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A '99 Liberty I think - chosen because of a thicker strut body wall.
A thicker strut body wall sounds like a good thing to have.
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Ok, so my mechanic has suggested three brands for replacement that shouldn't break the budget..
1. Pedders.
2. KYB.
3. Monroe.

Of the three, which would people recommend?
In the old days, I'm sure I recall Monroe as having a pretty good reputation - but they are the most expensive, by about $80 a strut.
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I don't have any tools (i.e. spring compressor) to change my rear struts so I am choosing Pedders.
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if i could add to it , as much as i read KYB's are best way to go . but then i heard about Pedders. they even sold in my country. but cost more then KYB's i think.
so how to know when struts really gone. if its not swinging or anything like if you press car its not bouncing , but maybe it could be harsh on road still ? like if its corrugations its feels like you drive on wooden struts . it really feels so harsh .
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First I've heard that Monroe make struts for Subies - but yes from my distant past they do have a good reputation. Maybe they're a relatively new offering - I'd give them a go for sure.
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KYB are the OEM manufacturer so are very good. But I would put Gabriel above them. I have Gabriel on the rear in mine & I'm very impressed with the abuse they've handled, incl 10,000kms of outback roads severely overloaded
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@PauSum
I'm not sure I follow you? Pedders have the spring built in so you can't change them?
@Kevin https://www.monroe.com.au/trade-corn...&cat_year=2004

I did a little 'research' (thanks google). most comparisons are pretty out of date but generally suggest that Pedders were the most expensive of the three, which is odd, because they are now the cheapest! - so probably come out of China now.
Monroe afaik are still manufacturing in Adelaide.

Some of the info I found suggested that Pedders were just a rebadged Monroe, but more expensive, so I am guessing that's changed.
@scalman you're probably paying more because they're an Australian Brand I doubt they're made in Europe and have to be shipped...! that's just a wild guess though.

There's a couple of recalls on Pedders shocks on the ACC website, none for Monroe and none for KYB. one of the Pedders recalls is from last year. which isn't positive for them..

I might get a quote from another mechanic (supposedly the Subaru Guru up here - pity he's about 60k's away..) see what he suggests.
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I just got kyb based on the reviews and recommendations.

Shocks.com for the best pricing I've found online. Fast shipping too.
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Having read through this, I have questions! - not just specific to you, but anyone that can contribute

Is it possible to put Koni inserts into the OEM front struts? If so, any idea of pricing?

If anything, I'd prefer a softer ride than OEM rather than harder.

Lastly, should I, or do I have to, replace the springs at the same time?
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KYB are the OEM manufacturer so are very good. But I would put Gabriel above them. I have Gabriel on the rear in mine & I'm very impressed with the abuse they've handled, incl 10,000kms of outback roads severely overloaded
Oh I didn't notice this post. I had thought about Gabriel. Might look into those a little more.

Will Gabriel give a similar ride to OEM?
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