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5 years ago I replaced the struts on my 1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.8 LE with Monroe 171833 Quick Strut Assemblies. It was a pretty straight forward installation process and relatively easy to do. Now, with less than 5000 miles on them, they are shot. The front end of the vehicle bottoms easily on the slightest of dips and giving the front fender the "bounce test" further proves they're gone.
I will not be ordering Monroe again based on my experience and others'. I'm leaning towards the KYB SR4019 Strut Plus assembly.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'd appreciate hearing from you if you do.
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koreywill
p/s I tried the "Search Community" feature but it doesn't seem to be working at all.
 

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I've had good luck with the KYB struts on my wife's Stratus. Got them from Rockauto. On my 2nd gen the best struts I had over the years were the higher end Monroe units that they don't make anymore.
PS: the Monroe struts you have, have a lifetime warranty on them.
 

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Greatly appreciate your reply. I'm leaning more and more towards the KYB struts. I've installed them on another vehicle and like them a lot. Regarding your P.S.: I bought the Monroes through Amazon and they are the ones backing the warranty. They have offered replacement or reimbursement but I'm still waiting to find out if I have to send the old ones back. If they say "Toss 'em" I'll go with reimbursement and buy KYB struts and rear shocks from RA, get a $50 Visa card and end up paying less that what I paid for the Monroes. (Less even with the shipping from RA.)
If anyone else has some thoughts, please jump in.
 

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@LEVY What’s the difference between OE and OEM?

O.E.= Original Equipment
O.E.M.= Original Equipment Manufacturer

Original Equipment means equipment (or parts) originally instaled by a vehicle manufacturer (or equipment currently sold by the vehicle manufacturer to replace O.E. equipment or parts).

Original Equipment Manufacturer means manufacturer of equipment (or parts) originally installed on a vehicle.

Original Equipment Manufacturers have contracts with vehicle manufacturers, they can not sell the very same part to others.

So, even if you buy from the same manufacturer, quality might not be the same.

This is the part that many can not understand. Many people belive buying from the same manufacturer (usually cheaper), they are buying the exact part, but cheaper.

Many aftermarket parts are actually improved and better quality than O.E., but unfortunately I haven't seen a better strut than O.E. yet.
 

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I’m also in the same boat and needing to rebuild the entire suspension on my ‘94. All the rubber bushings are gone. Sway bar, shocks, struts, linkages. If I have to replace all of them, might as well rebuild the suspension. I’ve had a number of bottoming out experiences and want to protect the transmission, and engine oil pans a little better.

Keeping an eye on this post. KYB seemed to be one of the better options out there. I was also looking at Gabriel’s(what it’s mostly using now.) and Moog also had options. I’ve not used any of these brands, so I have no idea which are better.

Sport: I know exactly the brand you’re talking about even if I can’t remember the name either. Had them installed in one of my old daily drivers and they were incredible.
 

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KYB makes a superior product. Usually. Still, if given a choice between KYB and Monroe, I'll go KYB all day.
Gabriel is good if you don't go the full economy route. Get an OE replacement part.
I have always used Moog when I can. Fitment and performance of their parts is excellent.
 
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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I've gone ahead and ordered the KYB Kit (includes SR4019 front struts and 344080 rear shocks). It is number SR4019344080 at Rock Auto. They should arrive this weekend and as soon as I get them installed I'll apply for the $50 rebate and I'll give you a review. I anticipate they'll be a little stiff like they are on another vehicle when first installed but will soften up a bit. Again, thanks. I'll also be returning the Monroes to Amazon for credit. I appreciate they stood behind the warranty.
 

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Parts are coming today. Does anyone have the torque specifications for the front suspension? I've searched the net and can't find those that are specific to the '94 Plymouth Grand Voyager 3.8l.
 

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Well, there's good news and there's bad news. My neighbor and I got the struts installed on Saturday and it was far easier than we both expected. It took us about 2 1/2 hours from the moment I pulled into his garage until I pulled back out. Pretty straight forward removal and install. Torqued the large bolts at the bottom of the strut to 140 ft/lbs and the top strut nuts to 46 ft/lbs. Went for a drive and the front end suspension felt great. Stopped at a few places, set up an alignment, backed out of parking spots and all was good until I got back home. I pulled up to back into the driveway, put it in reverse, and "bang", a loud noise from underneath the hood. Stepped on the gas a bit while still in reverse and no backward motion. Put it in drive and the car moved forward normally. Put it in reverse again and nothing. Each time I chose a different gear the transmission went through all the familiar solenoid pack shifting sounds but definitely no reverse movement. FedEx guy and two neighbors helped push it back into the driveway and there it sits. Time to start a new thread. Sigh......
 

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UGH!! Sorry man! At least you got a few minutes of satisfaction and enjoying a nice, smooth ride on a job well done with your strut install!!
 

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UPDATE: Well, after much consideration I decided to pull the trigger and get the transmission rebuilt. After tear down the specialist showed me the broken 2-4 hub. The weld that held it all together had just let go. He said it was one of the most common causes of problems with the A604 transmission. The technician pretty much replaced everything inside the casing and sent me on the way. Total cost out the door was $1350. Good money after bad? Some may think so but I know this vehicle inside and out so I'm good with it. Yes, I've spent a chunk of change on rebuilding a lot of it but it's still cheaper than monthly car payments, increased insurance, and increased sales tax.
Still a few more minor details to tend to and then we'll see what comes up next. A big thank you for all that have helped me out with suggestions and advice. Much appreciated.
 

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@koreywill That sucks that it was the transmission that needed to be rebuilt.😕 I was hoping it may have been just the shift solenoid. Thanks for updating, sounds like your van will be running smoothly now.
 

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Just got back from a fishing trip and all is good. Towed approximately 2500 lbs with the newly rebuilt transmission (3.8L engine) and it worked flawlessly through the hills and valleys of southwest Missouri into northeast Oklahoma. Went about 280 miles round trip so it got a complete work out. Now, onto the next project.
 
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