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    Replace rear MRC struts, today

    The title should be "Replaced"...my fingers still hurt from all the work I've done this weekend...

    It was actually easier than I thought. Sure, I had to use a ladder to get in the trunk to get everything dis/reconnected, but it was worth it to have plenty of room underneath.

    I can say, while I thought I had only one bad strut, in reality, both were toast, only the right one was leaking more. The top nuts are 13mm, the bottom bolt is, um, 13/16" or probably 20mm.

    Pro Tip: If you do this yourself, be VERY careful removing the electrical clip on top of the strut, the metal wire part. If you drop it, it'll go forward, likely to somewhere under the rear seat, never to be seen again.

    I was fortunate in that I managed to fish mine out with a telescoping wand with a magnet on the end.

    One of the best things is, re-alignment is not at all required after doing this. The strut mounts to 'hard' locations.

    The ride is, well...like it should be, though never really has been. They've been toast since about 100K miles, I'm at 110,500, today.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    what did you pay for the struts?

    did you replace the front



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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    Did just the rears, as the fronts are both firm and don't appear to be hemorrhaging anywhere near as badly as the rears were. The RR on Pearl was effectively worthless.

    Paid, shipped, just a tick under $1,200.

    Shipping & handling was a joke, though they are technically 'hazardous' cargo. S&H was close to $250. Absurd.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    mckellyb, What would be the cost at the dealer for parts & labor. Thanks, Danny

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    Parts, likely about $2K, locally (Fort Worth).

    Labour...no idea, though I can imagine it's considered a three hour job by 'the book'.

    Let me hazard a guess at $2500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mckellyb View Post
    Did just the rears, as the fronts are both firm and don't appear to be hemorrhaging anywhere near as badly as the rears were. The RR on Pearl was effectively worthless.

    Paid, shipped, just a tick under $1,200.

    Shipping & handling was a joke, though they are technically 'hazardous' cargo. S&H was close to $250. Absurd.
    You over paid. I got mine for around 372.00 for the left and 390.00 for the right for a total of 762.00. The same fe4 suspension with the magnetic ride. I cross checked all the part numbers before I bought them. Original acdelco parts. Ebay is great.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    The book price for parts is front $491 each and rear L-$960 R-$902 with labor being 2.2 hours for the front and 1.1 hours for the rear. With the front replacement they also recommend an alignment. The local rate around me is $90/ hour so you are looking at $1180 for the front and $1961 for the rear bringing the total to $3141 not including an alignment, shop fees or tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B1n2fra View Post
    You over paid. I got mine for around 372.00 for the left and 390.00 for the right for a total of 762.00. The same fe4 suspension with the magnetic ride. I cross checked all the part numbers before I bought them. Original acdelco parts. Ebay is great.
    FE4 is not MRC.
    That's the spring package (mostly) for the V.
    FE3 is non V spring package & F55 is MRC.

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    Whatever, I put the wrong thing.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    The bottom line is when its time to replaced the MRC- struts its about half the value of the car. Danny

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    If it makes it handle almost like new, what's that worth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B1n2fra View Post
    Whatever, I put the wrong thing.
    I just don't want someone to be confused and do the wrong one.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    Today I did my daily 60 mile RT commute.

    Money well spent.

    It's amazing what I've been missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyquest View Post
    The bottom line is when its time to replaced the MRC- struts its about half the value of the car. Danny
    Not necessarily true. mrc struts could be found from 450 to 550 a piece from some dealerships. ya that's allot of money but not half the price of the car. Within the next month I'll be changing mine.

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    Re: Replace rear MRC struts, today

    2007 rear F55 (Magneride) shocks are different than the 2005-2006 F55 shocks
    they are cheaper by about $100 (dealer cost) which explains whyB1n2fra got them cheaper
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