|Originally posted by jb1:|
Install them yourself, it is not a hard job, alignment is the only issue...
Just did a set yesterday, took 10 minutes per side to actually transfer the spring, took around 10 minutes to get each one out, and 10 minutes each to put them back in.
Rent strut compressors from A zone, (it is free, once you return the rental tool they give back all of your money) put them on and tighten until the spring is no longer held in place by the top hat and the seat
Take a 21mm wrench, put that on the big nut, take an impact wrench set to TIGHTEN
(not loosen) with a 10mm socket, put that on the shaft and go to town.
Shaft will spin and the nut will come off, transfer everything to the new strut, do the reverse with the impact wrench (I set it to the lowest setting and limited the air supply) then torque to spec (torque the shaft)
Using the impact wrench I loosened the strut compressors (just for speed)
Seriously it is really easy, it might take twice as long if you have never done it before, but 2 hours of work with 0 cost vs paying over 400 dollars (assuming ~$80 alignment) is totally worth it.
MAKE SURE YOU DON'T PUT THE TOPHATS UPSIDE DOWN -- it is easy to do by accident, and will give you more suspension travel, but if you have a notchie (87 and below) you can't close the decklid, and on all models the brackets that bolt to the strut bolt that are brackets for the decklid vents will have to be modified.