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> Shock/Strut Recommendations for Vibe and ES330?
post Dec 8, 2017 - 10:19 AM
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Hey guys, figured I'd make a thread to find out what you guys think (from experience). I've only installed KYB struts on my 7th gen, so those are the only ones I have experience with. I plan on driving my Pontiac Vibe (2003) and Lexus ES330 (2004) till the wheels fall off (nice not having a car payment).

They both have 160K-ish miles and they are riding on factory suspension. I plan on getting new struts/shocks next year and installing them and keeping the old springs (they have settled at a nice height).

Do you guys have any recommendations?


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 5:12 PM
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KYB, KONI, Sachs, and Bilstein. If you're just wanting an o.e. replacement then go KYB, as KYB made a lot of the factory struts and shocks for Toyota back then and probably still does.


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 6:58 PM
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What box said. Tokico is good too.


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 7:52 PM
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I knew I was leaving someone out, Tokico. I think that covers all the good strut and shock companies. KYB will be the least expensive though, and they like to run rebate sales every now and then.


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 9:43 PM
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I just put KYB's on the front of my Mazda, I bought them a while back on closeout from RockAuto for like $30 each+shipping. Rides fantastic but that's coming from 150K 20yr old struts which were well worn with ample dive and roll. Don't forget to change the top mounts/bearings too, the rubber up there wears out and the bearings get crusty. Often they're OK but it's not expensive to change and you're in there anyway. See if you can find ride height specs for the car so you can check if the springs are sagged, if they are then see about complete assemblies from Moog or KYB.


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 10:25 PM
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I know the KYB Gas-A-Just shocks are a lot better than the Monroe Sensa-Trac I took off the Firebird.


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post Dec 8, 2017 - 10:48 PM
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I will x2 the KYB Gas-A-Just shocks if they are an option for your cars. I donít have any experience with the others but for the mileage of your cars, new struts will definitely be a good upgrade.


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post Dec 11, 2017 - 9:21 AM
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Thanks guys! I'll let you know what I do/choose.


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