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#1 Old 10-16-2008, 12:08 PM
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Was thinking of changing the OEM struts with Monroe struts... will it improve my suspension overall? If taken to local mechanic, what should be labor in terms of hrs for example? Is it DIY at all ?
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Are you OEM's blown? I doubt they are. Please dont change them out for Monroes thinking they are gonna be an improvement. They dont ride better and they leak prematurely. The oem's rarely go bad. At the shop I work at we hardly ever replace struts unless under circumstances where one is leaking which like i said is a rarity. Monroe struts are junk.

If i remember correctly its either KYB or Tokico that make the oem struts, both are quality brands.
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I'll second that opinion, and take it a little further: if it says "Monroe", pass it up ... buy something else. Struts, shocks, brake pads ... it's all the same garbage, guaranteed to fail before its time.

I did the job in my own garage with KYBs, on the floor, since I don't have a hoist. IIRC, Alldata says the R&R job is an hour per side ... sounds reasonable to me if you have a hoist :-) Without a hoist or dedicated spring compressor, it took me 5 hours total for both sides.

I was not happy with the result. It turned out there's a TSB published for early SFs that specifies a new part design for the sway bar bushing. [b]That fixed my suspension complaints. 1.2 hours labor, parts insignificant ... I had the shop do it, since the fix requires that the cradle be dropped a few inches.



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Monroe struts ARE junk. I can tell you this from experience. I had a 99 nissan truck before i got my santy a couple weeks ago and i replaced the struts w/ the sensatrac at 100k (because i thought they were better). I wanted my old ones back after a week! They were already squeaking, and did no better under a load than my stock ones with 100k on them.
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This thread is old so no one will probably reply. I am looking to change at least the front struts on my 2004 Santa Fe (one has leaked out). I was looking at Monroe since they have a 4 for 3 sale on now and came across this thread. One other option is a company I found online in NC apxautoparts.com that sells a strut made by SenSen. This is a Chinese company but from what I hear many brands are now made over seas. From What I have found online on other sites people are pleased with them. Anyone used them on a Santa Fe?
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While I'm not going to knock the prospect that SenSen struts are quality struts, I've never heard of them and by the sound of it, neither have you.

This is your truck man. Why would you spend all that time and/or money to replace the struts with some off-market brand you never heard of? Unless they were free to try and you were installing them yourself, don't roll the dice. Stick with a reputable brand such as KYB, Bilstein, Tokico or even Gabriel. As many have stated, avoid Monroes and perhaps even Gabriel if you had the choice.

The shocks and struts for our trucks are relatively cheap. Comparatively speaking. A good source is AutoPartsWarehouse. I'm sure there are others. I purchased a full set of KYBs on Ebay last year for my BMW and saved myself a ton. Don't shy away from that.

Compare prices and cross referance part numbers. You'd be surprised at the rollercoaster prices.
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I am also considering struts / shocks replacement, and choosing between OEM or KYB. AutoPartsWarehouse sells KYB GR-2/EXCEL-G struts for half the price of the cheapest OEM I can find. So I was wondering what's the deal here, are the OEMs better in any respect except being OEM?
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You pay Hyundai their upmark? Curious where you were looking for OEMs because you make it sound like you had many options.

I will note that the Excel-Gs are single piston struts and are designed for daily driving. If you do any sort of off-road stuff then you might want to avoid these. THAT could very well be the difference right there, but I don't know who makes the OEM to make a comparison.
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You pay Hyundai their upmark? Curious where you were looking for OEMs because you make it sound like you had many options.

I will note that the Excel-Gs are single piston struts and are designed for daily driving. If you do any sort of off-road stuff then you might want to avoid these. THAT could very well be the difference right there, but I don't know who makes the OEM to make a comparison.
Mando Inc. based out of South Korea makes the OEM suspension parts for Hyundai. Check their website out. Rockauto at one point carried them but I no longer see them. I would use the OEM struts and shocks without thinking about it twice if I could get them. They are excellent and very durable in my opinion.
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Well after doing a search on this, I too found Mando is the supplier. However I also found out they are no longer in the consumer market here in the states. So the only way to get these is through the dealers where you pay their prices. Kia also use their suspension.

I tried to translate a few white sheets on Mando's and it appears they are also single piston shock/struts. So if that's the case, then the KYBs are an ideal alternative.

Just because something comes with the car off the lot does not mean it's the superior choice. There's plenty to be desired by products coming out of the Asian market.
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