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Old 01-07-2013, 02:34 PM
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labour hours for FSD shock set install ?

Hi all,

Could anyone give me a ballpark on hour many shop hours would be charged for Koni FSD shock set install ?? (just shock set - leaving OEM springs on)

I am not sure whether there is an alignment cost too .. any thoughts from those that had this install would be most appreciated !!

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Old 01-07-2013, 02:52 PM
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Hi all,

Could anyone give me a ballpark on hour many shop hours would be charged for Koni FSD shock set install ?? (just shock set - leaving OEM springs on)

I am not sure whether there is an alignment cost too .. any thoughts from those that had this install would be most appreciated !!

cheers.
I paid $540 in Manhattan. May be less in other areas.

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:31 PM
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Four to six hours, including alignment. Some ridiculous low price, something like $200, including alignment, maybe $250 at most. In East Los Angeles, California.

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Could anyone give me a ballpark on hour many shop hours would be charged for Koni FSD shock set install ?? .
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:23 PM
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Wow .. over an hour (each) to swap out one single identical , easily accessible part ??

I was figuring 0.5 hrs per shock .. boy, I am in the wrong business .. (-;
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:44 PM
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Hi all,

Could anyone give me a ballpark on hour many shop hours would be charged for Koni FSD shock set install ?? (just shock set - leaving OEM springs on)

I am not sure whether there is an alignment cost too .. any thoughts from those that had this install would be most appreciated !!

cheers.
Takes me 4->6 hours on my MX-5. Springs need compressing to remove anyway so it saves no labor by reusing them. Pretty sure my second suspension change took closer to four hours so I'd imagine a shop will take less; maybe even as low as two hours if they have a spring compressing machine an have done it several times prior? I faff around lowering, driving the car around a bit then torquing all bolts + removing/mounting wheels and getting on jack stands, reading instructions etc takes me much longer than at a shop.

Not beginner DIY but fairly easy, only real danger is from the springs.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:52 AM
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Great info folks ! much appreciated !!
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Wow .. over an hour (each) to swap out one single identical , easily accessible part ??

I was figuring 0.5 hrs per shock .. boy, I am in the wrong business .. (-;

Have you done it? Not that easy.....alignment required. Inspection of bushings @ ball joints should be done.

Try accessing the top rear shock mounts....let us know how it goes. Disassemble front struts for shock replacement; button 'em back up w/hat replacement. How's your time? Got a bench compressor? Now add time for the R&R.

$500 might be 'bout right if nothing else needs doing. Mech's gotta pay the bills!


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Have you done it? Not that easy.....alignment required. Inspection of bushings @ ball joints should be done.

Try accessing the top rear shock mounts....let us know how it goes. Disassemble front struts for shock replacement; button 'em back up w/hat replacement. How's your time? Got a bench compressor? Now add time for the R&R.

$500 might be 'bout right if nothing else needs doing. Mech's gotta pay the bills!


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Here's a recent quote I got. Haven't actually moved forward with it yet:

Front: $430
Rear: $230
Alignment $139
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The main time consumer is, as Calwaterboy hints, the amount of dismantling of the trunk lining needed to access the rear damper top mounts.
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I did mine myself. I also spent 280 on parts over and above shocks. I replaced both bearings on the top of the shocks as one was bent. Replaced bump stops on all corners.
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Took my brother 30 minutes to do each one (average). The first one took him the longest as he had to figure out the rear shocks require you go into the trunk. After that it was childs play. A mechanic, who has done these before, should realize it takes less than 30 minutes per shock.

One thing to note, the mechanic may be going by the book value - which is fair to do. I don't have the book so not sure what it states. If it's more than 45 mins per shock I'd be shocked

Wheel alignments should typically take under an hour.
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$780 for the FSD install and $150 for alignment. You can do the rears yourself pretty easily. They are just shocks, not seat spring shocks or struts, if you want so save some money.

I changed out the struts on my e46 and I decided never to do that again for a BMW. The front springs are tall and concentric. I had a very difficult time getting the springs compressed enough to safely remove the strut rod retaining nut, and it didn't look like my e92 would be any easier. If I had spent the money on a more expensive spring compressor, it would have been easier. But the cheap ones I had didn't work very well.

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It takes 4-6 hours and it does not require an alignment. There isn't anything changed in the suspension since you are just replacing struts and shocks.
Struts require time to disassemble and 30 minutes I wave the BS flag!!!

Having changed dozens of these it is also helpful to replace bump stops which are usually crumbling. A lift makes all the difference and even so a strut compressor which I use mounted to a wall still takes time. There is no slap this in and slap that out if you do it right. Shocks are simple to replace and the shock mounts if cracked should be replaced as well.
BMWs are only adjustable for toe anyway unless you have camber plates for the struts and the rear as an essentic bolt (LCA) which gives some adjustment...
Konis are a very nice shock/strut
Oh by the way if this is the cartiage strut as many Koni's are that too takes time to reuse the old strut.
I have not put Koni's on the E90 just OEM so not sure if this is still the case...

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