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Old 10-05-2012, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by smolck View Post
First, from your above question, I messed with mine a lot for fun. Probably 2 maybe 3 adjustments would be fine for normal people. Rears are easy, 3 bolts and no jack needed if you really want to. If you have a few extra bucks, koni makes a top adjustable rear for about $250 more total.

As for labor, what is fair and what you will pay are different. Rears are a JOKE to replace. Actual time is less than 45 minutes. Fronts are more involved, but a couple hours each is fair. Then you need an alignment.
Watched your video on adjusting rears - very informative (thanks) which brought to mind a question. I read where you replaced all of the ancillary components - mounts, boots, stops, spring pads, etc. I intend to do the same - certainly for the fronts since the springs are coming off. But can the rear shocks be replaced by not removing the springs and pads? Is it really necessary to replace the rear spring pads if the spring can remain in place during the R&R of the shocks? I did not see you do that in your video.
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