Monroe Shock Absorbers / Shocks

Monroe Shock Absorbers - Their Story

Monroe shock absorbers are a trusted and reliable brand in the automotive industry, offering a wide range of products to suit any vehicle. Monroe shocks are renowned for their superior performance and durability, they provide a smooth and comfortable ride for all driving applications. With a commitment to quality and innovation, Monroe shock absorbers are the go-to choice for drivers looking to get the most out of their vehicles.

Company Overview & History

Monroe is a leading brand in the automotive industry and has been providing advanced shock absorber technology for over 100 years. Their products are designed to provide the driver with enhanced driving comfort, stability and superior handling whilst reducing road noise and vibrations. Their dedication to the continuous development of their products has made them a trusted partner to automotive enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Back in 1916, flat tyres were frequent and service stations weren’t, so young mechanic and entrepreneur August F. Meyer saw an opportunity so great he couldn’t pass it up. It seemed logical to Meyer that, with all those flat tyres, there should be quite a market for tyre pumps. Thus the Brisk Blast manufacturing company was established and they soon began producing over 5000 tyre pumps a week but Meyer saw something bigger. 

So did a local Dodge dealer named Charles S. McIntyre and in 1918, McIntyre became Meyers partner and the vice president of the company. In 1919, the company continued to grow and diversify and changed their name to The Monroe Auto Equipment Company, the spirit of innovation was already hard at work and that same year they had perfected the first self-oiled, single-barreled tyre pump and the sales climbed to over two million a year. 

By the mid 1920’s, two important innovations changed the nature of Monroe as a whole. Service stations around the country started offering free air and later on they began manufacturing cars with spare tyres as standard equipment on all cars. With their first invention seeming obsolete they began applying the technology of the single-barreled tyre pump to a purpose no one had envisioned yet: a smoother ride for drivers. In 1926, Monroe introduced the first shock eliminator which soon replaced the unmanageable carriage springs on many passenger vehicles. 

Over the decades, one Monroe innovation followed another like the first double action shocks in 1929 and the first railroad shock absorber in 1938. In 1964, they expanded their production internationally and Monroe opened its first manufacturing plant in Belgium. In 1977, Monroe became a part of Tenneco Inc. whose diversified and multinational resources allowed for new opportunities on a global scale.

Ten decades and millions of customers later, the Monroe brand has become a globally recognized standard of innovation and product excellence.

 Business Areas

Monroe is a leading manufacturer of automotive products and has become one of the world’s most trusted names in shock absorbers and other suspension products. They offer a wide range of products for a variety of vehicles and applications. The business focuses on 4 main business areas; manufacturing, innovation, aftermarket and specialty. 

Manufacturing: Monroe manufactures a variety of shock absorbers and suspension components for passenger cars, light trucks, heavy duty trucks and off-road vehicles.

Innovation: Monroe continues to innovate and develop new products, to provide drivers with the latest and greatest of tyre technologies. Designing their products to improve ride comfort, reduce road noise and vibrations, and enhance vehicle handling.

Aftermarket: Monroe offers a wide range of aftermarket solutions, including shock absorbers, struts, air springs, and other suspension components. These products are designed to provide superior performance, comfort, and safety, while also providing drivers with a range of customization options. 

Specialty: Monroe also offers products for speciality applications such as racing and off-roading. Additionally they offer specialty systems such as air-adjustable and adjustable-damping shock absorbers, as well as custom suspension components for industrial vehicles.

Product Range

With over a century of experience in the automotive industry, Monroe is a trusted name in the automotive aftermarket. They specialize in producing shock absorbers, struts and other suspension components for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and sports utility vehicles.

For those who need a reliable and durable shock absorber, The Monroe OESpectrum range is designed to provide a smoother ride and improved handling. They also feature a patented design made to provide a longer lifespan and improved performance.

For those who need a higher-performance shock absorber, the Monroe Reflex range is designed to provide superior handling and excellent stability in the most extreme conditions.

For improved ride quality, the Monroe Max-Air range is designed to provide a smoother ride and improved handling in a variety of driving conditions.

For those who need a reliable but affordable shock absorber, the Monroe Sensa-Trac range is designed to provide a comfortable ride and improved handling.

No matter what kind of shock absorber you’re looking for, Monroe has a product to meet your needs.


To demonstrate their commitment to the automotive community, the company has engaged in a number of sponsorships and other initiatives to show their support of the industry. Monroe sponsors several professional racing teams competing in events like the NASCAR and the Formula 1 championships as well as the SEMA show in Las Vegas and the 24 hours of Le Mans. Additionally, they sponsor a range of grassroots racing events including drag racing and off-road racing. Furthermore, Monroe provides educational resources like technical articles and videos for automotive enthusiasts. Their efforts are a testament to their commitment to the automotive community.

Brand Positioning

As a leading brand in the automotive aftermarket, Monroe is renowned for providing superior ride control and stability solutions. Their commitment to the innovation and development of their products ensures that they are able to provide their customers with the forefront of shock absorber technology. To ensure their products are of the highest quality, they test and validate their products in a number of ways. Monroe’s products are subjected to rigorous on and off-road tests as well as durability testing to guarantee they can handle the toughest conditions. By positioning themselves as a reliable, trustworthy and affordable option for vehicle owners, Monroe has become a go-to brand for those seeking a better driving experience.

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