Oredy vs Monroe Struts: A Full Review
The strut market has seen quite the explosion over the past few years. Along with the veteran manufacturers like Monroe, KYB and Gabriel, now we have quite a few Chinese knock-off brands.
Some of them are total garbage. Some of them are actually passable. Oredy is a representative of the latter. While they’re way behind the classic Monroe Quick Strut, it’s worth comparing the two brands.
Now, I know that the first thing that catches your eye is the price tag. Oredy looks like an obvious steal – and in some situations, it just might be.
However, don’t get these if you expect a long strut life. This is an eBay-grade brand that only has an Amazon storefront. Some Oredy complaints (read reviews) reveal the core difference between Oredy and Monroe – it’s quality control.
It can be the center nuts becoming loose. It can be the inaccurate height adjustment. It can be the fact that Oredy struts are way stiffer than Monroe suspension.
After all, Monroe has been here for decades. Not only do these guys manufacture a lot of their suspension parts in the US, but they have long established their QC processes too.
Never forget the simple rule for suspension parts. By buying cheap, you’re making a small gamble. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. You have to understand that.
Now, let’s head to the meat of the Monroe Quick Strut and Oredy struts review.
Oredy struts vs Monroe Quick Strut:
5 rules to live by when comparing them
Even when they’re cheap, struts aren’t the cheapest replacement part you can get. What I’m saying this, with a set of these you should look at the bigger picture.
Price is the first step, but what matters more is:
Construction: Not only of the body, but all components inside.
Installation: How easy can you plug these into your vehicle?
Ride quality & feel: Stiff or smooth? How comfortable are they?
Warranty: You don’t want to be left empty-handed after a few months.
Manufacture: Facilities matter, as does location to some extent.
As far as outside construction and ease of installation go, both Oredy and Monroe struts are similar. Quick strut assemblies were meant to be there for the DIY person who wants to escape a $500 mechanic fee.
Here’s a demonstration of installing Quick Struts. This one’s on a Camry, but as you can guess the process is similar across car makes:
The shocks plus coilovers themselves are also somewhat identical. You can expect them to cope well with typical road infrastructure.
What I mean is, they won’t get cracked or toasted – except if you decide to go off the beaten path on a crazy offroad adventure. If you do that, please consider higher-grade shocks like Bilstein.
So, in two of five rules, we see Monroe Quick struts and Oredy assemblies to be equal. What about the other three?
Here’s where Monroe shows why they’ve been a classic brand for so long.
3 reasons why Monroe might be a better choice than Oredy
Remember I said that construction involves not only the outer part of the strut, but also the inner components?
Monroe’s big advantage is the metal-to-rubber bond they run on their struts. Tight and secure, it’s the secret key to why you would experience less noise and wobble with them. Lower quality bonding with not enough quality control will have your struts rattling and shaking.
This is tied into the second factor: ride quality and feel. Monroe’s Quick Strut assembly drives smoother and absorbs potholes found in urban areas way better.
It’s an OEM-ride quality replacement that has you feeling comfortable during your commutes.
Oredy’s internal components cause a stiffer ride that won’t feel as comfortable. Obviously, this also has to do a bit with vehicle models – but that’s the general verdict.
Last but not least, let’s talk about warranty. Monroe Quick Struts come with Monroe’s lifetime warranty. Compared to that, Oredy struts have a warranty of just 18 months.
Remember the gamble I mentioned? With these generic eBay/Amazon brands, usually the suspension components ride awesomely for an year or so. Once you pass a certain threshold, however, it goes downhill.
A 18-month guarantee increases that risk substantially. Oredy might be the better type of knockoff struts – they have good reviews for Camry, but the risk is still there.
Where are Oredy struts manufactured? What about Monroe?
As I mentioned, Monroe usually manufacture in the US. The Quick Strut assemblies, specifically, are manufactured in Paragould, Arkansas. There’s a rather substantial Tenneco facility in that area – it prioritizes strut production.
As far as Oredy goes, their shocks and struts are made in China. The only US-based component they have is the afterservice team that can troubleshoot you should anything happen.
Upon checking their website, I see that they have 1 year of free support. Wondering how this ties into the 18-month parts warranty…
So that’s about it for those two brands and their strut assemblies. Look, I’m not a huge fanboy of Monroe – if it’s about their shocks, I much prefer Bilstein or KYB.
However, as far as affordable struts go, they’re king. I’ve mentioned before how they outperform Gabriel struts too.
Oredy is a decent (to some extent) alternative for those looking for a budget deal. Life has taught me, however, that cheap stuff always has a hidden price. Suspension isn’t the area I’d take a risk with that.
Ultimately, it’s up to you. Plenty of car owners have been OK with both, and plenty have bad things to say about both Monroe or Oredy.
If you have any experiences with either, please let me know in the comments. Or if you have any questions – I’ll gladly try to answer them!