Looking for input on brand of shocks


#1

I’m looking to replace my shocks/struts on my 2003 Mazda Protege5. I’m looking at possibly Monroe, KYB, or Gabriel. I don’t want to spent a great deal of money though I’d like something that is well built. Any thoughts on good brands? How much of a difference does it make? I’m open to other brands as well. It looks like I’ll be spending $50-70 per shock.


#2

All the brands you list are top-of-the-line brands. Now the only difference between them is price.

Tester


#3

@ST1168

i have only had bad luck with Monroe

I’m a pretty gentle driver, but my Monroes blew out within 20K


#4

#5

KYB’s are firmer than Monroe’s. If you want a sportier ride, then get the KYBs.


#6

I’d prefer the KYBs. They’re about $55 each at Rockauto.


#7

I’ve had bad luck with Monroe’s with my Trucks. They never failed…but after a just a few years the ride became very harsh.

KYB’s would be my first choice.


#8

Another vote for KYB. They are probably the most popular OE supplier for shocks and struts. Your car probably has KYB struts on it right now.


#9

Thx for the input. That’s exactly what I needed.