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Monroe Gas-Matic Strut

Part No. 81953 Warranty Details  

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Monroe® Gas-Matic passenger car struts are gas charged and provide improved control at an economical price.

Product Features:
  • Available for import and domestic passenger cars
  • Gas-charged unit
  • Improved handling and control
  • Economical OE replacement
  • Meets OE product specifications
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Body Length:15.125 in
Compressed Length:15.5 in
Dust Shield:No
Extended Length:22.5 in
Gas Charged:Yes
Hardware Parts Pack:Yes
O.E.M. Replacement:Yes
Travel Length:7 in

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MonroeGas-Matic Strut
 
4.0

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (7)
  • Comfortable ride (6)
  • Improves handling (6)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday driving (9)
  • Replacement (5)
  • Small cars (5)
  • Large cars (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Casual driver (9), Auto enthusiast (8), Mechanic (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Inexpensive Strut

The strut is basically a stock replacement of one that has exceeded its lifespan. The install was and easy down easy up procedure with the simple snag of the brake line. The strut has...Read complete review

The strut is basically a stock replacement of one that has exceeded its lifespan. The install was and easy down easy up procedure with the simple snag of the brake line. The strut has a bracket welded to it to install the flex brake hose. I am not a fan of ripping apart aging brake lines to do this job so a notch was cut with a cut off wheel where the flex hose mounts to so 1/2 the bracket could be bent out of the way and bent back. After that removal and install were a breeze.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Failed after 3 years

Replaced the rear struts myself with these 3 years ago and both are now leaking and failing. One has lost all damping and the other is slowly getting worse. Fortunately, they have a...Read complete review

Replaced the rear struts myself with these 3 years ago and both are now leaking and failing. One has lost all damping and the other is slowly getting worse. Fortunately, they have a lifetime warranty. Hope the replacements last more than 3 years.

I agree with the other posting about the brake lines. I did the same thing.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not recommended

By 

from Maryland

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3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

    Cons

    • Harsh Ride

    Best Uses

      Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

      These are inexpensive, direct fit rear struts. They were easy to install, but after a thousand miles i can say that i really don't like these struts. They have so so so little suspension travel. It feels like there is an inch of travel before it feels like your riding on the bump stops or something inside the strut which is very unforgiving.

      Buy something more sophisticated. You'll be much happier.

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      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      OEM after market part

      By 

      from FAIRFAX, VA

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Cars

          Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

          Product was ready for pick-up at the store.

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          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product with great performance!

          By 

          from Hendersonville, North Carolina

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          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Small Cars

            Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

            I purchased this for my mothers car. With 125,000 miles her struts were worn out and needed replacement. I am a novice mechanic and had no problem installing this product. The result was a 14 year old car that that rides as if it were new again.

            • Car & Truck:
            • Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Shocks at a Great Price

            By 

            from Berthoud, CO

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            Pros

            • Complete
            • Easy To Use
            • Not Blown

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Cars

              Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

              These are great on my 96 Corolla. Even better because I got them on sale. I was looking for a complete set of gas charged rear shocks for right at $100 and I found it in these during an online sale.

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              • Auto Enthusiast
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              • No

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              better than gabriel

              By 

              from oshkosh,wi

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars
                • Trucks

                Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                monroe struts work great for oem replacement or lowered car/truck.

                • Car & Truck:
                • Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Competitive Driver, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                GREAT STRUT FOR THE PRICE!

                By 

                from Newark DE.

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • High-Performance
                • RESTORED RIDE TO NEW

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Large Cars
                • Small Cars
                • Trucks

                Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                FOR THE PRICE I PAID YOU CANT BEAT THESE STRUTS. THE WIFES COROLLA RIDES LIKE NEW AGAIN AND A LIFETIME WARRANTY. WHY PAY MORE?

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                • Mechanic

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Look nice but in reality ...

                By 

                from Balto, MD

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                Pros

                • Improves Handling

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Driving

                  Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                  after 3 months went bad , switched to sensa-trac . let's see how long will work

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                  • Auto Enthusiast

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Part

                  By 

                  from Aiken, SC

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                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Ride
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Improves Handling

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Driving
                    • Replacement
                    • Restoration

                    Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                    Easy to install, you will need to cut a slit in the mounting bracket for the brake line to remove and reinstall. This will keep you from having to disconnect the brake lines and having to bleed them. Be sure to make reference mark on the top of the strut mount and the top on the strut itself with a marker or something so that you can align and reinstall properly

                    • Car & Truck:
                    • Casual Driver

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Ride feels like new

                    By 

                    from Somerset, NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Ride
                    • Improves Handling
                    • Improves Launching
                    • Improves nose diving

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Driving

                      Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                      I installed these struts on a 2001 Toyota Corolla. The difference in the handling, suspension and stopping is a 180.

                      • Car & Truck:
                      • Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Works great!

                      By 

                      from Fredericksburg, Va

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                      3 or more reviews submitted

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                      • Lacks Adjustability

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Driving

                      Comments about Monroe Gas-Matic Strut:

                      Installs easy. Had no problems with the product.

                      • Car & Truck:
                      • Casual Driver

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                      • Q:

                        wil theses raise the rear end its going down a little and needs to come up its a 98 prizm
                        Asked on 12/30/2011 by rick from eht

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Yes, this Monroe Gas-Matic Strut with part# 81953 fits your 1998 Chevrolet Prizm. Monroe Gas-Matic passenger car struts are gas charged and provide improved control.

                          Answered on 12/30/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Well my strut is really stiff and and doesn't absorb any shock and I was wondering if this will fix my problem without buying a whole strut with the spring? Is this an OE product?
                        Asked on 1/9/2011 by Rezlife from Sault Ste. Marie, MI

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          For further assistance, please provide the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle.

                          Answered on 1/11/2011 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                      • Q:

                        How many do I need?
                        Asked on 9/29/2010 by Anonymous from laurel, MD

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          To further assist you could you provide the vehicle's year, make, model, and engine size.

                          Answered on 9/29/2010 by Kevin from AAP
                      • Q:

                        how easy are these parts to put on without taking it to a mechanic shp?
                        Asked on 3/11/2010 by Anonymous

                        2 answers

                        • A:

                          Not too bad to tell ya the truth. Air tools will come in handy, so if you don't have an impact wrench, it would be a good idea to get one. If you don't have an air compressor, there are electric impact wrenches too.

                          Answered on 4/12/2010 by Dave from Charlotte, NC
                        • VERIFIED BUYER

                          A:

                          Very easy, if you have a jack and can remove a tire from the car you can replace your struts. You will need some basic hand tools/wrenches/socket set - metric/sae hacksaw blade and spring compressors. You can get the spring compressores from Advance for free. You just leave a deposit and when you return the spring compressors they refund your deposit.

                          Answered on 9/12/2010 by Shadetree Wannabe from Aiken, SC
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