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Best Replacement Quick Strut Assembly

Good morning. I took my 06 Tundra 4x4 (stock w/ 114k) in for front end noise and was told it would soon be time for new quick strut assemblies. Quoted price was $931 all in which seems reasonable, but the replacements are Monroe. Is there a better choice? I do a mix of highway and off road, probably 80/20.
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Bilsten ... I have their HD Yellow 4600 on my 4wd '02, they are the same as Red TRD shocks.
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I have Bilstein's that came factory on my '17 Tundra. Folks love them and they work fine but I don't think they make a quick strut - they only sell the naked strut so you have to disassemble the strut assembly to install. KYB is a good quality strut but they don't make a quick strut for the '06 Tundra either. I looked on Rockauto and the quick strut choices for the '06 are limited - Gabriel, Monroe and some other brands.

That said, I am not a quick strut fan...I always consider them because they save so much labor (which is why the techs love them) but I am concerned about the quality of the components. They are pretty cheap (Rockauto has the Monroe's for $90 each) vs the Bilstein 4600 ($90 just for the naked strut) and the KYB ($65 for the naked strut). Not true in all cases, but in this one I think you get what you pay for...an interesting video...


You don't mention doing the rear also but I wanted to point out that they are shocks, not struts - don't have to mess with the springs. Again, on Rockauto, the Monroe's are $38 each, the Bilstein 4600's are $67 each and the KYB's are $46. You didn't ask but the $931 to do the job seems high to me. Here in central ohio it would be $530 - $770 to have all four done per Repair Pal. If you did it yourself with the Bilsteins, it would be ~$400 for parts delivered - the KYB and the Monroe (using the quick-struts in front) would be in the $300 range. They periodically do rebates on the KYB & Monroe several times/year which could save you maybe $75. Not sure about Bilstein....

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Great stuff, thanks Buckaroo. I told the shop yesterday I didn't want the quick struts and we agreed the Bilstein 4600s were the way to go. Cost is an additional C note. I didn't mention in the original post that the price includes sway bar links. Given that do you still think it's a little steep?
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It sounds like they increased their price to cover the incremental cost for the Bilsteins and didn't add any labor to tear the struts down and reassemble them. Plus you are getting sway bar links...so it's better.

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Do the rears yourself, it won't take you 30 minutes and they probably charge 1-2 hours of labor at $100 an hour.

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Replace the rear shocks yourself. There is one bolt on the bottom and one nut on the top. Very easy.If the top nut is rusted on use a hacksaw or sawzall to cut it off. Watch you tube or 1AAuto videos.
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good video and info . thanks

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Update: I recalled the other day my old mechanic (good guy, good mechanic; not sure why I quit him) drives a first gen Tundra, so I took my trusty steed to him. The noise was coming from the sway bar bushings. I'd had them replaced a little over a year ago and the shop that did the work didn't tighten them enough. Had I not pursued this it would have been REALLY bad. They've engaged in some other ass clownery I won't go into but I'm trying to decide whether I want to address the $214 it's costing me to redo their shoddy work. I'll just say I have many good reasons to be unhappy and leave it at that for now.

He also confirmed bad strut mount bushings and quoted me $637 plus tax for the Bilstein 4600s. Taking it back next week when he gets all the parts in and he'll go over their other work with a fine tooth comb then.
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I have always used bilstein 5100 on all my trucks and haven't had any issues. Plus they stiffen up the ride which I like.

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