Yeah, considered that, but at half the price I went with just the bearing replacement. Repairclinic.com had a week or so to get parts in stock, so I went to my local parts store and they got it in a day for less than what other online parts places had them for. (Repairclinic was the best deal though.) Gots lots of laundry piling up so I ponyed up the extra $30 so I can git washin'!
Saw the Whirlpool service video and it looks pretty darn easy - easier then replacing the tub - so wish me luck!