I guarantee you all that your OEM struts are likely in great condition as I found with mine when I removed them. The issues is the strut damping calibration is totally wrong, if anyone changes they are simply removing badly valved struts and fitting correctly valved struts. That is what this is about now.
I would like to know the difference between 116 and 118 though, for now I can tell you the 116 is incredibly aweome
KYB AUS (distribution) also make every replacement strut 10% better damped than the OEM strut in EVERY application they sell struts for in this country, whether its a FORD, FIAT, Subaru or whatever. Its actually a great scheme as just in replacing you always get something better than the factory fitted.
I am just as tight as the rest of you, but I was damned if I was going to be driving such an unsafe suspension setting for another year, this was last ditch attempt as I dont have a lot of options out here on the suspension.
For me the front suspension here works well, we have pretty average roads and I never felt a deficiency, its the rear that was totally screwed.
Car feels very planted on the road now - amazing is almost coming to mind - well compared to the OEM rubbish
The ultimate for you USA guys might be a full Australian strut set from KYB, I reckon you would be in heaven. Its not any kind of low price tho, I was in for AUD$320 to do the rears .......
The KYB product is made in Japan which is excellent
www.kyb.com.au Then go to the part finder and you will find the front strut numbers too
Fronts are 339385 (R) and 339386 (L) for AU from KYB