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06 EX Mild Mods 02-01-2016 07:52 PM

06 EX Suspension Overhaul
 
After 10 years my car has been making creeks, squeaks and rattles so it's time for an overhaul. Replaced the control arms, sway bar links, struts and rear shocks. Here are some photos and comments regarding this project.


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Project Start Point


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Top Strut Access - type of wrench required depends on which of the 3 nuts that are being accessed, the rubber tab being held down is always in the way.


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Removed Top Strut


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Sway bar link removal - Allen wrench required, this applies to the rear shocks as well, not shown.


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Hub moved back to access rear control arm bolt, support the hub on blocks.


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Napa Strut Compressor, better designed spring compressor than most.


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Tightening top strut bolt, hey it worked well.


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New control arm - pictures not shown of sway bar link and strut installation.

ezone 02-01-2016 10:12 PM

Re: 06 EX Suspension Overhaul
 
Do the pics work for you now?

06 EX Mild Mods 02-02-2016 05:45 PM

Re: 06 EX Suspension Overhaul
 

Originally Posted by ezone (Post 4701984)
Do the pics work for you now?

Yes, thanks for inserting the pics from the links provided.

06 EX Mild Mods 02-05-2016 07:27 PM

Re: 06 EX Suspension Overhaul
 
So after 2 long Saturday's doing this suspension overhaul project with my brothers help I got curious about how much was saved by doing this ourselves. Here's the details. A quote today 02/05/16 from a local Honda Dealer:

$550 Rear Shocks
$774 Control Arms
$291 Sway Bar Links
$849 Struts
$108 Alignment
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$2,570 Total

My costs:
$560 Above involved parts
$85 Alignment via competing Dealership coupon
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$645 Do It Yourself Total

$1,925 SAVINGS!

It wasn't an easy job and will make you appreciate the skill of a good Mechanic. I've been turning wrenches since I was a teenager on the side. I am an Engineer by occupation and am still turning wrenches in my mid 50's. Now it's more to save money, until I am able to start my retirement project car :) A word of encouragement for those beginning and continuing to turn wrenches. Now I owe my brother help working on his modified Jeep Liberty Turbo Diesel.



Originally Posted by 06 EX Mild Mods (Post 4702005)
Yes, thanks for inserting the pics from the links provided.



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