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Old 10-21-2011, 09:39 AM   #1
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Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

OK I am throwing it out there.........and I did do a search although my searching skills might suck.
Does anyone have instructions they can post on how to replace all 4 struts on an 06 Ridgeline? I bought Monroes ($210 for all 4 after rebate) and will be installing with them with the help of a very mechanical neighbor. My mechanical skills are crap so I at least want to have instructions to make the job as easy as possible or in case we get stuck somewhere along the journey. As always your kick butt assistance will be greatly appreciated. ROC on!
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:21 AM   #2
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Re: Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:40 AM   #3
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Re: Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

Note that for both front and rear, you'll also have to disassemble the factory strut and relocate the spring and associated hardware onto the replacement. Spring compressors will be needed.

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Thank you ROC. I knew I could count on you. You all rule! I will report back on the new shocks.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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Re: Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

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Note that for both front and rear, you'll also have to disassemble the factory strut and relocate the spring and associated hardware onto the replacement. Spring compressors will be needed.

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Good point.

Front strut expanded view:


Disassembly:


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Rear strut expanded view:


Disassembly:


Reassembly:
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:41 AM   #6
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Thanks again!
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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Re: Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

Monroes have never been my 1st choice, but interested in how these work out, but more importantly how they hold up over time.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:50 PM   #8
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Monroes have never been my 1st choice, but interested in how these work out, but more importantly how they hold up over time.
Because....???
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Because....???
I can not recall Monroe brand ever being recommended as 'better than OEM'. I can remember using them on my older American cars, and they did not seem to hold up that well. For OEM soft ride, they are probably fine. Maybe they are more competitive now these days, with robust shocks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:15 PM   #10
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Re: Replacing all 4 struts on 06 RT Ridgeline

Thanks, I haven't heard anything bad about Monroe, but then again I haven't needed to replace struts, ever. My RL is about the same age as the OP's and the roads I drive are pretty well pot-holed so perhaps I may need to replace mine soon. Time to begin the research.
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