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Old 10-25-2011, 03:24 PM
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Getting ready to start my subframe swap/replace

So, for those of you who may have forgot, my subframe on my 89 4ws cracked all the way through, right where it goes down to the lower control arm, all the way up to the end where it bolts to the main chassis, thus preventing my car to hold an alignment for longer than 10 minutes of driving...

I found a subframe that was shipped from a scrapyard in Longview, WA, for 90 dollars (MUCH MUCH less than i thought it would be ), and i have decided to put it in myself to save even more money, not that i have much to begin with.

question is, this replacement subframe came from an 89 2ws prelude, will my 4ws steering rack be able to swap right on to the new subframe from a 2ws lude? and will i need to support the motor when the subframe is down? or will the other 3 mounts keep it in place well enough?

im starting the project in 3 days, and i already know what all i need to do.

if the racks wont swap, i guess ill have to find a way to lock up the rear rack in place until i find rear suspension to convert to 2ws, cause i need the car next week to drive out of town as part of my job, and i just spent the last of my out-of-budget money to get this.

heres my checklist, plz feel free to chime in if i missed anything:

-disconnect rear motor mount
-disconnect steering column connector
-disconnect exhaust
-disconnect center to core support subframe connector
-disconnect lower 4ws steering connector
-disconnect lower control arms
-disconnect sway bar
-disconnect tie rods
-disconnect all p/s lines

-drop subframe
-remove all steering rack shielding
-swap over rack, and shielding

-rinse off, grab a sammich, and then repeat in reverse order, replacing all lost p/s fluid.

am i missing anything?

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Re: Getting ready to start my subframe swap/replace

good luck with the swap!
Get some pics up!
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Re: Getting ready to start my subframe swap/replace

just make sure the steering driveshaft thing is disconnected before taking the front subframe off.....the weight of it will bend the shaft...i know from experience lol
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Re: Getting ready to start my subframe swap/replace

Yes, the racks will swap. The 2ws and 4ws racks mount exactly the same, so it won't be an issue.

I would support the engine if I was doing this job. Just to be safe.
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