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Old 05-22-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Complete Strut Assembly Opinions and experience

I've got an '01 ZX3 with noise coming from my front suspension. After having already done the stabilizer links (which were completely shot, but didn't get all the noise) I believe it's my strut bearing.

I'm researching it and have seen the option of doing an entire strut assembly instead of just the bearing. This seems much more safe since there's no spring compressor involved, but is it over doing it? I've got 85k on this car and don't know if I need the whole thing. I'm going to do the math on how cost effective it is to do the whole assembly vs removing the struts, buying parts, and having a shop do the replacements, but I'm curious to see if anyone has done this same thing already. I know there's an alignment in here too.

Tire Rack has KYB, Advance has Monroe, and AutoZone has Gabriel. Thoughts?


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You should have replaced your struts (and shocks) about 20K miles ago. The strut assembly can be removed in one piece. You then use a spring compressor to remove the upper mount and bearing. The process is safe and straightforward with basic hand tools and a spring compressor you can borrow or rent from major chain auto part stores. It's false economics to not change the bearing and mount when replacing the strut. KYB GR2's are very good OE replacement struts/shocks and also make good bearing and upper mount kits.
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If you have a shop do it, most (MOST) of them will charge you about the same, cause the complete setup is more expensive, but there is less labor to simply swap it out then take it all apart, ect... My personal opinion is to do the direct swap with the complete unit that way you know everything is new and together out-of-the-box. Yes, things can still have problems that way, but for the most part, its fine. But If your gonna do it yourself, go ahead and save the money and just buy what you need.
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I highly recommend changing out the entire assembly; you suspension will only be as good as your weakest link, so changing only the strut bearings might eliminate the noise you hear, but it will only be masking the problem.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:13 PM   #5
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How about brands? Mainly, is there anyone I should strongly avoid?
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KYB GR2's (aka KYB Excel's) are a very good, reasonably priced, OE replacement shock. personally, I'd avoid Gabriels, Monroes, etc. The KYB's cost about the same as those (or even less) and are much better. If you want to spend a little more Koni Strts are getting great reviews as well.
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Any experiences with Moog or Raybestos strut assemblies?
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The first question I have is when did either one start making stuts and second where did you find them. Neither has been in the strut/shock business....until now????
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Rock Auto has both showing for my year. Price is right where I want as well. Not
to doubt the craftsmanship of Koni or KYB, but they strike me as a performance hardware. My car is just transportation, but I do care what I put on it.
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The first question I have is when did either one start making stuts and second where did you find them. Neither has been in the strut/shock business....until now????
I would bet its a rebadged part from another shock maker. Both companies have really pushed into the aftermarket parts business, offering relabeled stuff for many applications they don't actually manufacture parts for.

KYB is likely the best at this price point.
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