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Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

Hi guys, my name is Jin and I have a 2001 Prelude. I need to replace the stock shock + spring. So I need a new set (4) of Coilovers (shock + coil spring together)for the car. And this car is just for daily driving so I need a coilover that makes the ride comfortable, and not really for racing. Which brand of Coilovers would you recommend for the Prelude?

My 2nd question is, if I get a new set of Coilovers, can I keep the same height of the car with the new Coilovers as the original height with the stock Shock + Spring?
And can I adjust the Coilover to have higher height?

I'm asking this because I always thought Coilovers always make the car lower by default. (I know you can adjust it to be lower).

And recommend Brands for Coilovers for a comfortable daily drive?
Any infos would be appreciated. Thx.

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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

It depends how much you want to spend. Form and Function are usually the cheapest or BC racing with runs about 1,000. As long as they have height adjustment you can set it where you like.
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It depends how much you want to spend. Form and Function are usually the cheapest or BC racing with runs about 1,000. As long as they have height adjustment you can set it where you like.
Thx for the fast response :) But is Form & Function still better than the stock Honda ones? I dont want anything that is worse than the stock ones from honda.
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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

You don't HAVE to buy coilovers. Don't get confused, the stock setup is not height adjustable and while the stock suspension is technically a coil-over-damper setup the term "coilover" refers to the height adjustable ones. If you want to keep it at stock ride height with a stock level of comfort then you can just buy replacement shocks and springs for much much less money (like under $600).

With coilovers there will be some level of compromise on comfort, there has to be. What do you mean by "better than Honda"? Even if you wind them up to the stock ride height (on most you can) then they will still be stiffer than stock as they are designed for reduced travel to suit a lower height.
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You don't HAVE to buy coilovers. Don't get confused, the stock setup is not height adjustable and while the stock suspension is technically a coil-over-damper setup the term "coilover" refers to the height adjustable ones. If you want to keep it at stock ride height with a stock level of comfort then you can just buy replacement shocks and springs for much much less money (like under $600).

With coilovers there will be some level of compromise on comfort, there has to be. What do you mean by "better than Honda"? Even if you wind them up to the stock ride height (on most you can) then they will still be stiffer than stock as they are designed for reduced travel to suit a lower height.
Oh I see, thx you for clarifying this. So I guess I'll just get the stock replacement then. Do you have a store that I can order for a good price for the stock honda shock + spring? I know there are a lot of them but the ones I found the price was like $650+, and that is without the coil spring?
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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

There is really two things you can do:

Easy Method:
1) take your 2001 Honda Prelude to a trusted mechanic and have them order and replace your stock suspension. KYB is a good brand for struts & Ground Control & Koni's are a common combination (Google for more info). BTW/FYI: Most mechanics do not install coilovers because coilovers are "not for street".

Not as easy as method #1:
2) Contact BC racing tell them you want 2001 Honda Prelude coilovers for daily driving, they will get custom spring rate springs for your need, however this is going to cost you somewhere around $1000, I'm not sure how much custom spring rates cost. And you might have to install these by yourself (if you have the tools & adequate skill level) or by someone you know who know what they are doing. In most cases if you buy coilovers the come as a complete kit & you simply replace the strut & spring assembly with the coilover assembly.

You can find YouTube videos on how to do this, like this one from MightyCarMods:

(yall should check them out if yall don't know them already, btw they are awesome)
https://www.youtube.com/user/mightycarmods

What I would do: My 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH needs new suspension, however I have been putting it off for a year since I got the car. The condition of my suspension is worn but it is still drive-able. When I finally do get new suspension, I am going to do exactly what I stated in #2) Contact BC Racing get spring rates for daily driving, & install them myself.

I used to be in your shoes, but I took those shoes off.
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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

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There is really two things you can do:

Easy Method:
1) take your 2001 Honda Prelude to a trusted mechanic and have them order and replace your stock suspension. KYB is a good brand for struts & Ground Control & Koni's are a common combination (Google for more info). BTW/FYI: Most mechanics do not install coilovers because coilovers are "not for street".

Not as easy as method #1:
2) Contact BC racing tell them you want 2001 Honda Prelude coilovers for daily driving, they will get custom spring rate springs for your need, however this is going to cost you somewhere around $1000, I'm not sure how much custom spring rates cost. And you might have to install these by yourself (if you have the tools & adequate skill level) or by someone you know who know what they are doing. In most cases if you buy coilovers the come as a complete kit & you simply replace the strut & spring assembly with the coilover assembly.

You can find YouTube videos on how to do this, like this one from MightyCarMods:

(yall should check them out if yall don't know them already, btw they are awesome)
https://www.youtube.com/user/mightycarmods

What I would do: My 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH needs new suspension, however I have been putting it off for a year since I got the car. The condition of my suspension is worn but it is still drive-able. When I finally do get new suspension, I am going to do exactly what I stated in #2) Contact BC Racing get spring rates for daily driving, & install them myself.

I used to be in your shoes, but I took those shoes off.
Hope I helped.
Good luck & happy New Year!




Thank you for your helpful information. I might prob the #1 method, bring the car to a shop and let the mechanic order the shock + spring.

But still I want to know where I can order the Honda original shock + spring?
Im not talking about coilovers anymore. The reason why I want to know what are online shop that sell original Honda shock + spring for my Prelude is because I want to know the price range before I go to a mechanic and let them do it.
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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

Brand new OEM replacements are discontinued. You should not be paying more than $1250 for parts & labor included, the cost might be less (I overestimated).
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Brand new OEM replacements are discontinued. You should not be paying more than $1250 for parts & labor included, the cost might be less (I overestimated).
What about those Garbriel ones? ARe they as good as the Honda OEM?
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Re: Recommendation Brand for Coilover systems?

I have been reading good reviews about Tein Coilovers.
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What about those Garbriel ones? ARe they as good as the Honda OEM?
Never heard of them before, talk to your mechanic, just have him do it for you.
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