KYB Shocks Review
If you asked car owners for the best shock that can restore your vehicle’s handling and control characteristics, the name KYB will pop up more than any other. It is not just because KYB originally hails from the land of sweet sushi, Japan, but because they produce some of the best high quality shock absorbers out there and at affordable price tags.
So, if your vehicle is displaying signs of a bad shock and you’re looking for some cool suspension upgrades for your vehicle then stick around. In this KYB shock review, I’ll share the advantages of replacing your weak or blown out shock with KYB’s as well as cover some best-selling KYB shocks on the market. Read on to know more.
Best-selling Kyb shocks on the market – Our top 3 picks
I’ve been testing out some new KYB struts lately to see which can stand their ground against other brands (like I did for the Mevotech auto part vs moog), and I found out that the KYB Excel-G Gas, Gas-a-Just and MonoMax Gas are 3 top-rated KYB shocks on the market.
Let’s look at their details I’m sure you will understand why I chose these 3 KYB struts.
- Product Dimensions 17.1 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches
- Product Weight 4.12 pounds
- Product model no. 344353
- Internal design Twin-tube
- Gas charged Yes
- Adjustable Valving No
- Average customer rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
KYB Excel-G gas shocks absorbers are built to restore a vehicle’s original control; stability, stopping, maneuverability, handling and overall performance.
This nitrogen gas-charged shocks and struts feature a twin-tube internal design which relies on a patented velocity-sensitive valve to minimise foaming and aeration as well automatically respond to changes in road conditions for a comfortable and smooth ride.
In order to eliminate weakness common to other brand’s products the Excel-G gas shocks feature sintered-iron guide rods and hard-chromed piston rods, seamless eye rings and cylinders.
- Factory calibrated to compensate for weak suspensions.
- Triple chrome plated piston rod and multi-lip oil seals increases durability.
- All necessary nuts, washers and bushings included.
- Calibration helps restore vehicle’s original handling and control characteristics.
- Seamless cylinder paired with a PTFE coated piston band for a positive seal and longer life.
- Designed to help vehicles with electronic safety systems (ESC, ABS, etc.)
- Precision sintered-iron strut rod guide helps retain correct wheel alignment.
- Mounting eye rings and bolt bushings help reduce rattling and vibration
- Product Dimensions 21 x 3 x 2.8 inches
- Product Weight 3.55 pounds
- Product model no. 554384
- Average customer rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
Good Quality and Easy Installation
KYB Gas-a-just is a performance upgrading shock for drivers who want high performance handling and response.
Other than keep your vehicle tires firmly hugging the road the KYB Gas-a-just monotube shock is also a direct OE replacement for vehicles that came with monotube shocks.
They make a great upgrade from OE twin-tube shock absorbers. Featuring a floating piston design with fade free performance that virtually eliminates all the pitfalls of inferior shocks.
The monotube is designed to eliminate shock fade that’s common in other brands and the pressurized Nitrogen gas automatically tweak performance for harsh driving conditions or for heavier loads. Perfect choice for high torque and horsepower applications.
From my experience with struts and shocks I know that quality parts make a difference between a comfortable ride or feeling every bump in the road.
KYB Gas-a-just shocks’ velocity-sensitive valving system adjusts quickly to changes in driving conditions for maximum comfort in any situation.
- High Nitrogen pressure design is perfect for heavy vehicles and hauling loads
- Gas and fluid are completely separated to eliminate aeration
- Increase damping control by 25% compared to original equipment shocks
- self-seal packing reduces Oil leakage.
- Large diameter cylinders resist splitting
- All-weather fluid remains viscous, providing consistent control irrespective of temperature.
- Wear resistant piston ring performs consistently.
- Sensitive to load changes and adds instant balance on trucks.
- Lifetime Warranty
- Product Dimensions 26.6 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches
- Product Weight 4.4 pounds
- Product model no. 565102
- Average customer rating 4.1 out of 5 stars
Perfect Upgrade of Suspension
When the going gets ough, you need something touger to get you all the way. KYB nows this, owners of light trucks and SUVs know this. That is why KYB’s Monomax shocks are the best choice for the job.
The Monomax Gas shock improves on the monotube’s high pressure gas design principles. It features a 1/2” diameter piston rod, a large piston and zinc-coated steel piston ring all of which combine to provide the needed strength to enhance performance and durability of most popular 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks.
Perfect for vehicles with a high center of gravity the KYB MonoMax provides additional stability, better handling, control and a fade-free performance that is required in vehicles that often go off-road or ride in far from perfect driving conditions.
If you want the secret to a reliable and improved performance, power and control in your 4WDs, SUVs or light truck, then you must look towards the KYB maintenance free MonoMax shock absorbers that guarantees years of quality performance at minimal cost.
- High performance control
- Strong and durable shocks, right choice for plowing, hauling, or towing
- Rubber keeps dirt and debris from the seal
- Auto adjusts to driving conditions.
- Zinc-coated, stainless steel piston ring provides a positive seal in extreme conditions
- Performance enhancing 1/2″ diameter hardened piston rod and a large diameter piston.
- Quick and easy install
- Lifetime warranty
Why Buy KYB shocks?
Here’s why you should KYBs a chance:
Focused and dedicated Manufacturer
A quick search for the acronym KYB will return two standout words “Struts and shocks.” The company is focused on developing world class hydraulic vehicle parts that beats any OEM part on the market. Trust me, a lot of research goes into producing vehicle parts that are this good and it doesn’t seem like they will stop anytime soon.
Behind every successful brand is a satisfied customer. Most of the customers whose vehicles we installed KYB shocks on were extremely excited to have their vehicle’s original performance and handling restored, then there’s the positive online reviews. KYB is doing a great job at keeping customers happy with their purchases.
KYB is one of the leading producers of efficient and durable shock absorbers. They ensure to fill the market with quality products designed to introduce more power, additional stability, and adequate controls in customers’ ride. Therefore, when you purchase KYB shock absorbers, you are assured of improved performance, and reliable controls.
KYB has manufacturing plants and research centers in Asia (Tokyo, Japan), the US, and Europe. A top brand needs to have a high attention to detail and the ability to quickly learn from mistakes in order to create a product that works well across these different continents and vehicles. Some KYB shocks have been reported to work better and last longer than the vehicle’s original shock absorber.
So when you buy and install a KYB shock absorber in a vehicle you can rest assured that it has been tested in different terrains and use cases.
Does KYB have a lifetime warranty?
Yes. KYB pledges that the warranty claim is an easy process. If the product fails, you should be able to pull it off and get a replacement at any KYB authorized retail outlet as long as you have your original receipt.
Where are KYB shock absorbers made?
KYB has manufacturing plants in Japan, the US, and Europe. Before you ask which location’s products is superior I will be quick to add that all KYB products are designed at KYB research facility and “then every manufacturing plant builds each product to designed specifications,” their word not mine.
How long do KYB parts last?
I think the answer will depend on two questions: “what sort of performance do you expect from your vehicle” and “What are your driving conditions”?
A vehicle’s shock absorber will move up and down an average of 1,700 times, now if your typical use of the vehicle often involve heavier loads or off-road conditions then high-performance monotube shocks will give you over 50,000 miles.
As shocks and struts age performance and control tends to go down with them and the motorist rarely notices these changes. It is recommended to get your vehicle tested by a qualified technician every 12,000 miles to identify failing shocks and struts.
What does KYB stand for shocks?
KYB is an acronym that means Kayaba. The brand name KYB was adopted back in 2005.
What’s better monotube or twin tube shocks?
There are lots of factors that influence the performance of a shock absorber and monotube shock absorbers handles these factors far better than the twin tube. Montubes do not foam, they offer better response and are easy to install from different angles. Though monotubes often cost more than twin tubes the benefits, however, far outweighs the cost.
I hope you found this review useful. From the review above, you will probably get the impression that KYB is all about performance and safety for the driver in mind, and you would be right.
All KYB shock absorbers are designed for cars that require precise control and a high coefficient of traction with any road surface. Their unique monotube design eliminates aeration and foaming; micro-smooth and hard-chromed pistons increase shock life, and their seamless cylinders and eye-rings completely eliminate seam failures.
They’re available for cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks, so irrespective of which vehicle you drive you can enjoy the improved performance of a KYB Shocks. Do away with your old tired shocks and upgrade to KYB Shocks. KYB Shock Absorbers are covered with a Lifetime Warranty.