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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-24-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Monroe "Quick" struts.

So, I'm pretty sure its time to change my struts (110k miles). I see monroe makes a whole assembly that includes a new spring and top in addition to the strut. You just pop the whole spring-strut assembly out and pop the new one in. The difference in price for both sides is about 100 dollars which I'm almost willing to spend for the convenience of not having to screw around with spring compressors without an impact gun.

Anyone use these? Part numbers 172264 172263. You think the springs are the same as OEM? Worse? Any thoughts?
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I'm awaiting arrival of these. They are supposed to be softer than OEM.
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Cool, let me know what you think once they're in if you don't mind.

If they are softer i think I would save the hundred bucks and keep the stock springs.
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I've sold plenty to my customers and used them personally.
They may be a tad softer than the original but all-in-all a great product with lifetime warranty.
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Cool, let me know what you think once they're in if you don't mind.

If they are softer i think I would save the hundred bucks and keep the stock springs.
Will do. I've read that they are only marginally softer and a lot people can't tell the difference if in fact there is any - especially, if you need new struts and don't remember what it was like when it was brand new..
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I had Monroe quickstruts installed about three weeks ago. So far so good. They aren't too soft IMO.
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having worked at an auto parts warehouse, I can comment that monroe suspension was pretty much bottom of the barrel....most of our customers wouldn't even order them so we stopped carrying it.

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I've tried installing them on a couple customer vehicles to save time before(a Chevy Cobalt and a Saturn Vue) and both times were garbage and ended up just replacing the struts with normal Carquest or OEM struts, and all new OEM strut bearings and strut mounts(all aftermarket bearings and mounts are crap about 80% of the time due to poor fitment or slightly larger tolerances, or just plain gritty bearings that still struggle when loaded) because I couldn't let a vehicle go with that crap on it.


To cite an example on the hardware problems... I had to replace strut mounts and bearings on an 05ish Impala... got a Strut-Mate brand kit... when installed the bushings in the strut mount were so oversized that the upper spring seat dragged on the upper strut mount so it refused to turn period by hand.


Not all applications are complete garbage... but in my experience aftermarket struts = OK as long as you use OEM mounts and bearings. The $ savings isn't worth needing to redo it 3 to 6 months later.


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I usually recommended OEM or KYB mounts.

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Lifetime warranty. Reviews are favorable.
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