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Looking to replace my struts and springs sometime during the spring...or possibly sooner. Along with my ball joints. (I've decided on moog problem solver, greasable ball joints) Originally I was going to use Monroe Quick Struts. I've also had good luck with Gabriel shocks on my Dodge Ram so I was wondering...has anyone used the Gabriel ReadyMount Struts? If not which would any of you recommend between the two? Price difference is about 10 dollars a piece, Both have a limitied lifetime warranty.
 

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After the monroes I have put on the front of my van, and all around on my gto, I wouldn't hesitate one second to try the Gabriels. The sens-a-tracs are not very good quality in terms of consistent dampening. My van rides terribly, and the gto nosedives under braking.
 

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Looking to replace my struts and springs sometime during the spring...or possibly sooner. Along with my ball joints. (I've decided on moog problem solver, greasable ball joints) Originally I was going to use Monroe Quick Struts. I've also had good luck with Gabriel shocks on my Dodge Ram so I was wondering...has anyone used the Gabriel ReadyMount Struts? If not which would any of you recommend between the two? Price difference is about 10 dollars a piece, Both have a limitied lifetime warranty.
What prices did you find on each ?
I am seeing about $169 ea for Monroe's and $199 ea for Gabriel's
 

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I've never been a fan of Monroe's Sensa-Trac line. But I have their Reflex shocks on the front of my Dakota and would put those on everything I own, when eventually needed. I tried a set of Gabriel Ultra shocks for the rear of our '07 van, to try and tighten it up some, but they rode like steel poles. I tried the next lower line in the Gabriel product portfolio and didn't like those either. I gave up, and never tried a Monroe...figured I'd quit spending money.

If KYB make the GR-2 as a quick strut for the 3rd gen, I'd be tempted to try one of those. I've heard many good things about the GR-2's blend of ride and performance.
 

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What prices did you find on each ?
I am seeing about $169 ea for Monroe's and $199 ea for Gabriel's
228 for monroe 218 for gabriel. This is from autozone and oreilly, not online.

Nowadays there's also a similar product from KYB.
I thought a few people on here said the KYB's didn't last long. Maybe it was the opposite. I had Monroe Sensa-Trac's put on my '94 but the shop failed to tell me the springs were bad. It still bottomed out so I never really got the full effect of the new shocks.

I've never been a fan of Monroe's Sensa-Trac line. But I have their Reflex shocks on the front of my Dakota and would put those on everything I own, when eventually needed. I tried a set of Gabriel Ultra shocks for the rear of our '07 van, to try and tighten it up some, but they rode like steel poles. I tried the next lower line in the Gabriel product portfolio and didn't like those either. I gave up, and never tried a Monroe...figured I'd quit spending money.

If KYB make the GR-2 as a quick strut for the 3rd gen, I'd be tempted to try one of those. I've heard many good things about the GR-2's blend of ride and performance.
The Gabriels on my Ram are the ones with the auto adjusting valve. I forget what they call it. ASV Technology or something. They are open on regular terrain for a smooth yet controlled ride but close on rough terrain or with heavy loads. I get compliments all the time on how smooth the Ram rides, especially for a truck. I just don't know about Gabriel struts.

Too be honest, I guess anything would be better than the almost 13 year old struts on my van now. Is there anywhere to get KYB locally?
 

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I recently installed Monroe Quick-Struts on the front of my 2000. When I took it in to the dealer to have the blasted alternator replaced, I had them look at the installation that I did to verify everything was okay. (They couldn't find a problem.)

Just like it was before with my old units, every time I go over a speed bump/small bump, no matter how slow I go, the front shocks creak and moan really loudly... this problem never went away even with the new Monroe Quick-Struts.

Needless to say, I am *NOT* impressed with the Quick-Struts. And while I have admittedly not gone out and measured yet, I could swear the front of my van sits a bit lower than it did on the OEM strut/spring assembly.
 

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Jason, I agree with you that the Reflex line seems to be a good shock. I put mine on almost a year ago, and they stiffened the rear up nicely and stopped the bottoming out problem I had.

Chrysler1924, How many miles are on your 2000? You may have worn bushings in the control arms causing your creaking, that is given the sway bar has been checked first.
 
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