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Old 06-18-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
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my grandma is trying to lure me away from installing my struts and shocks myself, so she is taking me to get a quote from her friend that owns the firestone shop here. and he is saying that he would order the number one brand. which is in this case Monroe. do you have any information on these. im reluctant to order these.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

well its not as simple as a shock/strut its about valving vs spring rate and the weight of the car etc etc etc. If you plan to just normally drive the car, not worried about performance (to a high level) then you have many options.

Search for Tokico, OEM ford, etc contact tousleyfordparts.com (call em) and get a quote as well.

Shock/Strut install is QUITE easy if you plan to do it then also do springs. The only real issue is getting the strut nut and shock nut off~ requires a helping hand from a friend to hold the top of the strut still while you remove/install the nut~ can be tricky. If you have air tools its MUCH easier.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

Also be careful if removing the springs after you lower the A-arm. You will probably "decompress" via lowering with a jack, so they still keep a considerable amount of energy. Wouldn't want them shooting out and hurting someone.

Other than that (and the strut nut), the install isn't too bad...just take your time and have a friend or 2 along to help.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

Also, if you decide to have them installed, check with the guy at the Firestone shop and see if he'll install parts other than Monroe.

If you want more performance oriented shocks/struts then go with tokicos from NQS...but if you want OEM styled ones that are basically the same as your stock ones, Monroe is probably your best bet.

Usually if you're lowering the car you'll want performance oriented products like tokicos or bilsteins to handle the change in spring rate - caused by the more aggressive aftermarket springs. Keeping OEM styled or stock equipment will lead to them wearing out much sooner.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

well i hadnt considered that :< if i buy the Tokico's, or a "performance" strut/shock, i Will need different springs?
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

I would think the aftermarket shocks/struts would be fine with OEM springs, but it never hurts to replace them with some more aggressive ones...generally shocks/struts "wear out" well before springs start having issues so that's why it's so important to get new shocks/struts if you get lowering springs.

You get added performance when combining the aftermarket shocks/struts and springs, and they will lower the car 1"-2" depending on the style.

If your car has higher miles and has been on some rough roads, the springs may have started to sag a little bit and lost some of their rate...in which case you'd want to get some new ones.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

if you are going through the effort of putting in shocks/struts install springs as its the same basic amount of work and should NOT cost you much more (like 20-50 bucks over the shocks/strut install for springs)

Thats how you can tell if a place is ripping you off, get a quote for shocks/struts install then ask for springs as well. If they up charge you more than they should you know one of two things. They are ripping you off or they dont know what they are doing enough to know how much extra work goes into springs vs shocks/struts... neither of which you want to be a part of.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

I would stay away from the monroes, I did a full set, one leaked the next day, they feel pretty crappy to me.
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Re: monroe struts/shocks

im not one bit impressed. but they are already on, and they didnt but the caliper bolt back in. so were suing lol :>>>
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