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Old 06-23-2020, 07:53 PM   #1
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Function & Form type 2 coilovers gone wrong

So, 93 Accord LX.
Went to put my coilovers in with my father for some father son bonding time on fathers day.
He loved it,
Up until the strut in the rear driver side, was giving some pain.

Now Ive gotten the front two in, fine, sitting pretty high up to set in before I try lowering at all. Wanna get the springs broken in before the bad roads around here just tear it up and tear my car up lowered.

The strut, driver side rear,
Was giving us a hell of a day.
The pin, that goes through a welded on nut to hold the strut in place right behind the rotor,
Was stuck.
Tried for a good two hours hammering, getting better leverage to ratchet.
Would not budge,
Finally pulled the impact out that had no right being there,
And it popped loose....
Just to not be able to pull out.
So after messing with that even longer we decided wed just try and find a new bolt and nut and new rubber grommet to fit in there.

My post here is to ask if anyone has had this issue, and can help me find exactly the rubber, and hardware needed to hold the strut to the rotor area.
Totally a newb on cars,
Just know what I know from experience. Thank you for reading, hope you can help.
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:58 PM   #2
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If the bushing was damaged, you’ll need to press a new one in. It’s not a good time. Moog makes a decent bushing replacement. As for the bolt itself, I’m not sure where to find that. Search online Honda parts dealers. If they don’t have it, they should at least show a part number.

When reinstalling, be sure the shock body is perfectly straight, and use a Jack (I prefer the stock scissor jack) to lift the whole assembly until it lines up.
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Old 06-23-2020, 11:25 PM   #3
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You can get a stock replacement rubber bushing but then your going to need a press and other things. If you just cut the bolt on both sides, you can get the shock off then drop out the shot center of the bushing. If you want to upgrade to poly bushings now would be the time.

Take a dremel and sand out the remaining rubber in the retaining ring of the original bushing. DO NOT CUT THIS OUT!

Order Energy Suspension or Prothane Front Upper Control Arm Bushings. Something like $30-40 for a set.

Use 2 of the 4 bushings and insert them into the original bushing retaining ring. You can do this with simple hand tools as they press in slightly and then the sleeve slides through them, no press required, which means you don't have to remove the knuckle as well.

These bushing won't deform and sag like stock rubber bushing do and will give the car a bit of an upgraded feel.
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Old 06-25-2020, 11:39 AM   #4
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Yep, been here. Hacksaw in hand for 3 hours cutting each side of the bolt.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:23 AM   #5
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I found that for the energy suspension bushings where you have to press out its always easier to burn the rubber off with a propane torch. Comes right off.
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Old 07-18-2020, 09:40 AM   #6
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yupp the notorious lower strut bolt, we have all been there.
but once it is fixed you won't have to worry about it anymore.

I did exactly like Rilas described & it was very effective.

The way I did it to removed the initial rubber bushing was with a hole saw
that was about the diameter of the whole rubber bushing. once the hole saw
cut all the way through I took a Dremel like Rilas said & just removed the
remaining pieces of rubber.

You'll figure it out!

oh yeah, also you can use the trick with a long threaded bolt with washers
stacked on each side of the bushing then tighten both ends of the bolt
with two nuts to compress the bushing into place. works like a charm.
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Old 07-18-2020, 12:16 PM   #7
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This is exactly the replies Ive been hoping for,
Is anyone able to find a link or knows a spot to order the new bushing for the strut?
I need both rear strut bushings, and new bolts.
Im having an impossible time finding and figuring out the thread and finding it online.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:39 AM   #8
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Well for the bolts I would just buy new ones from:

https://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/

Dang it, I cannot remember which bushing part number exactly that you use,
because I think it is not even for the strut but it happens to be the same
exact size if you leave the metal ring in there from the OEM bushing.

I am sure if you read through all the posts that mention replacing that strut
bushing you will find it. It is an Energy Suspension bushing.

I found the link I used years ago to do mine.: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=196407


** Quote from HenRoc, "upper control arm bushings from Prothane to replace the rear lower shock bushings in the rear spindles."**
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:22 PM   #9
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The bushings are the Energy Suspension Front Upper Control Arm Bushings or Prothane Front Upper Control Arm Bushings.
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