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Old December 13th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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HOW-TO: Install Coilover Suspension

DISCLAIMER: This how-to tutorial is being written as a reference guide ONLY. As with any modification, there runs a risk for self-injury and/or damage to the vehicle - under no circumstances do I withhold liability for anything that may occur. Proceed at your own risk.

How-To: Installation of a Coilover Suspension

In this tutorial, I will be showing you the steps I took in order to install Tein Basics for the 1st Gen ('04-08) Acura TSX. The only difference between the TSX and Accord is the rear knuckle assembly; the TSX has a smaller knuckle thus requiring a couple fender washers to properly fit the Accord's knuckle assembly.



TOOLS REQUIRED:
19MM Socket with Breaker Bar, or Impact Gun, or Tire Iron
Jack Stands
Heavy-duty Floor Jack
Complete set of Coilover Strut Assemblies including adjusting wrenches (x2)
Tape measure
Rubber Hammer/Mallet
17MM Socket with Ratchet
14MM Socket with Ratchet
14MM Wrench
12MM Socket with Ratchet
5MM HEX Key and/or Socket
Liquire Wrench / PB Blaster
Anti-seize
(For 1st Gen TSX 04+ Coils ONLY) 12MM Fender Washers
(Optional) Haynes Manual or similar



FRONT INSTALLATION:

1) Apply parking brake
2) Loosen the five 19MM lug nuts but do not remove
3) Raise the vehicle with the floor jack and secure on jack stands
4) Continue removing the five lug nuts; remove the wheel
5) Remove the 17MM nut where the fork meets the lower control arm
6) Turn the 17MM bolt head to break it loose, if it is stuck you can try to tighten it first and then loosen it; once loose, pound the 17MM bolt out of the lower control arm and fork


7) Remove the 14MM bolt that secures the strut assembly to the fork


8) Remove the two 12MM nuts and three 14MM nuts from the inside of the engine compartment, securing the strut assembly to the strut tower


9) Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle
10) Installation is in the reverse order
11) Repeat steps 2-10 for the other side of the vehicle

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REAR INSTALLATION:

1) Apply parking brake
2) Loosen the five 19MM lug nuts but do not remove completely
3) Remove the cover in the rear window to access the strut mount bolts


4) Raise the vehicle with the floor jack and secure on jack stands
5) Continue removing the five lug nuts and remove the wheel
6) Remove the 17MM nut and bolt connecting the strut assembly to the knuckle



7) Remove the Stabilizer Bar by using the 5MM Hex key/socket to keep the bolt steady and use the 14MM open-ended wrench to loosen/remove the 14MM nut



8) Climb into the back seat and remove the two 14MM nuts holding the strut assembly to the strut tower
9) Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle
10) Installation is in the reverse order
** NOTE: If using TSX coilovers, remember to install the fender washers


11) Repeat for the other side



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BEFORE PICS:

The OEM Stock ride height was at approximately 27" from the ground






AFTER PICS/VIDEO:

I currently have all 4 corners set at 26" for winter. In the Spring, she'll be dropped at least another inch





Video: 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 Coupe / Tein Coilovers


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It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a camber kit! As a vehicle's height lowers, the more negative (inward) the camber will become. I purchased the Ingalls Camber & Toe kit for each side. For installation tips please review Thien's How-To: Ingalls Rear Camber Kit Tutorial.

Thank you and enjoy your new coilovers!!
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great write up! i would do this myself, but i dont trust myself. lolol. still looking for a shop that will do this for cheap..
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Old December 14th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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Its easy though nodrog321. Ive taken and installed suspension on my car twice lol. Good writeup DreaminAccord!
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Old December 14th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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Nice write up, Ben. If i ever switch to coilovers I'll know where to check for instructions.
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Nice write up my friend. Hope you're enjoying the coils
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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #6
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great write up! i would do this myself, but i dont trust myself. lolol. still looking for a shop that will do this for cheap..
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Its easy though nodrog321. Ive taken and installed suspension on my car twice lol. Good writeup DreaminAccord!
+1. Trust yourself, you'll be fine. The only trouble you may run into is seized bolts if you live where it snows and they use salt. My mechanic & I worked alongside each other at torching (literally catching them on fire) the camber/toe bars b/c mine were completely seized (even w/ only 30k miles). There was no other way of getting them out! I about had a heart attack as we were right under the gas tank.

My suggestion would be to grab a buddy - it can be hard, especially the rear ones, with only one person.

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Nice write up, Ben. If i ever switch to coilovers I'll know where to check for instructions.
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Nice write up my friend. Hope you're enjoying the coils
Thanks Mike! I love them. They ride just as nice as stock. If it wasn't for your awesome FS thread and great price, I wasn't even looking into doing coils until Summer haha But I couldn't pass it up and I don't regret $0.01 spent.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:42 PM   #7
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Just FYI from Milan who posted on Elite:

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I should add, if for some reason you are not able to take off the end link for the sway bar as it tends to strip on older Accords in the salt snow belt, you can remove the bracket by taking off the bolt on the far right in this picture. That is how I do all of my shock installs.

It's the nut that is underneath "17mm Nut on the knuckle"
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Thats true, as DreaminAccord said if you are going to do this have a buddy with you so he can help you pry off those rusty bolts. Here in NY when it snows and salt is on the road those bolts get rusty! When i was doing mine once i had to call over my brother to help lol
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Good info here!!
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Old January 21st, 2014, 06:33 PM   #10
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I know this thread is old but has anyone adjust the preload to the coilover.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:17 PM   #11
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What type of coilover?
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What type of coilover?
I have d2 coilover on my cb7 which ride very very rough even on the softest setting. I plan to get some for this car or i might get teins. I was told that by adjusting the preload on the springs it will make the ride softer.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 10:18 AM   #13
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If you have too much preload, it will make the ride rougher and it will affect ride height making the car sit higher. Usually to make the ride softer ppl change the springs in the coilovers.
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If you have too much preload, it will make the ride rougher and it will affect ride height making the car sit higher. Usually to make the ride softer ppl change the springs in the coilovers.
I have contacted d2 before and they sent me new spring and it was better but still not where I wanted it. so I wanted to see if messing with the preload would improve the ride. I did buy them brand new.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #15
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Look into Tein - they produce a wonderful, high quality coilover for a reasonable price and are engineered towards the Honda/Acura family. Their coilovers go through extensive testing to ensure a top-quality, OEM like feel on the road. They also offer numerous types: ones like mine where you adjust the spring seat, itself, thus changing the pre-load (which I've had a comfortable ride regardless if I'm sitting at 26" or 23") or ones where you turn the threads into the housing casing itself and the spring seat/pre-load goes untouched. You can also get ones with adjustable settings (dampening, etc.)
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How is the ride quality with the coilovers?
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How is the ride quality with the coilovers?

IMHO they ride just as good, if not better, than stock which is all important when you drive a lowered car If you go with Tein, you won't be disappointed. I have the Basics for the 1G TSX but you may want to look into their other models for the Accord which include dampening.
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IMHO they ride just as good, if not better, than stock which is all important when you drive a lowered car If you go with Tein, you won't be disappointed. I have the Basics for the 1G TSX but you may want to look into their other models for the Accord which include dampening.
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This would have been helpful.
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The rear bracket removal method mentioned in post #7 worked perfectly for me.

The hardest part of the install was removing the taller stock struts by myself. A helper would have been great for that step.

Thanks Dreamin for making this thread !
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