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    Hi All!

    The ride height of my 6th gen civic was perfect. Until yesterday.

    I changed the bushings in the front suspension yesterday (first time) and the car is sorta lifted from the front after the new bushings, and i don't like it.


    The mechanic says that it'll get back to the normal height after a couple of weeks when the bushings 'settle in', which sounds like a crappy excuse.

    Is he correct? Or is there a chance he may have put something wrong/inverted while fixing causing the car to lift from the front?

    Thanks in advance for the assistance.

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    It isn't an excuse, as I experienced it last month with my 7th gen Exi, though I got only one bushing replaced, the rear right one. The car seemed higher from that end and sagged a bit lesser as well, I mean I could feel the other side riding a bit 'lower' than the other.

    I inquired the very same from the guy who installed the bushing, he said the rubber will set in after a few hundred kilometers and the issue will go away, since currently your new bushing is slightly MORE rigid than the older one.

    I did go away, by itself.

    However if you fear he might have messed stuff up in there, its usually suggested to observe any differences in the drive and weird sounds/noise from the area of the suspension under focus. Unless it is so, I don't think you should feel any unnecessary urge to get wrenches turned yet again.
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    should not happen. i changed the front suspension bush/bearings

    untill i had to changed the front shocks and he gave me shocks of 95 civic/kabli
    front dropped an inch atleast
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    A proper repair with the correct parts should not change ride height or any other suspension geometry.

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    the bolts for the trailing arms are to be tightened when the wheels are at normal drive position -NOT hanging in the air. This is accomplished by jacking up the entire hub till the car lifts off the stands.

    If the bushings are tightened with wheel hanging the bushing stays twisted and causes the car to ride higher than normal - the settle down is actually the new bushing TEARING up to normal height.

    Do correct procedure, use torque ratchet, clean the threads before tightening and NEVER use grease on rubber parts.
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    Pop in a bigger engine.

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    Thanks guys!

    Will try what Zulfiqar suggests and will get back with the result.

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    I have experienced it thrice with my 6th gen in the past 6 years and your mechanic is correct. I was in the same worried state when I got the bushings and z links changed for the first time but there is nothing to worry about. Your ride will be back to normal height in a month or two, depending upon your usage.

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    best to do what zulfiqar bhai said... bushes will last a long time.. also coat them with transparent silicon grease. not the normal ball bearing grease.
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    Ok so I did as Zulfiqar said and nothing. The ride height is still the same. I guess its in my head.

    Maybe the earlier height was lower due to bad bushings, and I had gotten used to it.

    I still like the previous a height more.

    Any suggestions regarding lowering springs?

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    Assalam o Alikum,

    Please tell me good and reliable suspension mechanic (Karachi) for my civic 96 on whom I can trust with my car and wont thug me.
    I want a Quality work.
    Need some good advice.

    Jaza'akAllah.

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