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I just found some Gabriel Ultra 69909 shocks in the trunk of my son's Accord this weekend, I may have bought them some time ago, at least a year or 2 ago ? ? ?
I remember several years putting some Monroes on & the 01 Ody drove & felt worse than the originals did & it had 200k miles on it too! I will probably go ahead & replace the originals with the Gabriels just because there is 270K on the van now & still has original shocks on it. They are just now starting to feel mushy.
I also have the original front struts on the van at this time & they still rebound almost like new. But I think it's time to replace no matter how it acts. What struts are the most recommended for it? KYB's come to mind & what part # ? Also, where's the best (cheapest) place to buy them? TIA,
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Consider replacing the front coil springs and stabilizer links (updated part) when doing the fronts.

I have had good results so far with Monroe Sensatracs on the front and Monroe Load-Adjusting Shocks on the rear.
 

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My opinion is OEM assemblies all the way. I did it on the front last year. No way aftermarket is going to last 10 years and 100k+ plus you get all new hardware and springs. I never plan on touching the front struts again. I went Monroe on the rear, I should have gone OEM there too because the original shocks are much beefier and had more resistance than the new shocks. I assume the Monroe's will need to be replaced in a couple years so maybe I'll go back to OEM at that point.
 

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Here are the KYB parts from Tire Rack for your 2001:

Suspension Products for 2001 Honda Odyssey

I installed the KYB rear shocks a while back with excellent results. The KYB stuff is available from many web vendors.

I plan to replace the fronts by ordering the KYB top mount with bearing, boot and strut, plus new stock springs ($85/ea.), and sway bar links. Then I will have the shock and spring and bearing assembled by a shop with the Branick spring compressor. This way the install will be more or less remove and replace, plug and play, without a trip to the shop to dis-assemble and re-assemble the unit.

I still have to do the rear springs ($32/ea.) plus upper and lower spring seats.

I hope this has given you some ideas for your project.
 

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I just found some Gabriel Ultra 69909 shocks in the trunk of my son's Accord this weekend, I may have bought them some time ago, at least a year or 2 ago ? ? ?
I remember several years putting some Monroes on & the 01 Ody drove & felt worse than the originals did & it had 200k miles on it too! I will probably go ahead & replace the originals with the Gabriels just because there is 270K on the van now & still has original shocks on it. They are just now starting to feel mushy.
I also have the original front struts on the van at this time & they still rebound almost like new. But I think it's time to replace no matter how it acts. What struts are the most recommended for it? KYB's come to mind & what part # ? Also, where's the best (cheapest) place to buy them? TIA,
Rick


I have the gabriels and I've been happy with them for the last 25k or so.
 

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sinbad, where'd you find the springs for $85? Lowest i've found for honda springs is $138.xx & aftermarket for $100, but profressional grade & for the pair. Partsgeek.com & RockAuto.com has some great prices on parts. From where are you guys buying your front suspension parts?
 

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sinbad, where'd you find the springs for $85? Lowest I've found for Honda springs is $138.xx & aftermarket for $100, but professional grade & for the pair. Partsgeek.com & RockAuto.com has some great prices on parts. From where are you guys buying your front suspension parts?

Rick here is Majestic Honda page for 2001 LX listing front springs for $51.54. I have used them with good results for wholesale prices. I used to also use San Leandro Honda, but they stopped having the exploded parts diagrams on their web site -- so screw them, who wants to phone and order that "thing-a-magig."

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Amazon shocks????

Lots of confusion. I checked several sites and ordered from Amazon as my account allows free shipping. The KBY site as well as Orielly Auto both showed the # 344353 as being the correct shock. Today I went back to The Amazon site and it shows the 344353 as a wrong shock. The reason I double checked amazon is because they just sent the wrong cabin air filter for my 04
Anyone out there that "did" put on some KBY's 344353?? How do you like them? Honda says mine are both leaking and or empty??
 

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I put the KYB shocks on the rear because one was leaking and, after removal hardly moving at all. As far as I know PN was 344353, which is part number on tire rack site, from whom I ordered. Noticed immediate improvement -- they work great.
 

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Thanks for the info sinbad, I've used Majestic b4 as well as san leandro, but have been using bernardi because their prices were lower for a while. i'd much rather have the oem parts on the front suspension
 

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Thanks Sinbad

Since Amazon shipped wrong cabin Air filter, I washed the old one and depending on how it looks when it dries, I may put it back or leave it out. This is the first car I have owned that has one, so Since I am still alive, Who needs it?? My 04 has 68000 on her and other than brakes and tires, this is first money I have spent, other than normal maintenence. I haven't had any tranny problems however I have taken it to my independant transmission shop twice just for a checkup. Both times they say ok. They also say there really isn't anything to check. They changed the oil and said ,,go. Is there anything else to check for on the tranny? Thanks again for the note.
 

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Here are the KYB parts from Tire Rack for your 2001:

Suspension Products for 2001 Honda Odyssey

I installed the KYB rear shocks a while back with excellent results. The KYB stuff is available from many web vendors.

I plan to replace the fronts by ordering the KYB top mount with bearing, boot and strut, plus new stock springs ($85/ea.), and sway bar links. Then I will have the shock and spring and bearing assembled by a shop with the Branick spring compressor. This way the install will be more or less remove and replace, plug and play, without a trip to the shop to dis-assemble and re-assemble the unit.

I still have to do the rear springs ($32/ea.) plus upper and lower spring seats.

I hope this has given you some ideas for your project.
Sinbad- I don't believe the KYB strut bearing/mount kits come with the upper spring seat or the rubber insulator...Just the mount itself and the strut bearing and the washers. So, you'd still have to order the seats and insulators from Honda at the same time you order the springs. Not trying to criticize, just hoping to help out.

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Thanks for the info sinbad, I've used Majestic b4 as well as san leandro, but have been using bernardi because their prices were lower for a while. i'd much rather have the oem parts on the front suspension
On many cars, the OEM stuff is terrible, you can't buy as crappy as OEM. On many cars, pick up the OEM and you will feel hardly any oil in it, thin body, etc. KYB are high quality and a very good replacement on most cars, but stiffer than many.
 

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I replaced mine with front and rear with Monroe's.

Picked them up from O' Reilly and got the better level shock with the lifetime warranty.

Admittedly, the struts and shocks aren't as easy riding as I had hoped but its not a huge difference, and assuming I keep the car for sometime down the road, as I understand it, when they wear out, I just bring them in and they give me replacements free of charge. I may actually bring the van by the car parts store and have the manager sign off on them being worn out before I remove them. That is still a long time away (I hope)
 

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Sinbad- I don't believe the KYB strut bearing/mount kits come with the upper spring seat or the rubber insulator...Just the mount itself and the strut bearing and the washers. So, you'd still have to order the seats and insulators from Honda at the same time you order the springs. Not trying to criticize, just hoping to help out.

Regards,
Shea:)
Thanks. I'm on it.
 

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Thanks. I'm on it.
No problem, glad I could help!:)

I'm just waiting on my new KYB's to get here from rockauto.com. The order status estimates I should be seeing the FedEx truck this Wednesday. WOOO HOOO!!!:DD Can't wait!:DD

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No problem, glad I could help!:)

I'm just waiting on my new KYB's to get here from rockauto.com. The order status estimates I should be seeing the FedEx truck this Wednesday. WOOO HOOO!!!:DD Can't wait!:DD

Regards,
Shea:)
Did you get your parts? How did the taxes/duty/shipping work out?
I just did my fronts with KYB struts and (new) OEM springs. So far, so good.
 

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Did you get your parts? How did the taxes/duty/shipping work out?
I just did my fronts with KYB struts and (new) OEM springs. So far, so good.
I saw your impressive spring compressor setup on the other thread. You are very brave -- these compressors are sometimes called "suicide compressors." :)

Anyway, did you ever get a price for, or consider, having a local shop install the springs on the struts using their wall-mounted Branick 7400 spring compressor?
 

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I saw your impressive spring compressor setup on the other thread. You are very brave -- these compressors are sometimes called "suicide compressors." :)

Anyway, did you ever get a price for, or consider, having a local shop install the springs on the struts using their wall-mounted Branick 7400 spring compressor?
I called the dealer and indi chain (Canadian Tire). Guy at dealer (Civic Honda) didn't even know if they would do this and asked if I wanted to leave a message with the Service Manager. I did and haven't heard from him.

CT just said it would be an hourly rate of 75$. I don't know how long it would have taken them. My regular mechanic (independant Honda specialist) retired a few years ago, and I haven't found a replacement - though I haven't looked that hard since I'm now doing most things myself.

I ended up doing them myself precisely because the rental tools are NOT the suicide type. They aren't the best, but because of the safety pins, they won't slip off and send a missile your way. You can see the pins in the photo.
 

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Did KYB's a few years ago - Midas swapped both assemblies for $50 total. Still rides nice.
 
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