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jorgo90

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I have been advised by my mechanic that the rear cradle bushes and diff bushes need to be replaced. He has estimated Approx $500 in parts and approx 1 day labour $950.

Does the above sound right time and price wise?

R34 GTT 1998

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Sounds shocking to me. But if you don't want to do it yourself you will have to pay what someone else wants. Best bet is to get a couple more quotes - preferably from suspension specialists

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Various subframe bushes.  These are all viable options.  OEM bushes would be similar pricing.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Whiteline-Rear-Subframe-Bush-Mount-Kit-W92446-fits-NISSAN-SKYLINE-R32-R33-R34/182367596068?fits=Plat_Gen%3AR32&epid=25017000709&hash=item2a75f4ae24:g:QQYAAOSwLghZt-vl

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SuperPro-Rear-Subframe-Mount-Bush-Kit-Fits-Nissan-SPF3774K/152475195902?epid=25017000314&hash=item23803ad9fe

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HARDRACE-Rear-Subframe-Bush-Harden-Rubber-S13-S14-S15-R32-R33-R34-Z32/332207660763?epid=608591038&hash=item4d591e9edb:g:wZwAAOSwONBZDDms

 

Various diff bushes.  Same thinking as above.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SUPERPRO-SKYLINE-R32-R33-R34-2WD-REAR-DIFF-REAR-BUSH-BUSHING-KIT-CROSS-MEMBER/112509022194?epid=28017011598&hash=item1a320f6ff2:g:Yk8AAOSwHnFVn3Ea

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NOLATHANE-Rr-DIFF-SUPPORT-MOUNT-BUSHES-SUIT-SKYLINE-R-32-33-34-GTS-GTR-AWD-49162/191681010188?epid=1550428335&hash=item2ca1141a0c:g:Vz8AAMXQQUpRCgZM

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ZSS-Rear-Diff-Support-Member-Bushes-Nissan-S14-S15-R32-R33-R34-Z32/371515134157?epid=610886258&hash=item56800710cd:g:GXoAAOSwUdlWejLK

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/WHITELINE-Diff-support-R-BUSHES-KDT913-FIT-NISSAN-GTR-R32-R33-R34-RB26DETT/360903073105?hash=item54077fdd51:g:rzkAAOSw4A5Y1IVN

 

I think it's easy to see how you can spend $500 on the bushes.  A day for a mechanic to drop and strip a subframe enough to push these bushes in and out and then refit and get it wheel aligned and shit might sound outrageous.....but it's not really.

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Having recently done this exact job, the parts quote is actually quite fair, the subframe bushes and diff mount bushes are quite expensive.

The amount of labor to remove this from the car, do the job, refit the subframe to the car, it could quite easily be a days work.

It may be slightly less than a days work, but you're talking between 8 hours and 6 hours depending on how amazing and determined the mechanic actually is, most people who do this swear they will never do the subframe bushes again and up their prices the next time. Maybe he has just done it before 😛

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Prices on the parts is a bit over the top, labour wise about $700~800 is fair.

I suggest try to get the labour down to $700~$800 and supply all the parts yourself. Wait till there's a 20% sale on eBay and get all your bushes/parts from Sparesbox, etc.

I've done the job myself, and without a hoist and doing it on the floor it took me a full day with 2x mates. These days, would happily hand over that money to a shop to do it.

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That is a fair price. 

I've done a few myself its easy to drop subframe, remove the arms and diff, take to a shop to press out & in bushes then re install. Took about 5 hours with driving to and from the workshop. Shop charged $100 for the labour. 

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Price is dependant on where you are, I know here it would cost more to get it done. It is a prick of a job doing the diff mounts. Buy the Whiteline or whatever stuff yourself and get someone else to do it. Done my whole r32 GTR rear end myself with everything whiteline, and I mean everything. The vertical diff bushes were a real farked job. Cannot be pressed out on car, have to be cut / die grinded out. It's getting the old ones out that's the problem.

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Thanks everyone. General consensus seems like its a fair price or in the ball park, have told the guy to order the parts and get it done. 

Thank you everyone for your time.

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On 9/27/2018 at 11:15 AM, Dose Pipe Sutututu said:

Prices on the parts is a bit over the top, labour wise about $700~800 is fair.

I suggest try to get the labour down to $700~$800 and supply all the parts yourself.

Only problem with supplying parts yourself is if something goes wrong, its messy. Yeah its pretty hard to go wrong with bushes but I have had some lower control arm bushes fail on me many years ago (what were the light blue ones? IIRC the company went bust).

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Noltec? I think Whiteline bought them out

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