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Old 11-05-08, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wife wants a softer ride, softer shocks available?

I love my 2002 RSX but I have to admit, the ride is kinda stiff. I read some earlier posts about lowering the tire pressure but I already did that. No help. I have 80k on it so it should have softened up already.

Any recommendations on a softer shock? I read that KYB may have a shock out for the RSX but is it softer than stock? I put KYB's in my BMW and it was stiffer than stock.

I also read that a Civic shock may work. Has that been done?

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There's not much you can do there to soften up the ride as the factory spring rates are fairly high and most aftermarket springs are higher still. Depending on the year RSX, you might (and this is a big might) get away with some stock Honda Civic springs. The rates are lower vs. stock RSX springs and I think they're shorter as well, which will bring the ride height down probably somewhere around half an inch or so.

Second option (and probably my favorate) is to tell the wife to STFU. Cons of this is you might not get any for a while, but at least she won't be bitching about it anymore.
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Second option (and probably my favorate) is to tell the wife to STFU. Cons of this is you might not get any for a while, but at least she won't be bitching about it anymore.
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Thanks....the Honda Civic spring change sounds kinda risky. Good idea though. I wouldn't mind lowering it too. I looked at Tire Racks site and they are selling some Hotchkis springs for $105 for the set I bet they will make the car stiffer?? I once lowered my BMW with "soft" lowering springs with stock shocks and it rode great. Any ideas how soft the Hotchkis springs are?

I also read that you don't recommend just changing the springs and I should get the coilovers. I bet that will make the car ride pretty rough so not sure about a spring only change. Too expensive too.

I guess the best way to deal with all this is to give the car to my son... we bought it for him anyway!! I sure hate to commute in my MDX though. We sure like the gas mileage in the RSX.

Thanks for the help!!!
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I think the RSX ride is a good balance between a sporty stiff ride and comfort but obviously you don't. I'm more biased towards a sporty ride but I understand where you are coming from.

If the car is meant for your son he'll probably like the stiff ride so it might be a good idea to get your son's opinion first before thinking about changing it. As it's been mentioned most after market kits are usually to make your car's ride stiffer so you'll only make the problem worst. Trying to get one from a Civic is probably your best bet because you'll want to get stock and not after market.
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