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Front Strut Springs

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Got a 91 2.1 Si 4WS that needs complete front strut assembly replacement. The assembly is easy to find, but I'm having a hell of a time finding the strut springs. I've called a bunch of parts suppliers/warehouses, checked ebay, junkyards near me, no luck yet. Anybody know where I might find 3rd gen front strut springs? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Front Strut Springs

They're shocks not struts.

Try car-part.com if you don't mind them being used.
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Hey folks,

Got a 91 2.1 Si 4WS that needs complete front strut assembly replacement. The assembly is easy to find, but I'm having a hell of a time finding the strut springs. I've called a bunch of parts suppliers/warehouses, checked ebay, junkyards near me, no luck yet. Anybody know where I might find 3rd gen front strut springs? Any help would be much appreciated.
I have the complete set of springs if you are interested.

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Re: Front Strut Springs

It's a common mistake to call them struts. They are technically coil over shocks. You should be fine just going with used springs if you're staying with stock shocks.
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It's a common mistake to call them struts. They are technically coil over shocks. You should be fine just going with used springs if you're staying with stock shocks.
Appreciate the reply. Yeah, the guy I've been talking to at the auto shop I go to has been calling them struts. My car knowledge is admittedly pretty limited -- do mechanics use the terms interchangeably? I'm hoping he knows the difference...

Is there an advantage to seeking out new aftermarket/performance shocks instead of used stock springs in terms of ease to find/price/general quality?

Again, thanks for the help, all.
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Re: Front Strut Springs

If this is a daily driver, and your car isn't sagging, or leaning to one side, I'd say you can reuse the springs. As for the coil over shocks or "struts", you can find new ones pretty cheap online. Your local auto parts store usually carries them as well for around $60 each. Here's a few links:

Shock/Strut - Front | 1989 Honda Prelude 4 Cylinders 2.0L FI | AutoZone.com

Shocks/Struts - 1989 Honda Prelude | O'Reilly Auto Parts

And here's some for $25 each on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: Gabriel G55742 Ultra Strut for select Honda Accord/ Prelude models: Automotive

Just make sure they are new.

The advantage with some of the aftermarket "struts" is that some offer ride height adjustment. There is a threaded collar that you can turn to raise or lower the car. The other side to this is if you lower it too much, you change the geometry of the suspension, which can add bump steer, wear out the tires on the inside or outside and possibly cause the car to pull to either side. Of course these are the extremes. If you lower it an inch or so, you should be fine. There are also kits to adjust the geometry to compensate these extreme changes if you so desire.

Some also offer the option to adjust the stiffness of the shock, which could be kool if you want to daily drive it during the week, and stiffen them up on the weekends, or for some more sporty driving.

One suggestion I would make is if you are going to take it apart to do the "struts", you may want to look at all the bushings to make sure none are worn. Stock rubber replacements are still pretty much available, but there are also the Urethane and Polyurethane bushings out there that are more for the "Sporty" minded individual. There aren't any complete kits out there BUT there has been a LOT of homework and research done to find partial kits and some individual part numbers to make a complete "set" for the 3rd Gens. Check out this link if you are interested:

http://www.preludepower.com/forums/s...d.php?t=301968

Props to everyone who contributed to this list.

I myself will be totally rebuilding my suspension & steering here shortly and I am going to use the Polyurethane bushings, my stock springs, and a pair of some Gabriel G55742 Coil-Over Shocks that I got new off Amazon for $50. I'll probably replace the rears with some Gabriel's as well.
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Appreciate the reply. Yeah, the guy I've been talking to at the auto shop I go to has been calling them struts. My car knowledge is admittedly pretty limited -- do mechanics use the terms interchangeably? I'm hoping he knows the difference...

Is there an advantage to seeking out new aftermarket/performance shocks instead of used stock springs in terms of ease to find/price/general quality?

Again, thanks for the help, all.
Like I said, it's a common mistake. Many people, including techs, use the term struts for coil over shocks. You just have to accept that in a forum such as this, people will be more likely to correct you on your terminology than in the "normal" world.
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Re: Front Strut Springs

Google says shocks and struts do the same job except struts are used for steering.Our planes at delta are called struts but the don't steer but the front does.
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Struts/shocks...they're practically the same. I just say 'they're shocks' one time for every 99 times someone calls them struts. As luck would have it 1936...you were #99 this time.
Like others said, if your springs are still good, re-use them.

For purists out there, if you look them up in websters, guys with propeller hats and labcoats see night and day. For us... One is $45 ea, the other is $46 ea...
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