- Dec 12, 2011
gmcman said:So I replaced the struts yesterday, sorry I didn't get any pics since I was in a rush to accomplish the task. I removed the bolt on the sway bar link allowing the LCA to drop down enough so the yoke would slip out of the bottom of the shock tube. That sucker wouldn't come out of there no matter what i tried. I used a pry bar to open the yoke, I could spin the shock around but it wouldn't move past the slot where the bolt passes...likely due to corrosion. So....off to the parts store since my pickle fork is at my dad's house so after a few good whacks it came off.
On my way to drop off the struts to get the springs swapped....I picked up the strut mounting kits from NAPA and they had 2 in stock. I get there and one had been returned after being previously installed.... ...so off to the other side of town to get the other one. All is good and I definately recommend the Bilstein HD's, much improved ride.
TB360 said:Billsteins are great shocks. SS Front shocks are actually Bilsteins...
The Bilstein company sold out long ago, and they make relatively crappy units for OEM installations, and others that are worth what you pay for them for aftermarket upgrades. They're counting on folks remembering them as a quality operation, and they're really whores like everybody else. Sometimes you get what you expect from the professionals, and other times you get the clap.TB360 said:Billsteins are great shocks.
MrFrodo said:How many hours labor does your typical shop charge to replace the front struts? I did the rear shocks myself, but don't have the tools or determination to tackle the front. Thanks.