Don't bother trying to service the strut, just get the whole assembly. Why mess with it, the cost difference is not that great! Plus your old housings will be rusted and ugly. I installed KYB's, they are fairly harsh over small bumps. I did replace my springs with new stock units (both fronts were broken) so that may affect things. The info on the KYB's says the strut "compensates for worn suspensions" so I don't know if that makes a difference, but I doubt it. They are just too damn harsh IMO. If you want a stiffer ride and improved handling/cornering then get them. Otherwise get Gabriel or possibly the Bilstein's.
Bilstein is track struts, you'll get an even harsher ride. Gabriel SUCKS. But yes, don't mess around with dismantling the assembly. You already have a headache of dealing with a spring compressor and worrying about using it without breaking your jaw off:lol:
If I had to do it again, I would not get the KYB's.
Yep, but they are made to Toyota specs so the replacements could be tuned differently. When you say you have Monroe, you did the quick strut assemby? Or can you just get the strut itself? Every time I look up the Monroe part for these cars, all I see is the quick strut.I'm positive KYB IS the OEM brand (not sure about GR2's though).
Yep, but they are made to Toyota specs so the replacements could be tuned differently. When you say you have Monroe, you did the quick strut assemby? Or can you just get the strut itself? Every time I look up the Monroe part for these cars, all I see is the quick strut.
I didn't use quick struts because I wanted the stock springs and mounts I believe they are higher quality.
from the picture, your strut is serviceable, non-seal, need to replace with strut insert only.This is a pix of one of my struts. Is this the serviceable type?
Add that to the suspension sticky:thumbsup:. It's a misnomer around here, I found that out when I changed the shock absber that in between the tranny to the sub-frame.Just a heads up. KYB = OEM company. .
I have not yet replaced my struts but from you have told me I will stick to the Sensa-Tracs.91boz, did you make your move?
I am very sensitive to suspension settings, especially considering the rough roads we have in Quebec. I have changed the 4 struts of my 2000 Avalon, which has the same struts that Camry, to OEM at 80000 km, and found them a bit soft with full load aboard, having a tendency to bounce.
Soon after, I switched to Tokico, but that was a mistake for what I was looking for. The handling was marvellous, but the ride was too firm, was nearly every bump produced short but sharp body motions. I waited a full year hoping that they will soften, but they stayed overly firm. I then had Monroe Sensa-Trac installed (Tokico were resold), and it greatly improved the ride with light or full load, but the handling was not as sharp as with the Tokico.
As I kept reading on various posts that KYB Excel G were the best, I swiched again and installed 2 of them at the rear of the Avalon, hoping to get the best of both worlds, great ride and sharp handling. The result is disappointing. The ride, especially with a light load is firmer than with the Monroe Sensa-Trac, sometimes being hard over sharp small bumps, and the handling is about the same as before.
I am going to switch back to the Monroe, and maybe try the Monroe Matic.
So my advice, stick with Monroe Sensa-Trac, you will get what you want.:thumbsup: