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Quick Strut Advice #5288610 12/08/19 02:24 PM
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2004 Camry

Car was inspected and mechanic said needs struts after I mentioned hearing bumping noise in rear. Says he sees it a lot in those and
considering age of vehicle. Recommended the quick strut. Local guy, wasn't trying to sell me.

I want to get another 4 years out of it (kids rig).

Any brand recommendations and are they difficult for the avg diy'er? (I think that is me...)


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I've been very happy with KYBs from rockauto.
Right now they're running about $120 a piece for your application.

If you can wait, they usually go on rebate in the spring.


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Re: Quick Strut Advice [Re: coopns] #5288624 12/08/19 02:30 PM
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For what it's worth, Scotty Kilmer gives thumbs down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3bncShvmHU

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The rear struts are the worst-- you've gotta pull that side bolster to the seat then there's limited room between the strut's upper nuts and the top of the package shelf. Pass-through sockets or ratcheting wrenches help a lot. The big fasteners to the knuckle go faster with air tools but you could do it with breaker bars or whatever medieval stuff you've got.

Some, not all, struts have elongated bolt holes at the knuckle end. Buy these and you'll need an alignment.

Am sure there are youtube videos for this.

In this app I can't imagine quick struts being that awful.

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I installed KYB quick struts on this application several years ago and they are holding up fine AFAIK. The only reason I did it was because there were concerns about spring saggage.


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Re: Quick Strut Advice [Re: Saabist] #5288665 12/08/19 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Saabist
For what it's worth, Scotty Kilmer gives thumbs down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3bncShvmHU

Feels good to disagree with Scotty sometimes...


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Used Monroe quick struts on a 2000 Camry, and so far, so good. Have around 50K miles on them.

With any quick struts, check the top nut torque on installation.

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Originally Posted by Imp4
Originally Posted by Saabist
For what it's worth, Scotty Kilmer gives thumbs down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3bncShvmHU

Feels good to disagree with Scotty sometimes...


Well not going to watch another Scotty video, but I think in general his main point is that the aftermarket stuff is one size fits all and to go with OEM stuff because they're actually designed for the specific car. But if you just want 4 years out of it, quick struts are probably fine. People swear at KYB just like they do Monroe, it's just that Monroe sells a lot more so you think that there aren't that many complaints about KYB but probably the same once you factor in complaints per sale. Yeah, spring is usually when the rebates kick in, Either March or May.

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Get the KYB quick struts smile

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Get the one with the lifetime warranty-I used the Monroes on the front of the MGM about 2 1/2 years ago, and they work as well today as they did then. If they fail, back to AAP for the lifetime warranty they go! They were cheaper with codes from AAP than from RA, and the warranty is easier to deal with-no shipping old ones back if something goes wrong. I'm not sure why Monroe has a bad rap, I don't think I've ever had a replacement shock from them give me a problem.


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Make sure it’s not your swaybar bushings. I just changed them on my Scion TC and everything is all quiet now. Cheap and easy to try before you go to replace your struts.

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Originally Posted by Wolf359
Well not going to watch another Scotty video, but I think in general his main point is that the aftermarket stuff is one size fits all and to go with OEM stuff because they're actually designed for the specific car. But if you just want 4 years out of it, quick struts are probably fine.


That is no doubt the case. I tend to keep cars a very long time - the "next owner" being the scrapyard. So I generally look for longer-lived parts when possible.

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I'm just not a fan of quick struts, unless you are selling the car. Springs may be a different height/rate etc.


Your mechanic recommends them as they are faster for him to change, but not necessarily better.

Oem mounts with Kyb or the monroe spectrum shock.

I have kyb on the elantra and while i'm ok with them, they ride stiffer that stock, harsher to some.

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I have always found KGB to be a lotta shock for a fair price.


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Originally Posted by spasm3
I'm just not a fan of quick struts, unless you are selling the car. Springs may be a different height/rate etc.


Your mechanic recommends them as they are faster for him to change, but not necessarily better.

Oem mounts with Kyb or the monroe spectrum shock.

I have kyb on the elantra and while i'm ok with them, they ride stiffer that stock, harsher to some.


Well they are cheaper too. Can't get quick struts for my Mercedes, seems like there's 3 different types of springs so each side is over $400 once you factor in the spring, strut and mount which you have to buy separately and then of course you need the spring compressor too so it's not as easy a job as a quick strut.

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