Shocks & Struts

As your vehicle rolls down the road, the springs absorb the bumps and road irregularities. Shocks and struts dampen spring movement so the wheels and tires don’t move up and down too rapidly, and prevent the springs from continuing to oscillate after bumps. Without shocks and struts your tires would bounce, so you would not only have a harsh ride, but little vehicle control, since tires that are in the air instead of on the ground can’t make your vehicle accelerate, brake or turn.

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    • (16 reviews)
      # sp4351
      Econo-Matic™ Complete Strut Assemblies by Monroe®. This ready-to-install complete strut assembly includes everything needed for strut replacement in an affordable, fully-assembled unit. You save time because spring compression is not...
      Economical replacement alternative helping to ensure a complete repairHelps reduce installation time
      $51.33 - $141.36
    • (12 reviews)
      # sp4266
      B4 Series Replacement Shocks and Struts by Bilstein®. BILSTEIN has a legendary reputation for providing original equipment components to many of the world’s finest vehicle manufacturers. The BILSTEIN B4 Series provides the same OEM...
      Constant damping characteristics under any loadConsistent performance and handling give the vehicle a new car feel every time
      $27.52 - $610.00
    • (71 reviews)
      # sp16725
      Air Shocks and Struts by Arnott®. Designed to match the fine specifications and tolerances of OEM equipment. Provides OEM level of fit, performance, and reliability at a fraction of dealer prices.
      Arnott sources many components from the same name brand companies that vehicle manufacturers used to build original OEM parts withRestore full effectiveness and comfort of your air suspension ride
      $128.65 - $2,880.40
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp10259
      Professional™ Shocks and Struts by ACDelco®. ACDelco Professional Premium Gas-Charged Shocks offer the superior ride of a Premium Gas-Charged Shock with patented RoadResponse™ technology. Custom-tuned gas charge for optimized...
      RoadResponse™ Technology helps respond to changing road conditions with motion-sensitive valvingRoadResponse™ Technology provides a more comfortable ride during normal driving conditions
      $19.71 - $134.93
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp122969
      Professional™ Strut Cartridge by ACDelco®. by ACDelco®. ACDelco Professional Premium Gas-Charged Shocks offer the superior ride of a Premium Gas-Charged Shock with patented RoadResponse™ technology. Custom-tuned gas charge for...
      RoadResponse™ Technology helps respond to changing road conditions with motion-sensitive valvingRoadResponse™ Technology provides a more comfortable ride during normal driving conditions
      $34.98
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp9979
      Shocks and Struts by SenSen®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by SenSen features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured to meet or...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $12.18 - $82.35
    • (67 reviews)
      # sp4363
      OE Spectrum™ Shocks and Struts by Monroe®. These shocks and struts are engineered for foreign nameplate vehicles to enhance the performance of their suspension systems. Monroe OE Spectrum shocks utilize OE valving technologies like...
      Provide unprecedented handling precision and controlNitrogen gas charged
      $13.53 - $369.72
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp35908
      B4 Series Replacement Air Shock Absorber by Bilstein®. The Bilstein B4 air suspension module. The only fully functional module for all air suspension systems in uncompromising OE quality. High-quality air suspension modules in...
      High OEM quality standardsProven BILSTEIN gas pressure technology
      $140.86 - $4,226.20
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp13063
      ReadyMount™ Fully Loaded Strut Assembly by Gabriel®. As a structural sub-system in the suspension/steering system of the vehicle, the strut module assembly requires the highest level of quality and performance to ensure vehicle safety...
      Strut comes pre-assembled, saving up to 1.5 hours in installation timeEach design is 100% Fit- and Ride-tested by Gabriel's Answerman Techs to verify proper fit and real-world performance
      $51.28 - $173.82
    • (8 reviews)
      # sp116782
      Complete Air Strut Assembly by Suncore®. This complete kit will replace all the required Air Suspension Parts in order to maintain great ride quality. You will be saving Time and Money by purchasing this complete replacement kit. The...
      Easy to installInstallation instructions included
      $158.32 - $1,066.10
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp10245
      GM Original Equipment™ Shocks and Struts by ACDelco®. Keep that great GM ride and handling with GM Original Equipment Shocks and Struts. Built to match your factory-original parts in fit, form and function, GM OE Shocks and Struts...
      Built to match your factory-original parts in fit, form and function to ensure performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      +1
      $29.19 - $959.39
    • (10 reviews)
      # sp33021
      Strut and Coil Spring Assembly by OSC Automotive®. OSC has designed its “QWIK-FIT” Strut Assemblies for quick & easy installation, no need to take apart the original strut assembly. Your customers can – save time & increase their...
      High quality at an affordable priceExpertly made from premium materials
      $42.73 - $173.51
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp10237
      Advantage™ Gas Charged Shock Absorber by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $13.26 - $47.53
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp13066
      Ultra™ Premium Shock Absorber by Gabriel®. Gabriel® Ultra™ shocks and struts for today’s vehicles are in a class of their own. Ultras are precision engineered with exclusive G-Force™ Technology for quicker response, longer...
      Infinitely Variable Damping for on-demand control on all road conditionsG-Force technology for quicker response, improved product life and consistent, reliable ride control
      $17.53 - $247.30
    • (11 reviews)
      # sp7970
      Shocks and Struts by Suncore®. This kit will replace all the required Shocks or Struts in order to maintain great ride quality. You will be saving Time and Money by purchasing this complete replacement kit. Shocks and Struts should be...
      Easy to installInstallation instructions included
      $22.19 - $2,465.56
    • (3 reviews)
      # sp16724
      ABC Strut by Arnott®. Arnott now offers a completely rebuilt Active Body Control (ABC) strut. Each strut is painstakingly tested, disassembled and rebuilt from the ground up. Arnott has worked directly with one of the largest seal...
      Arnott sources many components from the same name brand companies that vehicle manufacturers used to build original OEM parts withRestore full effectiveness and comfort of your air suspension ride
      $550.65 - $866.64
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp13050
      Guardian™ Nitrogen Gas Charged Shock Absorber by Gabriel®. Whether it’s a casual cruise over paved asphalt or a long drive on a rugged country road, Gabriel® Guardian™ shocks provide high-quality comfort and stable performance...
      Engineered to meet or exceed OE specificationsHigh-quality comfort and performance at a value price
      $13.35 - $26.12
    • (92 reviews)
      # sp4352
      Quick-Strut™ Complete Strut Assemblies by Monroe®. This innovative replacement strut comes complete and ready to install. All of the most common wear parts are included so you’ll not only save installation time, your vehicle’s...
      Preassembled and ready to installSaves time and increases your safety – no need to disassemble components and compress the coil spring
      $59.97 - $317.71
    • (7 reviews)
      # sp33019
      Shock Absorber by OSC Automotive®. Affordable solution to a better ride. OSC struts and shock absorbers are a premium quality affordable solution to OE replacements. This ensures every strut and shock absorber will fit the first time,...
      Twin-Tube DesignNitrogen Gas Charge
      $14.60 - $71.91
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp20485
      Guardian™ Strut by Gabriel®. Gabriel® Guardian™ struts are designed and priced to fit a variety of budgets with no compromise in safety or structural strength, which is required in today’s strut suspension systems. Every Guardian...
      Conventional Disk Valving Technology enables proportional damping based on the speed of vehicle-to-road impactSintered Iron Piston delivers maximum ride performance and durability
      $42.95 - $52.45
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp33018
      AL-KO Series Shock Absorber by OSC Automotive®. Affordable solution to a better ride. OSC struts and shock absorbers are a premium quality affordable solution to OE replacements. This ensures every strut and shock absorber will fit the...
      Twin-tube designNitrogen gas charge
      $63.09 - $138.77
    • (11 reviews)
      # sp16730
      Shock Absorbers and Struts by Arnott®. Arnott's exclusive premium shocks delivers control, stability, handling, and comfort. Arnott's new exclusive aftermarket part design adapts your vehicle's shocks to the original OEM air spring and...
      Arnott sources many components from the same name brand companies that vehicle manufacturers used to build original OEM parts withSized and shaped with precise original equipment dimensions for easy bolt-on installation that does not require modification
      $100.68 - $305.15
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp109217
      OE Spectrum™ Strut Insert by Monroe®. These shocks and struts are engineered for foreign nameplate vehicles to enhance the performance of their suspension systems. Monroe OESpectrum shocks utilize OE valving technologies like the Twin...
      Provide unprecedented handling precision and controlNitrogen gas charged
      $29.40 - $54.17
    • (2 reviews)
      # sp4364
      Specialty™ Shocks and Struts by Monroe®. These shock absorbers are designed to restore factory ride height and ride quality on vehicles equipped with electronic or factory air suspensions. All Specialty Shocks by Monroe are direct...
      Preassembled and ready to installSaves time and increases your safety – no need to disassemble components and compress the coil spring
      $69.76 - $337.67
    • (15 reviews)
      # sp110419
      Complete Strut Assembly by Arnott®. Designed to match the fine specifications and tolerances of OEM equipment. Available in 100% new or remanufactured form built with replacement components sourced from same companies that supplied...
      Arnott sources many components from the same name brand companies that vehicle manufacturers used to build original OEM parts withRestore full effectiveness and comfort of your air suspension ride
      $187.80
    • (14 reviews)
      # sp8684
      Strut and Coil Spring Assembly by MOOG®. The Complete Strut Assemblies feature a superior design and construction over the OE design. Highlighting the assembly is the Triple Piston Rod Seal. The outer wiper seal cleans the piston rod,...
      Coil spring is engineered for long term, consistent performancePremium coating is applied for optimal corrosion resistance
      $63.36 - $171.02
    • (52 reviews)
      # sp4315
      Excel-G™ Shock and Strut by KYB®. Restore your vehicle's original performance for normal driving conditions with the Excel-G twin-tube gas hydraulic shocks and struts that offer additional damping force to compensate for things like...
      KYB recommended OEM replacement shock for domestic carsSpecifically calibrated to help restore the original handling and control characteristics
      $15.36 - $163.31
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp110427
      Excel-G™ Strut Cartridge by KYB®. Restore your vehicle's original performance for normal driving conditions with the Excel-G twin-tube gas hydraulic shocks and struts that offer additional damping force to compensate for things like...
      Designed to restore original handling and controlCalibrated to compensate for age and miles driven
      $26.80 - $51.99
    • (17 reviews)
      # sp4317
      Gas-a-Just™ Shock and Strut by KYB®. Go with Gas-a-Just shocks and struts and experience greater stability, handling, and control over twin-tube designs. Whether your vehicle is originally equipped with a monotube or twin-tube design...
      The correct, monotube-designed OEM replacement shockSpecifically calibrated to help restore the original handling and control characteristics
      $18.88 - $113.79
    • (0 reviews)
      # sp4319
      SR™ Shock and Strut by KYB®. When replacing struts, it's also a great idea to replace strut mounts too. They optimize suspension performance by providing a smooth steering response and reduce vibration and road noise. Each mount is...
      Restores the vehicle's original control and handling capabilitiesDirectly replaces original equipment self-leveling and electronic shocks and struts
      $65.69 - $304.11




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    Both shocks and struts control spring movement to keep your tires on the ground and you in control, but where that is a shock’s sole function, a strut is part of an assembly that includes the coil spring and upper strut mount, forming a structural suspension member. Struts make economical use of space by taking the place of separate shocks, springs and control arms. They support the weight of the vehicle, and front struts provide the pivot point for steering.

    Hydraulic shocks and struts have piston rods attached to pistons that move up and down inside hydraulic fluid filled cylinders. The pistons ride against the walls of the cylinder so the hydraulic fluid has to flow through small, calibrated fluid passages and valves to allow piston movement. As you would expect, the fluid can’t move very quickly through these small orifices, so piston and rod movement is slowed. This in turn slows and dampens the movement of the springs and suspension. Most modern shocks and struts include nitrogen gas, which prevents fluid aeration and shock fade.

    Fluid leaking and worn bushings are obvious reasons for replacement, but most shocks and struts will gradually deteriorate internally without exhibiting any external signs. When you consider that a shock metering valve can flex several thousand times in just a few miles, it’s easy to see how such parts can be completely fatigued at 50,000 miles. Judging shock or strut integrity by vehicle performance is a more accurate barometer. If your vehicle rides harshly, the nose dives when braking, the body rolls excessively in corners, the suspension bottoms out, or your tires are cupping, you need new shocks or struts.

    Worn upper strut mounts are common causes of noise, poor steering response or binding, and improper alignment. The upper strut mount retains the coil spring and connects the strut to the body. It has an insulating layer, and front strut mounts often have a bearing where the strut pivots as the vehicle turns. The insulating component is usually rubber bonded to metal, and the rubber can split, crack, harden, or otherwise deteriorate and create excessive clearance and metal-to-metal contact, and the bearing can wear as well. Struts also have boots or bellows covering the shaft and these can tear, allowing dirt to score the shaft and ruin the upper hydraulic seal. A bumper surrounding the shaft prevents the suspension from bottoming out, and this can split and allow the strut to be damaged.

    We offer struts mounts, bearings, bellows, bump stops, and struts without springs, but if you’re replacing struts you should consider our complete strut assemblies. These come with a new coil spring and upper strut mount installed. You save time, there’s no need for a special spring compressor, and all common wear parts are replaced for a thorough repair. Our replacement shocks and struts are engineered to deliver OE quality ride and handling, so your car or truck will have the level of suspension performance it had when it was new. But if you want better performance, we can offer you upgraded shocks and struts for a firmer ride and more responsive handling. And if you’re restoring a classic, we have authentic reproduction shocks and related components with original equipment appearance.

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    Good Struts
    I just replaced the struts/shocks in my 2015 Passat with these. They went in easy and have a nice ride to them. I think they are a little stiffer than stock but overall I am very happy with these. Great strut for the price.
    APosted by Andrew Hicks (Wilmington, VT) / May 24, 20182015 Volkswagen Passat
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