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well ive had sportlines on my car for a couple of months now and its about to get warm here in NY again so im going to go try to change out my SPC camber kit to a Skunk2 one...while im in there i figure mabe upgrade the stock struts/shocks.....they probably just hanging in there driving on these NY streets....I HATE coilovers due to bad experience with a set i had on another car so im planning to stick with my Eibach Sportline Springs cuz they ride AMAZING...

my question is besides spending crazy money for Koni, is there anything else out there that is a decent step up from stock struts/shocks thats not going to kill my pocket...KYB? Tokico? which ones do people recommend and has anybody had experiences with any?....
 

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Shock/ Strut Options:

KYB GR2 - They are OE replacement and offer not much/ if any valving increase over stock. ~$250 (?)

Skunk2 Sport Shocks - Utilizes a shorter length piston in a shorter body. Reviews I have read on here have NOT been good, but be your own judge.

Tokico HP - Offers both a separate Sedan and Coupe application. Utilizes oe length, valved slightly more agressive than oem. Mixed reviews. ~$425

Tokico HTS - Tokico's higher end adjustable struts/ shock said to adjust rebound and compression simultaneously. Got a pretty good review by a member on here. Not rebuildable or revalvable. ~$875

Koni Sport (yellows) - Rebound adjustable. No one has these specific ones as of yet, but in the past if used correctly I would say they are a superior damper. They are rebuildable and revalvable (not sure of costs, but service is offered). Fronts are inserts and need to follow Koni instructions on the fab work to the stock oe front macpherson strut housing, rear will be plug and play Koni shock. ~$650
 

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I installed a pair of Skunk2 shocks about six+ months ago. I use them for daily driving. From a personal standpoint, I believe these shocks are amazing. The instal was very easy. I am dropped on Sportline's, and prior to installing the Skunk2's, the ride was very bouncy. With the new shocks in it is very firm, and it feels as though I can handle corners a lot easier. I'm on pre-deployment training right now too, so I travel roughly 150 miles over the mountain pass each weekend and the car has handled it like a champ. Even with the ghetto Yakima roads, its fine. So, I dont know who has been talking trash about these, but I highly recommend them. Granted I don't know how they handle in Auto-X or any of that stuff. This review was just based upon daily driving.

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Shock/ Strut Options:

KYB GR2 - They are OE replacement and offer not much/ if any valving increase over stock. ~$250 (?)

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/134046-kyb-struts-shocks-gr2.html

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/140907-kyb-tokico.html <---Single post.

Skunk2 Sport Shocks - Utilizes a shorter length piston in a shorter body. Reviews I have read on here have NOT been good, but be your own judge.

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/136014-month-later-review-after-having-skunk2-shocks-neuspeed-race-springs.html

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/4873648-post9.html

Tokico HP - Offers both a separate Sedan and Coupe application. Utilizes oe length, valved slightly more agressive than oem. Mixed reviews. ~$425

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/133930-tokico-hp-blue-review.html

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/142395-tokico-hp-installed.html

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/85372-anyone-running-tokico-dampers-eibach-pro-kit-springs-opinions-reviews.html

Tokico HTS - Tokico's higher end adjustable struts/ shock said to adjust rebound and compression simultaneously. Got a pretty good review by a member on here. Not rebuildable or revalvable. ~$875

http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/suspension-brakes/140418-tokico-hts-review-coming.html

Koni Sport (yellows) - Rebound adjustable. No one has these specific ones as of yet, but in the past if used correctly I would say they are a superior damper. They are rebuildable and revalvable (not sure of costs, but service is offered). Fronts are inserts and need to follow Koni instructions on the fab work to the stock oe front macpherson strut housing, rear will be plug and play Koni shock. ~$650
 
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