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Shocks Versus Struts Versus Dampers - Shakedown

Get It Right Already! Shocks Vs. Struts: Know The Difference

Oct 1, 2008
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Some Hondas have shocks up front, like the'92-'95 Civics, '94-'01 Integras, the TSX, and, well, a lot of Accords, but some actually have struts, like the RSX and '01-'05 Civics. Although both control and dampen spring oscillations and therefore can both be referred to as dampers, they are different and, as such, shocks should never be called struts or struts shocks. To be sure, struts actually locate suspension components whereas shocks are simply bolted to the lower control arm assemblies by means of forks or brackets. Unbolt a strut and the knuckle drops to the ground. Unbolt a shock and, well, not much happens. So next time you talk about your '93 Civic's front strut tower bar, consider the fact that your Civic doesn't actually have any struts.

Chassis Code Edjumacation: '04-'08 TSX

CODE ORIGIN MODEL ENGINE
CL7 JDM 20EL, 20A, EURO R K20A
CL8 JDM 20EL, 20A (4WD) K20A
CL9 JDM 24TL, TYPE S K24A
CL9 USDM N/A K24A2

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