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DB7 - Researching Suspension

I've been thinking about suspension related items for Teg for a bit now. These ebay coils the car came with are doing fine, surprisingly. Yeah the ride is rough and crappy, whatever. I don't go that far. The issue I'm having currently is a clunking noise coming from the front left. Only happens over the speed bumps in the neighborhood. Now is the time to make something happen in regards to replacement. I believe the noise is coming from the coil lifting off the perch. That's my best guess. With the two front shocks already long blown, its time for something new.

There are lots of options for shocks in the Honda/Acura market. The go to brands: Koni, Skunk2, Blox, TruHart, KYB, and Tokiko. I had Koni's on the hatch. I liked them, I always ran them full soft but, it was fun knowing I had the option of stiffening them up. This time however, after the fun with Helena (my previous e36 328i) I have been thinking about Bilstein. Interestingly enough Bilstein makes a B6 (Heavy Duty series) for the Integra LS but, no B8 (Sport) options. Bilstein is in the market of making performance parts for performance cars. Understandable, as the Teg is more of a daily commuter. I get that.

However, Bilstein does make a B8 for the Integra Type R. This is good because, the R's front suspension is a direct bolt in for my sedan. I can pick them up on TireRack. Happy days right? The back shocks are where things take a turn. The R has a boxed in to style lower control arm.

The LS's lower control arm shares suit with the rest of the Integra, Del Sol, Civic ones.
The shock's lower perch goes around the arm.

You can swap in the type R lower control arm however, you also need to swap the ABS lines for the longer JDM counterparts per Super Street online. I'm going to look in to that, I may be able to relocate enough wire to make due but, I don't really like the idea of modifying the stock setup. I'm sure there may be other options out there but, I've yet to find them. So more research is needed.

I've found a decent price of two type R arms with hard race bushings via their website. A tie bar on the lower control arms comes stock on the R as well. So, I've got some thoughts on what I want to do there.

So, I have a set of Neuspeed Race Springs specifically for the teg laying around already. I'm going to see how those do on the Bilsteins. I don't want the car stupid low. If that doesn't work then, I'll be in the market for springs or, get what I really want and go with Ground Control coil-overs.

What I'm thinking so far:
Bilstein Front Shocks (Type R)
Neuspeed Race Springs
New upper coil insulators
New top hats
Front control arms - Poly? Probably. I like that I won't have to replace anything again.
Upper A Arm bushings - Poly?

After looking at the front suspension here are the results:

Both tie rod boots are torn. Can't really tell in this picture but, they are floppy.

Lower control arm inner mount bushings are cracked. Can't really see too well in this picture. The other side looks a bit worse.

Lower shock mount has ripped the lower control arm bushing. Both sides.

Sway bar end link boots are cracked and disintegrating. Both sides.

Upper control arm bushings look ok. Ball joint boots look ok. Probably need to replace.

Lower ball joint seems to be in good shape. I'm going to replace them anyway.

The sway bar is 24mm in size.

All in all not too terrible for 148k. I'm sure the coil-overs and blown shocks were not helpful to the situation either. All of these are normal wear and tear items. Getting to them before they go completely is my plan.


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