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Old 07-31-2003, 01:25 AM   #1
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Post SUSP : Suspension Install

Installing Your New Suspension .

Tools needed:

-A jack
-Two Jack Stands
-a few wrenches including a 17mm, 15mm, 14mm
-Allen Wrenches (for top of shock piston)
-Spring compressor (front and rear springs, or take them separately to a shop to do.
-Anti-seize to apply to bolts/nuts for easy removal next time.


Here are what the shock assemblies look like off the car. The rear shock is the longer shock.



Here are my instructions on how to install your spring and strut suspension.
Let's go to the rear since it's easier.

. REAR SUSPENSION .

1.) Go inside your car where the back seat is, or go to the trunk area. Basically find where the top of the strut is. For my accord, it was behind the back seat.
2.) Take off the plastic cover and there you will see the top of the strut assembly.
3.) Loosen and remove the TWO bolts per side (circled in red)

4.) Next, get out of the car and lift the car up.
5.) Take off the wheel
6.) Support the car with jack stands for extra safty.
7.) Use a 17mm wrench and remove the one single bolt that holds the bottom of the strut to place. You will need two 17mm wrenches, one on each side. You'll need two because if you turn just one side, the other will move along with it. You will need to hold the other end still in order to remove it. You also may need a plastic/rubber hammer to hit the loosen bolt out of place.

8.) Now the entire strut assembly should come off your car.
9.) Get a spring compressor and follow the instructions given in the kit to compress the springs.
10.) Next take your 17mm wrench and loosen the top nut that holds the springs and spring "cap" to place.
11.) You may need another wrench to hold the strut rod to place. There is a strong wrench that I do now know what it is called, but there is a part where you can adjust it by turning a knob. That makes the wrench open or close to a certain degree. It's nice because it makes a TIGHT fit and will not strip your strut rod.
12.) Once the single nut is remove, everything will fall out, which will include the strut "cap" (not sure of the offical name) the bushings, washers, bumpstop, and of course the springs. NOTE: make sure you notice which washer or bushings goes on first and last.
13.) Get your new aftermarket struts and put on the lowering springs. And then put on all the old bushings, washers, and bumpstop in the order that they should be in.
14.) Use your springs compessor and compress the springs and then put the strut cap back on.
(NOTE: you might not need this step, it depends on your new springs and struts)
15.) Put on the single nut on the strut rod to tighten everything down.
16.) Now get to the car agian and put the new strut assembly back on.
17.) Get a friend or another jack to lift it to place of the two holes inside towards the top of the fenders.
18.) Get inside the car (make sure those t-stands and jack are secure and safe) and bolt on the TWO bolts to hold the struts to place.
19.) Get back down out of the car and line up the last bolt into place. You may need to use that second jack again to push it to place in order to line up the holes.

20.) Check all bolts and make sure everything is safe.
21.) Put wheel back on and you're done.




. FRONT .

The front is like the rear, but a little bit harder.

1.) Open up the hood
2.) Find where the top of the strut assembly is and remove the THREE bolts that hold the strut to place (circled in red)

3.) Lift up the car and support it correctly with jack stands
4.) Remove the wheel
5.) Remove the small bolts that hold the brake lines to the struts. After the bolts are remove, just push the lines out of the way. There is no need to disconnect them.
6.) Under the car, you will see a large fork that holds the struts to place. Towards the back end, you will see the upper fork bolt that holds the strut to place. Remove that bolt.
7.) Then look at the bottom of the fork and see where it's held to the car, remove that bolt as well. (Lower Fork Bolt)

8.) Now the folk should come off and then push it downward to knock it out of place. This will give you a little more room. You will need this extra room to be able to take the strut off of the car.
9.) Now the entire strut assembly will come off the car.
10.) Next just use directions (9.) through (15.) of the rear suspension intructions to put the new springs and struts together.
11.) Now that the strut assembly is installed, it time to put it back on the car. Just put it on the car and use the second jack or a friend to push it up into the car.
12.) Go into the engine bay and tighten the THREE bolts to hold the strut to place.
13.) Put the folk back on the car using that single bottom bolt. You can just use the same method as the rear suspension by using that second jack to line up the holes.
14.) Now put the bottom of the strut into the top opening of the fork.
15.) Make sure the holes line up..and put the bolt back on to hold the strut on to the folk.
(NOTE: If you look at the bottom of the strut, you will see a little "nick" that is there to line up where the bolt is. Make sure that is lined up when you put on the bolt.)

16.) Double check all bolts to make sure everything is safe.
17.) Put the wheel back on and lower the car to the ground.

AND YOU ARE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:07 AM   #2
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cool write up, I was thinking of following these directions to install my springs, anyone else followed this or got any pics? thanks
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:14 AM   #3
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is that safe... wont the spring/strut top nuts pop off (hehe). i guess the waight of the car acts as a spring compresser huh?....

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Old 04-01-2005, 01:17 AM   #4
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HOLY SHIT THIS IS OLD!! lol.. meh.. i need to seriously re-write that better.. im lazy tonite ill do it sometime 2morrow..
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:27 AM   #5
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id REALLY appreciate it if you rewrote this, just cause im sure you could add alot and revise it. and pics hehe!!
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Old 04-05-2005, 03:59 PM   #6
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man, so there are only like 3-4 bolts to take off just to remove the spring/shock assembly?
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Old 04-05-2005, 06:03 PM   #7
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cool, yeah i was thinking of ordering the energy suspension bushing set thing from driverfx.ca while im in there. um, im just afraid of breaking a bolt and having to wait and get my car towed to a garage. other than that i think i have all the tools (jacks, jackstands, wrenches,etc, wd40)
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Old 07-20-2005, 12:43 AM   #8
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according to http://www.honda.co.uk/owner/AccordManual/400/12-38.pdf when removing the rear spring/shock assembly, the upper ball joint has to be disconnected is this necessary?
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:43 AM   #9
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according to http://www.honda.co.uk/owner/AccordManual/400/12-38.pdf when removing the rear spring/shock assembly, the upper ball joint has to be disconnected is this necessary?
def. not!!!!, i didnt touch the ball joint at all.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:10 AM   #10
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me either, just loosen the bottom obolt a bit, then the top 3, then i kicked it inwards and it came right out.

to put it on u have to push it down a bit to get it aligned, thats it though.
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:36 AM   #11
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i just finished installing my setup, never done suspension before. took me a while and only finished 3 out of 4 when i ran into a problem i had getting the middle nut off of the front left shock assembly, had to force an allen wrench in the top and then clamp it while loosening the nut with another wrench. almost killed myself when it shot off! thanks for the write up!!!
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:02 AM   #12
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i'm gonna do this tomorrow good luck to me
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:16 PM   #13
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it took me almost an hour to get the lower bolt on driver side rear. after i finally got it loose i had the new strut in within 15 min. having a buddy definately helps. i had 2 of my friends help me and we knocked out the last 3 struts in less than an hour (they didnt arrive til after i had done the first strut).

just make sure u supply your helpers with beer and ganja (unless they are not good at working under the influence, then get them wasted afterwards).
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:58 PM   #14
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I really did not have any problems getting all those the bolts off the front of the car. I have yet to put the rear on my neighbor and I ran out of time. It took us about 2 hours following this guide from this thread. We are going to do the rear tomorrow. I must say I do love the Type 2.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:58 AM   #15
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Got my ass handed to me by a lower bolt on the rear driver's side strut.
Ran out of time and energy. If I get another shot at it, I'll PB Blast it wait an hour, and then beat the piss out of it. Hopefully, I will get that second shot.
My friend was donating struts and springs to me. But we have to get the bastards off.
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i may have stripped my rear bolts a little bit(the ones that are bitch to get off) Was I surpose to use a wrench or a socket? I used a socket. Now if I did strip it beyond repair what do i do to get it off?
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