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Old 10-24-2011, 02:14 PM
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Prelude SH

Hello, I just bought a Prelude SH (1998) and the previous owner had aftermarket lowering springs, struts and sway bar installed. The car now has blown struts and I thought it'd be an easy replace. It turns out that no one makes struts (other than OEM) for the SH type.

I took the car to two shops and they both confirmed that the car needs to be raised back to stock height. In order to do that, the struts, springs and sway bar needs to be replaced. I'm now looking at $1,000 - $1,500 worth of repair, labor included.

Are there any suggestions on what I should do? If there's nothing else I could do then I will sell it. The Prelude only has 84,500 miles and runs great. PM me if you want to buy it or if you have suggestions. Thank you.

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Re: Prelude SH

Why are they saying that it should be raised back up. You can definitely by aftermarket struts for the SH. Just look around.
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Re: Prelude SH

if you have new shocks and springs most likely the PO bought shocks and springs for a base model prelude...if thats the case you will have to buy a set of shocks for a base model prelude.

Because there isn't much aftermarket suspension SH specific, ppl usually just buy the shocks/springs for a base model. Not to mention the SH specific stuff is expensive compared to the base stuff.

what kind of shocks and springs are on there now??
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Re: Prelude SH

Please name one aftermarket struts for SH type.

The PO installed Espelir springs and KYB Excel struts and the struts are shot.
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Re: Prelude SH

there are so many choices for suspension on SH models. here's an informing thread
2001 Prelude Type SH on coilovers?? - Honda Prelude Forum - Prelude Online.com

also, I wouldn't go back to whatever shop you went to, considering a rear sway has nothin to do with your problem, hence no need to even think about replacing the sway bar
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Re: Prelude SH

You can put tons of different types of strut bars on SH's. I know for a fact that the Spoon's work great, but they aren't made currently. Still...many other companies make both strut tower bars and rear strut bars that I'm sure will work perfectly fine.

And yeah have a read through that thread^^^^
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Re: Prelude SH

actually i havent been able to find anything myself... On top of that, my 97 sh is proof that base model struts and type sh struts are different. The good news is the base model struts can be used, the downside is it will raise the sh ride height. base struts mount the springs higher up on the strut than sh struts. but if u replace all 4 with base struts, you will have even ride height all around. and more options via aftermarket.
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Re: Prelude SH

Ok, so basically what you're saying is, I can just buy KYB AGX struts with my Espelir springs (already installed from PO) and I'll be good to go? I should also get camber kit (recommendations please?) right? Anything else?

Thanks for the inputs!
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