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Old 04-29-2002, 05:30 PM   #1
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How much do you pay for installing sways?

The instruction doesn't look so hard but I have no lift or ramp. I thought it would be dangerous for using tire jacks while I crawl under the car. So I want to have it proffesionally installed.
Any suggestion, guys?
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Old 04-29-2002, 05:34 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2002, 08:47 AM   #3
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a couple of hours labor is what I was quoted (depends on what the shop charges per hour)
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Old 04-30-2002, 09:20 AM   #4
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Old 04-30-2002, 10:15 AM   #5
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Good opportunity to invest in some tools

Get yourself a good floor jack and a pair of jack stands and do the job yourself. Or, find a buddy with a jack and stands and bribe him with pizza and beer to help out.



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Old 04-30-2002, 10:34 AM   #6
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Re: How much do you pay for installing sways?

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The instruction doesn't look so hard but I have no lift or ramp. I thought it would be dangerous for using tire jacks while I crawl under the car. So I want to have it proffesionally installed.
Any suggestion, guys?
Al, which sways did you buy?
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Old 04-30-2002, 10:39 AM   #7
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Re: How much do you pay for installing sways?

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I thought it would be dangerous for using tire jacks while I crawl under the car
The install's pretty easy to do yourself but I'm glad to hear u're thinking. Never ever use a tire jack for something like this. We don't need dead fanatics. You can pick up a good floor jack and some jack stands for really cheap from some of those hick stores like farm and fleet (that's where I got mine).
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Old 04-30-2002, 10:45 AM   #8
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Don't pay anyone else to do it. DIY... it's very, very easy.
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Old 04-30-2002, 12:45 PM   #9
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Its not really a hard DIY.

If you have them installed, expect to pay somewhere between 1/2 to 1 hour labor at a shop- fairly reasonable depending upon the shops rate.

I recall when I had them installed on my 323i I was charged about 50 bucks.
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Old 04-30-2002, 12:54 PM   #10
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I dunno - I stood aroumd and watched my RD sways being installed and it took awhile, way more hten 1/2 an hour. I think that the rear endlinks caused some of that.
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Old 04-30-2002, 02:30 PM   #11
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Re: Re: How much do you pay for installing sways?

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Al, which sways did you buy?
hhmmm... I have to find the jack stands first or somebody who has them...

Which sways is it?
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Old 05-03-2002, 08:45 AM   #12
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I did my R/D sways myself about a month ago. Some advice:

- Buy loctite and use it on the front nuts that attach at the endlinks.

- When doing the rear, take off the wheels and snake out/in the sways from the driver's side

- BUy some good extreme pressure/high heat grease and use that for the bushings. Use a whole bunch. I also used to get the links back on for the rear


The rears were the biggest pain in the ass. The fronts are easy as hell. I had a bit of squeeking after a week or so, and tightened everything down and used Loctite and it has not come back.

I was only able to get my rear to go into the hole closest to the rear of the car (softest), which sucks. The front is set to stiffest. I do love the handling, though.

Let me know if you need help during the install.
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