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Question about struts/shocks. Can I just replace struts or do I need "QUICK" struts?

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I visited a mech the other day for another job and asked for a free inspection and he said I could change the shocks if I wanted a smoother ride and quieter ride (tires are very loud, but they were loud to begin with as per many reviews). As far as I know they are still stock struts and have never been changed for 132,650 miles. He recommended "quick" struts and said he would charge me $100 less if they were quick.

My question is, do I have to buy quick struts or can I just buy the 4 struts alone and reuse the old parts, i.e. OEM mount/coil spring/etc.? It would save me a lot of money. Currently I can pick up 4 KYB GR-2 / Excel-G front/rear struts for $200 in. Quick struts are close to $400-$500. Please advise.

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The GR-2 are an excellent alternative to OEM replacement and also have a bit of "sportiness" to them. Many people, myself included, have gone over to these when swapping the springs over from OEM to Eibach ProKit springs without issue.

Basically, get the GR-2 / Excel-G (same struts, different name).


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Well - are you doing the work yourself? The reason I ask is pretty simple....

IF you are paying mechanic for their labor by the hour, they will charge you more (as it takes longer) to replace JUST the struts vs quick struts.

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The GR-2 are an excellent alternative to OEM replacement and also have a bit of "sportiness" to them. Many people, myself included, have gone over to these when swapping the springs over from OEM to Eibach ProKit springs without issue.

Basically, get the GR-2 / Excel-G (same struts, different name).
So you swapped to KYB struts when you did the springs, or later down the road?

Reason I ask - I can get KYB struts for about $300, spring would be another $240 or so.

For close to the same price I can do adjustable coilovers..
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The GR-2 are an excellent alternative to OEM replacement and also have a bit of "sportiness" to them. Many people, myself included, have gone over to these when swapping the springs over from OEM to Eibach ProKit springs without issue.

Basically, get the GR-2 / Excel-G (same struts, different name).
I am set on buying them. Do I need to buy 4 new coil springs too or can I pretty much reuse all my stock OEM parts minus the struts??

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Well - are you doing the work yourself? The reason I ask is pretty simple....

IF you are paying mechanic for their labor by the hour, they will charge you more (as it takes longer) to replace JUST the struts vs quick struts.
Yes, one mechanic is charging $240 for quick struts, $340 for normal struts (more work like you said), $80 for wheel alignment. Another is charging $240 for quick struts OR normal struts, and $80 for wheel alignment so I guess I will be going to mechanic #2.
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So you swapped to KYB struts when you did the springs, or later down the road?

Reason I ask - I can get KYB struts for about $300, spring would be another $240 or so.

For close to the same price I can do adjustable coilovers..
I did Eibach springs, F/R sway bars, and struts at the same time. All of it was installed at a shop and I paid $900 out the door for everything. I thought it was a good deal at the time, and it might still be.

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I am set on buying them. Do I need to buy 4 new coil springs too or can I pretty much reuse all my stock OEM parts minus the struts??
You can replace just the struts and not the springs if that's what you want to do.

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I bought fully loaded struts and replaced all four on my V6 with Strut Plus units from KYB. Monroe is the only other option, which they call QuickStrut. The funny thing is KYB only sells a front unit for the 4cyl, while Monroe claims it works fine in either car. The rears are the identical all around.

Now, I can tell you from experience you will not want to put the Strut Plus or QuickStrut in your front end! It will fit fine and feel OK at first but the springs are just not up to the task. The front will be slightly too low and the feel will be Jell-o'y over uneven roads with excessive roll in corners. The rears handle completely fine.

I was really surprised. But apparently 250 lbs in the v6 makes a huge difference in what sort of spring rate you need in the front.

Replacing springs: I think looking at your car on a flat ground will help you asses the need. Most 6th gen Accord sedan and coupe seem to have a saggy rear if they are on their original suspension. I would suggest replacing the rear with KYB Strut Plus, it's cheap and easy. The front you should replace the strut only if you are on a budget.
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I bought fully loaded struts and replaced all four on my V6 with Strut Plus units from KYB. Monroe is the only other option, which they call QuickStrut. The funny thing is KYB only sells a front unit for the 4cyl, while Monroe claims it works fine in either car. The rears are the identical all around.

Now, I can tell you from experience you will not want to put the Strut Plus or QuickStrut in your front end! It will fit fine and feel OK at first but the springs are just not up to the task. The front will be slightly too low and the feel will be Jell-o'y over uneven roads with excessive roll in corners. The rears handle completely fine.

I was really surprised. But apparently 250 lbs in the v6 makes a huge difference in what sort of spring rate you need in the front.

Replacing springs: I think looking at your car on a flat ground will help you asses the need. Most 6th gen Accord sedan and coupe seem to have a saggy rear if they are on their original suspension. I would suggest replacing the rear with KYB Strut Plus, it's cheap and easy. The front you should replace the strut only if you are on a budget.
If I were to put the KYB strut plus in the rear, what would you suggest for the front?

OEM? Or kyb strut and reuse the old OEM spring?

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Just put KYB up front. It is cheap, slightly firm. Close to stock height. You get all new parts. I was just saying if you have a V6 you have to be creative as no one makes preloaded struts for the 6th Gen V6

I notice a lot of Accords running around with bad springs (which i can only assume are original) so I would suggest replacing all those at the same time. The cost is mainly labor.

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I need to do the sway bars in my '99 I4. Like really bad. They're squeaky AF and it's embarrassing, lol. Dad was talking about doing quick struts a little while ago.

I would just go with quick struts but since you have a V6 and if what n750il says is true then I wouldn't put them up front. But I do agree, if you're not doing them yourself you'll be better off with quick struts, as far as labor costs go, since they take less time to install. That's why they call them "quick"


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