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2012+ Honda Civic Si HFP Suspension Kit Installation
What made you switch over from the world of Miatas? Those are pretty sweet (and under appreciated) little rides.Hello Scottyrocks, thanks for the welcome. I have spent the last 12 years in a Miata, so the Civic is a little different for me. I finished the front struts today. I used a block of wood under the brake disc "hat" (part where the lugs come through). This kept the disc upright and not falling on it's face. Removal of the strut was easy and straight forward. I love the fact that the HFP kit comes pre-assembled for the strut. Thanks to the forum for showing me some tips on the job. Working with the corner pieces was not all that much fun, but not as bad as I thought it would be (me and plastic don't always get along).
I did this myself in my garage, and I can confirm that you do not need a spring compressor. The front strut assembly is essentially a quick strut (fully assembled and plug and play) and the rears only require removal of the spring while it is under absolutely no load and therefore it won't expand, shoot out and kill you. A pry bar may be useful to bend down the rear enough to get the spring out and put the new one back in.This video is very helpful, but is an example of why I refuse to have someone work on my car for me. The tech fails to use a torque wrench for several of the steps. I'm paranoid about that, and fear all the things that could go wrong while operating my vehicle post installation.
I plan on starting tonight and completing the instal this weekend.
Reading through, it looks like I will not need a spring compressor, as the HFP front spring/strut combo is preassembled. Can anyone verify this? Any other tips or tricks from someone that did this themselves? Ie, remove cowl in order to torque strut nuts to spec...
Good job. You need to use an Allen key to hold the top of the shock from twisting.Got it all done on Saturday!! Rear was much more difficult for me due to getting those pesky stock springs off! Really had to muscle them out. Took around 8-9 hours total doing it myself, with a little help from my dad for the front suspension. Overall it's a very easy instal regarding mentally and technically, but is physically difficult at certain points.
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Now please, can someone explain to me how I go about torquing the rear dampers down? Is there a special adapter or something for this??
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