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Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts #4497753
08/25/17 11:43 AM
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ZZman Offline OP
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Just ordered some for my 2003 Grand Marquis from Rock Auto. Wondered if anyone has used this brand. Thoughts?


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Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4497765
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Made in China-so on BITOG they are automatically cursed.

The general consensus is that there are better ones out there.

Last edited by CKN; 08/25/17 12:01 PM.
Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4497778
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I just purchased DTA-branded ready struts for my CR-V, made in China. Good reviews, and $300 vs. the $500 for KYB. I'm not in a position to splurge on an extra $200 for a car with 250k on it.
Working on it tomorrow.


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Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4497801
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The second set of struts that I put on my 03 CRV were KYB and made in Taiwan. They lasted a few years and leaked. I replaced them with Bilsteins and now the ride is very firm.

Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4497822
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How is the ride height and general feel of the car? Shocks react but the springs do more of the work and generally don't need to be replaced. Generally.. I would assess the springs first and simply replace the struts versus buying a lower quality quick strut


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Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: Bgallagher] #4497903
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Originally Posted By: Bgallagher
How is the ride height and general feel of the car? Shocks react but the springs do more of the work and generally don't need to be replaced. Generally.. I would assess the springs first and simply replace the struts versus buying a lower quality quick strut



Won't the car have well over 200,000 miles based on it's age? It's a pretty sure bet (IMHO) the springs are not what they used to be.

I would imagine even the quick struts he bought will be an improvement.

Last edited by CKN; 08/25/17 03:18 PM.
Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4497922
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Mine are OK...the ride height is right, though they do not seem to be as good as the Ford police struts, as far as damping.


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Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4498002
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You;re better off with Monroe, KYB, or Gabriel quick struts. Monroe and Gabriel will be running their rebate promo in a couple weeks (they do it every September/October). Buy 3, get 1 free after rebate. This makes the premium quality name-brnad quick struts competitive in price with the FCS and other cheap Chinese struts.

The cheap quick struts like FCS, Sensen, Unity, etc. rarely last 10k. The low-line blue Monroe Econo-Matci (blue) might not last 30k, and they have no warranty. Gabriel's new red Guardian Readymount is probably similar to the Monroe Econo-Matic.

Premium quick struts (Monroe Quick Strut, KYB Strut Plus, Gabriel Ultra Readymount) are good for at least 50k, and have a lifetine warranty.

Autozone often has a good price on Gabriel as well, and a no-hassle lifetime warranty that they honor with no problem at any AZ int eh country, and you don't even need to keep the receipt, just your phone number.

Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4498162
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ZZman Offline OP
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This vehicle has 129,000. No idea when or if it ever had struts and shocks changed. I put Gabriel Ultra shocks on the back and new stabilizer links all round. Rear passenger shock had zero pressure. Whole car could be bounced. It for sure has a stiffer ride now.
I consider this my beater car. Old, rusty, scratched and dented. Might only put 7,000 miles on it a year these days.


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4498300
08/26/17 12:15 AM
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They are made to a price-point. That price-point being inexpensive. They simply don't perform as well, and likely won't last as long as better quality struts/shocks.

For a car you like and intend to keep, I'd buy better quality.

Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman] #4498323
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Not always an option...I used FCS simply because there was NOTHING else available for a P71.


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