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#1046174 - 12/08/16 01:44 AM Upper/Lower Tubular A-Arms  
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Thinking of installing these myself. Any know how hard this is or if I should pay to get it done. Have a mechanic charging 400 to install. Just wanted to know if it's a easy job or not. Thanks

#1046199 - 12/08/16 08:35 PM Re: Upper/Lower Tubular A-Arms [Re: iWON]  
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If it includes an alignment then 400 sounds about right.


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#1046221 - 12/09/16 02:54 PM Re: Upper/Lower Tubular A-Arms [Re: iWON]  
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Me, my dad, and a buddy did new upper arms, replaced ball joints and bushings in the lowers, and replaced all steering parts downstream of the box in a long Saturday with a little spillover into Sunday. None of us are professional mechanics but we've all turned wrenches before. Honestly, dad drank coffee and grabbed wrenches for us more than anything since it's a little tight with 3 guys on one car. Hand tools and floor jacks etc. Replacing bushings took a good amount of time and hassle, as did the tie rods (mainly because I tried to cheap out end ended up with some bad parts and more runs to the store etc). Just replacing uppers and lowers would have saved a lot of time, but I couldn't tell you how much.
DIY alignment didn't work too hot for us, so figure $100 for that.
As usual, YMMV, but that was my experience. $400 with alignment seems reasonable enough in the same way that $400 to remove/install a transmission or $40 for an oil change at a shop seems reasonable enough, your call on if you want to pay it though.

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