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Body Lift Removal Question (Am I getting ripped off?!?)

Don't know much about trucks so I'm going off of what others have told me. I have a 2 inch body lift kit on my 2009 ranger that I need to remove to pass a safety inspection (not a suspension lift). After FINALLY finding a shop that would actually do it, they quoted me at about $1200 ($430 for parts, the rest in labor). They said I would need the original bolts to connect the body with the frame again (makes sense) and a new insulator (not sure exactly what that is). My main question is, am I getting ripped off? I can't imagine those parts cost that much, plus 7-10 man hours is what they said it would take. Is it really that big of a job? And what's the deal with that insulator? Do I really need that?
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Don't know much about trucks so I'm going off of what others have told me. I have a 2 inch body lift kit on my 2009 ranger that I need to remove to pass a safety inspection (not a suspension lift). After FINALLY finding a shop that would actually do it, they quoted me at about $1200 ($430 for parts, the rest in labor). They said I would need the original bolts to connect the body with the frame again (makes sense) and a new insulator (not sure exactly what that is). My main question is, am I getting ripped off? I can't imagine those parts cost that much, plus 7-10 man hours is what they said it would take. Is it really that big of a job? And what's the deal with that insulator? Do I really need that?
I damn sure wouldn't pay that......they are probably talking about new body mounts... I would personally get a set from energy suspension $200 and as far the bolts u could probably source a used set right here......I believe your bed has 8 bolts in it, where the older one have 6...... I would say 5-10 hrs is fair for your first time doing it, but for a shop, I'd say that's kinda excessive....maybe u could find someone to do the work on the side for a couple hundred plus parts?
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Don't know much about trucks so I'm going off of what others have told me. I have a 2 inch body lift kit on my 2009 ranger that I need to remove to pass a safety inspection (not a suspension lift). After FINALLY finding a shop that would actually do it, they quoted me at about $1200 ($430 for parts, the rest in labor). They said I would need the original bolts to connect the body with the frame again (makes sense) and a new insulator (not sure exactly what that is). My main question is, am I getting ripped off? I can't imagine those parts cost that much, plus 7-10 man hours is what they said it would take. Is it really that big of a job? And what's the deal with that insulator? Do I really need that?

Gave my opinion about removing the lift in your thread over on the other forum, but as far as parts go, that's probably pretty close. I recently picked up a new upper/lower insulator (body bushing) for one of my cab mounts and it was almost 150 bucks from ford. The body bolt for that mount was like 8 bucks by itself, and you have 14 body/bed bolts on the truck.
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Gauge the thread and pitch on the new bolt. Go to a hardware store and buy a hand ful. Then just do the body lift instructions in reverse.
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Why do they claim the kit needs to be removed? here is a little information on lifts in ME
Maine Lift Laws | Vehicle Modification Rules
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How soon does the lift have to be removed
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Don't know much about trucks so I'm going off of what others have told me. I have a 2 inch body lift kit on my 2009 ranger that I need to remove to pass a safety inspection (not a suspension lift). After FINALLY finding a shop that would actually do it, they quoted me at about $1200 ($430 for parts, the rest in labor). They said I would need the original bolts to connect the body with the frame again (makes sense) and a new insulator (not sure exactly what that is). My main question is, am I getting ripped off? I can't imagine those parts cost that much, plus 7-10 man hours is what they said it would take. Is it really that big of a job? And what's the deal with that insulator? Do I really need that?
I don't understand why shops love ripping people off. AIs it a professional shop? 7-10 hours is too much for a shop like someone already said. I would just remove the kit with a friend if you have any that can help you. Easy. Get some mounts and go to a junk yard to get the bolts that bolt the body to the frame. Also body lifts are not aesthetic at all.
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That seems pretty ridiculous. Figure out how to do it yourself.. i.e. do a body lift in reverse. Get some replacement grade 8 bolts from ace hardware, and IF you need new body bushings buy them from a parts store. Do your research so you don't get ripped off.
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