Looking for the best way to lower my car with out killing the bank. Has anyone had the tanabe springs?
Shocks don't really work like that. Springs are what hold the car up. When shocks go bad, they lose the ability to control the springs from bouncing uncontrollably. If you ever drive down the highway and notice another car's tire is bouncing like a basketball, or the car hits a dip and won't stop going up & down, then you know the shocks are blown. If you pull a good shock off a car, you can push the shock rod in & out with your own hands pretty easily, so a blown shock wouldn't cause your car to "sag" or anything.I'm tempted NOT to wait and save money, lol, and just buy the NF210s because I really want a little better performance (and more mpg would be icing on the cake!). But when you say the NF210 springs would cause the shocks to go... like how soon? would there be plenty of warning, or would I be driving around in 2 months and all of a sudden my car is sitting on my tires or something awful?
Nobody really knows a shock's true lifespan. They can blow at any time if you make them work harder or outside the boundaries that they are designed for. You probably won't die or anything, it's just that you have to spend the money *again* to have the suspension worked on and for *another* alignment. This labor can add up unless you have the tools to do this yourself. This is why I always push people to *do it right the first time*.And besides the shocks going bad early (how early?), would it cause any other problems or structural abnormalities???
We can't really answer that for you. That's between you and your dealer. Some dealers will only install OEM or Honda parts. Other dealers will install anything, but charge you their crazy hourly rates. Just call around and get quotes. Expect to pay anywhere between $50-$100 per corner of car. Then the alignment.Do you think a Honda dealer would put the Tanabe springs in for me, or will I have to use an independent mechanic??