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Our 09 Outback needs front struts as they are "weaping" at the top where the shaft comes out of the strut indicating bad seals. Want to know what make struts Subaru uses? Mavis tire gave me a choice of either KYB or Monroe struts. The car has 88K on it, I was surprized to see them failing already as our other Subi's went well over 140K without needing struts. Thanks for your help and have a good weekend.

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Subaru OEM struts are made by KYB, but the replacement KYBs are nicer than the ones that came on it from the factory (at least for the 3rd gen).

Go with KYBs. I think anyone here would agree they're much better than Monroes.


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I suspect they used Tokicos. The 2005-2009 rear struts are often worn out before 100k. I think they're just too weak. I used the stiffer 2004 struts in mine, and the car handles better as a result.

KYB makes great parts, it's what I use and recommend.


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For anyone else reading, Monroe shocks and struts tend to only last 25-35k miles. They don't say, "Replace your struts at 50k" for naught. They know their product sucks.



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I suspect they used Tokicos. The 2005-2009 rear struts are often worn out before 100k.
Mine were really worn at 93k, but they were definitely stamped KYB on my 2008.

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KYB is OEM. I'd replace the fronts with KYB, and if you want to improve the handling while you're at it, replace them with the KYB for the 2000-04 Outback.

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For anyone else reading, Monroe shocks and struts tend to only last 25-35k miles. They don't say, "Replace your struts at 50k" for naught. They know their product sucks.

Monroe does indeed s*ck. Interesting, do they build Rancho? "Cause they absolutely s*ck too. RS9000 adjustable...BS crap.

My '90 Cavalier, don't laugh, ok laugh. My mountain work runner in the summer. The best, really only rear shock available for this car were Gabriel, ugh! I almost cut the rear towers all apart so I could custom coil-over the rear. Hey, I got it for free, Blown HG. 4 months later I got another one free too, blown HG...think OBs have an issue. This 4cyclinder was crap.
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91-94 Cavalier (and its sister models--Acheiva, Grand Am, etc.) also got one of the top 5 worst ever ignition locks to fit a key to. Doors are no picnic either as the seat belts are mounted in the door. Might as well stick your hand in a hay bailer while it's running. No easy way to make a key without pulling the lock, either.

Lose your keys to one of those and you've pretty much totalled it.

The ignition in question:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/aftermarket-...h+Ignition.pdf

But yes, KYB is the good stuff.
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91-94 Cavalier (and its sister models--Acheiva, Grand Am, etc.) also got one of the top 5 worst ever ignition locks to fit a key to.
Well at least they got it right for the Cobalt and its cousins.

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