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Stiff versus Comfortable.....

....what's best for you?

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION (11/14/13)

 
Ok, so we get a HUGE number of people asking what is the best suspension for their 06-11 Civic. Most people have a good idea of what they want, but it's hard to know what to get with all the options out there. Still, what people want tends to fall within 1 of the following Levels.
  1. Best ride quality with some improved handling if possible that rides great. (a street car that is unlikely to hit the track)
  2. Good ride quality and good daily driver with noticeable and fun increase in handling performance with very few (if any) complaints from the passenger seat. (a street car that may hit the track just for fun someday and will be noticeably faster than a stock car like it)
  3. OK ride quality and OK daily driver for someone who can deal with a little stiffness because you need to drive the car everyday and be reasonably comfortable but you also want the car to be silly fast through the corners (like on the weekend at an autocross or track). Light complaints will come from your significant other in the passenger seat if that person is ride-sensitive. (still a daily-driver street car but very likely a weekend fun autocross or track car too that can win a local autocross in the right hands)
  4. Stiff ride quality and a borderline daily driver that is still street legal and can be your daily driverbut your significant other will not want to ride with you often. More like an amusement park ride than a commuter. Good chance this car is not your family's primary transportation. (a street car and can be drive daily but maybe you have a 2nd car because this one is becoming a fairly serious weekend warrior autocross or track car... maybe even a national race winner)
  5. Race-only. Only a few products on this site fall into this category.
So, which of these descriptions describes what you want? It can be a tough choice, but you have to ask yourself honestly, what do you really want...... what is the best suspension for you? We can help you decide. :)

 
Below is just a quick and fast write-up for now based on all the research and experience I have with the 06-11 Civic. This will be improved soon, but I am writing this up because something is better than nothing here. :)

 
Level 1
If you want a Level 1 daily driver, then I'd recommend the Koni STR.T "Orange" shocks on whatever springs you like most (stock or lowering springs other than Neuspeed brand springs, which have rear spring rates too high for the STR.T shocks). STR.T is the model name (a reference to STReeT), and they happen to be orange; so it's common to hear them called Koni Orange shocks.
TO BE CONTINUED (11/14/13)