Well, the Monroe Sensa Trac / OESpectrum 37288 shocks are installed. Compared to the existing Honda shocks, they already feel more firm and the initial impact going over speed bumps small and large in my neighborhood shows them to be relatively firm even on initial impact. I know I'll need to give them a few hundred miles to really see how they feel and break in, but so far so good.
Speaking of, if anybody wants a pair and is in the SF Bay Area, or wants to work out shipping (FedEx residential ground would probably be reasonably cheap for these), I have a pair for sale now. I went ahead and bought 4 to utilize extra discounts and collect on the rebate, so I'm selling the pair for $50 + shipping.