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89 CRX H22 swap. Exessive caster movement!!! HELP!

Old 01-18-2011, 11:24 AM
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OK. short and skinny. did a H22 swap for a friends CRX. the car ran great for about 1hr until he ran though the gears hard the 1st time. since then the car has the WORST wheel hop I have ever seen/felt!! It will hop at normal driving speeds and the only way to get rid of the hop/vibration is to hit the brakes hard and it will go away for a short short time.

I replaced the wheel bearings. checked both axles and even replaced one. checked LCA bushing play, lower and upper ball joints, checked all motor mounts and all bolts for tightness. and even had the car aligned a week ago and everything was green (they didnt adjust the traction bars tho?) (I wasnt there). I did notice that the steering rack is a bit notchy when turing the wheel left to right by hand while on jack-stands so we are going to replace that ASAP.

But 2day was the big suprise!! while pulling into my garage I noticed that when backing-up and pulling foward the wheels move a good 2 inches front to back!!!!!(caster movement) I tried preloading the traction bars but it didn't help 1 bit, cause they still moved. I thought it was just the passenger side at 1st but now i see that both sides move... Im stuck on this car and cant figure out what would cause this issue??? while the car is in the air u cannot feel exessive movement in the wheels, or any ball joints. but when its in gear U can clearly see the wheels move front to back! almost like there is no traction bar installed???

LMK what you think. again its a 89 CRX Si with a H22 swap. innovative mounts. ETD traction bar. so I dont this those are the issue?
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:08 PM
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Something is obviously loose or broken. Just get under there and try your best to move the LCA's fore/aft to see what else moves. Or better yet try to move the knuckle itself fore/aft to see what else moves.

If that doesn't work you'll have to find some place with a 4-post lift that you can get under while someone moves the car forward and backward so you can see from underneath what all is moving.
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