TruHart Sport Shocks for 2012 Civic Si

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by A. G. Pym, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. A. G. Pym

    A. G. Pym Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen much information on the forums about these, other than the typical "are these any good?" threads, so I thought I'd post a short firsthand review of my impressions so far.

    Why I decided to replace my factory shocks:
    My car has 54k miles on it, so I decided to replace springs and shocks. I didn't want to have to do shocks in a year because the factory units decided to let go after I did the springs, and I was itching for some lowering springs.

    After a rather convincing article I read comparing these to Koni Yellows, Koni STR.Ts, and HFPs, I decided to buy them.

    Link to the article: http://bestsuspension.com/06CivicTruhartShocks.htm

    Why do you want these shocks?
    Because they are a direct factory replacement, require no cutting like the Koni yellows, and to my knowledge are the only non-oem replacement option that comes in a FULL set. That being said, the biggest selling point is the length of these. The fronts are 3/4" shorter and the rears 1/8" shorter than the factory shocks. The spring perch on the fronts are the same height, so these will not lower your car any additional amount. The reason the shorter length is beneficial is because this gives you a full length of compression available with lowering springs. Lowering springs on factory shocks, as many people know, cause premature wear of the shocks due to over compression. The TruHarts being shorter allow you to have the full range of compression as you would with factory shocks. The TruHarts are additionally slightly stiffer in regards to compression and rebound. Please feel free to check out the linked article for actual data.

    So up to this point:
    - slight bump in compression and rebound over stock
    - shorter overall length for full travel with lowering springs
    - did I mention lifetime warranty?
    - $220ish for a full set of 4 that requires no fabrication

    They came in about $220 for the set of four. I didn't take any closeup pictures, but they appeared fairly well made. The welds looked very strong and were very smooth. There was some minor welding splatter on one of the shocks, but nothing anyone would ever notice or even care about, and definitely not something that would have any effect whatsoever on the function. The piston shafts were much smoother than I was expecting, with no gouging or visible machining marks, which is excellent! They were actually beautiful, and the glossy metallic silver they are painted was a near perfect match to the alabaster silver metallic of my car, not that you'd ever even see that with these tucked away underneath your car.

    I paired them up with H&R Sport Springs on my 2012 Si sedan to replace my factory suspension with about 54k miles on it, so that was my baseline for comparison. Install was straightforward, other than a seized nut on one of my front endlinks, which caused the project to stretch over the weekend rather than just one day.

    My verdict:
    These are excellent. The increased dampening rate is noticeable over the factory setup. There is significantly less of the mushy slow bouncing effect over a bump that the factory suspension had. I'd been paying close attention to the dampening characteristics of my car over the past few months while I planned this, so that I would be able to better describe the differences, if any, these shocks made. The factory suspension, in my opinion, had that bouncy feel that a lot of factory suspensions have, and that is drastically reduced with the TruHarts. It's nothing at all like being in a car equipped with coilovers, but it is a real and noticeable improvement over the factory setup, without a doubt. It absorbs impacts nicely, and I live in an area with poorly maintained roads. Paired up with the H&Rs, the overall feel of the car has gone from a factory civic feel to that of a car with a suspension that is sporty and refined without giving you that jaw slamming feeling you get from coilovers. I think it's perfect for what I was wanting: lowered, daily driver friendly, but sportier than what the feel of the factory suspension provides. I absolutely love it, and it's been on for almost a week without any noises or any other indications of any issues. I highly recommend these shocks, not only due to their benefits for lowering springs, but also for the increased driver feel over factory. I honestly couldn't be more pleased with these!

    The only picture I have so far is of my dirty car with winter tires on, but the shocks have no effect on ride height, so this is essentially just a picture of my car. This was taken two days after I installed the TruHarts and H&R springs, so it might yet settle some. I am still on my winter tires, which are 205/50r17, which is why it looks a little lower than most other representations of the H&Rs you see on here.

    TruHarts_HRSports_2012Si.jpg

    If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in my factory stuff, please let me know!
     
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  2. Sarcras
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    Sarcras Supporting Member

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    Very nice write up. I have been wondering about the quality of these as well. Thank you!
     
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  3. W3R0

    W3R0 Well-Known Member

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    Just what I've been looking for, my shocks got replaced under warranty back in 2013 (have a 2012) and now when I was checking my cat/back I noticed some leakage in the rear shocks again so I don't think I want to go OEM I'm also wanting to lower my car and don't want to have to modify or pay to have someone modify konis to fit nor do I want coilovers if this shocks would last me more than the OEM ones did it would be great
     
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  4. A. G. Pym

    A. G. Pym Well-Known Member

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    I think these would be great. And they come with a lifetime warranty, so as long as you can install them competently, they should be fine. I don't see any reason why they wouldn't last just as long as oem ones.
     
  5. wRecKedEX

    wRecKedEX Active Member

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    Car looks great! Just wanted to ask how you feel your setup handles in the corners?
     
  6. A. G. Pym

    A. G. Pym Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'm on General Altimax Arctic winter tires right now with a decent amount of camber in the back because I haven't put my camber arms on yet, so I think any attempt at cornering with my setup would not go very well. In addition to that, I drive like a super old man, and never push my car, so honestly I can't make any comments in that regard. The overall feel is greatly improved over what the factory stuff was, and I'm sure if you wanted something that was more fun to drive, you would certainly find these satisfactory. There is still body roll, because I have a 2012 with a scrawny rear sway, but the car feels as though it will handle better once I get my summer tires back on and change out the rear sway for a thicker variant [which is an upcoming mod].
     
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  7. wRecKedEX

    wRecKedEX Active Member

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    Thank you for the response :)
     
  8. veech_fg4

    veech_fg4 Well-Known Member

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    Any new updates on quality/handling? Looking at the Truharts setup with D2 Pro Series springs for a 2" drop all around
     
  9. bauer311
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    bauer311 Supporting Member

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    Excellent write up, I'll be going with these since they are straight bolt on and I'm running the truhart lowering springs as it is. I only had them on about a month before I left for europe with factory struts. So now I know for sure I'm going with these when they give out. I also haven't gotten to the rear camber arms yet, but haven't had an issue with tire wear yet. I'll prolly order the spc camber arms before I get back so I can install them upon return.

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  10. Tak

    Tak Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your excellent write up.

    This Truhart shock with H&R spring is one of the selections I may want to do this year.

    My final choices are HFP suspension and this combo setup.

    Thanks
     
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