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Will the bigger tire fit in the spare location?
Thats a good question. I didn't bother buying a new tire for the spare, I can roll a short few miles at low speed with the slightly smaller one if I have to and I carry patch/plug kits to avoid that as much as possible.

Where there is a will there is always a way, whether that would mean making a custom bracket to hold the spare another inch or two higher is about all it should take if it doesn't clear the bumper. As long as there is about an inch of extra room under the current spare it will probably squeeze in?
 

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Hi! I enjoyed reading your post and wanted to share my own green CRV. I see green CRVs all the time but never have the chance to share with the owner or get their story. I call her The Grinch because she's green and has a big heart. It's a 98' with 224,000 miles.
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Problems include: Suspension noise (I want to figure this out before I jump the gun and buy new struts), sticky brakes (going to try changing the brake fluid soon), noisy second gear (maybe it's normal but I'm going to try changing out a quart of fluid), oil leak (stop leak stopped the leak), crappy paint (I'm going to sand it down and throw some clear coat on it unprofessionally), and (best for last) it used to frequently turn off while I was driving but I took care of it (ignition switch). When I bought it, she was overheating (thermostat) and couldn't turn (crappy power steering house had kinked).

I'm 20 and this is my first ever project car. I made every mistake possible and put it all on credit. It's funny that you were talking about CV axles because I saw my boots were ripped as well and decided to do the whole axle. 2 hours in I couldn't pull the old inner axle out and I'd stripped the lower ball joint beyond use and had to get the car towed. I did all of this in a car maintenance port at my apartment complex (used for light washing and maintenance, no overnight parking) and envy those with a garage. A garage is a very nice thing to have because if you're a fuck up like I am you can leave your car there overnight and take another crack at it in the morning. I actually tried driving the car with one axle just to park it in a space and I heard the worst sound I'd ever heard a transmission make. I thought it was done for but here we are 6 months later and I got this death trap to 90 MPH right before the pic was taken.

It all might sound pretty dumb but mistakes made are lessons learned. Good luck with your CRV!
 

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sticky brakes (going to try changing the brake fluid soon)
Change the brake fluid and remove the pads from the calipers and file off all the rust.

noisy second gear (maybe it's normal but I'm going to try changing out a quart of fluid),
Drain all of it, not just 1 quart. Do this 3 times, getting it to Interstate speeds and using reverse, in between each change. You'll need 3.x quarts per change.
 

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Change the brake fluid and remove the pads from the calipers and file off all the rust.

Drain all of it, not just 1 quart. Do this 3 times, getting it to Interstate speeds and using reverse, in between each change. You'll need 3.x quarts per change.
Before the CRV I had a 2011 Kia Soul, and I did like you said and swapped all the fluid out (just once though) and took a big trip the day after. Well halfway to Lake Meredith in the Texas panhandle (so in the middle of nowhere) the transmission starts slipping. I threw in a bottle of Lucas when I was able to get to a Walmart but it still did all the things a slipping transmission does including not going over 60, losing speed entirely, hard grind with reluctance between 3rd and 4th gear. I'll grant you that it was intermittent (intermittent enough that I still drove it to Denver and back) and that it wasn't doing that anymore by the time I sold it, but I'd rather not have to put this transmission through that as well. From what I understand my tranny did that because I removed the deposits by changing the fluid too quickly so that's why I was going with a quart.

As for the brakes I did replace the rotors and pads when I got it but I'll try cleaning them when I do the fluid.
 

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@TheGrinch welcome to the party, we should be able to keep our clunkers going with a little work! I bought a Chiltons and regular honda service manuals so if you need any info looked up let me know.

The suspension noise could be many things I had that too and in my case it turned out to be the sway bar end links. Pretty cheap replacements available on rock auto but they can be a PITA to remove the old ones 😁 good luck!
 

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Great guys at the local shop got my tires mounted. Took a fair number of weights to get some of them balanced but should be good enough for this buggy. I would hardly care at all except that we do live right off of a 70 MPH highway so it won't be uncommon to have this car up to a pretty good clip even for local errands. Some vibration at high speed is totally acceptable for this car, on our newer ones I am a lot pickier.

Just need to touch up some spots on the rim from mounting and installing weights with a little more paint and I can probably mount them up. Weather is pretty crazy here right now though so it might get put off a day or two, we'll see. We keep going from sunshine to snow to sunshine then rain, then snow, then sun again... spring in Minnesota.

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Nice looking tires!
 
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