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Old 05-13-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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I have H&R Super Sports on my 2011 (1.7F/2.5R) and I was wondering what kind of shocks/struts would go best with these. I'm not looking to be breaking the bank, but these have been on the car for almost a year and I feel it's time to replace the shocks and struts. I would sure love to benefit from some of you all's experience.
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I have H&R Super Sports on my 2011 (1.7F/2.5R) and I was wondering what kind of shocks/struts would go best with these. I'm not looking to be breaking the bank, but these have been on the car for almost a year and I feel it's time to replace the shocks and struts. I would sure love to benefit from some of you all's experience.
I love my koni str.ts. Excellent ride, and very affordable. Im only lowered about 1.5" though, so im not sure how they would handle a bigger drop. I believe nosympathy has that large of a drop and is running the str.ts as well, so hopefully he will chime in.
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STR.Ts are good, but the Yellows/Sports are better. It all depends on your budget and what you want to do with the car.
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She's not a track car, but I want something that will respond better to potholes and speed bumps/humps.
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There are a few of us on here running the strt and we all love them, for the money on a street car you cannot beat them
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There are a few of us on here running the strt and we all love them, for the money on a street car you cannot beat them
Me specifically with the H&R SS springs.
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There are a few of us on here running the strt and we all love them, for the money on a street car you cannot beat them
+1. Haven't had mine on as long as these guys have, but am definitely loving them so far. Ride quality is perfect for the street.
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What made you guys go this route compared to coilovers? I was thinking the same until a buddy of mine kept insisting I get coilovers instead, been eyeing the kw v3's (do not mean to thread jack, just want opinions without starting a thread)
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What made you guys go this route compared to coilovers? I was thinking the same until a buddy of mine kept insisting I get coilovers instead, been eyeing the kw v3's (do not mean to thread jack, just want opinions without starting a thread)
Coilovers are great, but for me, the price, especially for a beautiful set like the kw v3s, were way out of my price range. I also have no need or time for the adjustability options. Hence the reason i even went with a non-adjustable shock. I just dont have the time to jack my car up and make adjustments all the time, nor do ever track the car (besides the 1/4 mile). So personally i choose to take the money saved and put it towards other needed parts like my camber plates and panhard bar. I will also be ordering lcas, a uca, and brackets very soon. It takes a lot to PROPERLY lower these cars, some parts being more important than others, so i choose to do it all right instead of spending my budget all on one piece.
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Coilovers are great, but for me, the price, especially for a beautiful set like the kw v3s, were way out of my price range. I also have no need or time for the adjustability options. Hence the reason i even went with a non-adjustable shock. I just dont have the time to jack my car up and make adjustments all the time, nor do ever track the car (besides the 1/4 mile). So personally i choose to take the money saved and put it towards other needed parts like my camber plates and panhard bar. I will also be ordering lcas, a uca, and brackets very soon. It takes a lot to PROPERLY lower these cars, some parts being more important than others, so i choose to do it all right instead of spending my budget all on one piece.
I know what you mean when it comes to $ man. And my list of parts needed just to lower it properly like you said is quite extensive already haha front back sway bars, ucas lcas, panhard bar etc etc. But if you want to do it properly, why not save up a bit more for coilovers? At least that's the discussion in my mind, still debating which way to go before I go crazy and order all the parts. Is the ride difference that big between springs+shocks/struts compared to coilovers? Previous car was lowered on springs only and the ride was harsh as hell. Literally knock a couple teeths out going over potholes!
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I know what you mean when it comes to $ man. And my list of parts needed just to lower it properly like you said is quite extensive already haha front back sway bars, ucas lcas, panhard bar etc etc. But if you want to do it properly, why not save up a bit more for coilovers? At least that's the discussion in my mind, still debating which way to go before I go crazy and order all the parts. Is the ride difference that big between springs+shocks/struts compared to coilovers? Previous car was lowered on springs only and the ride was harsh as hell. Literally knock a couple teeths out going over potholes!
Honestly i wouldn't even bother with sway bars. The stock ones are pretty damn good, so unless your going to be tracking the car a lot, and want to go with maybe an adjustable set, id skip it for now. Swaybars would probably rank last on my list for suspension right now. As for the ride, it all depends on what dampeners you have. A lowered car, with stock dampeners is going to ride like crap, period. Your stock dampeners were made with comfortability in mind, not performance. But with a good setup you barely even notice a difference. I personally LOVE the way my car rides now. Not harsh at all, but firm, and feels the way a car like this should. Especially if you were to spend a couple extra bucks to go with an adjustable dampener to be able to taylor it to your liking. Not trying to bash coilovers at all, because hey if i was rich, i would have definitely went that route. But the biggest difference with a coilover setup is the ride height adjustability, which like i said before I really have no time/need for.
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I agree with above post, sway bars are the last thing I would do to my suspension and with a good set of damper body roll will be minimal on the street. Dampers are the most important mod to the suspension.
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I agree with above post, sway bars are the last thing I would do to my suspension and with a good set of damper body roll will be minimal on the street. Dampers are the most important mod to the suspension.
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I had Ground Control coilovers way back when on my Honda Prelude...way different animal, but the guy I bought it from actually owned turbokits.com, and was starting to build it as a track car for the business, then got engaged and had to sell everything. I never tracked it, and because of that, never adjusted a single thing on the suspension. It sat at the perfect height, was a little rough, but nothing harsh or intolerable...at least from what I remember, it was like 6 years ago haha. I also wouldn't bother with coilovers unless you're tracking. I think most of us just really want the wheel gap closed and a comfortable ride, because I think any aftermarket setup is going to give some kind of performance bump. I know I'm definitely looking to keep the ride quality as close to stock as I can when I do mine. Good luck!
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What made you guys go this route compared to coilovers? I was thinking the same until a buddy of mine kept insisting I get coilovers instead, been eyeing the kw v3's (do not mean to thread jack, just want opinions without starting a thread)
For me it was two things.
  1. Cost - a proper coilover setup can cost thousands, while good spring/shock/strut setup costs hundreds.
  2. Diminishing returns - I don't have enough driver mod (and most of us don't if we're honest) to take advantage of the benefits coilovers provide. Also, if you're at the point where you need to put coilovers on you are probably considering upgrading the rest of the suspension with things like spherical bushings, adding a watts link, etc - and much of this adds massive NVH and reduces streetability.
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I may be a Guiana pig here but I'm going with these 11 way Adj from Strange Eng. $90 each ill post if I like them of not next week.
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I believe strange specializes in street/strip (emphasis on strip) with the dampers, not at all unusable on the street though. Let us know how it works
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I may be a Guiana pig here but I'm going with these 11 way Adj from Strange Eng. $90 each ill post if I like them of not next week.
Definitely let us know how they hold up. I've heard really good things about Strange products!
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I believe strange specializes in street/strip (emphasis on strip) with the dampers, not at all unusable on the street though. Let us know how it works
I would say they're as appropriate for the street as drag radials are. Sure, they work - but not my #1 pick for something that spends more time turning than launching.
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I think I'm going to get the STR.T's.
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I think I'm going to get the STR.T's.
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I think I'm going to get the STR.T's.
You may be waiting a while.
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You may be waiting a while.
That's ok. I'm not in a hurry. The Koni Yellows sound sick too, but are sadly not in my budget. The STR.T's aren't either, but I are a couple hundred closer to the mark lol.
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Definitely let us know how they hold up. I've heard really good things about Strange products!
Got these on last night & truthfully could not be happier, easy to adjust the knob with your fingers, so when I go to the track I can easily give them 2-3 clicks firmer to plant the tires. And the setting they are on (4). The car really seemed to take a bump now , railroad tracks seemed like they wernt even there. I'm headed to Dallas this morning & may stop a couple times to try different settings. Love these so far.
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Got these on last night & truthfully could not be happier, easy to adjust the knob with your fingers, so when I go to the track I can easily give them 2-3 clicks firmer to plant the tires. And the setting they are on (4). The car really seemed to take a bump now , railroad tracks seemed like they wernt even there. I'm headed to Dallas this morning & may stop a couple times to try different settings. Love these so far.
The strange shocks are designed to help with weight transfer on launch, and actually it helps to put them on full soft. Putting them in full soft allows all the weight to quickly and easily transfer to the rear for better traction with the rear tires. So when going to the track make sure they're in full soft not full hard
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The strange shocks are designed to help with weight transfer on launch, and actually it helps to put them on full soft. Putting them in full soft allows all the weight to quickly and easily transfer to the rear for better traction with the rear tires. So when going to the track make sure they're in full soft not full hard
What he said. You want it soft on the rear.
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I've had better results w full soft front, full stiff rear
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That's ok. I'm not in a hurry. The Koni Yellows sound sick too, but are sadly not in my budget. The STR.T's aren't either, but I are a couple hundred closer to the mark lol.
Check out Maximum Motorsports. Thats where I got mine from a month or so ago. Hopefully they still have them in stock, because they are on back order everywhere else.
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