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Old 11-29-2017, 09:33 PM
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Review: FCS front strut assemblies

Installed these yesterday because my passenger side shock was making noises and gave the car a funny handling feeling. I live in Canada but I ordered them from the US as it is about an hour to the border where I live.

I know it has only been 2 days but I thought it might be of help to someone out there plus I took a picture of the new and old ones to show. These are complete strut assemblies and very easy to change. I had never worked on anything down there but brakes and end links before this. These are cheaper alternatives to buying oem or most other options out there.



So far I am very pleased with these. They are stock height but seem to keep the car more even than I remember good oem shocks doing (maybe why many upgrade sway bars). It is actually a pleaaure going over bumps now because they provide such good control and keep everything quiet.

Anyway, if anything changes I will update.

i should add that they are easy to chamge with the right tools. It can be difficult to unbolt the fork if it hasn't been removed in a while. I used a long breaker bar with a small extension. Once its free though everything else is fairly easy. As for load on suspension I just used my jack to lift the control arm till it looked close to where it would be when on the ground.

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Interesting... Price? MT or AT?
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Automatic. I paid 131 US including ahipping for the pair. Also of note, they are exactly the same, no left right specific application but they fit and work well so far.
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Right on, man. Let us know how they last.
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I'm having the same FCS assemblies installed this weekend and will post a review too. After 303K miles, I figured it's about time even though my original ones aren't leaking. Stay tuned gang!
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Originally Posted by DMZ View Post
I'm having the same FCS assemblies installed this weekend and will post a review too. After 303K miles, I figured it's about time even though my original ones aren't leaking. Stay tuned gang!
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Update??
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Originally Posted by nfnsquared View Post
Update??
Curious, huh? Well, here tiz!

They work just fine. Car rides and handles like it did when it was new! A bargain making the OEM replacements from Acura at almost 3X the price not worth their weight in gold. Proof that China does produce some decent stuff.

I'll be following up with the rears soon.
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Where did you source them from?
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Where did you source them from?
rockauto. Where else?
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So you put AT front strut assemblies on your 6MT?

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Old 02-13-2019, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by nfnsquared View Post
So you put AT front strut assemblies on your 6MT?
They're the same!
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No, they're not. There are separate part #'s for the OEM front strut assemblies for the AT and the MT due to the added weight of the AT....
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a little extra weight won't make a huge impact, folks and aftermarket companies have the same suspension pieces for 08-12 Accord, 09-13 TSX and TL too even though some are 4 cyl, some are SH-AWD....

Interested to see how they hold up! My OEM's are going to go out soon and these seem like a pretty good buy, considering replacement factory height springs alone cost more than the FCS set!
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I agree they are different....but....at this point in time....do we really care anymore?

Just about anything will be better than 200k 10+ year old factory struts at this point in time. I'm sure there are some slight differences, but trying to hold out for MT specific parts may be quite a long weight at this point in time.
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Dunno, but they engineered different parts for a reason. I know in the discussion on AT vs MT ASPEC strut assemblies, there is a noticeable drop if you put an MT assembly on an AT.

I can only assume that the converse is true and that certainly could adversely affect handling....
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Originally Posted by Jackass View Post
I agree they are different....but....at this point in time....do we really care anymore?

Just about anything will be better than 200k 10+ year old factory struts at this point in time. I'm sure there are some slight differences, but trying to hold out for MT specific parts may be quite a long weight at this point in time.
Only the OEM's are different. All aftermarket replacements are the same for all 3G TL's.
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Strut itself "should" not change your ride height....your spring and or spring perch will do that.
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These are all strut assemblies which include the spring....
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