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Stock shocks or....?

It's time for me to change all 4 shocks, cause the front is bouncy and the rear too.

TOKICO HP SPRINGS & SHOCKS 88-91 PRELUDE HPK223 | eBay Basic set. Good price? Consider that this car will be winter driven (and I live in Canada, so there's a lot of snow, and that's why I don't want a huge drop). Consider also that 500-600$ is the most I can accept.

I want a firmer ride, but if possible, a small drop. Do you have cheaper suggestion for me? Is it possible to have new stock shocks or similar ones?

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Re: Stock shocks or....?

Check this thread: *****The Ultimate Shocks & Springs thread*****

I had that setup before on my Prelude. It drops the car maybe 1 inch and after it settles it drops it an inch or two more(to the naked eye). I'd go with that kit as it's fairly priced and also comes with lifetime warranty(I think). Tokicos, from my experience and opinions from other 3rd gen lude friends are a bit "bouncy." But that's trivial as I had no complaints with that kit on.
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Re: Stock shocks or....?

How much snow do you get and how good is the highway department at clearing the roads? I'll tell you that when I drove mine in the winter, at stock height, there were several mornings that I wasn't sure if I would get through or not. I could feel the snow brushing against the bottom of the car, and I'm sure I was close to high-centering (I was at stock height at the time). My advice to anyone is to not lower if you drive in the snow. I'll be driving my 89 S this winter. I'm using oversized tires to raise it a little so I won't have to be quite as concerned as I was with my 89 Si.

If you decide you really want to get your money's worth, spend a couple hundred more and pick up a set of k-sport coil-over shocks. That was one of the best things I did for mine. You can decide exactly how high you want to have the car sit. Just make sure you align after changing ride height.
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Re: Stock shocks or....?

^ Yeah, I'm thinking about Ksports myself. Wouldn't you also need a camber kit with the coilovers? eBay Camber Kit Clicky I heard people had problems with this because the upper ball joint or something kept smacking the top of the fender well.

As far as Tokico Blues: I currently rock them on my Civic with Eibach Sportline springs, and they ride just fine (maybe a bit bouncy). I've had them on for about 4 years without a problem. But don't expect much of a performance difference.
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Re: Stock shocks or....?

There is a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not a camber kit is needed. I installed my k-sports over a year ago, with about a 1.75 inch drop front and back. I've put about 12k miles on the car since installing them. I'm running Falcon Azenis (because I can ). I have checked tread depth and I can't see any more wear on the inner tread of the tires than on the outer. I don't have a camber kit, but I did align the car after installing the coil overs. There is some noticeable negative camber.

The only camber kit available is the Ingalls kit, and from what I've read there are mixed reviews on them. The one thing that most agree on is that an alignment is key when lowering, because the toe adjustment changes when the suspension geometry is changed. So if you lower the ride height, you will wear the insides of the tires for sure if you don't adjust the toe. And I think that's where most people go wrong when lowering.
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Re: Stock shocks or....?

mine came with KYB's up front and im pretty sure stock shocks in the rear...

KYB's are just OEM replacements, and they only made them for the front. Pretty dumb. And theyre too soft. I hate it.

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Re: Stock shocks or....?

Well, in the morning, there can be 40cm of snow in the streets hehe! My car is 250 000km and puff a little oil, so that's why I don't want to spend too much, but at the same time, i'd like to keep it clean as much as I can. I'll wait before buying a set!
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Re: Stock shocks or....?

i haz those shocks now, and they are better than stock i suppose... i dunno i cant really tell a difference my car rides like **** regardless
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