OEM struts are superior in every way, aftermarket struts are not even close. Here's why, aftermarket struts aren't specifically dialed in to an exact car, but to a set of vehicles that they will fit and perform their purpose for generally speaking. OEM struts are dialed in by Honda engineers to the exact suspension of the exact model,,, fine tuned to the exact weight, taking into account that exact vehicle's entire suspension,,,, and then tested, and then refined until it meets exacting performance standards. I've tried aftermarket, and when I went back to OEM the difference was remarkable. If you're short on cash, can't afford OEM, I recommend you find salvage yard OEM struts with low mileage, and then aftermarket starting with KYBs. You're gonna get what you pay for.