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So with my previous vehicles all I ever did with them was car audio, and for good reason, I had a Ford F-150 and aToyota 4-runner, I did some performance on my xrunner but no headers. I'm wondering if $400 is a reasonable price for install, the owner of a car forum I'm on was willing to install my ARH long tubes for that price and I wanted an unbiased opinion on the price. He is a ASE Master Technician/Ops Manager at a Meineke and has installed 20+ of these headers on the g8, so he has more then enough expierence with this kit. Let me know what you guys think
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ASE certification mean nothing, my brother is master certified and he use to tell me horror stories about the "master" certified guys he would meet. if he does it as a profession and is passionate about it, he would not mind showing you his car or letting you talk to guys that he's done installs for. honestly $400 does seem very reasonable for what he has do to, especially if he one of those rare knowledgeble technicians that actually know more about installs than just turning wrenches.
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If that is including the price of the headers then that isn't so bad, but if that is labor alone then he is ripping you a new one. I will never pay someone to work on my car, but that is because I have the knowledge and tools to do everything myself.



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If that is including the price of the headers then that isn't so bad, but if that is labor alone then he is ripping you a new one. I will never pay someone to work on my car, but that is because I have the knowledge and tools to do everything myself.
Well I've never installed headers before, I'm sure though me and my dad could tackle it though. I wish we had a lift that would make things much easier. And I wish it was 400$ for the headers, the headers alone are $1700, its the full kit with catted x pipe.
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ASE certification mean nothing, my brother is master certified and he use to tell me horror stories about the "master" certified guys he would meet. if he does it as a profession and is passionate about it, he would not mind showing you his car or letting you talk to guys that he's done installs for. honestly $400 does seem very reasonable for what he has do to, especially if he one of those rare knowledgeble technicians that actually know more about installs than just turning wrenches.
He know's his shit, I know the guy but I've never actually asked him to do any work on my car until now. And all the guys in the area with g8's get him to work on their cars. He is a wealth of knowledge, I just don't see installing these headers without a lift and $400 isn't outrageous too me especially considering the difficulty with the install.
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If that is including the price of the headers then that isn't so bad, but if that is labor alone then he is ripping you a new one.
I agree 100%. For labor only, that's too much. He's ripping you off.

Try to shop around for lower labor prices. It's not that complicated to install them.
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I agree 100%. For labor only, that's too much. He's ripping you off.

Try to shop around for lower labor prices. It's not that complicated to install them.
yeah I know it's not that complicated to install, if I had a lift it would be much easier. I'm going to ask around and see what other prices I can come up with
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I installed a full cat back exhaust system on a 2G Eclipse in my garage by myself for free. If it is direct bolt in replacement parts you can do it yourself. Block the tires and lift the car up on its side. I had the Eclipse tited way up on its side (As far as my motorcycle jack would lift) so my fat butt could slide under it to work.

You could also use ramps or just regular jack stands but that way wont warrant as much open-ness as lifting the side of it.



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$400 for labor alone is a straight rip off. If you where here in Hawaii I would do it for a pack of cigarettes and beer. It's not a hard task at all.
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Do NoT Spend $2100 on your exhaust. that's just insane.

I'd buy a different car. get yourself a Mitsubishi their soup up parts are cheap.
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