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Gabriel vs TRW struts #5237397 10/11/19 08:26 PM
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Looking to buy replacement struts and Rockauto has closeouts on Gabriel Ultra and TRW struts. Never heard of TRW, but the Ultra I believe is Gabriel's premium line. Price is the same for either. Which one would you go with?


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237406 10/11/19 08:40 PM
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TRW is a Federal Mogul brand, I thought it had been for the most part retired and split into the other brands:

For example TRW pistons now Sealed Power and Speed Pro, TRW suspension now Moog and so forth...

However, since Federal Mogul was acquired by Tenneco, they could be the same as Monroe...

Whats it for?


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: DuckRyder] #5237408 10/11/19 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by DuckRyder
Whats it for?


It's for my '96 Maxima.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237443 10/11/19 09:18 PM
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TRW made OEM brakes for my 2012 Jetta. They can't be that bad because they lasted 100,000 miles in the rears and the fronts are still going.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237455 10/11/19 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
It's for my '96 Maxima.


They have some good deals on Monroe. You don't like Monroe?

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Gabriel Ultras were well regarded on here in the past. Now it's nothin' but KYB quickstruts! sick


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: perfect_oil] #5237481 10/11/19 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by perfect_oil
They have some good deals on Monroe. You don't like Monroe?


When I looked earlier today, the only Monroes they had on clearance are the OE Spectrum line, which is their bottom dollar budget strut. Would rather spend a few bucks more on something more premium.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237490 10/11/19 10:26 PM
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The Monroe quick struts for the 4th gen Maxima aren't bad at all smile

Don't get the Gabriel quick struts for that car because the bottom holes of the front struts are elongated and will cause an alignment nightmare! This applies to both the quick struts as well as the regular strut that's only the strut

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237510 10/11/19 11:43 PM
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Moog is now made in China -as may be the others, things changed quick.

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237600 10/12/19 07:28 AM
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I've always found TRW stuff very reliable. As FordBroncoVWJetta noted above, they are an OEM supplier. It's usually pretty good value too, probably since they do enough OEM business not to have to splurge on marketing for the aftermarket.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237604 10/12/19 07:33 AM
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Both are Chinese made most likely. So not much difference in those 2.



Originally Posted by maxdustington
Gabriel Ultras were well regarded on here in the past. Now it's nothin' but KYB quickstruts! sick


The KYB quick-struts seem to have bad mounts of late. Reviews have been dropping a but in the last year on them. Struts are ok but the bad mount/bearing jingle seems to be a common complaint.


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TRW is an OE supplier, Id trust them much more than Gabriel, probably even more than KYB as well.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5237792 10/12/19 12:24 PM
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I'll take the TRW strut before the Gabriel!!!

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Looking at the options for that car or RA, a small premium for the KYB Excel vs. TRW or the better Monroes would be worth it (the cheap Monroes just aren't worth even that low price IMO). Maybe you can find that one that is expensive cheaper on Ebay, etc. Those are good shocks, will perform well and will last. I have ~80k now on a set on a Lexus and they are still performing perfectly.

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Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
When I looked earlier today, the only Monroes they had on clearance are the OE Spectrum line, which is their bottom dollar budget strut. Would rather spend a few bucks more on something more premium.


OK makes sense. I didn't know OE Spectrum was the bottom of the barrel.

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