I did the front Bilsteins todays. Don't know why people pay someone else to do it. Only took 2 1/2 hours with normal tools and spring compressors that I bought ages ago.
The only thing that was a pain was moving the fuse box and reservoir to get to the upper nuts. I put the compressors on first, then loosened the nuts and fork bolts, knocked the upper a arm loose and out it came ... piece 'o cake.
Remove 3 nuts holding fusebox or 1 nut securing coolant reservoir (reservoir is also secured with tab, just push it towards the engine to release)
Push/hold fusebox or reservoir out of the way while removing 4 nuts securing upper strut bracket (pic)
Put car on jackstand.
Hydraulic jack under lower control arm (LCA)
Jack all the way up until it starts to lift off jackstand
Put on spring compressors (pic)
Lower jack until light pressure is applied.
Loosen nut at upper control arm (UCA) ball joint
Hit bolt with heavy hammer (it took two strikes with my 3 pound hammer)
Unbolt lower strut clevis (fork) @ LCA. Remove bolt
Unbolt swaybar @ LCA
Unbolt the clevis bracket bolt now. It's easier than doing it once strut is removed. (pic)
Remove wireholder located at strut fork securing bolt
Keeping hold of the spindle, remove UCA nut that you loosened earlier
Keep an eye on the brake line from now on.
Slowly lower jack all the way.
Carefully remove strut. You have to push the UCA up to get the strut out.
Note orientation of shock upper mount and upper and lower spring isolators.
Spring is already compressed, so just remove the upper shock nut. (pic)
Take it all apart and lay it out on the floor in order.
Remove the clevis/fork by smacking the bottom of the shock with a heavy hammer 6-10 times.
Put the fork on the new strut by tapping it with the hammer, I put a bit of grease on the strut to help it along.
Put it all back together remembering to put the washer on FIRST as shown in the diagram that came with the new struts.
Finesse the strut back in place pushing the UCA out of the way.
I bolted the top bolts in first to hold it in place.
The rest goes back in reverse order.
It really was pretty easy.
I didn't have a large enough socket for the clevis/fork bolt so I just used two big crescent wrenches.
I did it without help, but a second set of hands while removing/installing the strut would help.
Started at 2:30, finished at 5:05
Below ... Fuse box held out of the way to access upper strut mount bolts
Below ... Spring compressors installed and UCA ball joint nut that's to be loosened
Below ... Unbolt the clevis bracket bolt
Below ... removing upper shock nut
Below ... Put that washer on first!!
Below ... Key hole for lower spring isolator doesn't match on bilstein, had to cut knob off of isolator.