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How difficult are front shocks/struts?

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    How difficult are front shocks/struts?

    I hear a lot of horror stories about changing them out & it has me a little scared to try it. Anyone know of any write-ups? I searched & couldn't really find one. Thanks.

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    They are not too bad to do. The fronts are harder than the rears. I you are not sure you can do the job then have a professional help you with the job or just do it for you. You can get hurt taking the springs off.
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    I called the shop & they want $360 just to swap out the fronts & do an alignment. I think it is worth a try to do it myself for that much money. I will definitely get a spring compressor.

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    You should replace the ball joints while you have it apart. ANd, you will have to have an alignment done when you are done.

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    Good thread. I'd be interested in a write up too. I'll search a later when I get off work...if I find one, I'll throw up a link.

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    There is a good write-up for front/rear shock swaps on LS1howto.com

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    I have pulled mine out and reinstalled them while changing out the K-member -- not bad at all to do. Mine will be coming out again for installation of the Konis I purchased from Keith.

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    Fronts are a pain in the ass. You should get new strut mounts for the fronts, the old ones are usually so rusted out that you can't get them off. I recommend Moog.

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