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Re: Price search for some repairs
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:09:37 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Price search for some repairs, adl6009 [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:17:00
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I'd say the things that could go wrong include... rusted fasteners. Having at least an electric impact wrench (air better) will make a big difference on this job, and soak everything in lots of liquid wrench prior. The nut(s) on the top of the rear shocks are actually easy with a good cleaning, a little liquid wrench, and using the right pairing of hex in a ratchet and wrench, or big allen key + gearwrench (depending a little on your situation).

Other issues may be finding worn parts you weren't anticipating and needing to order.

The most dangerous thing would be a spring compressor failure... never look down the barrel of the spring! I have heard the cheap chinese made spring compressors can fail. I used a pair of simple threaded rod/clamping end ones as a set, and they worked great (only cost $20 also)... but maybe they wear out over time also. There is *a lot* of energy stored in the spring when it is compressed!!! be smart so you don't get hurt.

cost to get it done by someone else, in addition to parts, it's going to take some time especially for all 4 corners with bushings. I can't price that for you as it depends on local labour rates, but they'll be putting in a good chunk of a day working on your car. You'd probably spend more time than that - I know I did!

Either way you need to take it to a shop for an alignment.

Also, the rears go sooner than the fronts so you might not need all 4 corners. Also the clunks you hear if from the front could easily be sway bar links, which are an easy job with no alignment needed. Also, if you are replacing the shocks, you might consider other brands other than the Sachs... particularly if you like sporty performance... I put on Koni Sports, and they are fantastic! Cost is a bit higher, but mostly buried in the noise if you pay someone to do the work.

good luck!
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