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Drop Links - Accord 03-08
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Another good Job fella
Kwik Fit just failed my HR-V on a broken rear drop link and quoted me £132 to replace it. Seems like a lot for a part I can source locally for £15 so I'll follow your guide and DIY it.
They said that the job included front and rear realignment of the suspension "which they always do after any suspension work" and accounts for half the above cost.
I can understand why you'd want to perform a complete realignment if changing springs or the whole ARB, but one little drop link?
Are they taking the proverbial in insisting on full realign for a single rear drop link replace, or could I get away with just replacing the drop link without?
Seems expensive when Honda main dealer fixed price for drop links is £100. Not sure if that's for one, two or four though.
Drop links have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with alignment. They connect the ARB to part of the hub to aid in stability. Get a decent part mate, quite a few ppl on here have had cheap ones fail quite quickly.
To me, that price is a rip off if you are mechanically minded to do it yourself. That said however, i don't know the suspension layout of the HR-V but i can't imagine it would be much different.
I will keep my thoughts of kwik fits ability to myself. A short time ago they were in the papers for quoting for wprk not needed
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That's exactly what I was thinking. The link and rear sus layout looks almost identical to the one in your replacement photos except it doesn't have a 90 degree twist - both nuts are oriented in the same direction. Couldn't imagine how it could affect the vehicle sus alignment which is why I raised the question.
I've never had any problems with kwik fit before but guess I've been lucky given all the bad press.
I'll pick up a genuine part and fit it myself.
Thanks for the advice mate.
You are welcome mate. An OEM one is round about 50 quid or so i think. Might be worth checking the other side as well as both links have obviously undergone the same level of wear and tear.
If you need any further advice, feel free to shout. Let us know how you get on
Will do buddy. I might even post some pics of skinless knuckles to prove I did the job
Good man, we need some more hr v guides
Yup we sure do @Ade you need any tech help like torque settings let us know.
How did you get on mate?
I have to do my front drop links very soon. I'm happy enough doing the job but i don't want to have to do it again in 12/18 months time so i want to use the best quality drop links i can. Is there a brand or supplier that anyone can recommend?
Makes sense I guess.
Hi, any chance to reupload images?
Thank you so much :]
Anyone changed out the ARB bushes whilst doing the drop links? I'm considering getting something uprated if it fill improve handling at all? Thoughts please.
Are you talking about the front or rear ones?
The rear ones are probably the easiest, while the front ones on the front look a little more involved as acess is tight. I did think about replacing mine with polybushes, but to be honest they where in good condition and the genuine ones, i think are only about a tenner apiece
Can confirm this was needed for CL9 rear drop links, not a chance to get either side off with the allen key. Mind you the drop links could've even been the originals that came with the car but even the new parts looked unlikely to come off nicely.
Yes, originals will always be seized at this age.
Every time I've ever done drop links... it's been far quicker and easier to get the grinder out and chop the old ones off... than attempt to remove them. They're so far gone that they spin in the socket and you simply cannot undo them. Save yourself the time and effort, cut the feckers off.