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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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Does anyone know the correct part number for Monroe Sensatrac's to use? Based on Monroe's site and anything else I can find, the part number for 37288 falls under the OESpectrum product line, which at least does have a lifetime guarantee but may not live up or be the Sensatrac dampening and/or quality.
Yeah I see that. As far as I know, it was always the 37288 part # for the rears, but Monroe changed the product name. I wouldn't worry about it. You can guarantee it will be a better product than the factory shocks.

Thanks Joel. A deal just came up today from Advance Auto Parts so I bought 4 Monroe shocks for $119 shipped, will take the "shocktober" rebate from Monroe, and now I have two extra Monroe shocks to sell to another Odyssey owner in the area. If I don't like these, I think Monroe also has a guarantee and will refund the cost when you buy replacements from another brand, which of course would end up being the KYBs.
Well, the Monroe Sensa Trac / OESpectrum 37288 shocks are installed. Compared to the existing Honda shocks, they already feel more firm and the initial impact going over speed bumps small and large in my neighborhood shows them to be relatively firm even on initial impact. I know I'll need to give them a few hundred miles to really see how they feel and break in, but so far so good.

Speaking of, if anybody wants a pair and is in the SF Bay Area, or wants to work out shipping (FedEx residential ground would probably be reasonably cheap for these), I have a pair for sale now. I went ahead and bought 4 to utilize extra discounts and collect on the rebate, so I'm selling the pair for $50 + shipping.
So far so good. Monroe's are definitely a little firmer on the initial impact of little bumps, and soak up the larger ones smoothly and consistently. Both of my stock shocks appeared to be okay, no leaks or anything, but slow to rebound and much easier to compress by hand (pushing a lot of weight onto the ground) than the Monroe's.

If anyone wants a pair of Monroe's, I got a good deal on buying 4 (used a coupon + get rebate) so I'm selling a pair of brand new ones for $50, plus shipping (seems to range from $10-20 depending on where you are in relation to the SF Bay Area). Will meet locally or I'll be in the Los Angeles area this weekend.
Hi JamesInLV,
Do you still have those Monroe's shocks. Please contact me thanks
Sorry...sold those a long time ago. I just bought 4 online with the best deal I could find + coupon, then got the Monroe rebate, and then sold the extra pair for cost so both the guy who bought them and myself got a great deal. You could do the same if you're willing to find another person to buy the extra pair too.
Rebate deal is back as of yesterday...$30 on a set of four. Buy from for $34/ea + shipping, and add discount code for an extra 5% off. That's about the best price you'll find now. Looks like these have gone up a little in cost...I got mine net of coupons and rebate for about $25 each, but looks like closest you'll get now is about $30 each. Still not bad.
Hi James,

How's the ride on the Monroe's by now? I'm looking to get the kit from rock auto and some h&r's. I know for a fact that the kyb's are harsher than stock, but it also has to do with spring rate. However, I'm leaning to pair up the Monroe's OE spectrum with the H&R's. I've read good reviews on the H&R's and middle of the road on the Monroe's...... Sachs are available for the oddy, but I can't seem to justify the price since I'm going to replace every bushing on creation in the van.
Honestly, I'm not sure my rear shocks were shot in the first place, but with the Monroe's there was a noticeable improvement and the ride has been the ride has been fine for ~24k miles now. Not sure I'll have the van until it dies, but at the very least if the Monroe's don't last much longer than stock I'll find out how well that lifetime warranty works out.
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