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Old 10th September 2008, 08:22   #1
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My NHC front suspension needs an overhaul.
Mine is NHC Gxi August 2004 model which has done @62,000KM.

However, I want to switch to something better - something that will achieve the following (in the oder of importance):
1. Improved Handling while high speed cornering, sudden change of direction, etc.
2. Improved Ride comfort
3. Improved Reliablity (should last another 60,000KM at least)


Please suggest appropriate brand, workshop that can do the job, costs, etc.

I live in Pune.
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Old 10th September 2008, 15:22   #3
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@ 60K, your OEM suspension will be sagging. That's why you aren't happy with the road behaviour of your NHC. With 77 horses, do you really need a performance suspension? What is the brand & age of your tyres? An upsize to high-quality rubber can significantly improve handling characteristics.

If you are absolutely keen on a suspension upgrade (vis a vis OEM replacements):

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1. Improved Handling while high speed cornering, sudden change of direction, etc.
2. Improved Ride comfort
Generally, you will gain either one of those, with a compromise on the other. What you need is a set of after-market performance dampers. Look up the several reviews in our archive.
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Anand, i had got my OHC's shocks overhauled at FRK racing(Bangalore), its not a complex function but it should be done by someone who is good at it....i did about 18k kms with it and never had any issues....the car handeled fantastically at high speeds and cornering was much easier...

else go for Koni...



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My NHC front suspension needs an overhaul.
Mine is NHC Gxi August 2004 model which has done @62,000KM.

However, I want to switch to something better - something that will achieve the following (in the oder of importance):
1. Improved Handling while high speed cornering, sudden change of direction, etc.
2. Improved Ride comfort
3. Improved Reliablity (should last another 60,000KM at least)


Please suggest appropriate brand, workshop that can do the job, costs, etc.

I live in Pune.
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Old 10th September 2008, 17:42   #5
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Hi GTO and Lohitrao,

Thanks for the inputs.

I am running on Michelin Energy XM1 (175/65 R 14). They have done @20,000KM and they are a great improvement over the OEM Goodyear GPS 2's.

And 77BHP is not really an issue during fast cornering in ghats.

iDSI develops a very healthy 129Nm torque fairly early at 2800 RPM.
Compare this with NHC Vtec which develops 135NM at 4800 RPM which is no big deal and also faily late in the rev range...

What brand does FRK Racing supply?
Or where can I get Koni?
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Old 10th September 2008, 18:38   #6
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Methods Car Parts and Car Accessories Online Shop and Distributors in Bangalore India, K&N Performance Filters, Sparco Motorsport Accessories here you should find all the info you require on Koni

You can take the contact details of Pune dealers from these guys... do little check on the models as Koni has too many of them...buy what is made for your car...

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You can get the stock shocks stiffened from a reputed tuner. Thats more than enough.

Have done this on my OHC, the car barely rolls even at cornering speeds of over 170kmph and the stability has improved a lot.

Just need to see how this setup fares on a track, i bet it'l be a blast.

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You can get the stock shocks stiffened from a reputed tuner. Thats more than enough.

Have done this on my OHC, the car barely rolls even at cornering speeds of over 170kmph and the stability has improved a lot.

Just need to see how this setup fares on a track, i bet it'l be a blast.

Shan2nu
I second this, even i had got the suspensions stiffened...
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You can get the stock shocks stiffened from a reputed tuner. Thats more than enough.

Have done this on my OHC, the car barely rolls even at cornering speeds of over 170kmph and the stability has improved a lot.

Just need to see how this setup fares on a track, i bet it'l be a blast.

Shan2nu
Well, then that's just what I need...as I do a lot of driving in the Sayhadris...

So, where should I get this tune up done?
Will Deccan Honda do it for me? Guess not...
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So, where should I get this tune up done?
Will Deccan Honda do it for me? Guess not...
None of the Honda dealers will do it. You have to find someone in Bbay who has experience doing it.

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I am running on Michelin Energy XM1 (175/65 R 14). They have done @20,000KM and they are a great improvement over the OEM Goodyear GPS 2's.
I could be wrong on this but try switching to a wider rubber. You might want to try 195/60/14 to give you a better balance to your car, a cheaper alternative before tinkering with the suspension.
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I could be wrong on this but try switching to a wider rubber. You might want to try 195/60/14 to give you a better balance to your car, a cheaper alternative before tinkering with the suspension.
Ya...I have that on my mind.But then I need to waitfor another 20,000KM till the michelins wear out and then the current 5.5J wheel rims have to be checked if they can take 195 tyres...
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Ya...I have that on my mind.But then I need to waitfor another 20,000KM till the michelins wear out and then the current 5.5J wheel rims have to be checked if they can take 195 tyres...
The 5.5J rims will take 195 without any issues. My OHC VTEC also has 5.5 and running 195/60 R14.

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I got to have a look at "HKS" suspensions at Race Dynamice, Blore....it should be around 80k .... if one can afford it i think it should be worth the money...
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80K for what?
A pair of front suspension?
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