dont' take them off.. keep them.
the reason i don't have them on my H&R is apparently because i have the older H&R model springs. The newer ones that come out these days have the clear plastic cover which is there, so that when the springs compress against eachother it doesn't make a CLINK CLINK noise.
I will have to go to Honda Service Dept. on Monday to get that rubber piece..
For those of you who also don't have it, the part number is:
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