View Full Version : Any good aftermarket strut mounts??


bradl1982
04-17-2008, 08:16 AM
I busted one of mine when installing the konis and bought and aftermarket one. Well the aftermarket one I got the bolts coming up through the shock tower are barely long enought to get the nut over. My friend also stripped one of them trying to put the original nut on it. I would like to replace it but don't want to spend over $100 on a OEM one but don't want to buy another piece of crap aftermarket one. Has anyone had a good experience with a certain aftermarket brand or am I better off just forking over the money for an OEM one?

946spdz
05-05-2009, 05:21 PM
bump.. i would like to know this will be installing KYBs/Stranos soon :)

kenSS
05-05-2009, 05:38 PM
spohn makes a great strut mount.

Big_Bird_WS6
05-05-2009, 06:22 PM
^^^ can you post a link to spohn think. i looked all over the site.

946spdz
05-05-2009, 07:35 PM
i would like to know too.. and opinions on oriellys and napa strut mounts

kenSS
05-05-2009, 08:09 PM
i'm sorry guys. spohn makes them for a third gen. I apologize again.

Major_Lee_Slow
05-05-2009, 09:04 PM
For the 4th gens the only shock mounts that have proven to last are the OEM stockers. All the replacement part suppliers' mounts either fail or the treads strip out during installation.

946spdz
05-05-2009, 10:52 PM
Its really like that for all them? wow

BassProCamaro97
05-06-2009, 07:18 AM
Strano has replacment shock mounts. They are good quality but they are more expensive then the stock replacments. I have them on my car but it hasn't moved yet.

~Jim~

946spdz
05-06-2009, 11:53 AM
any more opinions? i need to buy them today i can get them for 150 a piece at the dealer or half at auto parts stores

dragonrage
05-06-2009, 12:09 PM
Moog. They're OEM style. $78 at Advance, but they will need to order it most likely.

AVOID: Duralast, Gabriel, Monroe. They're all the same. I know this because I tried them all.

Shockwave179
05-06-2009, 01:54 PM
Even the Moog ones have issues, in this case it really is best just to use AC Delco's.

dragonrage
05-06-2009, 01:58 PM
Really? It worked perfectly for me. I'm not sure I'd be able to tell the difference, in fact. If they'd given it to me in a non-Moog box and called it AC Delco, I would most likely have believed them.

Fbody4Ever
05-06-2009, 06:29 PM
the last set of moogs I got recently were junky, made overseas and right and left were made in different countries too...... The gabriels picked up from auto zone and other places are junky, and the masterpro's from oreileys are junk too. I don't think anyone makes a good one anymore that will bolt right in with all the studs and threaded inserts lining up with the towers, and doesn't have issues with spinning the threaded inserts where you can't tighten it up.

I ended up using the moogs but resorted to just knocking out the studs and threaded inserts and used grade8 nuts and bolts because of the inadequately fastened threaded inserts spinning over while tightening the bolts. That and the studs and hardware didn't match side to side... the studs were different colors, different heights, had different threads, and different looking nuts as well. Obviously a result of being made in different countries.. hopefully the mounts themselves will hold up.

I'd say a GM set of the mounts is probably the way to go, hopefully they are still a good part. Who knows these days... good replacement parts are harder and harder to find anymore. If you end up with some GM pieces please report back how they work out for you.

946spdz
05-06-2009, 06:44 PM
im gettin the GM's tomorrow for 150 a piece after hearing all this... i dnt wanna have to mess with it again...

Shockwave179
05-06-2009, 09:02 PM
im gettin the GM's tomorrow for 150 a piece after hearing all this... i dnt wanna have to mess with it again...

Good call, let us know how it works out for you.

qwikz28
05-06-2009, 09:17 PM
im gettin the GM's tomorrow for 150 a piece after hearing all this... i dnt wanna have to mess with it again...

you don't have to. The Napa brand is a very good unit. I did my research on it and several of the Auto-x guys on here use it without issue. I bought it and it was a stout piece. I am currently running it on my car. if you like, i can find you part numbers, but you shouldn't need it. just get the napa brand and an isolator for either side and be done with it. the mount costs about 100 each from napa. well worth it though

prince xizor
07-06-2009, 07:41 PM
I wonder why UMI, BMR, or Spoohn doesn't make a 4th gen strut mount?

Black-n-Sleek
07-07-2009, 11:17 AM
may I have the part numbers for the gm parts please?
thank you kind sirs

Cheap Guy
05-14-2011, 07:08 PM
Digging up an old thread but it fits what I'm asking. I have to replace the shock mounts and as stated in this thread, the stock GM parts are expensive compared to auto part stores. I bought a pair from Autozone which I just found out are Gabriel mounts. O'Reilly's and PepBoys have Monroe mounts. NAPA is showing the same part number as Monroe mounts - 902948 and 902947. Advance sells the Monroe part and can order the Moog - Part no. K6516, K6517. Is there still a problem with using non-dealer parts? Is it still better to go with the Moog part, which will take a couple of days to arrive?

Thanks!

mitchntx
05-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Drill out the threaded inserts and use a nut and bolt.

Cheap Guy
05-14-2011, 07:48 PM
Drill out the threaded inserts and use a nut and bolt.

Not sure what you're saying. I'm talking about the rubber upper shock mounts and isolator. I think you're referring to the lower mounts.

mitchntx
05-14-2011, 09:38 PM
Not sure what you're saying. I'm talking about the rubber upper shock mounts and isolator. I think you're referring to the lower mounts.

2 studs and 2 bolts that go through the shock tower under the hood? One on each side ... partially hidden by the master cylinder?

Cheap Guy
05-14-2011, 10:28 PM
Yes, that's the part. When I took it to a shop to get the rusted nut off (which requires the spring to be compressed) the rubber mount and the isolator got messed up. In hindsight, I should have just rented a spring compressor and took my time with a rotary tool to get the nut off. Now I've got to get the mount/isolator because they used heat to get the nut off and melted the rubber.

I did a search and it seems some people have had problems with the Monroe or Gabriel replacement, but the Moog seems to work with some people. The stock part is expensive as hell, so I'm trying to see if the Monroe/Gabriel part fits, if the Moog part fits better, or if I should just pony up for the dealer part. I'd rather just spend the money and not have any issues.

amr84ss
05-15-2011, 01:28 AM
I used the Moog mounts on my car. One of them actually had the GM number stamped into it. I did notice that the studs were a little shorter on the passanger side mount. But they both went on with no problem and fit well.

mitchntx
05-15-2011, 05:49 AM
The issues I read mostly are with the threaded inserts spinning inside the mount when they attempt to torque the bolts.

And I'm saying drill out the threads of the insert and use a good quality nut and bolt in place of the threaded insert.

The mount is fine. The attachment is less than desirable. I've had to do this a couple times on customer cars.

Cheap Guy
05-15-2011, 05:58 AM
The issues I read mostly are with the threaded inserts spinning inside the mount when they attempt to torque the bolts.

And I'm saying drill out the threads of the insert and use a good quality nut and bolt in place of the threaded insert.

The mount is fine. The attachment is less than desirable.

Gotcha. If that's the only problem, it's no big deal, especially since the cheapest OEM part I've found was almost $150 per side.

Thanks.

libertyforall1776
05-15-2011, 07:47 PM
Nonsense, RockAuto sells ACDelco shock mounts for $70.79/ea.

Cheap Guy
05-15-2011, 08:54 PM
Nonsense, RockAuto sells ACDelco shock mounts for $70.79/ea.

You're right, I just checked on their site and they have them, but after driving across town I was able to find the Moog parts for $81 - K6516 and K6517 - at Advance. RockAuto has the same parts for only $56, but I'm going to just bite the bullet and stick with the ones I bought - at least I'll have everything back together by tomorrow night.

FWIW, the Moog seem more like the stock part than the Monroe/Gabriel part, which are going back to Auto Zone tomorrow.

sjsingle1
05-16-2011, 06:11 AM
the 1s i got from auto zone were crap..........still have em.......brand new

Cheap Guy
05-16-2011, 08:32 PM
the 1s i got from auto zone were crap..........still have em.......brand new

Just curious, why were they crap? I took mine back to AZ and got Moogs from Advance but when I compare the two, only difference I could tell was that the AZ (Gabriels) had longer nut inserts than the Moogs.

98NBMF
05-16-2011, 08:47 PM
If people can wait or is willing to order from online. www.rockauto.com Chevrolet>2000>Camaro SS>Suspension>Strut Mounts> and they have the ACDelco strut mounts (L/R) for $70.99/ea.

ACDELCO Part # 501148-LH
ACDELCO Part # 501149-RH

EDIT, just noticed someone posted the same thing. DOH

kukcamaro
03-19-2012, 10:41 PM
I just ordered and tried the ACDelco mounts from RockAuto.com. They were $70 each. WARNING....THEY SUCK BIG TIME.

1.) For starters, they are not nearly as beefy as the originals on my '93 camaro. And the rubber just looks weak and ill formed.
2.) Secondly, the nuts they provided DO NOT FIT on their own studs, and it took an act of congress to thread them on. Obviously one is metric and one is standard.. I guess. The original nuts to not thread on either.
3.) The studs are not parallel to each other. The kinda are at weird angles.
4.) Fourth and most important... the four attachment nuts/bolts are ever so slightly off... by maybe an 1/8 of an inch. You CANNOT get all four nuts/bolts started.

After screwing around with them (after mounting on the shocks of course) I am just going to toss them. What a waste of money and time. This is the junkiest part I've ever seen. I thought that ACDelco usually stood for quality parts.

You guys think I should go with the Napa or the OEM at this point?

Lizard King
03-20-2012, 05:00 AM
kukcamaro, that's surprising to hear. I've been trying to order those same ACDelco mounts from RockAuto but my credit card has been giving me problems. I guess you just saved me some money.

sjsingle1
03-20-2012, 07:28 PM
Just curious, why were they crap? I took mine back to AZ and got Moogs from Advance but when I compare the two, only difference I could tell was that the AZ (Gabriels) had longer nut inserts than the Moogs.

the threaded inserts did not line up with the body holes.......guess i should have drilled them out and used bolts........still have em........4 sale reel cheap

SparkyJJO
03-20-2012, 07:48 PM
Just curious, why were they crap? I took mine back to AZ and got Moogs from Advance but when I compare the two, only difference I could tell was that the AZ (Gabriels) had longer nut inserts than the Moogs.

They appear similar but wait until you try to actually use them...

I'm sticking with Moog first, then OEM AC Delco. Why Moog first you ask? Because they include standard bolts not those two retarded torx bolts on the driver side.

anemonarium
03-20-2012, 09:17 PM
I ordered the ACdelco's off amazon for 50$ a piece (Thanks for linking in other thread), are they really that bad?

SS DNA
03-21-2012, 12:50 AM
Just spend money on the GM ones.

I bought Monroe for my install and when I was tightening the nuts on the top, the stud came off from the rubber mount. I went back and got a new one and tried it again but the same thing happened.

:usa:

kukcamaro
03-21-2012, 01:08 AM
Anemonerium, yes, the cheap AC Delcos really are that bad. Cancel your order if you can, because for if your experience is anything like mine, its money down the drain.

I went to the dealer today to see about getting OEM mounts. He explained their are two types of ACDelcos... the "best" quality ones ($209 each which I believe are the like the original stock ones, and "good" quality (about $70 each which I believe are the same as the total crap ACDelcos that I purchased from RockAuto.com).

The "best" quality ones are at least a week away all the way in Michigan and I couldn't wait that long. So I got a set of Moogs localy. The Moogs fit perfectly and seem much higher quality than the $70 ACDelcos. We'll see how long they last, but I think they will be fine.

kukcamaro
03-21-2012, 01:09 AM
I didn't have any issues with the studs or insert stripping out on the Moogs. I did chase the inserts with a tap before installing as they had rubber overflow bonded to the interior of the threads...

Lizard King
03-21-2012, 11:51 AM
There should be a sticky on this or something. Imagine how many people have bought shitty strut mounts.

ramairetransam
03-21-2012, 12:56 PM
thats pretty shitty the aftermarket cant get it right . it really is a shame .

anemonarium
03-21-2012, 06:30 PM
I got one of my acdelco's today in the mail, too late to cancel.

YOU WEREN'T KIDDING.

The studs on the mount are crooked as shit and they look like they are just glued in place. The entire mount is made of this age rotted hard plastic type stuff and feels as rigid as an ice cream cone.

I got some acdelco swaybar end links as well and they are pretty shitty too.

How is this stuff passing any type of standard?

Really hoping i can reuse the old mounts, we'll see this weekend.

billscamaros
03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
Rockauto also sells the KYB version ... has anyone tried these? I need a pair for my car and I'm thinking about picking these ones up.

KYB SM5118 & 5119.

blknSS
09-03-2012, 02:18 PM
Why are these damn things so expensive!

Shockwave179
09-04-2012, 01:10 PM
Why are these damn things so expensive!

because quality cost money braaaah

SparkyJJO
09-04-2012, 08:59 PM
Why are these damn things so expensive!

Compared to a lot of other parts they aren't that bad. Plus, they are the main connection point for your upper suspension.

DarkJuggalo
09-05-2012, 06:57 PM
moog worked for me

Adam86
09-05-2012, 09:39 PM
Alright so I'm just about to order the Moogs from Rock Auto. Don't want to take the risk on any of the AC Delcos from there. I take it that there's not really a way around replacing these for a car with 100,000 miles? I have to ask since I'm a little worn out on spending money lol.
Also, I can't seem to find the Moog isolators that I need. Anyone have a link to these? Or do they come with the mounts? Thanks!

edit:

Just checking, are these the items that I need?

http://www.rockauto.com/getimage/getimage.php?imagekey=274573&imageurl=http%3A//www.rockauto.com/info/Moog/K6573_TOP.jpg

http://www.rockauto.com/getimage/getimage.php?imagekey=227235&imageurl=http%3A//www.rockauto.com/info/Moog/K6516_TOP.jpg

SparkyJJO
09-05-2012, 10:45 PM
Yep, those are they. Don't even bother thinking about reusing your stockers, especially after 100k miles and 14 years. Odds aren't too great they'd separate from the stock shocks in one piece anyway. I know, more money, but its best to just replace them.

Adam86
09-05-2012, 10:49 PM
Thanks man :) I'll just go ahead and man up.

Carter Hays
09-05-2012, 11:01 PM
Napa used to be the best in aftermarket mounts, but now they look like cheap Gabriel etc... Make sure with the Moog mounts to chase the threads, they have rubber and dirt in the threads, so do that before you mount them. The last set I put on said made in India :cry:

Use plenty of anti seize. The isolators are listed under "Coil Spring" in the Rock Auto catalog.