User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-07-2021, 03:55 PM #1
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
Cost Of New Shocks and Struts

Hi there. I have 2011 5th Gen 4runner Trail Edition. My mechanic recently quoted me ~ $3,000 for a Bilstein Replacement Kit. This includes parts and installation labor. This is an independent mechanic with a good reputation that I've used for many years. However, this price seemed excessive to me. I'm wondering what others think and if you have any suggestions. I have no problem paying it. I just want to make sure I'm not being taken. Thanks in advance for any help.

Update: I should have mentioned that this quote included new control arms.

Last edited by seattle_kurt; 08-07-2021 at 04:37 PM.
seattle_kurt is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 03:59 PM #2
biratley biratley is online now
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 106
biratley will become famous soon enough
biratley biratley is online now
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 106
biratley will become famous soon enough
Cost Of New Shocks and Struts

He trying to get in you with no lube .
Look on line at the kit you want
(or he quoted )then add $400 to $700 for installation and Youll see about what you should be paying.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro

Last edited by biratley; 08-07-2021 at 04:02 PM.
biratley is online now   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 04:03 PM #3
smokingtoysupra smokingtoysupra is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 11
Real Name: Andy
smokingtoysupra is on a distinguished road
smokingtoysupra smokingtoysupra is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Athens, GA
Posts: 11
Real Name: Andy
smokingtoysupra is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by seattle_kurt View Post
Hi there. I have 2011 5th Gen 4runner Trail Edition. My mechanic recently quoted me ~ $3,000 for a Bilstein Replacement Kit. This includes parts and installation labor. This is an independent mechanic with a good reputation that I've used for many years. However, this price seemed excessive to me. I'm wondering what others think and if you have any suggestions. I have no problem paying it. I just want to make sure I'm not being taken. Thanks in advance for any help.
can u get a breakdown of parts and labor? labor should be around 5-6 hours maybe a alignment even tho its not really needed.
smokingtoysupra is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 04:04 PM #4
jrandom's Avatar
jrandom jrandom is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: YouTah
Age: 52
Posts: 3,304
jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all
jrandom jrandom is offline
Senior Member
jrandom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: YouTah
Age: 52
Posts: 3,304
jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all jrandom is a name known to all
Whoa, seems a little steep to me considering the new hardware is way less than a $1000 (with new springs already installed).

I mean seriously, the job is front shocks 3 bolts on the top hat and 1 bolt on the LCA and 1 and 1 on the rears. KDSS is easy, you can do it on the floor and only unbolt one side at a time, another two bolts (you don't even have to unbolt the rear kdss). I have swapped/replaced/worked on mine a dozen times and $2000 labors seems steep.

I recently changed out my fronts by myself in my carport in >3 hours taking my time and cleaning as I went and I would say I am inclined but not a mechanic.
__________________
2013 TE w/ KDSS Nav

=-> Get yer Custom "Trail" Edition Emblem/Badge 3d Print here! or maybe you just want to go "Pro"

Last edited by jrandom; 08-07-2021 at 06:54 PM.
jrandom is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 04:38 PM #5
lbostons lbostons is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 10
lbostons is on a distinguished road
lbostons lbostons is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2021
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 10
lbostons is on a distinguished road
I was quoted ~$3,500 just yesterday for bilstein 6112s in the front with bilstein 5100s in the rear with rear lift coil springs and 4 new Toyo AT3 in 285/70. I thought that seemed right.
lbostons is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 05:07 PM #6
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by lbostons View Post
I was quoted ~$3,500 just yesterday for bilstein 6112s in the front with bilstein 5100s in the rear with rear lift coil springs and 4 new Toyo AT3 in 285/70. I thought that seemed right.
Ok, your quote included 4 new tires (~$1,000). My quote included new control arms. So, we're in the same ball park.
seattle_kurt is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 06:23 PM #7
osugsxr osugsxr is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 356
osugsxr will become famous soon enough
osugsxr osugsxr is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Ohio
Posts: 356
osugsxr will become famous soon enough
TRD pro clearance sale for the 5100s a few years ago $400-450 , I paid $500 for labor with alignment. Quote one hour per a shock etc and negotiated for free alignment.
__________________
17 SR5 prem: TRD pro suspension/ skid plate / wheels/ 21 OEM LED head &
fog lights / blacked out (emblems/skid plate/ roof rails)
osugsxr is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 06:45 PM #8
Dynamo's Avatar
Dynamo Dynamo is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: TX
Posts: 211
Dynamo has a spectacular aura about Dynamo has a spectacular aura about
Dynamo Dynamo is online now
Member
Dynamo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: TX
Posts: 211
Dynamo has a spectacular aura about Dynamo has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by seattle_kurt View Post
Hi there. I have 2011 5th Gen 4runner Trail Edition. My mechanic recently quoted me ~ $3,000 for a Bilstein Replacement Kit. This includes parts and installation labor. This is an independent mechanic with a good reputation that I've used for many years. However, this price seemed excessive to me. I'm wondering what others think and if you have any suggestions. I have no problem paying it. I just want to make sure I'm not being taken. Thanks in advance for any help.

Update: I should have mentioned that this quote included new control arms.
For reference, I bought a full set of Bilstein 5100's and Cornfed 1/2" rear spring spacers and had my local Toyota dealer install them including alignment. Total cost for everything was ~$1400.

Is that both upper and lower control arms on both sides using OEM parts? If so then that's at least $1100 for OEM control arms.
__________________
2019 TRD ORP
Dynamo is online now   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 07:26 PM #9
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
seattle_kurt seattle_kurt is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
seattle_kurt is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dynamo View Post
For reference, I bought a full set of Bilstein 5100's and Cornfed 1/2" rear spring spacers and had my local Toyota dealer install them including alignment. Total cost for everything was ~$1400.

Is that both upper and lower control arms on both sides using OEM parts? If so then that's at least $1100 for OEM control arms.
Thanks for the reference. Yep, both upper and lower control arms.
seattle_kurt is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 07:37 PM #10
MAST4R's Avatar
MAST4R MAST4R is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: AZ
Posts: 1,226
MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold
MAST4R MAST4R is offline
Senior Member
MAST4R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: AZ
Posts: 1,226
MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold
Bilstein 5100 is under 500$, 6112+5100 would be under 900$, 8112/8100 would be 4,000+.

Stock LCA are about 330 each. Stock UCA can be purchased second hand for peanuts.

All work required is easy and frankly more pleasant than dealing with sliders or some of the skid plates.

The rear coils and shocks are like a 30 min job assuming non-resi shocks.
__________________
2018 TRD OP non-kdss, well armored, well used
(6112s/650lb at 1.25" lift, 8100 rear with Eibach 1" springs, Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 LTE 265 70 17, RCI set of front 3/16 skids, Shrockworks step sliders and 3/16 steel gas tank skid, C4Fab rear diff skid, Rockmen rear LCAs, Total Chaos rear LCA bracket skids, Diode Dynamics SS3 white fog lights).
MAST4R is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-07-2021, 08:54 PM #11
DougR's Avatar
DougR DougR is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 334
DougR has a spectacular aura about DougR has a spectacular aura about DougR has a spectacular aura about
DougR DougR is offline
Member
DougR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 334
DougR has a spectacular aura about DougR has a spectacular aura about DougR has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by seattle_kurt View Post
Thanks for the reference. Yep, both upper and lower control arms.
I also have a 2011 Trail. It has ~116,000 miles mostly city and highway miles. It rides great with KDSS and Bilstein shocks installed 5 months ago. I'm a bit surprised that you already need upper and lower control arms. Do you have a lot of miles on the vehicle? Are the front springs still close to original height? My OEM front springs sagged, so I installed a pair of Dobinson's.
DougR is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-08-2021, 12:45 AM #12
MAST4R's Avatar
MAST4R MAST4R is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: AZ
Posts: 1,226
MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold
MAST4R MAST4R is offline
Senior Member
MAST4R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: AZ
Posts: 1,226
MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold MAST4R is a splendid one to behold
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougR View Post
I also have a 2011 Trail. It has ~116,000 miles mostly city and highway miles. It rides great with KDSS and Bilstein shocks installed 5 months ago. I'm a bit surprised that you already need upper and lower control arms. Do you have a lot of miles on the vehicle? Are the front springs still close to original height? My OEM front springs sagged, so I installed a pair of Dobinson's.
Good points. I won't be surprised if the shop made it up, at least when it comes to the UCAs.

It is crazy what I have heard from random mechanics over the years.
__________________
2018 TRD OP non-kdss, well armored, well used
(6112s/650lb at 1.25" lift, 8100 rear with Eibach 1" springs, Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 LTE 265 70 17, RCI set of front 3/16 skids, Shrockworks step sliders and 3/16 steel gas tank skid, C4Fab rear diff skid, Rockmen rear LCAs, Total Chaos rear LCA bracket skids, Diode Dynamics SS3 white fog lights).
MAST4R is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-08-2021, 01:10 AM #13
wcjeep's Avatar
wcjeep wcjeep is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Earth
Posts: 841
wcjeep will become famous soon enough wcjeep will become famous soon enough
wcjeep wcjeep is offline
Member
wcjeep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Earth
Posts: 841
wcjeep will become famous soon enough wcjeep will become famous soon enough
I usually start with Rockauto to check pricing.



Looks like the Bilstein strut is cheaper than some upper or lower control arms.


Bilstein 5100 adjustable single strut is $100. Control arms vary from cheap to $250.
__________________
2018 Offroad Premium w/KDSS

1993 Jeep YJ w/stuff
wcjeep is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-08-2021, 02:04 AM #14
daytonaviolet's Avatar
daytonaviolet daytonaviolet is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 1,390
daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all
daytonaviolet daytonaviolet is offline
Senior Member
daytonaviolet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 1,390
daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all daytonaviolet is a name known to all
Cost Of New Shocks and Struts

I got my kings for ~ $2500. Just install yourself :-)

daytonaviolet is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Old 08-08-2021, 09:52 AM #15
Jivewalker's Avatar
Jivewalker Jivewalker is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 739
Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light
Jivewalker Jivewalker is offline
Member
Jivewalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 739
Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light Jivewalker is a glorious beacon of light
I replaced mine myself in my driveway for around $150 (OEM Tokico) plus an alignment afterwards.
Depending on what you are looking to do, Wheelers has a kit with springs and 5100's for like 750 and for a little extra they will assemble the coilovers. Then It's simply install which is not very hard if they are already assembled.

Wheeler's 2010-Present Toyota 4Runner Suspension Lift Kit | Low Range Off-Road

Edit: I believe Wheelers springs might be made by Eibach??
__________________
2012 TE KDSS | Black| 265/70R17 C KO2's @ 44psi | 229,000 miles |Link To Inside Fishing Rod Holder Mod

I am fragile.
Not like a flower.
But like a bomb.
Jivewalker is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Reply

Tags
good , mechanic , price , reputation , years

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cost for 5th gen limited front struts? dclark2171 5th gen T4Rs 4 06-27-2020 02:44 PM
Cost of Bilstein 5100 struts and shocks with alignment koalaballa 4th Gen T4Rs 1 06-25-2014 11:05 PM
Average cost to install shocks/struts on 2006 2WD T4R cgl4au 4th Gen T4Rs 13 05-30-2013 04:48 PM
Cost to replace front struts on 2002 SR5?? swampy_swimmer 3rd gen T4Rs 3 06-23-2012 12:04 PM
So when the shocks are shot, what's it going to cost? MLB 4th Gen T4Rs 2 03-17-2008 07:38 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
***This site is an unofficial Toyota site, and is not officially endorsed, supported, authorized by or affiliated with Toyota. All company, product, or service names references in this web site are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Toyota name, marks, designs and logos, as well as Toyota model names, are registered trademarks of Toyota Motor Corporation***Ad Management plugin by RedTyger
 
Copyright © 2020