I have heard most folks say that. I know that the ones that were on the rear of my car were very stiff. It was like my rear suspension was metal to metal. The factory Toyota-Lexus struts really made a difference. The interesting thing is that KYB makes some struts for Toyota-Lexus, but they are much softer than the strut sold under their name. There is another maker for the struts for Toyota. I think it is Tokito or something like that.
Originally posted by psfred
I've been told that KYB shocks are very stiff. Some folk like them, we will see since I got a set for the front of the 280 SE for cheap on eBay. If I don't like them, the originals go back in.
I also bought a set of used shocks for the rear. Unless they are completely gone, the will be better than the Monroe Gasmatics (or whatever) that are back there. Too much gas pressure (the rear sits up too high) and so stiff you'd think they were solid.
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