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    Sway Bar Link question

    I have the standard clunking noise in the front of my 2003 CRV LX. I was thinking about changing the Links myself (doesnt seem hard other than the rusted bolts). I just want to make sure I am getting the right parts. I think they are parts 10 & 11 on the illustration below, but they seem too cheap. Am I looking at the right parts?

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    Yes! 10 and 11 are the s-bar links.....easy fix......spray threads on old ones with penetrant awhile before changing......

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    Make sure you check the swaybar bushings too, they look like number 8 on there. I had 1 bad bushing on the back and 2 bad links on the front of my 2000, so I just did bushings and links all around.

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    I went ahead and ordered the parts. Hopefully I got everything. I ordered the bushings (to include bushing holders and bolts) as they didnt cost that much and if Im going through the trouble of doing this, might as well change them. Anyway, here is what I ordererd for my 2003 Honda CRV LX


    Rear
    Description Unit price Qty Amount

    95701-08018-08 - BOLT, FLANGE (8X18) $0.59 USD 4 $2.36 USD
    *Bush, RR. Stabilizer Holder

    52321-S9A-003 - LINK, L. RR. STABILIZER $33.21 USD 1 $33.21 USD

    52320-S9A-003 - LINK, R. RR. STABILIZER $33.21 USD 1 $33.21 USD

    52308-SZ5-000 - HOLDER, STABILIZER BUSH $4.07 USD 2 $8.14 USD

    52306-S9A-005 - BUSH, RR. STABILIZER HOLDER (18MM) $3.19 USD 2 $6.38 USD

    90212-SA5-003 - NUT, SELF-LOCK (10MM) $0.38 USD 4 $1.52 USD
    *2xFront, 2xRear

    90002-S10-000 - NUT, FLANGE (10MM) $1.76 USD 4 $7.04 USD
    *2xFront, 2xRear


    Front
    95801-10018-08 - BOLT, FLANGE (10X18) $0.64 USD 4 $2.56 USD
    *Bush, Stabilizer Holder

    51308-S5A-000 - HOLDER, FR. STABILIZER $3.02 USD 2 $6.04 USD

    51306-S7B-014 - BUSH, STABILIZER HOLDER $2.75 USD 2 $5.50 USD

    51320-S5A-003 - LINK, R. FR. STABILIZER $12.84 USD 1 $12.84 USD

    51321-S5A-003 - LINK, L. FR. STABILIZER $12.84 USD 1 $12.84 USD

    91503-SZ3-003 - CLIP A, BUMPER $2.25 USD 5 $11.25 USD

    72155-S5A-A01 - ACTUATOR ASSY., DOOR LOCK $35.14 USD 1 $35.14 USD

    If you see anything missing, please let me know. I know the stabilizer holders and bolts are a bit overkill, but they were cheap and I always seem to find away to break more things than I fix (hence the bumper clips, damn those things are fragile)
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    Also, what kind of grease will I need for this job?

    Thanks again

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    If your links & bushing bolts are seriously corroded in place, you may have trouble getting them off even with penetrating oil. The link bolts are pretty easy to attack with a cutoff wheel. Or see other posts about holding the ball with a vise grips. I snapped off the rusted bolt holding the bushing and had to drill it out & retap. Maybe you live in Arizona where this doesn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gflande1 View Post
    Also, what kind of grease will I need for this job?

    Thanks again
    One school teaches to assemble the bushings dry as the grease could react with the rubber and cause them to rot prematurely.

    The other school says use grease to prevent squeaks. From this school one class says use whatever grease you have. The other class says use marine waterproof grease to lessen the chance of road spray washing it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravy View Post
    One school teaches to assemble the bushings dry as the grease could react with the rubber and cause them to rot prematurely.

    The other school says use grease to prevent squeaks. From this school one class says use whatever grease you have. The other class says use marine waterproof grease to lessen the chance of road spray washing it out.


    Sway bar bushings (# 8) do not require grease...they are supposed to be tight on the bar and the subframe.

    Some high-performance bushings are made from polyurethane ...these are a bit stiffer and MIGHT require grease...but they are not rubber so no worries.

    Me? I use synthetic brake grease when in doubt...NOT made from petroleum, so it won't attack rubber. But I don't grease sway bar bushes.
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    When I replaced my front sway bar bushings, the left one was so rusted I had to remove it with a cutoff wheel and an air grinder. I'm a little paranoid of a torch but it would have been the next step.

    The rears are easy even if you have to cut them. The front took me about 2 hours!

    Not meaning to be discouraging, just a real story.

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    My biggest fear is this CRV is a New York (upstate) CRV. Its seen plenty of salty NY roads. Im preparing for the worst. The way I see it, if I need professional help (which my wife says I do, but thats another story), I atleast have the parts and only pay them labor.

    Thanks for all the help everyone

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