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Old 01-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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lowering a05 SI

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I wanna lower my 05 civic SI, I have the springs, but should I change the shocks? I do drive pretty aggressively.

Do I change the shocks, and what ones would you guys say to get? i would like to keep the cost down, like around the $400 mark if possible.
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You should always change the shocks when you lower a car, the stock dampers are not valved to support high spring rates and as a result the ride and handling will be terrible. At your price point the only good options are Tokico HP and Koni Street.
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What kind of springs are you planning to install?

save yourself money and do the shocks and springs at the same thing. The springs may make your car look lower, but it will definitely handle different and affect ride quality.

Also don't forget a proper wheel alignment
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I Have H&R lowering springs I got of of here.

Ok both shocks look fine to me, is any one better then the other?

The ones I was looking at from the start were these, any good?
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Sport or Race springs?

If they're race springs I definitely recommend shocks because of the drop level but it's safe to get them regardless.

Those koni sports are fine.
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Sport or Race springs?

If they're race springs I definitely recommend shocks because of the drop level but it's safe to get them regardless.

Those koni sports are fine.
They are the special edition ones that drop you 2.25, there better then the sport but not quite the race.
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The Tokico HP are actually right in my price range, so I think im going to go with those.
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Yup

Are you installing it yourself?
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The Tokico HP are actually right in my price range, so I think im going to go with those.
You can't use Tokico hp for a spring that drops 2.5". As per tokico they cannot support a drop greater than 1.8" and I highly doubt Koni streets would either. Since you're using such a aggressive spring you can use tokico d-spec or koni yellow, any lesser shock will blow out prematurely. Koni yellows are around $650, but they are inserts and the housings need to be modified to accept them, d-specs are plug and play.
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You can't use Tokico hp for a spring that drops 2.5". As per tokico they cannot support a drop greater than 1.8" and I highly doubt Koni streets would either. Since you're using such a aggressive spring you can use tokico d-spec or koni yellow, any lesser shock will blow out prematurely. Koni yellows are around $650, but they are inserts and the housings need to be modified to accept them, d-specs are plug and play.
You wouldnt have a link for these would you?
This is so far the best price I found http://www.autocarparts.com/part/963/14224/

I was gonna have John at greacemonkey tuners do it.

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That's a really good price on the d-specs, best I've ever seen.

It's a really easy suspension to work on, there's really only one bolt that causes problems routinely.

You'll need a rear camber kit as well, Megan ones seem to do the job pretty well.
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I heard if you dont care about wear you dont have to put em in right away, is that true?
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do you mean the springs on stock shocks?

Sure, if you don't give a fuck about the ride, handling, destroying the stockies, paying twice for installation and twice for alignments.
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no i mean a camber kit
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