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#4497753 - 08/25/17 12:43 PM Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5780
Loc: Michigan
Just ordered some for my 2003 Grand Marquis from Rock Auto. Wondered if anyone has used this brand. Thoughts?
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#4497765 - 08/25/17 01:01 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3696
Loc: Utah
Made in China-so on BITOG they are automatically cursed.

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


Edited by CKN (08/25/17 01:01 PM)

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#4497778 - 08/25/17 01:28 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
Chris Meutsch Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 2631
Loc: Cincinnati
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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#4497801 - 08/25/17 02:01 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
Kool1 Offline


Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 906
Loc: California
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.

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#4497822 - 08/25/17 02:34 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
Bgallagher Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: Boston, MA
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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#4497903 - 08/25/17 04:17 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: Bgallagher]
CKN Offline


Registered: 10/14/14
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Loc: Utah
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.


Edited by CKN (08/25/17 04:18 PM)

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#4497922 - 08/25/17 04:36 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
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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#4498002 - 08/25/17 06:07 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6156
Loc: USA
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.

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#4498162 - 08/25/17 09:04 PM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5780
Loc: Michigan
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.
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#4498300 - 08/26/17 01:15 AM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
02SE Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 2727
Loc: The Canyons
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.

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#4498323 - 08/26/17 04:37 AM Re: Thoughts or experience with FCS quick struts [Re: ZZman]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
Not always an option...I used FCS simply because there was NOTHING else available for a P71.
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