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ed3_4dr

traction bars

has anyone put a traction bar on a sedan yet? if so how hard is it and could u show pics how to install?
ArtyG

I had installed an ETD Traction Bar onto my sedan a few weeks before it was wrecked.  It wasn't difficult, but I had to have one of the brackets welded to the traction bar because of an apparent design difference in mounting points.  Aside from that, it was a bolt-in affair.  I can't recall if the difference was between Civic Hatch and Civic Sedan, or if it was between 88-89 and 90-91.

No Real Pics except for these of it installed:





ed3_4dr

thanks man helps a lot. did you have to get it alined.
Xian

Not that you asked but why bother? If you're trying to eliminate fore/aft movement of the front suspension, you can buy inexpensive and easy to install spherical kits for the stock radius rods.  

Progress sells them:



These hold up extremely well even under track conditions and make it easy to convert back to stock bushings if you ever need to,

Christian
ArtyG

ed3_4dr wrote:
thanks man helps a lot. did you have to get it alined.
After installing the Traction Bar, I eye-balled the alignment, and at least made sure that the radius rods were adjusted evenly on both sides.  The next morning, I drove it over for an alignment.  I suggest an alignment IMMEDIATELY following the installation of the traction bar, not only for safety reasons, but also for the sake of your tires!

Xian wrote:
Not that you asked but why bother? If you're trying to eliminate fore/aft movement of the front suspension, you can buy inexpensive and easy to install spherical kits for the stock radius rods.  

Progress sells them:



These hold up extremely well even under track conditions and make it easy to convert back to stock bushings if you ever need to,

Christian
That's awesome.  Great link for the OP and for everyone!
Xian

Thanks Smile  They're sooooooooper common on roadrace EF and DA's.  They make a huge difference in front end feel under braking and I'd guess they would cut out fore/aft wheel movement  on a street/strip car.

As far as alignment, definitely get it aligned if you go with something adjustable like the traction bars.  Otherwise, you shouldn't really need an alignment with just the spherical radius rod kit.  The caster isn't adjustable except via different length sleeves... not something you'd need to worry about on a street car.

Christian
ArtyG

Xian wrote:
Thanks Smile  They're sooooooooper common on roadrace EF and DA's.  They make a huge difference in front end feel under braking and I'd guess they would cut out fore/aft wheel movement  on a street/strip car.
I definitely see the advantage of the spherical kits on a roadrace car.  With the installation of the Traction Bar and the Rear Stabilizer Bars, you lose your front sway bar, and it really makes it so that it's a straight-line/drag-race only car.
ed3_4dr

i was asking bc i want to put in a half raditor in to clean up the bay some. i have shaved and tucked everything that can be shaved and stucked.

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