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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:31 am    Post subject:  Strut Assemblies Reply with quote

I need to replace all 4 struts on 03 Impala LS this fall and see that there are a couple of Buy 4 for the Price of 3 sales until the end of October. Rock Auto's promotion is for Monroe Quick-Struts ($105.99 F & $102.79 R) and Just Suspension's is for Unity Automotive struts ($68.90 F & $72.10 R).

As I was looking for an OE-style replacement parts, I was just planning to go with the Monroe Quick-Struts until I saw the ad for the Unity Automotive struts.

Does anyone have any experience with Unity Automotive products?

Any other strut recommendations?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I can't speak for the Unity Auto parts, but the Monroe Quick Struts are terrible. My brother had some installed on the front of his Intrigue a few years back and they were almost as bad as the shot stockers he had replaced. That being said, I'd probably steer clear of cheaper off brand stuff as well.

If you have any mechanical ability and a spare set of hands available, I'd highly recommend getting KYB GR2s (or Excel Gs... whatever they are calling them these days) and some Monroe strut mounts and installing them yourself. It's really not that difficult.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

x2 for the KYBs...I only put Monroes in my wife's Saturn because her ride was horrible and we didn't have the cash for KYBs. Next time around I would likely do the KYBs.

I have had two sets of KYBs on my car, put a set on my father in laws van and my mother's car...given the option I wouldn't use anything else. Tire Rack, Rock Auto, etc. usually has them for relatively cheap. Might as well buy a strut compressor from Harbor Freight or a cheap $20-30 one if you only plan on doing the struts once.

Me, I got sick of screwing around with them and bought a wall mounted professional unit. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I checked with Rock Auto today and they told me that they get very few Quick Struts back on warranty returns. Other than one hardware issue, they've also never gotten a return on KYB Strut Plus parts either.

I know KYBs are popular on other cars too (like mopar a-bodies) but it's hard to believe that Quick Struts would be only slightly better than the worn parts they're replacing. I put a front set on my parents' Saturn SL2 years ago (to replace a strut with a broken coil) and it seemed to ride like OE. With the Shocktober deal (ending on October 31), the KYBs would have to work $157.79 better than the Monroes.

What problems have you had with the Quick Struts?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I personally didn't use the quick struts (I bought the struts along with new mounts and used the existing springs).

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject:  Re: Strut Assemblies Reply with quote

fraso wrote:
I need to replace all 4 struts on 03 Impala LS this fall and see that there are a couple of Buy 4 for the Price of 3 sales until the end of October. Rock Auto's promotion is for Monroe Quick-Struts ($105.99 F & $102.79 R) and Just Suspension's is for Unity Automotive struts ($68.90 F & $72.10 R).

As I was looking for an OE-style replacement parts, I was just planning to go with the Monroe Quick-Struts until I saw the ad for the Unity Automotive struts.

Does anyone have any experience with Unity Automotive products?

Any other strut recommendations?


All I have to say is that you get what you pay for. Especially on car parts, only reason anything is really cheap is because of even cheaper materials.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

fraso wrote:

What problems have you had with the Quick Struts?


Within about 5k miles the Monroe quick struts were already as shot as the stock parts they replaced. I'd never recommend them to anyone based on that fact alone.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:11 am    Post subject:  Re: Strut Assemblies Reply with quote

fraso wrote:

Any other strut recommendations?




Just get the part numbers for your local dealer you can find acdelco OEMs for about 150$ on amazon that is were i get my oem parts at decent prices


don't get ripped off by stealerships.. Smile
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