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#2911608 - 02/18/13 08:21 PM Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 18966
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Hey guys,

I am ordering strut mounts for my father's 92 Toyota Previa. The site that I'm ordering from has 3 options: Monroe, KYB and Moog - from cheapest to most expensive, in that order.

Which one would you choose and why?

The KYB mounts are about $35, and the Moog mounts are about $52.

Thanks.
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#2911618 - 02/18/13 08:33 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
MBS500 Offline


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in such old car--cheapest?
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#2911629 - 02/18/13 08:46 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: MBS500]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: MBS500
in such old car--cheapest?


With my luck, I would probably be doing the job twice if I went too cheap on the parts.
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#2911644 - 02/18/13 09:02 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
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They all have been [censored] on my saturn
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#2911650 - 02/18/13 09:12 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: Dakota1820]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Originally Posted By: Dakota1820
They all have been [censored] on my saturn


Link?
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#2911690 - 02/18/13 10:04 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
bourne Offline


Registered: 12/20/06
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Loc: Greenwood, IN
we use KYB at work through CQ , good stuff.
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#2911699 - 02/18/13 10:14 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
jorton Offline


Registered: 07/04/03
Posts: 3020
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I am preparing to replace struts because 1 or 2 of them are leaking oil, one makes a crunching sound in cool weather and three sound loose. Why is strut mount replacement needed?
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#2911718 - 02/18/13 10:36 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: jorton]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Originally Posted By: jorton
I am preparing to replace struts because 1 or 2 of them are leaking oil, one makes a crunching sound in cool weather and three sound loose. Why is strut mount replacement needed?

Noise from the mounts.

Originally Posted By: bourne
we use KYB at work through CQ , good stuff.

Thanks.
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#2911782 - 02/19/13 01:41 AM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
01rangerxl Offline


Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8913
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Personally, KYB, but I've never owned a vehicle with strut mounts and have never bought strut mounts.

I have however bought parts from all three of those brands. KYB is the only brand that has not yet dissatisfied me.

I had Monroe Sensa-Tracs on my Explorer and they were okay, but nothing to write home about. Honestly, I couldn't tell much of a difference between the Sensa-Tracs and the rotted out OE shocks.

I put some Monroe cheapies on my current truck when I figured it could use some new shocks. Nope, bad idea. The Monroe's were terrible, and one of the rears blew out completely. There was oil literally dripping down the outside of the shock. They had a lifetime warranty, but I didn't bother. I replaced them with Motorcrafts in the front and KYB Excel Gs in the rear. The current setup works well, I am satisfied. No leaks, pretty firm ride, but good handling.

As for Moog, when my OE sway bar bushings started creaking, I decided I may as well put new end links on. Again, bad idea. The Moog bushings are fine, but the end links loosen up after a while and I have had to re-tighten the nuts a couple of times. I never had to do that with the OE end links. Good thing I saved them, because I am thinking of throwing the OE end links back on the next time the Moogs get loose, or buying a different brand.

So for those reasons, I'd probably roll the dice on KYB. SteveSRT8 has had KYB shocks break on his vans though, so I guess all three are a gamble.

How long will your dad be keeping the van?
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#2911826 - 02/19/13 05:30 AM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
hypervish Offline


Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 1673
Loc: new jersey
Lately, I've been hearing bad things about KYB strut mounts. Many of them are coming in with broken bearings, rolling around the box.

I'd probably go with the Monroe, if OEM parts were not available.
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#2911827 - 02/19/13 05:31 AM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 17870
Loc: Sunny Florida
I seriously doubt that KYB's will commonly break, but I have had it happen. In their defense it was on a 9000 pound plus heavily loaded van. But they would not guarantee either of our two failures (another blew its nitrogen out) so we will not buy again.

Gabriel Ultras are our fleet choice now, cheap and very good damping.
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#2911835 - 02/19/13 06:09 AM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
pbm Offline


Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 6606
Loc: New York
I prefer KYB struts to Monroes but I had a BAD experience with KYB mounts.
I had a clicking, ratcheting sound after installing them om my Saturn Ion.
I called the online place where I purchased them and he sent a new set. After installing them I had the same annoying sound. That's 4 out of 4 defective mounts.
I finally purchased Monroes and the sound went away. I wasted time and money installing junky mounts twice.
The KYB's were made in Thailand and the Monroes were made in Taiwan for what it's worth.

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#2912090 - 02/19/13 10:13 AM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
zzyzzx Offline


Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 3555
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I just bought some Monroe mounts, and they are worked great and otherwise were perfectly fine, did not look cheap, etc. I would buy them again. I used them to replace rusted out OEM ones that were 17 years old and had around 210K miles on them:


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#2912310 - 02/19/13 01:28 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
PandaBear Offline


Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 13428
Loc: Silicon Valley
Can you look at them in person and see which one is good enough?
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#2912315 - 02/19/13 01:33 PM Re: Monroe vs KYB vs Moog strut mounts [Re: The Critic]
mechanicx Offline


Registered: 10/23/09
Posts: 8576
Loc: Ohio
Of the 3 choices, I'd go with Monroe mounts. That they're also less expensive is a bonus. I've heard of more problems with the KYB mounts than with Monroe.

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