Viper Motorsports provides professional installation for every aftermarket lift kit and truck, Jeep or SUV accessory that we sell. We also offer professional installation of most lift kits and aftermarket accessories regardless of where they were purchased. We offer great deals on truck, Jeep and SUV lift kits, suspension components, bumpers, truck bed covers, tool boxes, steps, running boards, shocks and other accessories at very competitive prices but, if you purchase your items online and need help getting them installed properly, we will be happy to handle the installation for you at a reasonable hourly labor rate. We offer lift kit and aftermarket accessory installation for residents of Weatherford, Aledo, Granbury Texas, Mineral Wells TX, Springtown and surrounding areas. Lift Kit Installation - Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?
The internet has changed the game dramatically when it comes to shopping for suspension lift kits, parts and aftermarket accessories for your car truck or SUV. Just a few years ago, you pretty much needed to take the advice of your local lift kit and accessory shop with regard to which items would best suit your purposes but today, you can spend hours and even days or weeks doing your own research online in order to choose the perfect mods for your ride.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect components, you’ll need to decide whether you should take the do-it-yourself approach to installation or whether you should enlist the services of an experienced professional installation shop. For many car, truck, Jeep owners, there is no debate – they have mechanical skills, the tools and the time and they are not about to let someone else work on their ride. For those who may be somewhat mechanically challenged or only possess a basic knowledge of vehicle mechanics, the answer to this do-it-yourself or not question might not be as straight forward.
On the surface, it would seem obvious that doing the job yourself will save you a lot of money compared to paying a professional but, the reality is sometimes quite different. Not all suspension lift kits are a piece of cake to install. Some require drilling, cutting and/or welding of suspension components, crossmembers and frames in order to be properly installed. It is not unusual that proper installation would require specialized tools like jacks and jack stands, spring compressors, pneumatic tools, torque wrenches, welders, cutting torches and even pullers and separators for ball joints, pitman arms and tire rods - depending on how aggressive the lift kit is. Buying or even renting these tools and equipment will quickly chew up the dollars you thought you would be saving by doing the installation yourself.
If you, your friends or relatives don’t have access to the tools and equipment to do the job right, you might need to consider having an experienced professional do the installation for you.
Now, let’s talk about what your time is worth. You've probably heard the old adage "time is money." It's a popular saying for a reason — it's true. Professional installers with proper tools will almost always get the job done a whole lot faster than an inexperience person taking the DIY route. Most lift kits and aftermarket accessories provide an estimated length of time that the install will take. If you have no real experience or lack the proper tools, you should budget at least 50-60% more hours than listed on the instructions. Mistakes are inevitable. Especially if the instructions provided are vague which is often the case. Since most instructions are written assuming the item will be installed in a fully equipped mechanics shop. They assume that you have access to things like a lift which will dramatically reduce installation time.
It is not unusual to receive your lift kit or accessories by FEDEX or UPS and discover halfway through the install that you are missing a part or a tool necessary to finish the job. Sometimes, suppliers just overlook some parts. If this truck, Jeep or SUV is your daily driver and its suspension components are scattered all over the garage, you’re going to need a rental or some sort of transportation until the necessary parts show up.
If the suspension lift kit you’ve purchased consists of more than replacing some coil springs or removing some U-bolts and adding blocks, the average person can find themselves in over their head pretty quickly. Full long travel setups and 4-Link systems can pose issues that only an experienced installer can handle. What seems pretty straight forward often is not when holes don’t line up or you don’t have the proper fastener or bracket. When you consider all that could go wrong and what it will feel like when you have a vehicle that be driven, hiring a professional may be cheaper than you originally thought.
Don’t forget: After even a mild lift most vehicles are going to require wheel alignment to avoid chewing up those expensive new tires. A reputable lift kit/suspension shop will always provide computerized wheel alignment as part of the normal installation package. If they don’t, find another installer.
If you decide to have your lift kit installed professionally, do your research. Not all installers have experience. Nobody wants to see a bunch of kids, fresh out of high school, installing expensive parts on a new vehicle while it teeters on a few floor jacks in the middle of a parking lot of an old gas station. Just because a shop sells lift kits, tires and wheels, doesn’t mean they possess the knowledge to install them properly.
If don’t have the luxury of time or you find yourself out-of-your-depth on any aftermarket suspension lift kit or aftermarket accessory installation, give the experienced professionals at Viper Motorsports a call at (817) 609-8001. We have the experience and equipment necessary to get the job done right. Stop and see us at 902 Fort Worth Hwy in Weatherford TX. Online at vipermotorsports.com
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