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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 11:05 AM
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AC Delco, less than $7 on RA.


Easy to put on compared to nut on each end. It ain't rocket science.


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I looked quick and didn't seem to find the one piece Moog rear strut links anymore. The ones I have seem are the two piece now.
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Rear links are simple and basic. Cheap too. Old ones rust in two.
New Monroe struts are about like OE at 150K as to damping. Bouncy. I changed out due to broken rear spring.
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Looks like you bought the cheap 181616 struts. The 171616 is a pretty good strut and I get about 100k out of them.
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Looks like you bought the cheap 181616 struts. The 171616 is a pretty good strut and I get about 100k out of them.

I believe the blue struts are the Monroe EconoMatic and the black struts are Monroe QuickStrut which are a lot stiffer and more like OEM.



I bought Monroe struts from Advanced Auto Parts that were black years ago. They eventually failed due to rusted rear mounts and the warranty replacements for AAP were black but pretty weak springs than the older Monroe Struts. I didn't complain because they were seven years old and I got free replacements. I think the new struts had Spectrum as a brand. I wouldn't buy that brand based on how weak the spring looks.
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^+1. The blue is the cheaper EconoMatic and the black is the better warrantied (more $) SensaTrac.
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Yes, your best bet is to get them from rock auto, I have a 2006 Taurus and bought mind from rock auto for the front and for the rear,but most of all they were Motorcraft struts and rear struts. BUY THEM
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I believe the blue struts are the Monroe EconoMatic and the black struts are Monroe QuickStrut which are a lot stiffer and more like OEM.



I bought Monroe struts from Advanced Auto Parts that were black years ago. They eventually failed due to rusted rear mounts and the warranty replacements for AAP were black but pretty weak springs than the older Monroe Struts. I didn't complain because they were seven years old and I got free replacements. I think the new struts had Spectrum as a brand. I wouldn't buy that brand based on how weak the spring looks.
The 271616 struts come with the CC859 cargo coil spring. I would recommend these to eliminate "Sag Ass Syndrome"
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Carry a lot of stuff in the trunk or rear seat passengers a lot ? Cargo or taxi struts are a good option. They ride stiffer in a empty car but work fine if regularly loaded up. I did a set in my '03 Sable.
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