. Can't go wrong with Febi, kit includes all control arms, sway bar links, tie rod ends and complete hardware. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Audi-A4-A6-Control-Arm-Arms-Kit-12-Pieces-OEM-FEBI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em14Q2e l1262QQhashZitem350152531931QQitemZ350152531931QQp tZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories)

a4937
01-21-2009, 01:04 PM
I think most shops would install them all for under 300 w/ alignment.

LOL in what world?

dj spiel
01-21-2009, 01:26 PM
I got quoted for $270

FOR FULL INSTALLTION KIT

all arms
tie rods ends
sway links

Yevmeister
01-21-2009, 01:30 PM
i got all control arms by Meyle from Blauparts for $479.00 free shipping. it takes roughly 2 hours of labor per side when done in shop with all the right tools. DIY takes twice as long i guess.
so whatever parts cost + 4 hour labor, that's what you should pay

Yev

a4937
01-21-2009, 01:30 PM
I got quoted for $270

FOR FULL INSTALLTION KIT

all arms
tie rods ends
sway links

Ask who the manufacturer is. Either they won't tell you or it's some crap company like Hamburg Technic. Be careful, something like this is expensive enough not to mention important.. you don't want to have to redo them in a year.

akielb
01-21-2009, 02:22 PM
When I was getting ready to have mine done the dealership told me that parts would be around $900 for them to order it all. I got what I needed for $500. Labor ended up being just under $900. Sounds like I should've taken a drive up to Michigan one day instead, but oh well too late now.

Here is the kit I got, same seller.. I would recommend. Can't go wrong with Febi, kit includes all control arms, sway bar links, tie rod ends and complete hardware. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Audi-A4-A6-Control-Arm-Arms-Kit-12-Pieces-OEM-FEBI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em14Q2e l1262QQhashZitem350152531931QQitemZ350152531931QQp tZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories)


I purchased the same kit from the same seller. FEBI is a very good brand.

$900 labor? That's nuts!! Was that at the dealer, or private shop?

a4937
01-21-2009, 03:05 PM
I purchased the same kit from the same seller. FEBI is a very good brand.

$900 labor? That's nuts!! Was that at the dealer, or private shop?

Dealer. I had a private shop I use to go to but he raised his labor prices and their quote was lower than what he told me. Hope to god I never have to go back there. I felt dirty just being there.

EDIT: Oh yeah.. that did include alignment.

jaustin
01-22-2009, 07:39 AM
Wow, sounds like we have some good prices around here in michigan but I think ill try and DIY in the spring.

supermario
01-22-2009, 08:58 AM
I bought the kit and paid around 200-250 to get it installed.

djwimbo
01-22-2009, 09:54 AM
Wow, sounds like we have some good prices around here in michigan but I think ill try and DIY in the spring.

My labor is cheap, I would go cheaper, but the risk of that pinch bolt being a PITA is too great.

Being the guy at the shop and not having anything to do sucks, half the time it's b/c prices are too high. I couldn't "advertise" helping people out while working there, and I can't advertise a service through AZ either b/c I'm not a vendor.

The lowers aren't as big of a PITA, but to do the lower rears, I've found it's faster to drop the back half of the subframe down. Little scary for the average person.

A4edwin
01-22-2009, 01:14 PM
paid 500 for complete kit from pap parts. private shop quoted 600 for labor. did it myself in three hours. only pain is the pinch bolt. everything else super easy. djwimbo's right about the subframe too. just loosen it as much as you can without taking out the bolt. if you lived in ny i would of done for free.

mkturbo3
03-03-2009, 08:29 PM
is there any good diy for this ?

burner799
03-04-2009, 12:42 AM
mechanic charged me around 500 for coilover install, control arms, outer tie rods, outer cv boots, and full synthetic oil change. he's my regular go to guy.

UN-PIMP-Z-A4
03-04-2009, 08:02 PM
$300 FOR INSTALL NOT INCLUDING $60 ALIGNMENT I GOT FROM ELSEWHERE...
Total cost $760

01audia4
03-04-2009, 09:44 PM
Get or rent a compressor and Do It Yourself. Trust me its easy, a good saw could come in handy for the lowers as well.

djwimbo
03-04-2009, 10:21 PM
it's not always easy. I fought another PITA set of pinch bolts today/tonight.

Happy customer despite a dilemma with a coilover, which should be resolved soon.

jaustin
03-05-2009, 09:39 AM
^
Thanks and it was good times hanging out.