Replaced Rear Struts XV 2012 - AUSTRALIAN

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    Replaced Rear Struts XV 2012 - AUSTRALIAN

    Today I replaced the absolutely useless rear struts, the vehicle hops sideways on the motorway over small bumps, the wheels come off the ground over the speed bumps in car parks and just about any other annoying thing that bad dampers can cause

    I went with the KYB EXCEL - G part number 340116 (USA vehicles get 340118), I dont know the difference between those 2 but I bet its damping rate related

    The installation is easy and not any real effort.

    I can report that the KYB part is nearly 2mm larger OD than the OEM part, maybe a bigger piston inside and obviously more oil.

    When hand testing the OEM units there was nothing to say they were "bad" in fact I found myself thinking I hope this is going to make a difference .......

    What a difference it made, the vehicle is not the same car and now holds the road as it should at the rear - like my GEN4 Liberty/Legacy sedan does. WIN

    Got them through GSA Wholesale suspension Brisbane (for the Aus owners)







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    Excellent! Many owners have been mentioning this issue and living with it (and so have I). At approx $60 US a piece, it probably a no brainer to use these instead of the factory ones for over $100 each.

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    For sure, I would like to see a few there do it

    Can you get the KYB EXCEL - G part number 340116 or do you only see the 340118?? I can confirm the 116 is excellent

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    Australian XV has the full size spare and a 2 liter engine? Possible the 340116 is the hybrid strut not listed in the KYB America catalog.

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    Cool

    This is Most annoying on our 2015 Touring XV, smallest of speed bumps, rear end Hops up with little to NO DAMPENING at all, no leaks from OE struts ..... Simply No Travel in Suspension ??

    https://www.thewrenchmonkey.ca/auto-...trut-assembly/ Canadian source $ 91.01 each KYB 340118 Gas unit, see dimensions

    Seriously tempted upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradewind View Post
    For sure, I would like to see a few there do it

    Can you get the KYB EXCEL - G part number 340116 or do you only see the 340118?? I can confirm the 116 is excellent
    According to a quick search I did, only the 340118 is available on this side of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutbum View Post
    This is Most annoying on our 2015 Touring XV, smallest of speed bumps, rear end Hops up with little to NO DAMPENING at all, no leaks from OE struts ..... Simply No Travel in Suspension ??

    https://www.thewrenchmonkey.ca/auto-...trut-assembly/ Canadian source $ 91.01 each KYB 340118 Gas unit, see dimensions

    Seriously tempted upgrade

    Troutbum
    I'm with you but I've always been in the camp where I'm cheap and have to justify replacing something that suppose to work!

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    While on the topic of struts, the stock front struts seem to lack first stage dampening we get no damping going over small mogul type bumps. Hoping KYB has an answer for this as they are just adding the 2014 Crosstrek to their product line. Sign of the times, older model Subaru OEM struts were good past 150K miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VSurfn View Post
    While on the topic of struts, the stock front struts seem to lack first stage dampening we get no damping going over small mogul type bumps. Hoping KYB has an answer for this as they are just adding the 2014 Crosstrek to their product line. Sign of the times, older model Subaru OEM struts were good past 150K miles.
    According to a quick search on a few websites, KYB has a replacement but I don't know anything more about it but it's the same family of product as this one - 339386 (L) and 339385 (R) - for about $90 each. They also have front strut mounts SM5664....

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