You can rent this spring compressor from Western
Auto for free or buy them from JC Whitney for $40.
A person with the right tools and a service manual should be able to install
new springs in about 5 hours all by himself. You can rent springs compressor
from a local Western Auto or AutoZone. You should do one end of the car at a
time. A floor jack, jack stands, and your factory car jack are all needed. You
will also need an allen wrench to hold the top of the stock shock tube
from rotating while loosening the retaining nut.
When you remove the front shock assembly, be sure to slide it out towards the
front of the car.
The spring fits nicely in the GAB shock
The Hot Honda springs have an initially softer and progressive feel than the
H&R Sport springs. They provide a slightly more comfortable ride yet still
provide the increased response in transient maneuvers.
At OEM recommended tire pressures, the car still understeers moderately at
initial turn-in. Once established in the turn and at constant lateral
acceleration, the car becomes very neutral to just slightly understeering. Lift
off the throttle abruptly though, and you can still experience oversteer. It's a
very good, safe compromise for the street.
Given the more progressive rates of the the Hot Honda springs, it would be a
better match with stock shocks than the H&R's.
Having tried the H&R Sport springs and the Hot Honda springs, I can't
justify the $50 premium that the H&R demands.
- excellent price
- good handling improvement over stock while maintaining a good ride
- not for serious race competition (valid only for some)
- silly name
A good spring for street use and
occasional racing at an excellent price.
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