Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: St. Louis MO
2004 in Black and now 2005 in Black, what a pair
I thought I would also add what parts were replaced, where they came from and how much the cost was so others can have a good idea of work involved and costs.
The shocks are Bilstein from Simple Engineering $225.45 for the pair
Urethane bushings from Simple Engineering $82.00 for the full front kit
total with Simple Engineering $307.45 plus shipping
The following parts all came from Rock Auto.
Upper ball joints Moog part # K6664 $36.79 each 73.58
Lower Ball Joint Mpg part # K6663 $40.72 each 81.44
Lower Shock mount Moog part # 200270 $16.15 each 32.30
Upper Shock mount Moog part # K6702 $27.79 each 55.58
Hub Assembly wheel bearings AC Delco part #FW121 $163.79 each 327.58
Brake backing plates AC Delco part# (left side) 15753011, (right side) 15753012 $16.09 each 32.18
Sway Bar Bushings set Moog part # K200056 $10.33
Stabilizer Bar Link Moog part # K80824, K80825 $ 28.79 each 57.58
The total with Rock Auto after my 5% discount was $637.17 plus shipping.
I got used suspension parts from a local U Pic A Part to rebuild so I didn't have my truck down as long.
Control Arms 22.99 each I got the lower shock yoke with the control arm and the control arm support with the lowers
Spindle 22.99 each
total at the salvage yard $137.94
I had some other small items like sand paper, paint and primer, Loctite, and brake clean needed for the job as well and would say probably about $25-$30 in all that stuff.
I got my lowering springs from a fellow Fanatic who had them and never used them and gave me a great deal on them. So in all I spent about $1112.56 on part before shipping. Probably total with shipping and my springs about $1250 in the job. There were none of the parts that showed excessive wear and I could have easily pulled the old shocks down and put the new springs in and maybe replaced the upper shock mounts and saved a lot of money. But now I am not worried about the front suspension for a long time. I also have the benefit of the ability to grease the ball joints when I do oil changes. I used all good quality parts. The wheel bearing / hub assemblies have a life time warranty on them.
Time wise I didn't keep track of my hours. I did do some stuff that to do it over again I would have done differently. Like pulling the used parts off and rebuilding them. I would just order new stuff. My upper a arms were like new on the truck I pulled them from. I sand blasted them and painted them and this will probably hold up way longer than the cheap paint the factory puts on them. As for paint I learned a little trick a long time ago to use Rust-oleum on chassis stuff. It is cheap, it holds up very well, and you can find it any where and it matches when you touch it up.
I got my parts from Rock Auto over other internet places because I have had good dealings all the time I have used them. I have the options of what brands and grades of parts I want to buy. Many of the parts suppliers have a couple of grades of parts both AC Delco and Moog do and I always weigh what the part is and the cost difference and make my decision on these factors.
Sorry for the long write up but hope it helps others. Next installation will be the tricks I learned for the lower ball joints and pressing them off.
I will also in the end go over what all tools were needed to do the job and any other tips or tricks I used.