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.
Last edited by Hunter79764; 12/09/16 02:55 PM.