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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: perfect_oil] #5238173 10/12/19 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by perfect_oil
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.


It's not. That would be the Gas-Matic/Monro-Matic or anything that ends in -Matic smile

The OEspectrum is their premium line, OE quality.

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5238568 10/13/19 02:10 PM
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Thanks for the input fellas. I'll probably go with the TRW; sounds like you can't really go wrong with that brand, whereas the others have lines of varying quality.

I'm going to avoid Monroe this time around, I replaced the front struts about 50k ago with Monroe Limited Edition struts, which were a premium line at the time. The drivers side is already leaking fluid. So what was going to be a simple tie rod end replacement has now turned into lower control arms, struts, strut mounts and the tie rod ends. Might as well replace the sway bar end links while I'm in there. I did all this together about 50k ago but the boots have cracked and hemorrhaged grease on both the tie rod ends AND ball joints. I always err on the side of quality when buying parts, so this was all reasonably name brand stuff-- seems it's terribly difficult to find quality parts that hold up nowadays! Seems like I'd be better off buying the cheap Ultra Power and roll the dice... I digress. Will give the name brand stuff another go-around, the last set was supposed to follow this car to the grave!


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5246394 10/21/19 06:48 PM
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I ordered some TRW struts that were on clearance on RockAuto for $25.XX. They arrived today and appear to be rebadged Sachs, which IMO is a good thing.

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5246485 10/21/19 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 92saturnsl2
Thanks for the input fellas. I'll probably go with the TRW; sounds like you can't really go wrong with that brand, whereas the others have lines of varying quality.

I'm going to avoid Monroe this time around, I replaced the front struts about 50k ago with Monroe Limited Edition struts, which were a premium line at the time. The drivers side is already leaking fluid. So what was going to be a simple tie rod end replacement has now turned into lower control arms, struts, strut mounts and the tie rod ends. Might as well replace the sway bar end links while I'm in there. I did all this together about 50k ago but the boots have cracked and hemorrhaged grease on both the tie rod ends AND ball joints. I always err on the side of quality when buying parts, so this was all reasonably name brand stuff-- seems it's terribly difficult to find quality parts that hold up nowadays! Seems like I'd be better off buying the cheap Ultra Power and roll the dice... I digress. Will give the name brand stuff another go-around, the last set was supposed to follow this car to the grave!


Definitely worth it to use quick struts. Just too bad KYB doesn't make quick struts for the 4th gen Maxima mad

If you want to go cheap, Rock Auto does have SenSen speedy struts on closeout smile
Sensen is an OE supplier to Chinese-market European-nameplate cars like Volvo and VW. Their aftermarket shocks are said to be a Chinese copy of KYB. So if you're going to do teh cheap no-name, it might as well be Sensen

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: alchargo] #5246558 10/21/19 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by alchargo
I ordered some TRW struts that were on clearance on RockAuto for $25.XX. They arrived today and appear to be rebadged Sachs, which IMO is a good thing.


Yep, I received mine the other day and they are rebadged Sachs as well. Not bad for $25!


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: alchargo] #5246888 10/22/19 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by alchargo
I ordered some TRW struts that were on clearance on RockAuto for $25.XX. They arrived today and appear to be rebadged Sachs, which IMO is a good thing.


Those clearance struts are usually old and often bad due to age out of the box.

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I ordered some TRW struts that were on clearance on RockAuto for $25.XX. They arrived today and appear to be rebadged Sachs, which IMO is a good thing.


Those clearance struts are usually old and often bad due to age out of the box.

ZF Friedrichshafen, parent company of Sachs, didn't acquire TRW until 2015. I'll take my chances thumbsup

Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: zzyzzx] #5247603 10/22/19 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by zzyzzx
Those clearance struts are usually old and often bad due to age out of the box.


That's a $50 gamble I'll take every time. I don't buy the idea that a strut sitting in a box in a climate controlled environment for a few years is going to magically kill a strut. Given that many struts last the life of the vehicle, exposed to years of abuse & climate variations, I don't think a few years sitting in a box is going to hurt them much. Sure the seals could be affected and compromise lifespan some, but I doubt many people are receiving these DOA. So far I'm 4/4 on closeout struts and have an extra ~$200 in my pocket.

Finished Installed the TRW/Sachs struts today and they work as expected. Ride is substantially firmer, not in a bad way. Everything feels nice and tight, ride height seems higher on the front, but the old struts had lost most of their fluid, so that probably explains it given that I didn't change the springs.


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5247769 10/23/19 06:22 AM
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All of then are replacement parts but for shocks go OEM - hard lesson learnt to stay away from OEM. Its a real job and time consuming - sticking with OEM will be well thought


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Re: Gabriel vs TRW struts [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5247775 10/23/19 06:33 AM
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