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I purchased a set of Monroe 'Quick Struts' 171992 for my 2001 ZX2 (front). Even though they are not listed for the ZX2 they are listed for 97-02 sedan and I assume physical interchangeability. I bought them on the internet and I assumed they do not list them for the ZX2 due to differences in spring rate and/or strut valving but at this point in my cars life (176K miles) Im not concerned about top handling. I compared them to my stock strut assemblies after I removed them and they looked basically the same dimensionally (see pic). The spring coil diameter was the same on both my original and the new springs (about .580) but the new Monroe struts assemblies appear to have more 1/2 - 1 more coils. I had no problem installing them but found them to pop and squeek terribly. Also I found the steering was very stiff like the there was too much friction in the strut mounts were they should pivot. So after about two weeks of driving I put my original 176K mile struts back in.

Anyone else use these and have issues?

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The sedan and ZX2 (except the S/R) use the same strut/spring combination. The S/R's struts and springs are firmer, but would also bolt in.

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cklaubur said:
The sedan and ZX2 (except the S/R) use the same strut/spring combination. The S/R's struts and springs are firmer, but would also bolt in.

Casey
Thats interesting because both Monroe and KYB offer these pre-assembled spring/strut assemblies and both of these manufacturers only list the front ones for the sedan, not the ZX2. The rear assemblies they both list for both sedan and ZX2.

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Monroe sucks! I rock Tokico blues and H&R springs, Best option available in the US in my opinion! I wonder how the KYB's size up to the Tokico's.
Oh, and wasn't really fond of the S/R Tokico's & Eibach's!

I would have got new upper plates, and KYB struts if i were in your shoes!
 

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Monroe sucks! I rock Tokico blues and H&R springs, Best option available in the US in my opinion! I wonder how the KYB's size up to the Tokico's.
Oh, and wasn't really fond or the S/R Tokico's & Eibach's!

I would have got new upper plates, and KYB struts if i were in your shoes!
Uh.... JP's Ksport coilover set is the best in the US ;)
 

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Putting sedan struts and springs on a ZX2 should not cause any issues as both cars have the exact same suspension and chassis. I think you just got a bad set.
 

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all 91+ escorts, mx3, protege, and zx2 but the s/r's have a slightly larger mount.
 

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91-96 have different front struts with the smaller shaft. All 97+ Escorts and ZX2's have the front struts with the ticker shaft. The part number for the front springs is the same for 3rd gens and ZX2's. However, the sedan, wagon, and ZX2 all have different rear springs. The part numbers for the front struts appear to be the different but I can't see why as they use the same springs and strut mounts.
 

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First off ignore the fact the the replacement coil has more turns. If it's anything like my 1995LX rear springs, they are all like that and they are actually better.

Are those replacement struts Sensa-tracks or regular Monroes? They look like Sensa-tracks, which people either love or hate. I use regular (blue) Monroes and they are just fine.
 

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It's also possible that putting in new struts of any type or brand mixed in with a bunch of other steering and suspension parts that have 176K miles on it is probably going to cause something else that's questionable to begien with to seem more bad.
 
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