I am truly honored you noticed my absence on this subject! Using the new posts feature, I am reviewing 363 new posts since my last visit, I knew I should have brought the lap top just to keep up with "The Shop"!
From the technical posts, it sounds like an excellent DIY task, especially if approached with the right equipment. True, you may spend as much on the tools as the $80 saved in labor, but think of the knowledge you will gain, and you will also be in a better position to do even more work on the car in the future.
Now for the safety tips -
Use good quality Jack Stands/Ramps on solid level ground
Chock the wheels securely, and set parking brake.
Put a big block or tool box under the car in case it falls off the stands (Mike Tangas California Earthquake tip!)
Use safety glasses while under the car
Have a second person around at all times who knows how to use a floor jack
Have a phone handy for 911
Think about what you are doing, don't put your body parts at risk!
Take your time and have fun! Let the PartsShop provide a parts quote, for such an excellent site, it is the least we can do for them. Let us know how it goes!