93 Camry Struts and Strut Mounts

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Old 05 Aug 2006, 12:16 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 93 Camry Struts and Strut Mounts

My second question of the day. My 93 Camry has the original struts on
them. I am getting a noisy repeated clunk from the front which I
believe is the struts or strut mounts. I plan on doing the work myself
and I do have a coil spring compressor.

I don't want to spend $1,200 for four new struts and mounts from the
dealer. So I am going to buy aftermarket. I am leaning toward
Bilstein struts (which I have read on the group are good) and not sure
which brand of strut mounts to purchase (maybe Monroes)?. Should I be
replacing the strut mounts? I have read posts from the group where
many have said they were a Toyota problem.

What aftermarket struts and mounts are the best to get?

Thanks again, Les

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Old 05 Aug 2006, 02:31 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Bilsteins are very good struts. For $119 at AutoZone, I'd go for them.
If you are hearing clunking noises, you should replace the mounts and
bearings. It makes no sense to do all the work and leave old rubber
parts (boots and bumpers as well) and bearings in there.

Some Bilstein models can be too stiff for the average driver. Their
stiffest is Sports, then the HD, and followed by Touring.

www.bilstein.com

I have good experience with Gabriel Ultras for the average driver.
These have 9-stage automatically adjusting valve system that gives you
comfortable ride at low speeds and good control on the highways. These
have a wider comfort zone than stock. With the occasional Autozone
buy-3-get-1-free and a lifetime warranty they are good value at half
the Bilstein price.

Check out the G-force story at Gabriel:
http://www.gabriel.com/gforce1/eng/default.htm

Monroe has the QuickStrut assembly for the 93. This includes new
spring, rubber seats, bearing, dust boot, strut bumper, and strut
mount. Each of the assembly is about $220. There are cheaper online
sources with occasional free shipping. But I am not a fan for the
Sensatrac they put in there now (their Reflex is better and will be
phased in).

The Monroe front mounts are 902926/902927 for $31.79 each at
www.rockauto.com. Check to make sure bearing is included (usually is).
I'd swap out Toyota mounts for Monroe ones.

Monroe Quick Strut:

http://www.monroe.com/products/mp_de...=Quick%20Strut

I personally don't care for anything from KYB, "Keep Your Bilsteins".
Their GR2 is primitive without any multi-stage automatically adjusting
system typical of modern struts. So keep your Bilsteins.


les wrote:
> My second question of the day. My 93 Camry has the original struts on
> them. I am getting a noisy repeated clunk from the front which I
> believe is the struts or strut mounts. I plan on doing the work myself
> and I do have a coil spring compressor.
>
> I don't want to spend $1,200 for four new struts and mounts from the
> dealer. So I am going to buy aftermarket. I am leaning toward
> Bilstein struts (which I have read on the group are good) and not sure
> which brand of strut mounts to purchase (maybe Monroes)?. Should I be
> replacing the strut mounts? I have read posts from the group where
> many have said they were a Toyota problem.
>
> What aftermarket struts and mounts are the best to get?
>
> Thanks again, Les


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