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Old 09-06-2011, 04:35 PM   #1
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Question Civic suspension?

I've been searching on here and google a little, and I was curious as to how different civic (eg,or ek) struts are to our cb7s. I'm saying this because I'm low on cash at the moment and my passenger from strut wakes up the whle neighborhood when I do even the slightest turn or hit a small bump. My main garage is at a friends house and they all have eg's and ek's and there's spare struts layin around. Could I replace the front two without major modification? It's really really loud. Or are our shocks regreasable? Any help on this problem will be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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No, no, and no. Put a Civic strut on a CB7 and you'll be waking up the entire neighborhood when you crash into someones front door after a turn. If you're that low on cash go to the junkyard. Or while they definitely aren't the best or even mid grade. There's Monroe, KYB , and TAS that make a stock replacement.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
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Thank you! I think I'll just wait and save a little. Its ridiculously loud Im just checkin for a quick cheap fix for now, but I'll deal with it
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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With even one blown shock, your car is extremely unsafe... The junkyard idea might not be a bad one. That, or look on Craigslist (or just post a "looking for" ad on there.) You can use shocks from any Accord from 1990 to 1997 (4th and 5th generations.) You might be able to get a replacement for free, and the work to install it isn't all that difficult.

If you are lowered now... well... that's just dumb, on what I assume are stock shocks. If you're not lowered, and you want to lower your car, don't even consider it until you've replaced all 4 shocks with something that will be properly matched to the springs you're putting on there. A mild drop can get away with cheaper stuff, like Koni STR.T. A more serious drop will require something better, and more expensive, such as Koni Yellows (I have those on my car... and they are well worth the money!)
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:46 PM   #5
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you can get a new shock from autozone or advance for about 40-70$
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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my car is not lowered, i'm waiting til i can afford some quality shocks and springs for that. is it really that unsafe? my car rides fine even when i take corners at high speeds, and feels comfortable. it's just loud as fuck haha. blown shocks usually are rendered useless and you're suspension is basically just the spring am i right? i get paid sunday so i'm getting a new stock one then, if it's that dangerous hopefully it doesn't get any worse! then sometime in the near future, i'll be getting some good performance shocks for sure i sit like a 4x4 on my 17's lol. thanks by the way, i appreciate your guys' advice

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Old 09-07-2011, 10:01 PM   #7
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Please use the "edit" button when you want to add something, rather than posting twice in a row. That will just get your posts deleted if you do that.

Anyway, yes. Your car is very unsafe with a blown shock. It may feel fine normally, but in an emergency, it will be uncontrollable. Do you have any large abandoned parking lots in your area? Something with no cars, no traffic, and enough space to safely get your car up to about 40mph? If so, go there. Go up to 40 or so, and brake hard. Don't lock your wheels up, but brake hard, as if you were on the highway and everyone in front of you just came to a sudden stop.
I assure you, you will notice your car wanting to dive to one side or the other (if only one shock is blown, it will dive that way.)

I know this because I have a nearly blown shock in my Fit right now... and I nearly ate it on the highway today. I was in the left lane, everyone braked, and my car lurched to the right... straight at the side of a bus! I am aware of my car's condition (I drive 80k miles a year, so it's like a part of me.) However, that is absolutely no excuse to allow a necessary part to remain damaged. I may know my car's limitations, but I also know that an unexpected situation can put me in a position where those limitations are exceeded. For example... knowing my braking distance is increased due to the blown shock, I leave more room between me and the guy in front of me. The guy behind me sees this gap and assumes that I'm going slower than the guy 10 car lengths in front... so he zips around and cuts me off. Now, not only do I not have that safety zone, but I just got cut off too!

In addition to the diving, if your wheel begins to hop, you simply won't stop. If the rubber is bouncing up and down, it's not gripping the road to stop your car! I once saw a girl in an old E30 BMW... driving along the highway without a care in the world. Both of her rear shocks were completely done. Every time she hit an expansion joint, her back wheels literally left the ground.

It's bad enough on the highway, or around tight turns... but what if a kid runs out in front of you unexpectedly?
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #8
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yeah i did notice that a little today somebody braked hard in front of me and my car dipped to the right a bit when i was coming to a stop. i'm definitely gonna be more cautious til i get it fixed, and i'll tear it apart and fix it as soon as possible! thanks a bunch, being eighteen i'm not extremely competent with everything to do with cars, haha
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Yeah, that's the biggest issue with being a young driver. You just don't have the experience necessary to have a true feel for the car, or the reflexes in an emergency. When I was a new driver, I thought I was good... and man, compared to today, boy was I wrong! (and 10 years from now, I'll probably think "what the hell was I thinking?" about the me of today!)

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Old 09-16-2011, 05:36 PM   #10
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WHOOOH!! so i tore my car apart this week and replaced the clutch, when i put it back together it stopped squeaking, apparently somethin just needed lube or somethin haha
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