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    My '97 has 137000mi on it and I can tell that the struts need to be replaced. I have a constant squeak that happens any time the suspension is compressed. I'm not 100% sure the squeak is coming from the struts, but I am getting some bounce going over bumps, and with 137000 its time for them to be replaced anyhow. I was going to do them myself. Since its a Pinch bolt-type system, I won't have to get an allignment, but I probably will just to make sure that everything is in spec after 137000 miles.

    Anyone have any suggestions/tricks to make the job easier?

    Any other parts I should replace while I have the strut assembly out?
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    Wow, I am starting to sound like Curly. Search. I seem to remember a tutorial about installing shocks. It is easy, 3 bolts for the rear shocks to remove the assembly. Then get a spring compressor to compress the spring, and then remove the bolt at the top of the shock, and you can then replace the shock. For the fronts, 4 bolts. Two on the top of the shock tower, one one the lower fork, and one holding the lower fork to the shock.
    Too lazy to put all the crap down I have done to my car.

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    I've looked around and I think I'm going to go with a set of KYB's. I have to make an order from Majestic Honda, so I'm going to get a set of nuts/bolts for all of the parts I'm taking off. My only question is if I need to replace the mounts. Would it be easier to just replace them since I'm going to have the whole thing apart anyhow?
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    Have you actually done the 'bounce test'? Honda shocks seem to last forever.

    It could be you just need to replace a few rubber parts, like the sway bar bushings et al.

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    I have done the bounce test. If I push down on the front end it rises up, overshoots the balance point and then bounces about 2 times before settling. I compared it to the 2005 Civic sitting next to it in the garage, and it rises back up to the balance point without bouncing.
    I'm nearly convinced that the noise is coming from the struts. It sounds quite like hydraulic fluid squealing through a jack valve when I lower down the car with the garage jack. But this noise is loud enough that I can hear it bouncing off buildings when driving down the block (good 'ol suburbia). Its been on and off for the past year, but now its gotten much louder and happens all the time. It can even happen from barely touching the body. It only happens when the strut retracts, not expands also. I noticed that driving last night with the windows down. It would only make the noise going over bumps that caused the wheel to go up.
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    Thumbs up Kyb-gr2

    I just replace the entire set with KYB-GR2 & Front Strut mount kit. What a different it made at 113K miles for my daily office CRV. I can now trail break into hard turns without excessive lean on sweepers or exit ramp. I know it will never be like my weekend R but still makes me smile when I can leave some dumbass in their sedans when they pussy out in approaching corners!
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    Okay so some updates.

    About 6 weeks ago, I ordered the GR2's and did all 4 struts. I could not compress the springs becuase I have the lift springs and they just were not compressing. I ended up taking them to the local pep boys and they were able to compress the springs and swap the struts for me for like $15/each. After dealing with rusy bolts, I was happy for them to be done. The rear struts were a PITA to put back on. The GR2's wouldn't fit inside the arm like the Honda ones did, so I had to either take apart the arms or shove the rear suspension down really far. On the drivers side, I was able to drop the lower arm and get the strut in without an issue. When I went to drop the lower arm on the right side I snapped the bolt head off. It was a clean break and the entire length of the bolt was still in the arm. after a buddy and I pushed down on the arms really far, we were able to get the strut in. I took the car to a mechanic to see if he could drill out the bolt that I snapped off. He was very hesitant and wanted to replace the whole arm. I didn't want to spend upwards of $500 to get the work done, so he tac welded the bolt so that it wouldn't come out. I was content with this.
    The ride the GR2's give is very nice. I enjoy it. However, I have officially retired from rusty bolts.

    Fast forward to today.
    The suspension squeak has gotten worse. I was living with it, but it finally got to me. I took it to a mechanic close by my apartment at school and had him take a look at it. He did notice that the sway bar links were loose and recommended they be replaced. I went ahead and did that, but the squeak is still there. Replacing the end links did cure the knocking I used to have going over small bumps. I drove to the store tonight and the car squeaked the whole way there. When I came out it was raining. After driving about 2 minutes, the squeak was completely gone.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into what might be causing it. The tech says that he held the stethoscope up to the strut and heard the noise very loud. I'm wondering if it would be the bolts that secure the fork to the arm. Anyone have any ideas or insight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy7079 View Post

    When I came out it was raining. After driving about 2 minutes, the squeak was completely gone.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into what might be causing it. The tech says that he held the stethoscope up to the strut and heard the noise very loud. I'm wondering if it would be the bolts that secure the fork to the arm. Anyone have any ideas or insight?
    You could buy a can of silicone spray and shoot the various rubber parts one at a time to see what stops it. There are dozens of threads if you want to try the keywords: 'suspension rubber noise'

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    i know this thread is very old but i desperately need help. i tried to install a rear excel-g shock to my CRV 2k model but after comparing it with the oem strut it was abit short. the mechanic was hesitant to press the spring to far so i ended up replacing only the front. that difference was amazing but not fully satisfied since my rear still old. anybody have a similar experience? will it lower the rear just incase i am able to install it? TIA.

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    It sounds like you may have the wrong struts for the rear.

    Do you have the brand and model number?

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