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#1 J4JAV

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:59 PM

Hi Guys,

As you know I have the TEIN coilovers fitted on my Accord and since fitting these I always noticed a spongy type of knock from the rear nearside. It was only there occasionally and worse on speed bumps... so after some inspection I noticed the Anti Roll Bar D Bush was worn from the edge which was causing this noise & im glad it wasn't too worn otherwise I would have got my first ever advisory or even a fail on the MOT!

So today got these from Honda, cost under £4 (inc VAT) each so at that price I just bought a pair replace both sides...

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Now it was time to jack up the back end of the car, I used an ordinary jack and lifted it from the rear jacking point and got out the jack stands, make sure the car is safe and use a jack stand on both sides as well as a safety block/brick on the front wheels...

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A handheld lamp is useful here and you will need a rachet & socket size 12 with a extension to make it easier for you to remove the two bolts as shown below, also beware they are very tough to remove but with a slight tighten and then back anti clockwise to loosen makes it easier :)

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Bracket removed, two bolts...

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This then reveals the actual rubber D Bush and this just simply clips off the bar, there is already a split in the bush for this...

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The bar without the bush on...

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The old bush VS the new one, you can notice the worn edge which caused the occasional knock and spongy noise...

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New bush just simply clipped on, make sure the open edge of the bush the split is facing towards the back of the car this is the correct way to fit this...

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Then the bracket is back on after some cleaning of the bolts, bracket & the base...

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The other side is done the same way here are before and after pics below, just a bit awkward to get to as the exhaust is here but not rocket science...

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Now took the car for a quick test drive over some speed bumps and few corners and all is working 100% and the noise has gone :) so just under £8 for a pair from Honda and 30mins DIY I hope this saves some of our members some labour costs :) it is very simple guys :)

Hope it helps and thanks for reading...
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:08 PM

Cheers Jav a great write up and brill price to.rep point on its way mate
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:10 PM

thanks Brett much appreciated mate :-)

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:12 PM

thanks Brett much appreciated mate :-)

The thanks is to you mate as well this will save members big bucks from ever increasing dealer prices.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:13 PM

nice one Jav. Good pictures too. Thanks for putting this up for us. Im guessing its the same for the diesels too?? any ideas??

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:15 PM

Cheers again Brett :) and thanks Saj, I should think it's the same :) I may have a check under my dads when I get home with a torch and report back later lol

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

I did call up Bradford s****estone Honda today to get a price, they wanted nearly £5 more for the pair and they said it takes around an hour to fit and they wouldn't charge a book in fee (currently £45 to diagnose the fault, they won't take my word for it haha) as a gesture of goodwill and the hourly labour rate is £75 :-O

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I would never use them anyway but i was really curious about this and here are the pocket hurting findings!!!

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:15 PM

Saj it looks the same set up to me, I'm sure another member will confirm if this is correct :)

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:17 PM

That's perfect timing as I reckon mine are worn. For that much, it's worth replacing them as a matter of course.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:41 PM

Nice write up Jav,

Easy to follow, I'm sure it will be a well used DIY

Rep point well deserved

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:44 PM

That's perfect timing as I reckon mine are worn. For that much, it's worth replacing them as a matter of course.


yep agree with you fully there mate :)

Nice write up Jav,

Easy to follow, I'm sure it will be a well used DIY

Rep point well deserved


thanks mate :)

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:03 AM

NIce one, can point people to this when the ask about 'how easy is it to change the ARB' lols
Can confirm that its same for diesel too.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 07:41 AM

Thanks very much for a good detailed guide :)

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 08:10 AM

NIce one, can point people to this when the ask about 'how easy is it to change the ARB' lols
Can confirm that its same for diesel too.


thanks mate, also thanks for confirming its same for diesel :)


Thanks very much for a good detailed guide :)


No problems mate, more than welcome :)

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:56 PM

Thanks guys :)

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:46 AM

Your guide got me thinking. I've noticed a knocking noise from the rear as well when going slow over bumps. Last night took a look at the anti-roll bar and although the bushes look ok, I could actually shake the bar and make it rattle by hand :o What's even stranger is that the car just passed MOT on Saturday :o :o So I'll def be following your guide very soon :D

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:34 AM

JAV, do you feel safe using that jacking point ? i have always gone to use it then whimped out and jacked up on the sills instead.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 09:43 PM

I followed the guide and did mine this morning without any difficulty. The only thing I found was that the bolts were a little tight becasue of all the baked on dirt under there (the previous owner lived in the countryside and most of it seems to be attached the the underside of my car) so I cleaned the bolts and tightened them back up a couple of times to clean the threads before putting the new bushes on. Most of the noise from the back has gone now too.

I've had a look but cannot see a guide to do the front ones and I'm assuming they're similar - has anyone done them?
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 01:47 PM

Great write-up Jav - exactly why TA is a must-have resource. Can I ask what mileage your car was on when you did this work? And do you think the coilovers would have made a difference to the bushes' lifespan?
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