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Integral strut /spring assembly ( Quick Struts)

Hi all. Looks like I need to replace my rear strut/spring assemblies. They are sagging to the point that the fender well is near the top of the rear tire. They are not making any noise. Can you tell me which brand is your favourite? Iíd like them to last at least 50,000 miles. Is Ford the best way to go? Iím thinking Iíll order them from Rock Auto which seems to me is the best deal around when shipping to Canada. Itís for my 2005 Taurus with 75,000 miles. Thanks.

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I installed a set of Monroe quick struts (#171616) on the rears and all I can say is they suck! They lose their dampening action in cold weather...which in MN is 4-5 mos out of the year. Was just thinking last evening how bad they rode compared to the originals with 240K miles on them that I replaced due to a broken spring.
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I installed quick struts on my 06 500. Big mistake, took it in for an alignment right after and the tech told me the bearings were bad. I came home, disconnected the tie rod and you could hear and feel the bearings popping. Had to remove struts, disassemble, buy new bearings and reassemble. Defeated the whole purpose of using "quick struts". I believe I also used Rock Auto due to price. Next time its just new struts and bearings for me. BTW, the bearings I removed looked brand new and the grease was clean. I can only assume it sat on the shelf too long.
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KYB are great. Install two sets of Monroe and one set KYB on my three Taurus.
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Does anyone know if the KYB’s come with new sway bar links? Thanks. Spock.
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They donít. I recommend Moog Problem Solver links.
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Hi all. Looks like I need to replace my rear strut/spring assemblies. They are sagging to the point that the fender well is near the top of the rear tire. They are not making any noise. Can you tell me which brand is your favourite? Iíd like them to last at least 50,000 miles. Is Ford the best way to go? Iím thinking Iíll order them from Rock Auto which seems to me is the best deal around when shipping to Canada. Itís for my 2005 Taurus with 75,000 miles. Thanks.

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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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In my opinion the Moog problem solver links for the rear struts cause more problems than they solve. I am basing that on experience five plus years ago. They are a one piece design vs. the tube and straight thru bolt. The one piece has to be machined to go from the thick separator piece to the threaded portion. Years ago this was a sharp transition and both of the ones I installed snapped a year or so at that transition. Also since they are one piece the installation is much harder to get the swaybar to strut space to insert it. You have to do both at the same time and both sides jacked up together.



Just my experience and opinion.
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In my opinion the Moog problem solver links for the rear struts cause more problems than they solve. I am basing that on experience five plus years ago. They are a one piece design vs. the tube and straight thru bolt. The one piece has to be machined to go from the thick separator piece to the threaded portion. Years ago this was a sharp transition and both of the ones I installed snapped a year or so at that transition. Also since they are one piece the installation is much harder to get the swaybar to strut space to insert it. You have to do both at the same time and both sides jacked up together.



Just my experience and opinion.
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