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Old 02-03-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Post New Ball Joints and other Suspension advice needed

I ordered new ball joints, upper control arms, tie rods (inner and outer), and sway bar link kit. The plan is to put the BJ's on the EX, and tie rods/sway bar linkage on the LX.



I already know how to install all these parts, but I am wondering if there is anything I can mess up while installing everything.
How do ball joints effect camber? I am mostly worried about the alignment. I plan to get an alignment done in a few weeks, but I don't have the funds to right now.

Any tips/tricks/horror stories/stupid fails/success stories/things-you-only-learn-from-experience and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Once again, I already know how to install, I am simply asking about possible effects of new components.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Installation will very likely cause a miss alignment as you know, you are replacing worn components that have slop with new, solid components. You CAN drive for a couple weeks if you get your tie rod back close to where the old one was....remember it's better for the front tires to point IN /_\ than to point out \_/.

I say wait until you have the funds for an alignment before doing the job....really no point in replacing it now unless something is critically damaged and a safety concern.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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Messing with tierods = need alignment.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
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I say wait until you have the funds for an alignment before doing the job....really no point in replacing it now unless something is critically damaged and a safety concern.
The tie-rods on my LX (325k, mind you) have quite a bit of play in them. You can feel it down on the ground (whilst on jacks), but the steering is good and tight while driving. I am a bit concerned with that, as this is my wife's car and she does not know the signs of failure. I had a 4wheeler almost kill me when a tie-rod snapped while I was flying through the forest. So it does indeed worry me

Do ball joints effect steering very much? I mean, they obviously have some influence on steering because they support the knuckle, but will I notice a difference in the steering after replacing the BJ's? The upper control arm bj has a little bit of play and the boots are broken all around (on the EX). It also needs rear control arms. Should I be concerned with the rear(s)? The rear passenger side gives me a 'clunk' when I turn. Is that a safety issue? Should I focus on getting that replaced?


I'm so stoked to get my babies running smooth and quiet. I got a full gasket kit for the EX today, gonna pull the motor in a few weeks and give it a quick refresh. Gotta get a timing belt/water pump kit and it's in the works.



Thanks for the replies! Every little bit of knowledge accrued before I start helps in the end. ...Accrued, not in the monetary sense, but in the sense of receiving said knowledge...



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Old 02-03-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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Just curious, but where did you get those susp components from? It wasnt one of those 100$ combo kit deal on ebay was it?
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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Just curious, but where did you get those susp components from? It wasnt one of those 100$ combo kit deal on ebay was it?
I did my uppers (whole arm, forget price) just bought lbjs from honda oem(22 a piece!)
I would always buy oem honda ball joints. Not worth risking your life on cheap after market.

Tie rods inner and outter honda wanted 80 a piece.....so they will have to wait....

Def get an alignment asap! I did not afterward and it ate through my tires.

But if your able to do the work and do it right i would say go for it, honestly i would wait until every thing is replaced before you get an alignment. They tell you they won't align your vehicle if there is still damaged bushings or ball joints.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
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Just curious, but where did you get those susp components from? It wasnt one of those 100$ combo kit deal on ebay was it?
I got everything but the lbj's on ebay. They are from a reputable dealer that another tuner had recommended. All together it was about $175
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #8
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Prepare to do those over when they fail in 6 months.
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