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Broken JBA Coilover & JBA Lift Pricing Rip-Off


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Old 01-07-2018, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I placed an order for the replacement strut cylinder. If they're in stock and ship out tomorrow I should have it on Tuesday.

Haven't had it for a year. No idea when it happened. I went wheeling during the snow storm Thursday but it wasn't broken driving home. Yesterday my gf said it was making a squeeking noise (spring rubbing) driving home from work. Figured it was just one of the bushings from the cold/salt. Drove it 10 miles to replace my friends axle shaft in his wrangler and on the way home I stopped for gas and looked because I was hearing a clunk. Luckily made it home fine. Was waiting for the spring to pop out the whole drive home.

What I don't understand is the JBA coilovers cost $1559 for a pair. If the strut cylinders costs $468/pair and the springs cost $195/pair that leaves $896 for the "clevis" and "strut mount". Why the f##k does it cost $896 for that. I noticed JBA does this with the lifts too.

The bronze 4" package is $2813.47 but if you buy everything in the kit separately it comes to $2229.56. I noticed this when I bought my lift and didn't fall for the rip-off that the lift package is.

I am not knocking the build quality. I am VERY rough on the Liberty. Just saying his pricing is total bullcrap and makes no sense. Maybe I have some wrong information or glossed over something and someone can correct me.



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Old 01-07-2018, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Let me know how the new replacement cylinder is as I just blew the seal out on mine and JBA quoted $250 a cylinder to rebuild my old ones. Iíve noticed the difference in pricing as well but jut figured they had some reason for it or maybe something I was missing.
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Old 01-07-2018, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Let me know how the new replacement cylinder is as I just blew the seal out on mine and JBA quoted $250 a cylinder to rebuild my old ones. Iíve noticed the difference in pricing as well but jut figured they had some reason for it or maybe something I was missing.
I would be pissed they want that much because the page says "Buy it one time for the life of your Jeep Liberty, JBA will rebuild it!!". To me that reads like a free rebuild if it fails under normal use.

It should at least be "Buy it one time for the life of your Jeep Liberty, JBA will rebuild it*!!



* Rebuild fee of $250

I will keep you updated on how long it takes to get in and what the process is like for swapping it out. Took over 30 days to get my lift in from when i ordered it, but in fairness my 6" Full-Traction long arm 4 link lift kit for my XJ is at 42 days and hasn't even shipped yet.
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Seems like a Bilstein quality issue, never have had good luck with Bilsteins.

Not sure what to think of the pricing differences...
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I would be pissed if I coughed up that kind of coin for a 15 year old vehicle only to have those parts fail within a year or so.

I figured the pricing is expensive because the Liberty crowd isn’t as large as the other jeeps, so custom parts will demand a higher price tag.
However - I sourced all my OME springs and shocks and every bushing along the way then ordered JBA top plates , clevis spacers and control arms FOR less then what that cost you.

Right now the aftermarket source the Liberty seems to be one person/company....
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Bet you haven't even talked to Marlin yet have you??
Maybe talk to him and see what he says before grumbling all day about it.
Just my 2 cents, I never ***** until I talk to the builder/ owner of the company etc
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Originally Posted by Aceofspades View Post
I would be pissed if I coughed up that kind of coin for a 15 year old vehicle only to have those parts fail within a year or so.

I figured the pricing is expensive because the Liberty crowd isnít as large as the other jeeps, so custom parts will demand a higher price tag.
However - I sourced all my OME springs and shocks and every bushing along the way then ordered JBA top plates , clevis spacers and control arms FOR less then what that cost you.

Right now the aftermarket source the Liberty seems to be one person/company....
You do know he has the adjustable coilovers and you just have the OME springs etc , Right?
Little difference
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Between the two of mine I have over 125,000 miles on them, no issues
Plus I know if I did, first call would be to Marlin.
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You do know he has the adjustable coilovers and you just have the OME springs etc , Right?
Little difference
I know. Iím not bagging on JBA at all. My comment was about price difference you pay for the adjustability vs using his spacers or plates. I know first hand the pain it becomes the adjusting those just right in all 4 corners then add when itís used in salt, mud and dirt for years.

What I was saying was about pricing and quality. People reporting them leaking and breaking prematurely.
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I know. Iím not bagging on JBA at all. My comment was about price difference you pay for the adjustability vs using his spacers or plates. I know first hand the pain it becomes the adjusting those just right in all 4 corners then add when itís used in salt, mud and dirt for years.

What I was saying was about pricing and quality. People reporting them leaking and breaking prematurely.
Not a pain at all , I can install a full set , adjust them etc in shorter time than I can install a full OME spring lift, its all very easy really
Mine on the 04 went through several years of mud/ salt etc and still easily adjusted
The 03s going on the 3rd year and can adjust by hand yet , of course I do what you are suppose to do, clean often and spray them down
As far as leaking and breaking prematurely, been very few actually ( I know the numbers first hand ) and like anything else if there is a man made item someone will figure out how to destroy it ! LOL
So not really getting your point at all, sorry.
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