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Old 07-06-2022, 06:59 AM   #29
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I have not installed them on my own but when I replaced my front shocks with Koni I purchased them online, then took them to a truck tire facility and they installed them for $50 each.
For $50. each, I wouldn't get all of my tools out and hands dirty. More than that, it's fairly easy with the impact wrench. If one does not have access to an impact wrench, take it to the shop for $100.
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Old 07-06-2022, 08:21 AM   #30
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I would have happily paid $200.
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Old 07-06-2022, 09:40 AM   #32
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I had my spring, frame and alignment shoonp do the rears for $30 each. With all the cross support for the hwh jacks it looked like a pia to access them. The front looked simple and I would do them myself.

Front shocks were about 3 hours. One side was 15 minutes on cardboard on the drive. I did not use air tools, which I have. The other side was a bear. The upper bolt has rusted solid and froze to the spacer. There was no way to grab the spacer which ripped free of the shock bushing at the top of the shock. I ended taking out the upper mount and getting the assembly out so I could use a torch on it.

Wish I would have paid the shop $30 each to do the front ones.
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Just an anecdote… called Brazels for my ‘15 Aspire, gave them my VIN, and they sold me a new set of Konis. Was gonna installed them myself (I have a 900 FtLb impact left over from a prior chassis adventure) but decide to let NIRVC install them on my next visit.

Terrible ride. Super rough. On smooth roads OK, but throw in some bumps and it was just terrible. Turns out they shipped me the short red ones for IFS, I have a solid axle. Ordered a new set from Spartan, couldn’t get back in to NIRVC for another 6 months or so. Drove about 1,000 miles total and they had to saw off the bottom mounting bolt on one side to get it off.

So my savings of $200 or so on the original purchase ended up costing me about $1,500 and a lot of aggravation.

Should have installed them myself, but approaching 80 yo and I’m getting hesitant to take on that kind of a job.

Lesson learned (again) always make sure you have correct parts and tools before taking on a new job.
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