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Hey guyz, I'm trying to take out my stock struts to install my BC Racing Coilovers but I can't get it to come out. Any tips on how to take it out will be nice. Already finish the rear. All is left is the front. Thanks for your time.
 

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Do you have the proper tools, i.e. ball joint separator? If you don't, Honda sells a tool or you can get one at Harbor freight or rent one at your nearest auto parts store. I used the Harbor Freight tool, it's only 20 bucks, but needed a small modification to work properly. Just needed a little grinding to widen the fork to fit our car. It's still 10 times harder than the rear, but follow these instructions and you'll be fine;

http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/pubs/AI/AII49555.pdf

Here's the Harbor Freight ball joint separator I used;

http://m.harborfreight.com/3-4-quar...r-99849.html?utm_referrer=direct/not provided
 

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Do you have the proper tools, i.e. ball joint separator? If you don't, Honda sells a tool or you can get one at Harbor freight or rent one at your nearest auto parts store. I used the Harbor Freight tool, it's only 20 bucks, but needed a small modification to work properly. Just needed a little grinding to widen the fork to fit our car. It's still 10 times harder than the rear, but follow these instructions and you'll be fine;

http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/pubs/AI/AII49555.pdf

Here's the Harbor Freight ball joint separator I used;

http://m.harborfreight.com/3-4-quar...r-99849.html?utm_referrer=direct/not provided
the first link don't work. no ball joint separator being use. imma try to rent one.
 

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Why would you need a ball joint separator? Does the knuckle have to be removed from the lower arm? If just the struts need to be removed, there are no ball joints that need to come out.
 

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idk alot of ppl told me not to remove ball joints but the manual tells me too. so complicated driving me crazy. the 8thgen were easier to do than the 9thgen
 

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idk alot of ppl told me not to remove ball joints but the manual tells me too. so complicated driving me crazy. the 8thgen were easier to do than the 9thgen
Try removing the stabilizer link first and see if that gives you enough movement in the lower arm to remove the strut. Make sure you have a proper allen wrench for the link ends.
 

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Since it's a McPherson strut-type front end, you will need to remove the front knuckles. I'm pretty certain that you won't be able to get enough clearance to remove the strut by just moving the lower arm out of the way. If you try it and succeed, that's awesome! It's actually not too bad to just pop the ball joints off. Let us know how it works for you.
 

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Since it's a McPherson strut-type front end, you will need to remove the front knuckles. I'm pretty certain that you won't be able to get enough clearance to remove the strut by just moving the lower arm out of the way. If you try it and succeed, that's awesome! It's actually not too bad to just pop the ball joints off. Let us know how it works for you.
I suppose this could be true. Depends how deep the strut goes down into the knuckle. If the ball joint is pressed into the knuckle, it really shouldn't be too bad just getting the threaded part to pop out of the lower arm.
 
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