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Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: sasilverbullet] #5396441 04/07/20 01:11 PM
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My new KYB quickstruts were clunking a bit when I installed them. I found that the top nut was a bit loose on one, so I hit it with the impact and the noise has stopped. Good struts otherwise.


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Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: sasilverbullet] #5396474 04/07/20 01:53 PM
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Monroe is not the Monroe you remember. Today some "great" companies are bought by investors that want to milk them for profits and ride on their good name. It takes years before the general public catches on.
In that time the new owners have cheapened the product and made a fortune.

OEM is the way I roll. You rolled the right way. Some have a hard time rolling the right way. sailing

They haven't learned the difference between "Price" vs "Cost."

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Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: sasilverbullet] #5396512 04/07/20 02:29 PM
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Same problem through my shop, warrantied a few more than once and I will only install customer supplied ones now, I wont warranty them anymore.


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Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: sasilverbullet] #5396596 04/07/20 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by sasilverbullet
Ordered 4 Monroe strut assemblies from RockAuto for my 2014 Accord. Rears worked fine but the front ones made popping noises when turning. Had RockAuto cross ship me another one, the replacement was even worse!

My indy finally replaced the front struts with Honda parts, noise is now totally gone. Indy thinks the problem was the bearing on the top of the strut.

RockAuto didn't give me too much trouble getting them to refund the money for the three front struts.

Bottom line, if you have a Honda, consider going with Honda parts from the start on struts.


I found this to be true for my Honda's front driveshaft, The Napa Maxdrive part caused a vibration. Paid almost double for genuine Honda, and the problem disappeared.


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Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: sasilverbullet] #5396622 04/07/20 04:24 PM
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Got a pair of Gabriel rear struts plus mounts for my Escort from Rock for $40 delivered last week. Those wholesaler closeouts. Seems to be fine. One made in USA and one from Mexico. Probably sitting on the shelf the last 10-15 years though.

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Sachs and KYB would be my economical suggestions. If you happen to come across a few hacked gold cards (joking please don't break the law) then Bilistein and KW and Fortune all make really nice stuff. Monroe was good many years ago, but now they are now bottom of the barrel at least handling and control wise.

Re: Bad experience with Monroe strut assembly [Re: IndyIan] #5396838 04/07/20 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by NormanBuntz
for my Honda's front driveshaft, The Napa Maxdrive part caused a vibration. Paid almost double for genuine Honda, and the problem disappeared.


Have you tried Raxles? I heard good things about them, and they rebuild axles for all Hondas.

Does Honda actually sell OEM new non-reman axles? I've only been able to find OE new axles from Ford, GM, and some German cars.
And worse, some "factory/dealer/OEM" remans are Cardone mad

Originally Posted by IndyIan
My new KYB quickstruts were clunking a bit when I installed them. I found that the top nut was a bit loose on one, so I hit it with the impact and the noise has stopped. Good struts otherwise.


Monroe had the same problem for awhile.Maybe the nuts aren't tight enough again cry

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