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Hi, I am in need of front struts and fuel canister for inspection. Does anybody have experience with online cheap struts? They are half the price of cheap pep boys struts. Although this is my dependable beater I don’t want a part that needs to be modified to fit
 

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Hi and welcome to TN! :hi:

Don't buy struts from Pep Boys, very low quality stuff. Many professional mechanics report Monroe/Gabriel are no good, many of them start leaking even before car has been lowered off lift. Get KYB, they are OEM quality and will last longest.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/toyota,1998,corolla,1.8l+l4,1432910,suspension,strut,7584

Also keep an eye on Wholsaler's closeouts, great deals. I got set of 4 KYB struts for $128 couple years ago.

https://www.rockauto.com/RSS/vehiclefeeds.php?carcode=1432910&m=wc&l=en&html=true
 

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I bought a set of four complete struts from ebay for my parents '98 Corolla. It's been over two and a half years and they are still good. My parents drove the car for so long with bad shocks that the springs were compressed on the old struts. Plus, it's just easier to replace the whole thing. The front struts are easy to replace. The rear ones take more time because there is a bracket on the strut that the brake line/hose connection is made. I just cut a notch in the bracket to remove old strut without having to disconnect brake hose/line and cut a notch in bracket of new strut to install it.
 
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