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Have you looked into quick-struts? They sell fairly cheap on rockauto, and it's a way easier job.
Have heard about the quality of those struts being quite terrible, especially the Monroes.


I decided to build my own quick struts using Ford parts. I purchased new struts, strut plates, top nuts and even ordered new springs to build my own quick strut. So all of this will be assembled on a bench first where I'm not being rushed.

A little more expensive, but i'm the kind of person that likes to spend money to make my life easier. Quick-struts definitely are easier.
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Have heard about the quality of those struts being quite terrible, especially the Monroes.


I decided to build my own quick struts using Ford parts. I purchased new struts, strut plates, top nuts and even ordered new springs to build my own quick strut. So all of this will be assembled on a bench first where I'm not being rushed.

A little more expensive, but i'm the kind of person that likes to spend money to make my life easier. Quick-struts definitely are easier.
What was your total cost for both?
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Have heard about the quality of those struts being quite terrible, especially the Monroes.


I decided to build my own quick struts using Ford parts. I purchased new struts, strut plates, top nuts and even ordered new springs to build my own quick strut. So all of this will be assembled on a bench first where I'm not being rushed.

A little more expensive, but i'm the kind of person that likes to spend money to make my life easier. Quick-struts definitely are easier.

If you assemble them yourself ahead of time you are going to spend he same amount of time as doing them right at the time you are replacing them. However, I think you are ending up with a better end product. I have though of building out a used knuckle with ball joints and bearings with a knuckle from the junk yard. Just pop the whole assembly in but couldn't justify the knuckle cost and they also wanted a core charge on it.
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If you assemble them yourself ahead of time you are going to spend he same amount of time as doing them right at the time you are replacing them.
True, it is the same amount of time, but it's broken up into manageable chucks. I usually have 30 mins of free time in the evenings, so i can use that to assemble the struts in my nice warm basement. One strut tonight, the other one in a couple days or so. If i find a compressor doesn't work, or i can't get the top nuts on tight enough, i have time to order a tool or buy a part if i need.

But time on the weekends is a premium right now. Swapping out a quick strut takes no time at all, especially with air tools considering it's 30 degrees outside right now. I just wanted an all-ford quick strut.

I had a nightmare repair a few years back that changed the way I approach things these days. I just don't have time to waste, so i want to be as efficient as possible and get the car back on the road ASAP. I don't mind spending a little more money to accomplish this. It's also more of a PITA for me to take the car to the dealer and be carless for a few days....not to mention pay a ton more $$ for something i can do myself in a few hours.

Right now, just waiting for the springs to show up and I can assemble the struts one weeknight after the kiddos go to bed.

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I had a nightmare repair a few years back that changed the way I approach things these days. I just don't have time to waste, so i want to be as efficient as possible and get the car back on the road ASAP.
I'm going through that very same thing now with my front strut. Seems impossible to get on and is costing me time and money that I simply don't have. Will probably be forced to take it to a shop to have finished.

Shame since I just need to get the bottom of the strut in the knuckle.
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What was your total cost for both?
Shipping costs will vary so i'll leave those out.

Strut mounts $33 each from rockauto.com
Struts $96 each from rockauto.com

I applied the 5% discount code so that total was $247 before shipping.

pair of strut top nuts were $7 shipped from an Ebay vendor selling ford OE parts.

Springs were from www.getoemparts.com by searching the Ford part number i needed: $41 a spring, plus shipping and tax


So $336ish plus shipping costs (maybe $30 more).


The monroe struts came to $259 on rockauto.com with 5% discount and not including shipping. So basically another $77 or so to build my own Ford quick-strut.



I did look for used springs, but found it was actually cheaper to buy a brand new Ford spring. I'll likely pull the springs from my orginal struts and see if i can resell them.
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I'm going through that very same thing now with my front strut. Seems impossible to get on and is costing me time and money that I simply don't have. Will probably be forced to take it to a shop to have finished.

Shame since I just need to get the bottom of the strut in the knuckle.
I have seen and heard about the horrow stories with the eariler types of knuckle that pinch the strut body. Fortunately for 2013+, ford went with a new design on the taurus that uses two bolts. Much easier.
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I have though of building out a used knuckle with ball joints and bearings with a knuckle from the junk yard. Just pop the whole assembly in but couldn't justify the knuckle cost and they also wanted a core charge on it.
Don't know what side you need, but there's a few cheap ones on EBay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Driver-Fron...8/112257595834

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Passenger-F...6/112238306393

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I'm going through that very same thing now with my front strut. Seems impossible to get on and is costing me time and money that I simply don't have. Will probably be forced to take it to a shop to have finished.

Shame since I just need to get the bottom of the strut in the knuckle.
Obviously you haven't read the responses to your thread or have disregarded good advise. Taurus Bull God helps those who help themselves.

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Obviously you haven't read the responses to your thread or have disregarded good advise.
You know what they say about assuming.
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