2012 Rear Shock Replacement - Adjustable Air?

Discussion in 'Prius v Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by feivel, Sep 19, 2021.

  1. feivel

    feivel Junior Member

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    150k miles on my Prius V and one of my rear shocks is leaking. I want to replace both.
    Almost weekly I have been loading the vehicle up (under GVWR) to haul building materials, or sometimes pulling a trailer. I love this car.

    This video makes replacement look easy:


    I want to replace them with Adjustable Air Shocks, like this: https://www.monroe.com/products/carry-the-load/max-air-adjustable-shocks.html

    Does anyone know the specs of the Prius v shocks, or can help figure out which size of these will be an exact fit? They don't sell any specifically labeled to fit a Prius V (but they should!)

    Thanks!
     
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    Okay, some updates:
    Found the specs here: https://drivcat.com/overlays/part-detail.aspx?brandId=MS&pNum=5502&partType=Shock%20Absorber%20-%20OESpectrum

    Looks like model 5502 is the exact-fit for Prius V.

    Found the catalog with specs here:
    Monroe Strut and Shock Measurements - Shockwarehouse.com

    Looks like there's nothing that's an exact match, but MA777 kinda looks like it might fit maybe, but I'm not sure. Not everything is a match, but it seems fairly close. Thoughts?
    MA777 Monroe Airshocks Pair Ford E150 Van - Shockwarehouse.com
     
  3. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones Senior Member

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    The Hatchback and v have different front and rear shocks. Make SURE you get shocks for the v.......!
     
  4. feivel

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    *Sigh* - The Max Air ones don't have the right width of connector at the bottom, and I don't think I want to risk filling in the width with washers/spacers. So I went with the exact-fit-nothing-special replacement. Fit fine.

    Would still LOVE any advice on safely putting adjustable rear shocks onto this beast.
     
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