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At 265K - I don't think the shocks have ever been replaced, and going over speed bumps at any speed is a killer.

Looking on Amazon, I can get the full assemblies, or I can get the gas piston where I re-use the existing spring for about 1/3 the cost. How do I know if I need to replace the whole thing or just the gas piston?

Also, how difficult is the job with springs involved? I've done read shocks on my Odyssey, but it has no springs.
 

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Do yourself a favor and get the complete units. Swapping out just the cartridge will require a spring compressor, time and some expertise. Also top bearings and springs wear so you would need to consider replacing those too (top bearing for sure, spring maybe).
I personally would get the KYB strutaplus. #SR4229 and #SR4228. They are around $170 each and should be a sure thing for a reliable replacement.
 

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I replaced mine with KYB's, but without the springs. Borrowed a spring compressor from a friend's shop and swapped the factory springs to the new struts. Not a horrible job however, had I bought the complete assembly with the springs, I would have saved about 2hrs in labor. Keep in mind, regardless of which brand you install, the ride is going to be stiff. With over 260k miles, might want to invest in new control arms too as I'm sure the ball joints/bushings are shot.
 

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I used kybs complete unit for rear, will do same for front before too long. IMO no point not replacing the spring, especially cause it's safer and kyb is probably better than oem.
 

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I'm in the same situation. 195k and on original struts. They lasted a long time but have been gone for at least 20k+, so all the riding has been done on the springs and they are likely up to spec anymore. I had an old Ford Escort wagon before the Ridgeline and I replaced the struts on it but kept the original springs. Even though I had spring compressors , it was hard and dangerous. When I replace the units on my Ridgeline I'm going to replace the whole unit, not just the struts. I recommend you do the same. Save some work and much safer.
 

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307,000 miles on my second set of KYB's and now with a lifetime free replacement warranty. I expect to have to replace them again in the next 100,000 miles. They even do a free 4 wheel alignment when they replace them. It works, I have had them do this before.
 

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I just replaced mine with gabriel quik struts. Remove and install was 30mins. Ive been using gabriel for a while now with my other car and im happy with them. Just remember to get an alignment after
 

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307,000 miles on my second set of KYB's and now with a lifetime free replacement warranty. I expect to have to replace them again in the next 100,000 miles. They even do a free 4 wheel alignment when they replace them. It works, I have had them do this before.
Wow - good to hear. Have you replaced any other worn out suspension and steering parts? Thinking of freshening up y 2007 153k mile RL vs. buying another soon - still a great machine - and wondering what it might need at this stage.
 

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Just turned 250K in my 06. And this past spring/summer replaced everything in the front suspension: lower control arms/ball joints, strut assemblies, inner/outer tie rods and CV axles. Some were a lot harder than others. The strut assemblies were pretty easy, actually. If you've never used a spring compressor, then assemblies is the way to go. You can straight up injure or kill yourself. Assemblies are always a better option for at-home repair. Saves way more time and effort.
 

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Wow - good to hear. Have you replaced any other worn out suspension and steering parts? Thinking of freshening up y 2007 153k mile RL vs. buying another soon - still a great machine - and wondering what it might need at this stage.
So far, that is all I've replaced. I will let you know tomorrow after they have replaced all the free warrantied parts.
 
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