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2007 Ody - opinions on rear shock replacement (KYB vs Monroe)

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I have about 75k miles on my van and whether the rear shocks are in good condition or not, I'm going to replace them now. I've been considering both the Monroe Sensatrac and KYB GR2 shocks. However, I've noticed that the part number I keep getting for Monroe is 37288, which aligns to the OESpectrum product line from Monroe. Does anyone know if Monroe simply rebranded the part, or if this is an inferior part now?

There haven't been any recent threads on the topic of longevity with the Monroe shocks, vs. handling with KYB. I haven't seen any consensus on KYB being too stiff or ok, and I'd really like something that is higher quality than OEM but lasts longer.
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Recently I felt a big clunk in the rear whenever driven over my driveway, sounded like it was bottom out. So I Just installed KYBs in the rear last Friday and while the car feels more planted on the freeways or around the curves, I still hear small clunks over bumps when sitting in the back. From this, I think the KYBs are stiffer than stock (I don't remember if it was this way when It was brand new). I'd expected the original shocks were really really bad but they weren't. One has free play for about 1/2 inch at fully decompressed but both still compress with force and decompress normaly. The car has about 115k miles.

Some thing I learned from the installation, When removing (I used a hammer with a big screw driver to tap it out) the shocks from the lower stud, make sure the shocks are fully compressed (as short as possible). If not, at some point it will just stuck and if forcing it out, I was afraid it might mess up the thread of the stud. Just use your hands to compress it and quickly tap out the lower mount while it slowly decompress.
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Not sure why I can't edit my post. Just to update that the old shocks were very slow to rebound, too.
Hmm...Isn't that just wasting space. This web site has slowed down a lot already in the past 6 mos., I think because of the banners.
It's hard to compare with oe shocks/strut because it's been a while and now even the car has new shocks/struts it has other issues as well, like worn bushings on the A arms or different tires... But if I have to guess, I think KYB is more firm, especially the rear ones. According to my mechanic friend, KYB don't last as long as Honda's.
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