NTPOG Tanabe Super-H Springs Review|
Author: John Haley
These springs are what the 5th Generation Prelude
should have come with in the first place. To explain that statement
I should tell you that it's my opinion the Prelude, from the factory, is
sprung a little too softly and has a little too much wheel gap to look
truly "sporty." They feel stiff and responsive,
but they're not so stiff that you immediately think "aftermarket springs"
when you go over tiny bumps. They also fix the annoyingly large wheel
gap by lowering the car by exactly 1" front and rear. A drop this
small doesn't cause horrible camber problems, and there's virtually no
chance of rubbing with stock tires. At the autocross, they definitely represent an advantage
over the stock springs, by not only lowering the center of gravity but
by also reducing squat, dive, and body roll. They're the perfect
compromise for me, because I didn't like the stock springs, but I also
don't like the slammed look and harsh ride. Also, with these springs
on my car, and the new Eibachs on Billy's car, we were only 1/2 second
apart, so there's not much question of performance. Installation was
not a snap, but it was no harder than any other spring set, plus
the Tanabes seem to run a little cheaper than comparable brands.
For my tastes in looks, performance, and price, these springs satisfy
all three criteria.
From left to right: Stock, Tanabe Super-H, Eibach Pro-Kit
For comments or questions, e-mail me.
This page last updated 4/3/01.