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2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.5 GT Ltd Auto Black Int

2006 Subaru Legacy Wagon
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All Wheel Drive, 4 Door Wagon, Mid-Size Station Wagon
19 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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October 8, 2012, 6:30 am

Greg B

Question: Labor to upgrade a Suspension system?!?

I want to upgrade (or downgrade I suppose) my 1991 Subaru Legacy SW 4WD from an air suspension (With a "pnematic lift" feature) to a standard suspension. A mechanic I called told me it would take 8 hours and 600 bucks. That seems like a bit much-- from what understand, if you have a standard kit, its just a matter of taking out the old struts, installing the new, and then pulling the fuse to the control box. Is there something I am missing? Do you have to completely remove the whole system (including the compressor)?

October 14, 2012, 3:56 pm

Ron W
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I am not sure. The mechanic probably looked up the labor rates for each part of the suspension that has to be replaced and added time in for an alignment to get those numbers.

I wouldn't take that job into my shop mostly because sometimes when suspension mods have been done before (air bags), they are done incorrectly. And to put it back to stock can be a lot harder than it should be.

You can check our Repair Cost Calculator for estimates on each component. That would give you an idea of the labor times if it is a simple r and r job..

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