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KYB Rear Struts or Strut-Plus Complete Assembly

Hi Folks, I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I am going to be changing out the rear struts myself. I have the spring compressor also. (I do know it is an easier job to get the complete assembly but just have a question in my mind) This is my question: Is there a difference between the quality of the OEM Toyota Rear Strut Spring versus the Spring included in the KYB Strut-Plus Excel-G package? If the Toyota OEM Springs are better quality, I would like to keep them and instead just get the KYB Excel-G Strut and use the Toyota OEM Springs. Thanks before hand.
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KYB and Tokico are official OEM suppliers.


That said, I highly recommend complete strut. It's so much faster to do the job plus, you have all components new.


As a side note, I was very happy with Monroe Quick Strut on my Camry. Very.



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Thank you for your input. Are the OEM springs on the 2005 Camry made by KYB?
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If you pull the original struts see if you see who made them. I recall some members reported KYB and Gabriel on the same car.
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On 2016 summer, i installed 4 KYB struts plus for an 05 Camry V6, front struts plus (SR4097 +4096) Rear (SR4086 + SR4085). I use Mas industries Premium XL sway bar link front and rear and use OEM toyota sway bar bushing front and back. There's something i wanna mention is before installation is open all box of quick struts and do a visual inspection if parts match the box number or missing parts or damage parts. My front right side (Passenger) the struts mount was clocked wrong (oem green dot facing outside wheel) I had to use to large screwdriver and a helper hand to turn the mount to re-align. First month is super firm, 6 month later less firmer and ride look like oem and 3 years later ride quality very good and no leak.


Edit: During shipping the coil spring had some paint scratch removed, i use an black high temperature mate finish spray paint to some touch up.



Here's a sample pic of SR4096 front passenger the struts mount clock wrong from Rockauto.
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Still debating on KYB Strut Plus's (non-SE only) or Monroe Quick-Strut (SE or LE) because I want to "upgrade" my suspension to SE.

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You want to upgrade to stiff ride, buy KYB. Everyone says they are stiff and bumpy.

Monroes took about 2 mths to soften, thereafter they were sweet ride.



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You want to upgrade to stiff ride, buy KYB. Everyone says they are stiff and bumpy.

Monroes took about 2 mths to soften, thereafter they were sweet ride.
That is the confusing part about it. KYB is stiff but they do not list the specs. Monroe does list their specs. Right now I am still going towards KYB... but the Monroe price appeals to me...

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Your butt will appeal to Monroe. You ride on struts, not on specs. Unless you absolutely do enjoy 'the new, sporty ride of modern day Toyotas". What equals to bumpy like hell.



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Your butt will appeal to Monroe. You ride on struts, not on specs. Unless you absolutely do enjoy 'the new, sporty ride of modern day Toyotas". What equals to bumpy like hell.
With the nice body roll this car has, I'd like it to be a bit better performance without the full aftermarket experience because I don't need the full aftermarket experience as it will serve me no purpose. I have thought about it though...

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With the nice body roll this car has, I'd like it to be a bit better performance without the full aftermarket experience because I don't need the full aftermarket experience as it will serve me no purpose. I have thought about it though...
Bear in mind that you can offset the stiff suspension with a tire that is more comfort focused or at least one with good thick sidewalls.
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Scotty Kilmer mentioned never cheap on struts and better go with KYB brand than Monroe.
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Bear in mind that you can offset the stiff suspension with a tire that is more comfort focused or at least one with good thick sidewalls.
My suspension just the regular OEM with a broken spring on the Front Right. I just want better performance.

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Scotty Kilmer mentioned never cheap on struts and better go with KYB brand than Monroe.
Coilovers <- KYB <- Monroe <- Sensen <- anything else

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I'd agree that KYBs are too harsh. I think they're just poorly valved, el cheapo valving. KYBs just pass on all the road cracks and lane tiles without doing much.

I personally prefer Monroe OES struts (as in their QuickStruts).

That said, some people like the firmer ride and if people don't mind the harshness then sure why not.
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i replaced my front struts on my 02 camry with KYB quick struts about 2 months ago. the effect was immediate, nice firm suspension and the car handles much better now.
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