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Old 05-29-2014, 04:36 AM   #11
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I believe it was Majestic Honda but the part numbers are the same so any dealership can order them for you. The catch is any random dealer mark up. My mechanic called the local Honda dealers here in the South Bay and they quoted flat out absurd prices. If memory serves one single rear assembly was around $600 and the fronts at over $400 each. Better to enter your part numbers into google and see what you can come up with.
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:29 AM   #12
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Non-factory front struts for 2007 and up

Has anyone figured out what the difference is between the pre 2007 struts and struts for 2007 and up?

I came across struts for the 2007 at Summit racing - Loaded Strut Assemblies SUM-SA11663/664. A reviewer claimed they were heavier than the original struts on his 2008.

I have a 2003 EX and I just got a 2007 EX a few days ago, maybe I should take them off the vehicles and compare the two. :)
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:03 AM   #13
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anyone figure this out yet
also i assume your talking about loaded shocks and not just a bare shock
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:20 AM   #14
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https://www.pepboys.com/front-shocks...%202.4L%20DOHC

Just Check pep boys, they have KYB and MONROE
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:04 PM   #15
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The difference from pre-07 to 07+ is the coil spring direction, which means the seat direction on the strut is opposite. You CAN run pre-'07 struts but you HAVE to get the proper coil to go along with it (both driver and passenger side coils must be wound in the same direction). The top spring isolator might be a good thing to update with the proper side as well, since the old coil would have worn it's shape into the rubber over time. The top hat and strut mount should work across all years, but at that point you might as well get whole assemblies.

I have installed a pre-07 strut on my '07 and it worked fine because I had matching springs. Ultimately, I went back to OEM assemblies. Worth every penny. While the rear shocks are definitely KYB's (hence their relatively similar price points, and they are stamped as such from the dealer) I am not convinced the front are. The front struts are much more expensive than KYB struts, they are not stamped as such anywhere on the body of the shock AND KYB has never offered an '07+ strut for the front (which doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint if they were the manufacturers). From a bit of research, Showa has been a manufacturer of front struts for Honda, so that's my guess.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:07 PM   #16
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The difference from pre-07 to 07+ is the coil spring direction, which means the seat direction on the strut is opposite. You CAN run pre-'07 struts but you HAVE to get the proper coil to go along with it (both driver and passenger side coils must be wound in the same direction). The top spring isolator might be a good thing to update with the proper side as well, since the old coil would have worn it's shape into the rubber over time. The top hat and strut mount should work across all years, but at that point you might as well get whole assemblies.

I have installed a pre-07 strut on my '07 and it worked fine because I had matching springs. Ultimately, I went back to OEM assemblies. Worth every penny. While the rear shocks are definitely KYB's (hence their relatively similar price points, and they are stamped as such from the dealer) I am not convinced the front are. The front struts are much more expensive than KYB struts, they are not stamped as such anywhere on the body of the shock AND KYB has never offered an '07+ strut for the front (which doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint if they were the manufacturers). From a bit iof research, Showa has been a manufacturer of front struts for Honda, so that's my guess.
I agree 100% that the front struts were never available from KYB for 2007 or newer.

Never found a listing for Showa either.

Seems like dealer only, unless we get aftermarket crap. Or complete assembly for 2006 and earlier.
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:44 AM   #17
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I agree 100% that the front struts were never available from KYB for 2007 or newer.

Never found a listing for Showa either.

Seems like dealer only, unless we get aftermarket crap. Or complete assembly for 2006 and earlier.
OK, so just confirming that if you get complete strut assemblies the '03-'06 fronts will work on a '10?
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OK, so just confirming that if you get complete strut assemblies the '03-'06 fronts will work on a '10?
I'm pretty sure. Have not tried it myself.

Post up your results if you do try it.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:30 AM   #19
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I was looking at the A1 Auto site and they have some TRQ front struts that list the same part number for both 2004 and 2010. This may give me the confidence to order the 2004 Monroe front quick strut assembly for my 2010. This would save over $600 compared to OEM parts....
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You might be able to use just the damper from an aftermarket strut assembly made for an earlier model. I miss the "olden"days when you could replace just the damper cartridge within a strut without replacing the whole [email protected] assembly.
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