Front struts, rear shocks, front wheel bearing, and others
Alright, so the rear shocks are toast, and I've pretty much settled my mind on going with the Monroe MA822, for $62 for the pair from Rock Auto.
For the fronts, I'm pretty much leaning towards the Monroe Sens-A-Trac #71685, for $67/each from Rock Auto. Now, when I do the struts, do I need to replaces the mounts and bearings? I know with other cars I've had, I had to replace these. If so, any recommendations?
For the front wheel bearing, Rock Auto lists TImken, BCA/National, and AC Delco. I've heard horrible things about BCA/National, I've heard great things about TImken, and AC Delco is just pricey haha. Just happens that Rock Auto has the TImken'* for the cheapest as well, at $98/each. Any thoughts or inputs on this?
The ball joint directly underneath the failing wheel bearing, I know for a fact is bad (boot is torn). I've heard mixed feelings on the Moog'*, but I've used them in the past with no real problems. Obviously, the AC Delco'* are good, as they take a long time to fail. But, what about the Spicer brand, I've never heard of them? I definately won't buy the cheap one here (in fact, if you guys recommend better parts than what I have listed above, I'll spend the extra money for them). The Moog'* are $50, the AC Delco is $58. IMO, it'* almost worth the extra $8 to get the AC Delco and never worry about it again.
Now the big question. I have a buddy that will be helping me out with installation, no big deal. But, he wants to know how long each one is quoted through the GM Repair manual (For example, the rear shocks are supposed to take 1 hour each, this is just a guess). Basically, if I were to go to a shop and have this all done, how many hours of labor would I expect to pay for? Obviously I'm not doing it at a shop, but when him and I work together, we like to know about how much time in labor we owe each other. Kinda dumb, but whatever.
2000 Bonneville SE