I posted awhile back about how one gets the additional caster / camber on a
1999 K1500. I knew that the manual said there were knock outs for the upper
control arm that need to be removed in the frame.
How hard are they to remove with out the special GM tool? Also are the knock
outs on only the inner side of the hole, or is it on both sides of the
I want to remove them myself and of course will need to get an alignment
ASAP but I also need to drive it there.
Is this old style truck? If so, I never used the "GM special tool"
to remove the knockouts. I used an airchisel with a special bit
that just punched them out. They are on both sides of the existing
hole. Unless they are charging an arm and a leg to do it, you would
save yourself a whole lot of hassle by just paying them to do it.
It is the old style truck '98 down body style. I did get some prices today
from five different shops.
Independent shop #1 - $150.00 including the alignment
Independent shop #2 - $200.00 including the alignment
Chevy dealer #1 - $160.00 including the alignment
Chevy dealer #2 - $250.00 including the alignment
Chevy dealer #3 - $320.00 including the alignment
I was surprised by the big difference in dealer prices. I'll probably just
take it to dealer #1 as they seamed to know what they were talking about
right out of the shoot, and the price is reasonable.
Well....the #2 and #3 guys are way out to lunch. The
additional labour charge at our dealership is only 1 hr
for the knockouts, and that's to the tech...I believe the
labour cost to the customer is "menu priced", so the
customer doesn't pay 96 dollars for the additional
labour. In reality, it doesn't take long to remove the
knockouts in most cases. GM has partially stamped
the knockouts so that in most cases, one little blast
from an airchisel and they are out. I've run into the
odd one that I had to get my die grinder out and
grind out that knockout, but that's rare.
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