Monroe #5657 rear shocks don't fit '13 Soul

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    Monroe #5657 rear shocks don't fit '13 Soul

    (I searched for this topic and could not find anything. Sorry if I missed it if there is one.)

    With 90K miles, our '13 Soul Base 1.6 Automatic was starting to pogo bounce a little in bumpy corners. I went to Advance Auto to get Monroe shocks ($44 each - the KYBs are $92 - the Kia ones are $170 - ouch!). Online and at the store, they told me Part #5657. Picked up a pair and took them to my trusty and skilled ex-Kia Gold-Certified technician who just opened his own shop.

    Well - after he took the old shock off, he went to slide in the new one, and the mounting circle on the top of the shock is completely different. The original had a slightly smaller diameter circle with flat notches on opposite sides. These slid up into a groove and locked in place. Not so with the Monroe #5657. You can make it fit enough to get the bolt through, but "it just ain't right."

    No KYBs in stock so I will have to wait and see if they have the correct mounting surface. In the meantime, I get a few more miles out of the old ones. I'm also going to check out the NAPA store brand.

    BTW - I went on the NAPA site and they list the Monroe #5657 as fitting the '13 Soul also.

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    Interesting
    O'Reillys and PepBoys also list the same Monroe.
    Gabriel does not accommodate the 2013 base.
    AutoZone only lists the KYB (554387).

    Napaonline.com lists a Napa NS5657, which is probably a private label Monroe...and the same issue.

    https://www.napaonline.com/en/search...entForm-newveh

    I've been more than satisfied with KYB on several applications. Hopefully their mounts are compatible.

    You may want to shop on-line

    https://www.amazon.com/KYB-554387-Ga.../dp/B00B1C0WX6
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    ^^ Thanks, SportsterDoc. The KYB 554387 is what AutoZone lists. I like to support local shops, but when Amazon sells it for $57 and the local is $92, it's hard to justify. I may go look at the shock in person to see if it has the notches on the side like the original.
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    Monroe does NOT list any rear shocks for the 2013 Kia Soul, only front ones. That's where I always check, at the manufacturer:
    e-Catalog :: MONROE® SHOCKS & STRUTS

    For KYB:
    https://www.kyb.com/catalog/
    It lists only the rear ones (correct type, monotubes): 554387

    That's what I have used on my 2011.
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    Monroe lists both F&R.
    Opening to the first listing defaults to the front struts 72969 (left) & 72968 (right)
    Click on the window, below to see the rear listing.
    I almost missed it, also.

    Monroe #5657 rear shocks don't fit '13 Soul-monroe-5657-f-r.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    Monroe does NOT list any rear shocks for the 2013 Kia Soul, only front ones. That's where I always check, at the manufacturer:
    e-Catalog :: MONROE® SHOCKS & STRUTS
    Actually, when I clicked on this and filled in the info, the screen popped up with the front first, then underneath was the dropdown for rear, and the 5657 is listed.

    On the KYB site, there is a 360* image of the 554387 shock, but it does not appear to have the squared off mounting "tube" sticking out of the top end. It looks similar to the Monroe. I'll have to be the doubting Thomas and see one to "believe".

    Thanks for the links.
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    I see now on Monroe, didn't click on the +

    I have installed the KYB shocks on my 2011, they were right. Made in Japan.
    I don't trust Monroe's because they don't say those are monotube, probably are their regular twin-tube with impact valving. The OE shocks are monotube.

    Another good site to check model numbers is https://www.rockauto.com/
    Over there is listed also SACHS 314944 (monotube too), but is more money. Sachs is actually the manufacturer for the OE shocks, you can see that faded on my last pic, next to KIA.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    I have installed the KYB shocks on my 2011, they were right. Made in Japan.
    How did the ride compare to when your Soul was new?
    Same or stiffer?
    I've been very happy whenever I have used them.
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    Here's a photo of the Kia shock while it was off the car yesterday. The arrow points to the mounting point that is squared off. The Monroe shock was thicker at this point and was not squared off, so it would not slide up into the "groove". The Monroe could be forced to fit, but it wasn't quite right.

    I'm hoping to get a look at the KYB shocks and see if they are tapered like this.

    (Click for full size photo)

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    My wife is very happy with the new shocks. As you could see in my pic, my original ones leaked already, so they were very easy to move by hand. The monotube (filled with high pressure nitrogen) will extend by itself and be moving very slow by hand - good damping.

    PS: After one month, I had replaced the front ones too, but that's a much more involved affair.
    Last edited by SoNic67; 05-02-2019 at 12:08 PM.
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