Suspension, Steering and Brakes Rear shocks

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by AccordMavman, Thursday 18th Aug, 2016.

  1. AccordMavman Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hi all

    I need a new pair of rear shocks for my 7th Generation I-CTDI, and am interested in your input as to what type I should replace them with. I will call HH for a quote tomorrow, but will look at alternatives, depending on price.

    Doesn't seem to much to choose from on line... thoughts welcomed...

    Thanks all
     
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  2. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Bilstein B4 or B6 or Sachs are both good shocks and less expensive than Koni.
    Is it standard height or lowered?
     
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  3. AccordMavman Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Well it's standard at the moment, but as they need changing, I'm seriously thinking of lowering it. I'm not in a position to change all 4 right now, so if I wanted to drop it, I'd need to wait for a bit. I guess I could put 2 adjustable ones on the rear & match the height to the front, but I suppose these are a lot more?
    Found some Sachs online for @£70 each, Andrew Page quoted £75 for TRW's, HH want £147. Will get quotes for Bilsteins then..
    HH also quoted a labour time of just over an hour for each side. This doesn't seem much....:drill:
     
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  4. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Adjustable shocks generally don't have ride height adjustment, the adjustment refers to compression/rebound.
    The spring length will determine the height.
    If you want to lower it then Bilstein B8 or higher are made to be lowered.
    B4 is standard and B6 is standard height but uprated shocks with 46mm tubes.
    You could look around for a set of A-spec shocks and springs, they are still around but NLA from Honda now.
    I priced a set of Bilstein B6 from German ebay for 530 euro they work with standard springs.
     
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  5. AccordMavman Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Cheers for all this info, really useful.
    Looks like I've got a bit of thinking to do then...
     
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  6. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I don't want to lower mine, but I think when the time comes to get new shocks on my Tourer I am going for either Bilstein B4 or B6's if I can afford them, the B6 are twice the price of the B4.
    I B4 on an Avensis before and they were a very good standard shock.
     
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  7. AccordMavman Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yes, have been checking up on the prices of the Bilsteins, they're not cheap but they do have a good reputation.
    Just spoken to a specialist up the road, from me for a quote, who told me that Honda would have originally fitted Sachs on it as OEM, no idea if this is true or not. Would be interesting to know...
     
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  8. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    OEM shocks are Showa, Japanese company owned by Honda.
     
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  9. AccordMavman Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Cheers for that...
     
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  10. NottsBiker Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Strangley I've got Showas on my Ducati :Smile:

    Now I've got 18's on my Tourer I'm no longer certain I can lower it as I think of end up rubbing as the gap I've got left is only 40mm max.
     
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  11. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I have them on a few of my bikes, Montesa Cota for one, plus my soon to be vintage Dominator 650.
    Not sure about the RMX though...
    I am not a big fan of lowering cars, been there and still have the back pain, much prefer well sorted standard height shocks.
     
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  12. NottsBiker Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    RMX 250 two stroke?

    Don't think I'll lower it tbh as 3 dogs weigh a fair amount and I don't want to be scraping the belly everywhere
     
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  13. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yeah 2 stroke, JDM model with light, indicators boil radiator catch tank the lot.
    Not road regged though just offroad.
    I think lowered looks good on some cars and if the road surfaces are good enough, unfortunately In Ireland and parts of the UK the roads are in a bad state and getting worse.
    Lowered cars here just scrape and crack bodywork and do little to improve handling.
    Been looking at the airbag setups for the rear, it would be easy to do with the tourer as the spring is separate from the shock, I'll have to investigate further.
     
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  14. NottsBiker Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Very nice! Had Honda CRM 250 and Yamaha DT200WR in the past :Wink:

    Sounds interesting idea with the bags
     
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