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focusonthefocus
focusonthefocus New Reader
1/18/11 4:47 p.m.

It's been leaking like crazy and I cringe every bump. Now it has effected the tire wear. I'm looking to purchase a single OEM shock, but would you folks recommend replacing both rears? Also, is there a recommended place to purchase Honda OEM? I'm coming from the Ford Focus community, so I'm fairly in the dark with what's available for the 8th Generation Civic. Any suggestions are welcome!

red5_02
red5_02 Reader
1/18/11 4:52 p.m.
focusonthefocus
focusonthefocus New Reader
1/18/11 5:06 p.m.

How clever. Perhaps someone with less pompous attitude would care to share a familiar and trust site.

That idiot who can't spell
That idiot who can't spell SuperDork
1/18/11 5:08 p.m.

I would just buy some KYBs or something off Rockauto or Tire Rack.

red5_02
red5_02 Reader
1/18/11 5:21 p.m.

How bout these

Or you could try here.

Also you need to take a joke in stride my friend

Blitzed306
Blitzed306 Reader
1/18/11 5:41 p.m.

THE FINGER!!!! spit my beer

oldsaw
oldsaw SuperDork
1/18/11 5:47 p.m.
red5_02 wrote: How bout these Or you could try here. Also you need to take a joke in stride my friend

IDK.........

Seems like a helping-hand is a better way to welcome new posters. Unless canoes are involved.. YMMV.

To the OP, since you already have a few miles on the chassis and shocks, you'll be much better off to replace both rear shocks at the same time.

focusonthefocus
focusonthefocus New Reader
1/18/11 7:27 p.m.

I figured as much. Thank's oldsaw. @red5: hondaautomotiveparts looks like the place. Thanks.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
1/18/11 8:37 p.m.
focusonthefocus wrote: How clever. Perhaps someone with less pompous attitude would care to share a familiar and trust site.

I like this guy.

Chebbie_SB
Chebbie_SB HalfDork
1/18/11 9:07 p.m.
92CelicaHalfTrac wrote:
focusonthefocus wrote: How clever. Perhaps someone with less pompous attitude would care to share a familiar and trust site.

I like this guy.

Benefits of the GRM Forum are a significant collective knowledge / tempered by "Everyone is entitled to my opinion !"

Seriously - WELCOME !

Bobzilla
Bobzilla Dork
1/19/11 7:45 a.m.

^ See... I woulda said something like "That's what you get for buying a Honduh"... and then directed to something more helpful.

92CelicaHalfTrac
92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
1/19/11 8:00 a.m.
Bobzilla wrote: ^ See... I woulda said something like "That's what you get for buying a Honduh"... and then directed to something more helpful.

Hey Bob!

Strizzo
Strizzo SuperDork
1/19/11 8:55 a.m.
oldsaw wrote: IDK......... Seems like a helping-hand is a better way to welcome new posters. Unless canoes are involved.. YMMV

seems like if you're new to a board, you shouldn't expect to ask questions and expect the people of the board to do all of your research for you. a simple google would return several places to purchase aftermarket and oem struts, once the OP has narrowed the list a bit, he could then ask said board if that vendor has a good reputation.

at least thats just the way i'd do it, but i don't like to waste people's time.

psteav
psteav Reader
1/19/11 9:15 a.m.
Strizzo wrote:
oldsaw wrote: IDK......... Seems like a helping-hand is a better way to welcome new posters. Unless canoes are involved.. YMMV

seems like if you're new to a board, you shouldn't expect to ask questions and expect the people of the board to do all of your research for you. a simple google would return several places to purchase aftermarket and oem struts, once the OP has narrowed the list a bit, he could then ask said board if that vendor has a good reputation.

at least thats just the way i'd do it, but i don't like to waste people's time.

The best thing about this board, aside from the vaaast knowledge pool (if you want to buy something/do something/ put X engine into Y chassis, someone here has done it or at least done the initial homework), is that there is no "GTFO noob, do a search" mentality like there is on just about every other board on the web.

Tom Heath
Tom Heath Webmaster
1/19/11 9:40 a.m.

This board has a reputation for being helpful and friendly. I'd like to keep it that way.

If you don't know the answer or are too busy to respond, simply ignore the post. "Search newb!" replies don't do anyone any favors. Would it have taken any more time to say "I like Konis"?

I've got little doubt that the OP can operate any of the many sites that could show him what's available, but he posted here looking for direct experience and recommendations from a community of enthusiasts. That's one of the reasons this board exists.

Strizzo
Strizzo SuperDork
1/19/11 10:33 a.m.
psteav wrote:
Strizzo wrote:
oldsaw wrote: IDK......... Seems like a helping-hand is a better way to welcome new posters. Unless canoes are involved.. YMMV

seems like if you're new to a board, you shouldn't expect to ask questions and expect the people of the board to do all of your research for you. a simple google would return several places to purchase aftermarket and oem struts, once the OP has narrowed the list a bit, he could then ask said board if that vendor has a good reputation.

at least thats just the way i'd do it, but i don't like to waste people's time.

The best thing about this board, aside from the vaaast knowledge pool (if you want to buy something/do something/ put X engine into Y chassis, someone here has done it or at least done the initial homework), is that there is no "GTFO noob, do a search" mentality like there is on just about every other board on the web.

I never said anything like that. newbie questions are fine, its just irritating when someone would rather post a question on a message board before even doing the simplest google search. even more so when they get upset that someone didn't do all of the research on parts, vendors, and prices, and get back to them with a direct link to the product page with the best price from a reliable vendor in 10 minutes.

oldsaw
oldsaw SuperDork
1/19/11 10:48 a.m.

In reply to Strizzo:

This board has a well-earned reputation for having friendly and helpful members. Any search can reveal multiple sources of parts and opinions, yet he chose to come here and ask for specific help. We should be honored that a compatriot seeks information and recommendations here instead of some other site.

You made an AZZumption there was no effort to perform a search before FOTF posted his questions. When did GRM become the He-man Newbie Haterz Club, anyway?

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
1/19/11 11:16 a.m.

Alright, back on topic.

Tokico HP+ are usually the fallback for OEM replacement in the Honda community, and they can handle some mild spring rate increases and spirited driving without too many issues.

I've ordered from Corsport before and been very happy with their customer service. Here's a list of the Tokico struts they sell, and they've got other options as well:

http://www.corsportusa.com/store/catalog/index.php?cPath=1_47&sort=2a&filter_id=50

Matt B
Matt B HalfDork
1/19/11 11:52 a.m.

I like Konis.

No seriously, I really like them. Much better damping curve than Tokicos imho. That said, Tokico blues work great as an OEM replacement and are far cheaper. If you were planning on doing performance dampers at some point though I'd go ahead with the Konis.

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
1/19/11 12:13 p.m.

I stayed away from this thread due to the fact I know little to nothing about Hondas.. but I guess in hindsight, I am very glad I stayed away.

I hope that attitude that raised it's ugly head here does not return

scardeal
scardeal Reader
1/19/11 1:09 p.m.

I agree. One thing I've always liked is the friendliness of this crowd. I was quite shocked that someone gave such a snide remark.

red5_02
red5_02 Reader
1/19/11 1:44 p.m.
Matt B wrote: I like Konis. No seriously, I really like them. Much better damping curve than Tokicos imho. That said, Tokico blues work great as an OEM replacement and are far cheaper. If you were planning on doing performance dampers at some point though I'd go ahead with the Konis.

If you're looking for price it's hard to beat what you get with Tokico but I agree, Koni is a nice shock. Before I settled on Sports I was looking at STr.Ts or whatever they are. They haven't been out long but initial opinion was less than stellar as far as performance oriented shocks go, which is what they're being sold as. Then again I was mainly searching on Honda forums where the ultimate goal was to scrape the subframes, so take that with a grain of salt.

Strizzo
Strizzo SuperDork
1/19/11 2:18 p.m.
scardeal wrote: I agree. One thing I've always liked is the friendliness of this crowd. I was quite shocked that someone gave such a snide remark.

agreed. but even the most off the wall questions usually are preceeded by at least one google search...

Matt B
Matt B HalfDork
1/19/11 2:24 p.m.
red5_02 wrote: If you're looking for price it's hard to beat what you get with Tokico but I agree, Koni is a nice shock. Before I settled on Sports I was looking at STr.Ts or whatever they are. They haven't been out long but initial opinion was less than stellar as far as performance oriented shocks go, which is what they're being sold as. Then again I was mainly searching on Honda forums where the ultimate goal was to scrape the subframes, so take that with a grain of salt.

I've heard the STR.T(whatev) is very similar to a sport on full soft. If that's true, I'd imagine they'd do quite well with stock springs, but probably only barely adequate for low-ish performance springs.

bravenrace
bravenrace SuperDork
1/19/11 2:26 p.m.

I also like Koni's on Hondas. Really like them. In fact I just took brand new Tokico HP's off my CRX (came with the car) and replaced them with Konis. Unless you've done the same, you really can't know how huge of a difference there is. Oh, and for OEM replacements, Majestic Honda is usually the lowest price. But I've had good luck with Monroe shocks for stock replacement units, and they are cheaper than OEM.

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