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Old 05-13-2014, 01:22 PM
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Shocks and Springs for SH

Being my 97 SH is at almost 160K miles, its starting to show its age. The rear squeeks a lot. As for as I know everything is original. I am considering replacing the shocks and springs, but of course I have taken notice that everywhere online says Excluding SH.

My understanding from reading other threads is that shocks and springs for the base model will also work just fine on the SH. The only issue is the SH has lower mounts by about 1". Which means the drop will be an additional 1" over the advertised springs. I am not looking for a drop per say, just want to bring my ride quality back. I need to make sure I have clearance to go over speed bumps without shaving the bottom of my car.

What I am looking for is any advice from other SH owners in what shocks / springs to go with. Which ones did you get, and how do they compare to the stock ones? Also what kind of drop did you get?

Thanks in advance. My wife has been trying to get me sell my lude.
However we just spent over $2k to replace the battery in her prius at 98K miles ( so much for the fuel savings ), so I figure my car is due for some love.
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Re: Shocks and Springs for SH

Your best bet is to obtain some new or lightly used Base Prelude springs (4) and a set of Koni Yellows. Those springs will work fine for the car and the Koni Yellows will restore/improve ride and handling. If you are into that sort of thing, you could also pick up the JDM tophats so you can properly mount an JDM Honda Strut Support bar.

If Koni Yellows are over your price range, just pick up some KYB adjustables (AGX I think). I have a 1999 Prelude SH and plan on doing the same thing.

Generally, all aftermarket shocks are made to work with the Base Prelude Springs.
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Re: Shocks and Springs for SH

I ended up using base shocks on my SH springs, got em from eBay and they work fine. I just grinded off these mounting tabs on the shock itself and installed the springs on them. Is it true that the SH springs are longer then the base springs, just wondering?
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I ended up using base shocks on my SH springs, got em from eBay and they work fine. I just grinded off these mounting tabs on the shock itself and installed the springs on them. Is it true that the SH springs are longer then the base springs, just wondering?

Yes they are longer. I made the mistake of mixing KYB AGX's (for SH) with GC Coilover Sleeves (for Base) and they were so different in height that I didn't even have to compress the spring to install it on the shock. Made a big clunk when I hit bumps. And that's when I realized that the two were not interchangeable. So I swapped the BASE model Koni Yellows to match the BASE GC Coilover sleeves.
As far as options goes, the base model suspension has more of an aftermarket following. The SH, not so much. So just go with Base model stuff and you're good.
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Re: Shocks and Springs for SH

First, you might want to consider putting new bushings on your suspension. Means you have to take things apart, but worth it. Just did mine a few months ago. Gave me a new car ride.
I put Showas from Mugen, with their lowering springs on my SH YEARS ago. No websites, then, to guide you through the ins and outs. My understanding was the front setup was the one different from base.
Lowering springs on the stock SH shocks was scary. Always thought you were going to bottom out. Not so with the Mugen/Showa setup. They last and last BTW. 250K (at least) on mine and they are just dandy.
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