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rougeben83 09-29-2012 02:40 PM

Tokico HTS adjustable shocks
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Got these last week...waiting for the adjustment knob (*which doesn't come in the box, you'll need to email tokico so they can send you a set for free, this is not the case the regular D-spec kits for other applications).

Knob aside, they were less than $360 SHIPPED to my door from CA to NY. Awesome. HTS's are valved in Japan, D-specs are valved in the US, according to the tokico literature; however they're both marketed under the D-spec label here in the US.

I'll leave feedback once they're on, compared to the bilsteins I have now. Keep in mind, I use stock springs WITH the slightest lift, not slammed (can't drive fast if you're scrapping crappy nyc pavement ;)).

maneshorin 09-30-2012 09:17 AM

Nice.. Love to see how it turns out

BrandonJ 2001 GT Limited 09-30-2012 06:49 PM


rougeben83 10-03-2012 11:30 PM

Set installed today. Still playing with the valve settings. Its single adjustment, meaning the knob adjusts both rebound and compression at the same time. Currently at 2.5 turns from firm in the Front, 3 turns in the rear. It's a good balance between ride and handling. Adjustment w/ the knob is NOT linear as far as I can tell; there's a marked difference in how soft the struts become at 3 turns vs. 2.5 for example. If it weren't for the roads in the NYC tristate area, you can definitely run firmer settings. There's definitely less impact harshness vs. the bilsteins at the current setting, which I'll discuss below.

The compression rate at full firm is about the same/slightly less vs. bilsteins in the front, slightly more in the rear. This is not a bad thing; its just an example of how stiff bilstein valved the JDM set for japanese roads. With full swaybars, poly bushings, and slightly stiffer springs the ride with the bilsteins was harsh and handling was affected as the tires tended to chatter on uneven pavement. Running 45 series tires was just asking for a headache. Again, this is how bad the roads are in NYC.

Rebound at full firm is about the same as on the bilsteins, though I'm not pushing either set with stock springs. Higher-rate springs will need higher rebound settings.

Another advantage of the adjustable set is that you can tune oversteer/understeer by adjusting the front/rear ratio. I'll report back once I play with the ratio even further.

PS bilsteins are for sale.

BrandonJ 2001 GT Limited 10-04-2012 09:20 AM

Good to hear they are worth the cost. Definitely buying these if they're still priced @ $318 in Dec. BTW for anyone buying the Bilsteins. I found H&R's for $200 shipped NIB.

specialB 10-04-2012 09:22 AM

Tried hopping on that Tokico sale, out of stock at that price indefinitely...

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LibertyFLS 10-09-2012 04:02 PM

where did you order these from? Thanks for the link on the H&R, that's a steal ordering today / tomorrow!

BrandonJ 2001 GT Limited 10-10-2012 07:39 AM

LibertyFLS - directly from the Tokico website. They're on special directly from them.

LibertyFLS 10-10-2012 12:27 PM

Awesome! I just ordered a set on their website so I guess well see if they have them in stock or not. Fingers crossed.

Next up order the H&R and the Impreza spring seat / mounts. Car should be lowered in the first week or two I've had it.

cpundyk 10-10-2012 03:10 PM

damn, makes me hate coils.

rougeben83 11-25-2012 09:24 PM

Installed pics:


Rears: (Cusco rear brace has cutouts for extensions...nice detail to them I guess)

Extensions ($30 from TiC): worth the money.

Just a caution to anyone, just be careful of the rear struts, compressing the coil and having the top mount oriented properly can be tricky, I think the slides on the rear struts got fubared during this and now have a small leak. :(

BrandonJ 2001 GT Limited 11-26-2012 08:26 AM

Looks nice. I've gotten the OK to proceed, now I just have to see how much my bonus is 12/16. :lol:

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