I picked up my 91 crx dx a little over a year ago for 700 buck. Let's just say I paid way too much lol. It's been a slow process but things are starting to take shape. I started by de-ricing the hanous hand-painted custom interior to stock si black, followed by a complete engine rebuild. I posted a build thread on that stuff last year, you can view it here 91 CRX rebuild . On to the good stuff! So now that my car runs like a champ I felt like it only be fair if it steers, brakes, and handles like one. The transmission that I bought it with grinded like a **** so I'm upgrading that as well. Hers's what I'll be installing: Energy Suspension master bushing kit, trailing arm bushings, inner and outer tie rods, ball joints, steering rack bushing/lube, slotted and cross-drilled rotors, brake pads, ss brake lines, rebuild calipers, rear disk conversion, si transmission, and stock struts and springs. Here's the goodies.
I started by putting in the front suspension bushings. I did the upper control arms first. Hers's the camber bolts and bushing, I had some unknown adjustable camber kit the previous owner had installed because he had slammed the car on tokico blues (ugh!) at least he had the sense to use a camber kit.
So next I did the ball joint boot. A lot of people don't like to use the ES boots because they don't have a groove on it for the retaining clip. I agree, it kinda sucks getting it on but I found a way to old it on. Use the retaining clip that usually holds on the balljoint itself and it will lock it in the groove. You might have to use two, one to hold on the boot and one to hold the ball joint in. I haven't tried putting two on yet I just have the one holding the boot on.
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So now onto the steering rack rebuild! I didn't take a ton of pics for this one but there are a few. I took a video of how my rex sounded steering and driving prior to the upgrades but I'm having troubles uploading it from my phone. It's hilarious, sounds like an old wooden door with rusty hinges everytime I turn the wheel lol. Any way I started by removing the rack and disassembling everything, it's quite easy just follow the how to in the faq. I didn't run into and problems. The lock washers were super easy to get off, just use a cresent wrench and turn it. It will break the tabs so you'll need new ones. Next I replaced the rack end bushing followed by the inner tie rods. I also re-lubed all the internal components with grease and adjusted the steering gear.
Here's the rack out
Look how nasty that is!
Worn out outer tie rods
This is how you remove the steering rack from the subframe. Compress the driver side tie rod all the way in and you'll be able to snake it through.
Next I removed the old lower ball joints and installed the new ones. The write up in the faq is really good but there is a much easier way to remove and install them. You don't need a press or shims or anything like that, in fact trying to use a press is a big pain. All you need is a hammer of your choice (I used a soft dead blow), 17mm deep socket, and retaining clip pliers. The easiest way possible to remove it is if you have air use an air hammer and this will take seconds.
First remove the knuckle from the car. Then remove the old boot, mine was missing lol. Then remove the retaining clip. After that go to the backside and remove the bearing guard ring thing, it overlaps the ball joint. Just use a flat head or pry bar, it pops right out.
The dark ring is the thing I'm talking about.
Here's it removed.
Here's the ball joint (this is already after I removed it so that's why it's sticking out)
Put a 17mm deep socket on the stud and whack away!
Start by removing the boot so it fits and you don't tear it on the install. Remove the key chain ring thing lol. I found the easiest way was to use a flat head and pry one side up and snake it up off the boot.
Slide the BJ into place, I used a little grease to help.
Use a soft hammer and whack it in. It's a funny angle so you might wanna use a punch or something.
Now install the retaining clip, now would also be the time to grease the BJ.
So now I'm on to the rear trailing arm bushing. I picked up a rear disk conversion from a 91 si for super cheap at a junk yard. The only bad thing was that the rotor screws were super stripped out. I tried using my impact screwdriver but managed to strip them even more and break one of my bits! I have a new trick now though that works every time. Use a punch and get it into one of the groves and hit it with a hammer losening up the screw. It's way easier than an impact screwdriver. After I got the old rotors off I started to cut out the bushing because with ES bushings you have to reuse the metal sleeves. I used the torch/knife trick heating the blade red hot and melting through the bushing. This works pretty well but leaves a lot of residue that needs to be cleaned. Also here is where I will insert my safety announcement. USE CAUTION AND WEAR GLOVES! Or this will happen.
The black stuff is melted skin/rubber bushing lol.
The weird thing is that it didn't hurt at all and didn't bleed for the first 40 minutes. The blade was red hot so it cauterized my nerves and tissue. I only needed 4 stiches. Sorry if this is grossing anyone out.
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