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Old 07-09-2018, 01:14 PM
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Rick, the OEM strut is on backorder from the Honda warehouse. I can't wait that long. I ordered a replacement KYB Excel G strut from rockauto for $67. It says it fits 15 and 16 model year Fit's, so i'm hoping it's fine. If i notice a difference, i'll replace the other front strut as well. Either way, one OEM strut was going to be $160 + shipping, so I can replace both for less than that. I paid for 2 day shipping, should be here Wednesday to install that night.

I purposely hit some large bumps on the way to work today and got the rear to bottom out. I did not install the eibach supplied bump stops though, as I am missing the dust boots. I have a feeling that will fix the issue because the bump stops are substantially shorter than OEM, which should give more stroke. That will be on the agenda for this weekend. I won't give anymore feedback yet, since i'm still on a 3 legged setup, haha. Everything seems great so far tho.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 03:53 PM
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Aftermarket strut is on the way still, but decided to try to make the OEM one work. We're going to weld a piece to the top of the strut to be able to break the nut free. I turned down a piece at work so a ratchet wrench should still fit over it after we tack weld it to the strut rod. If not and we weld it crooked, we'll just cut if off after we break the nut free. So basically I'm going to weld my own hex key socket to the top of my strut tower, hahaha. COME AT ME HONDA!

I'll report in tonight, hopefully with pictures of the drop once I am successful.

I also ordered dust boots from Eibach.. $13.99 each plus shipping.. ouch. Still saved $50 or so by buying the springs on eBay though. Those should be here Thursday, and then this weekend I will install the bumpstops and dust boots on the rear.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:13 PM
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eek ... i hope it all works out for ya.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 07:09 PM
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Welded an Allen key on. Snapped it. You can see how much Honda over torqued. Look at the washer bellowing.

 
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:12 PM
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*deal alert*

today would be a damn good day to buy a ktuner!





https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ktuner-V1-2...wAAOSw3uFbId-J
 
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:12 PM
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^^^ OOOOOH, my 500th post!

 
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:27 PM
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I'm taking it to the dealer tomorrow to make a case for them having to give me a new strut. I looked up torque specs and it should be 33 ft/lbs. Obviously it is either cross threaded or torqued to 3,333 ft/lbs.

Where do you get those 15% off coupons? Damn that's a good deal...
 
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:51 PM
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ebay alerts, via the ebay app.

i hope the damn dealer owns up to it, and gives ya a new strut
 
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:01 PM
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i wouldnt be surprised if its cross threaded.
 
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:11 PM
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:24 PM
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It hurts me to see this pic. It shouldn't have had to be like this... As President Clinton would say "I feel your pain."
 
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Old 07-13-2018, 08:50 PM
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This is what it took to get it off. Luckily everything is fairly soft. It was cross threaded from what my eye sees.

Car looks great. Iíll post pics tomorrow after I give her a good wash. Iím feeling much better this Friday than I was last Friday.

KYB Excel G strut fit up just fine to replace the oem one we cut. I replaced the top nut pictured and the wave washer that goes underneath it. $28 from the dealership. So basically $122 to fix Hondaís mistake. Iíll be calling customer service to complain but I donít expect to get anything out of it.
 
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:04 PM
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yep, unless it was cross threaded shouldnt need to do dis. you can thank da mexicans for dat.
well, da factory is flooded (karma) so hope dat makes u feel better. lol

GJ take it off, hope the rest of the project went smoothly. GJ!!
 
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:14 PM
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Car looks great. Iíll post pics tomorrow after I give her a good wash. Iím feeling much better this Friday than I was last Friday.

KYB Excel G strut fit up just fine to replace the oem one we cut. I replaced the top nut pictured and the wave washer that goes underneath it. $28 from the dealership. So basically $122 to fix Hondaís mistake. Iíll be calling customer service to complain but I donít expect to get anything out of it.


Tough break; glad you got it worked out. I look forward to those pics and your driving impressions. My Eibachs will be here on Monday...
 
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Old 07-14-2018, 01:41 PM
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well, it was a good outcome. I do hope honda feels bad and gives ya some money or vouchers or something. cant wait to see the car with all 4 corners on springs/new struts
 
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:02 PM
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Living that low life. Actually got two compliments today at Discount Tire when I stopped by to have them check my pressures. I love it. Next is HFP wing and mugen mid wing. Also want an exhaust but just for looks. This is not a race car. I have the CVT and it is a practical Honda that I love the shape of. No intentions of making it go fast in the short term.

Baby will be here the end of October, so need to get this yellow roller skate looking how I want before then! I have a baby on board sticker ready to slap on it.

Anyway, hereís a pic of how she sits. Which, IMO, is perfect.


 
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:18 PM
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do the splitter first. its begging for it more dan da roof wing. even if its da garden trim.. lol it needs something in the front.

stance looks good
 
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Old 07-15-2018, 07:48 AM
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Living that low life. Actually got two compliments today at Discount Tire when I stopped by to have them check my pressures. I love it. Next is HFP wing and mugen mid wing. Also want an exhaust but just for looks. This is not a race car. I have the CVT and it is a practical Honda that I love the shape of. No intentions of making it go fast in the short term.

Baby will be here the end of October, so need to get this yellow roller skate looking how I want before then! I have a baby on board sticker ready to slap on it.

Anyway, here’s a pic of how she sits. Which, IMO, is perfect.
In the immortal words of Chuck D, "Bass, how low can you go? Death row. What a brother know. Once again, back is the incredible..."

The car looks great. Looks like it's low enough without being too low. I presume there is no tire rubbing? Congratulations on the baby. However, if you "slap" a baby on board sticker on your car I may have to come slap you...

 
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:46 AM
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Thanks Rick. You are correct no rubbing. I do need to install the Eibach provided bumpstops and dust boots in the rear. There is no noises or issues when it's just me and my wife in the car, but I was running errands with my mother in law in the back and on bad roads the rear was bottoming out. Unfortunately, the dust boots I ordered from Eibach came on Saturday... but they're bumpstops. So something got mixed up during my phone call with them, and they're not open until Monday. I already had the bumpstops, but the eBayer i bought the springs off of had misplaced the dust boots.

The whole car feels much more solid and planted. I'm very happy with Eibach. I had H&R Sport springs on my 93 Hatch which I loved, and these Eibachs are just as nice. I had Tein S-Tech on my CRX and they road a little too stiff for my liking. The Eibach's let you feel the road and keep the body more stable, but at the same time they're not murdering you over poor roads.
 
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:59 PM
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Eibach is making good on their mistake. There was an error at the warehouse, and they are overnight shipping the correct dust boots to me. +1 for customer service. I don't think people realize that if this was a no-name Taiwan brand there's not much to be had - hopefully they have a US rep, that's about it. That's why we need to support the brands that support us.

Second item... how do we all feel about wrapping the rear tail garnish in metallic red? I got the idea from the Spoon Fit... and I'm really liking it. I'm also considering the Mugen tailgate garnish, but that's obviously a bit pricier than just wrapping my existing one. Here's a pic from the Spoon build thread... thoughts?

 
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