It looks like I am going to have to replace my front driver's side power window regulator soon - it is making a bad sound when i power the window down and also the window glass seems to be loose and clunking when I close the door with the window partially or all the way down. These may be two separate issues. I think the motor itself is fine.
In looking at replacement window regulators I see two options. The lower cost option ($50-70) is to just by the regulator cable/pulley/gear assembly.
But I also see options to buy that assembly pre-installed on the metal door plate that it attaches to:
So, my question is, once I have the door apart and the glass out, is it relatively easy to install a new cable/pulley/gear regulator assembly, or would I be better off buying a pre-installed regulator on a new metal plate?
Note, I know how to take the door apart as I have done this before to change out the door lock/latch module.