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So my RWD 05 needs front (non-magnetic) shocks. I'm not looking to give a shop $1,000 to do the work so I wanted to know how difficult they'd be to change myself. Anyone do this repair before?
 

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If someone charges you 1500 to replace non mrc shocks you got raped. Dealers shouldn't even charge that. It's 2 hours labor 3 max. 80 per hour is $240. Front non mrc shocks can be had from oem or aftermarket most expensive topping in at $180 a side.
 

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I thought so too but when I had the service writer at the dealer I work for look into it, he was coming back to me with prices like what I posted. I've changed shocks before but never on anything as new as a 2005. I think I'm gonna have to check into this again.....
 

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Yeach Sachs I believe makes the OEM fronts. You can get Monroes from Advance I believe use coupon TRT30 to save 30% off. Then have anywhere that does suspension work replace them if you dont have the ability to compress the spring.

The rears a novice can replace in 20 minutes... they are that easy...
 

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Yeach Sachs I believe makes the OEM fronts. You can get Monroes from Advance I believe use coupon TRT30 to save 30% off. Then have anywhere that does suspension work replace them if you dont have the ability to compress the spring.

The rears a novice can replace in 20 minutes... they are that easy...
Thanks for the tips dude. I went back into this and I can get both sides of the OE front suspension parts for a little under $550 from my parts counter at employee discount. I'd be cool with the Monroes too but i'd have to have the work done by someone else that would be cool with using walk-in parts. I don't have a spring compressor so I dunno if I'd be looking to do them myself. Maybe I should see what Harbor Freight would want for one......
 

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I snapped one that I bought from Harbor Freight doing a 98 trans am, you can rent them for free (after deposit) from autozone and they are better quality.
 

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Yeah adv does have a rental kit

The ONLY advantage to having dealer do it is currently if they replace the struts they are covered under the goodwrench lifetime replacement coverage. Talk to the dealer and typically they will match the cheaper pricing on parts. Worked for me when having the ac compressor replaced on Sisters SRX (shes in Tampa FL and Im in Pgh PA no way I could do it).
 

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Yeah adv does have a rental kit

The ONLY advantage to having dealer do it is currently if they replace the struts they are covered under the goodwrench lifetime replacement coverage. Talk to the dealer and typically they will match the cheaper pricing on parts. Worked for me when having the ac compressor replaced on Sisters SRX (shes in Tampa FL and Im in Pgh PA no way I could do it).
Thanks for the tip. Right now I got an estimate from the dealer I work for of about $700 with all my employee magic in place. I'm gonna see what a place like Midas would want to do it with aftermarket parts and see what the difference is. I may choose to pay the extra loot and have my place do it for convenience alone, but I'd like to know just how much a lifetime replacement warranty and convenience costs......
 
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