Tools needed for DIY Shocks & Struts: Car jack. Jack stands. Wheel chock. Torque wrench. Shocks and/or struts *Note: replace in pairs only. Ratchet. Backup wrench. New rubber bushings (always install new shocks with new rubber bushings) Click to see full answer. Also know, can I replace shocks myself?If you need to replace your car’s shock absorbers but don’t want to pay an expensive mechanic’s fee, you can do so on your own with a little effort. Shocks are essential to a car’s performance, giving it a smooth and even ride. Over time, however, the vehicle’s suspensions become worn out.One may also ask, how much does it cost to replace shocks? Shock Replacement Cost The average total cost to replace a pair of shocks will run about $250 to $580. An individual shock absorber will cost around $50 to $140 so parts alone will set you back between $100 and $280. A couple hours of labor to do the job is an additional $150 to $300. People also ask, how long does it take to replace shocks? between 2-3 hours Do you need alignment after replacing rear shocks?A rear shock change does not require an alignment, but as others said, a front strut change would require one.