The shocks on my '95 Accord LX are just about to hit 80K miles.
The Konis that I tend to lean towards are usually more expensive than
stock, but the price difference is not huge, especially for something
that needs replacing that infrequently.
Would you recommend that I stay with Honda OEM on the shocks as well? I
plan to leave the springs alone, no dropping the car down to one inch
off the pavement or anything like that.
On my last car, I did like the adjustable feature of the Konis even
though I usually just left them on the softest setting for street use.
After 60K miles of very hard use the Konis were still in fantastic shape
when I parted out the car.
Still, if Honda OEM shocks are my best choice, I will go with that. My
other car has about as many aftermarket performance parts as it does
OEM, but I am not going for the same thing at all with the Accord.
At 80K the shocks should still be pretty good. They should easily last
until about 150K, or even longer.
If you're planning to do the work yourself, I'd suggest pulling the damper
assemblies (which does not affect alignment), remove the springs and push
the shock rod by hand. Any stickiness or looseness should be obvious then.
Chances are you'll find they're still serviceable.
If you want reliability ("set it and forget it") and factory-feel, go with
OEM. Any other desires, go aftermarket.
I am new to Hondas, this 1995 Accord LX being the only one I have owned
and/or worked on. It is just about to hit 80K miles. Are things like
Honda shocks from the mid 1990's of a much higher quality level than
what Mazda was using at that time?
I ask because I have worked with a great many 1990-1999 Mazda Miatas and
have never seen a Miata with 150K miles with good original shocks. They
actually seem to go out before 100K. Apples and oranges?
My current Miata has a coil-over system with KYB adjustables, and those
I agree are not great for the street, but the Koni shocks on OEM springs
that I installed on my first Miata at 22K miles were a different story.
The ride on the streets was a lot like stock but much improved with
literally no downsides that I was aware of.
If I were to get the same results out of a set of Koni shocks on a 1995
Honda Accord, then I would use them.
If, however, they made the car uncomfortable then I would be pissed at
myself for making that choice.
I am keeping the Accord as stock as possible in most areas, absolutely
no stiff springs or taking the car down closer to the ground, and no
super-low profile tires. This car needs to stay comfortable no matter what.
The only other "upgrade" I can think of is some alloy wheels one day to
replace the steelies, and those will probably be Honda 15" OEM alloys.
I had never really thought about it before, but the car as it is setup
now, steelies with a stock suspension with Pirelli P5's in 195/60/14, is
really, really comfortable and handles pretty nicely too.
Maybe I will leave well enough alone after all........
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