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Spring Rate Test Results for 2006-11 Civic Spring Kits
by Chris Shenefield, RedShift Motorsports - UPDATED 11/26/16

RedShift's Recommendation as a result of this testing:

Best Slight Drop Springs: Tein High.Tech - 1/2" drop. Perfect for stock or Koni STR.T (orange) shocks. A little stiffer than stock spring, but more a comfort spring than anything.

Best Medium Drop Springs: Swift Sport Mach - 1" drop. Very comfortable performance spring. Easily the most comfortable and best engineered 1" drop spring.

Best Performance Springs: A 3-way tie - 1) Tein S.Tech - 1.3" drop. My favorite all around lowering springs. They work great with Koni STR.T (orange) shocks, and we pair these together for our "HFP Killer" kit. VERY popular and other agree it's a great combo. 2) Neuspeed Sport - 1.6" drop. These are a great performance spring with a great drop. Aggressive but not too low. A great street performance option. You have to use Koni Sport shocks in the rear with these springs. 3) Swift SPEC R - 1.2" drop. These springs are also excellent! They have a stiffer front spring and softer rear spring as compared to the Neuspeed Sports. These Swift SPEC R spring can be used with stock shocks... but they like Koni Sports.

Best Slammed Springs: Since the Neuspeed Race spring are discontinued, the only spring I can recommend is the Truhart Lowering spring - 2.0" drop. Interestingly, in talking to Truhart, they used the Neuspeed Race springs as a goal in creating their Lower Springs, and they look and feel more or less identical. Plus they are very inexpensive... if you want low, these are the best ones out there. You absolutely need to run the Truhart shortened shocks with these springs.

Springs Tested:

1) Stock Civic Si

2) Civic Si HFP

3) Eibach Prokit

4) Swift Sport

5) Eibach Sportline

6) Skunk2 Lowering

7) Progress Sport

8) Neuspeed Sport

9) Neuspeed Race

10) KW V3 coilover


Test rig:

It uses a basic press and is quite manual, but we are using $900 professional force meter; so the data is accurate and repeatable.
The strut used has been drained of all oil and no bump stop is used; so the spring is kept securely in place but only the spring provides force.



SpringTestJig1

Front Swift Sport spring
uncompressed.


SpringTestJig2

Front Swift Sport spring
partially compressed.






SpringTestJig3

Rear Swift spring uncompressed.
Rear springs were tested using
the front strut rig and alternate perches.









SpringTestJig4

Front Neuspeed spring
uncompressed. Note the difference in progressive coil application (in the middle) as compared to the Swift springs at the left.






SpringTestJig5

Front Eibach Prokit fully compressed. These springs definitely hit coil bind earlier than any of the others.





SpringTestJig6

This is the top mount. It's a custom welded setup that is securely fastened to the press and the strut's top mount.









SpringTestJig7

The force is analog but high quality; so the results are accurate. Note the ball bearing that provides consistent force application the the gauge.

Now on with the information..... interesting stuff.

DATA:

This is total compression force in lbs. This is the raw data. poundforceTOTAL
This is incremental spring rate in lb/in. This is the "Spring Rate", and it is derived from the raw data above. poundforceINCREMENTAL


Front springs.... y-axis is lb/in.:

allfront

A few important observations on the front springs:

1) This front spring data shows an interesting difference between the Stock/HFP springs and the other "drop" springs in that the stock and HFP springs are more linear. This is attributable to the drop springs needing to lower the car; in other words, the first few inches of compression must be softer to lower the car. The Neuspeed Sport, Swift Sport, and Neuspeed Race are the most linear of the drop springs.

2) Prokit, Sportline, and Skunk2 all bind early..... essentially at coil bind before 7" of compression where all the others go beyond 7" of compression, but I don't know how big a concern that is.

3) Related to item #2 above, there is a very non-linear increase in spring rate of the Prokit, Sportline, Skunk2, and Progress springs deep into their compression. This could be designed into the springs, but the reality is that they will feel harsh under heavy compression (big bumps).

4) The KW V3 front spring is a higher rate, which I would expect from a coilover type setup, but it's not overly stiff and should be a very nice street coilover setup.

Rear springs....y-axis is lb/in.:

allrear

Each rear tire has 560 lbs on it, and that does not equate to spring compression force exactly because the spring is far inboard of the wheel (any wheel force is multiplied at the spring). The distance on the lower control arm from the inner pivot to the spring is 12 inches, and the distance from inner pivot to wheel/tire contact patch "vector" is 21 inches. This means that a wheel force must be multiplied by 21/12 to equal the force at the spring; so 560 lbs at the wheel is 980 lbs at the spring. 980 lbs is a between 4 and 5 inches on most of these springs (See raw data). The KW V3 is obviously higher, which makes sense because it is a coilover type setup, but it is interesting that the Neuspeed Sport springs "primary" coils are in the same range as the KW V3.

A few important observations on the rear springs:

1) As with the front springs, the Prokit, Sportline and Skunk2 all had binding issues and could not be measured to 6" of compression. And again the Stock and HFP springs are ultra linear (very nice!).

2) Stock springs and Swift springs are very similar in back. Prokits are very similar to HFP. Sporline and Progress are similar rear rates at static ride height. Skunk2 is higher than all but Neuspeed Sport and Race, which are in a class of their own. Neuspeed Sport has a more linear performance in the primary coils than the Neuspeed Race. The Neuspeed Race have the most drop of any spring; so the spring rate increase may be related to keeping the car from bottoming out as easily, which the Neuspeed Sport doesn't have to worry about so much.

Stock, HFP, Prokit, Swift:

FRONT HFPProkitSwiftFront REAR HFPProkitSwiftRear

Neuspeed Sport, Progress, Sportline, Skunk2, Neuspeed Race:

FRONT AggressiveDropFront REAR AggressiveDropRear

Reference info:

Edmunds.com has the 2006 Civic Si listed at 2877 lbs. Weight distribution is 61% Front and 39% rear..... so, that in pounds is 1755/1122, or 880 lbs per front tire and 560 lbs per rear tire.