DIY: Install Skunk2 Front Camber Kit - Acura TSX Forum
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Info DIY: Install Skunk2 Front Camber Kit

Decided to make a DIY since I couldnt find one when installing it myself. My first time messing with the upper control arm and decided to pop my cherry and help others along the way. Sorry in advance if any pics blurry; they were all taken from my phone.

FAQ:
Did you feel a difference after you installed the skunk2 front camber kit? -Yes, it feels like I gained +10hp +5 lbs of torque

Tools Needed:
•10mm Socket
•14mm Socket
•17mm Socket
•17mm combination wrench
•Socket Wrench
•Adjustable wrench
•Pliers ( To remove the cotter pin)
•Pitman Arm Puller (Rental at Autozone, was $15 in Los Angeles. May 2013)
•Jackstands
•Floorjack
•Breaker bar (Optional)
•WD-40 / PB-Blaster (Optional)

Lets get started, lift and jack your park up and remove the tires

Start with getting the coilovers/struts out of there.
Use a 17mm socket and a 17mm socket wrench to remove the bolt on the bottom of the shock fork that connects to the lower control arm.


Grab a 14mm socket wrench and remove the bolt located on the top portion of the shock fork that binds with the coilover/struts



Use a 14mm and 10mm socket wrench to remove the 5 bolts holding the coilover/strut in place.


Now the fun part! Removing the upper control arm
Use a 10mm socket wrench and remove the brake line mounting hardware


Grab your set of pliers and remove the cotter pin, I chose to use a needle nose plier



Use a 17mm socket wrench and remove the nut holding the balljoint


Use your Pitman Arm Puller rental tool and place it under the balljoint then grab an adjustable wrench and tighten the bolt until the balljoint pulls away


Use a 14mm socket wrench and remove the two bolts in the back of the upper control arm, and now you successfully removed the upper control arm without damaging the ball joint!



Now do all the steps in reverse when installing the Skunk 2 Front Camber Kit
•Place the skunk2 camber kit on place, install the two rear 14mm bolts
•Install the 10mm bolt that holds the brake line mounting hardware
•Put the balljoin in place, and install the 17mm nut
•Reuse or use a new cotter pin and place it in
•Grab your coilovers/struts and reinstall the five bolts on top in the engine bay
•Connect the shock fork and the coilover/strut and install the 14mm bolt on the top of the shock fork
•Install the 17mm bolt and nut on the bottom portion of the shock fork that connects with the lower control arm
AND YOUR FINISHED!




Feel free to +1 Rep if you find this DIY useful
YYC_TSX likes this.

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors

nomaD is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 04:14 PM
DDT
Registered Member
 
DDT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 176
 
iTrader: (0)

Just did the same last Thusday night! The only difference is I didn't remove the shock from the strut "fork". I just unbolted the lower 17mm, unbolted the top 5 nuts, lower the assembly down and swung it to the left to unbolt the right 14mm UCA bolt and then the other bolt. To make sure the fork doesn't grind on the drive shaft boot I put the 17mm bolt back in with the nut and allows the fork to rest against the bolt. Doing alignment Monday morning.

What are you planning on setting the camber/toe?
DDT is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Maxing out the front skunk2's at -4 camber


Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors

nomaD is offline  
 
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 04:56 PM
四世
 
Downshift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SoCal - OC
Posts: 1,767
   
iTrader: (10)
Thanks for the write up. Better picture quality on the some of the pics would be nice though. If I ever need to install the skunk2, this'll be nice.
Downshift is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 05:07 PM
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Gloucester, United Kingdom
Posts: 714
 
iTrader: (0)
Nice one

Daily work beater - MC1 D16W4 Civic Aerodeck (completely stock)
Track day / leisure - K24A3 CL9 (new build in progress)
I dont get on here much now days
K_A_N_O is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Downshift View Post
Thanks for the write up. Better picture quality on the some of the pics would be nice though. If I ever need to install the skunk2, this'll be nice.
Quote:
Originally Posted by K_A_N_O View Post
Nice one
Thanks!



Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors

nomaD is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 01:49 AM
DiRTBAG Jose!
TOTM 2013
 
tsx&skate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 323
Posts: 1,306
      
iTrader: (0)
Good DIY.
tsx&skate is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 10:57 AM
DDT
Registered Member
 
DDT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 176
 
iTrader: (0)
Canada

I'm setting mine at -2 all round. 1mm toe out in front and 1mm toe in in back.
How much did you pay for the alignment with Skunk2?? I'm at SpeedStar in GTA getting the alignment done and they are charging $205+tax for slignment since I have this kit and the Ingalls. Labour time is 3-4 hours Is this the pricing in the new world of camber kits??
If anyone who have these 2 kits and got the alignment done could chime in on the alignment pricing would be great. I'm in GTA.
DDT is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tsx&skate View Post
Good DIY.
Thanks Gus!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DDT View Post
I'm setting mine at -2 all round. 1mm toe out in front and 1mm toe in in back.
How much did you pay for the alignment with Skunk2?? I'm at SpeedStar in GTA getting the alignment done and they are charging $205+tax for slignment since I have this kit and the Ingalls. Labour time is 3-4 hours Is this the pricing in the new world of camber kits??
If anyone who have these 2 kits and got the alignment done could chime in on the alignment pricing would be great. I'm in GTA.
God damn!!! My alignment is free, so I couldn't help you on price. My cousins work at a alignment shop. As for toe set it to 0, it will chew your tires up
Edit: and alignment is no where near 3-4 hours. Maybe 1-2 hours at most if they're slow... Take your car to a different shop, sounds to me like they're taking advantage of you

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors


Last edited by nomaD; 05-13-2013 at 04:43 PM.
nomaD is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Delete, double post

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors

nomaD is offline  
post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 05:02 PM
DDT
Registered Member
 
DDT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 176
 
iTrader: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nomadx2 View Post
Thanks Gus!

Edit: and alignment is no where near 3-4 hours. Maybe 1-2 hours at most if they're slow... Take your car to a different shop, sounds to me like they're taking advantage of you
Ya, sounds a bit odd. They first were talking about the need to lift the wheel up and down everytime they adjust and check the alignment on skunk2 due to not being able to reach the bolts with the suspension loaded. Then they came out saying one of the brand new hex bolts stripped and pulled me in to show (it was stripped when they took it out). While at it, I saw that the way the actual tech is doing it is he got this super long extension of the alan key that reaches the skunk2 UCA screwes from under the car without the need to take the wheels off. The car sits statically on the alignment rack lift all the time. So why BS me to begin with? Especially since they DO have experience with these kits for sure.
Well, they did take 4 hours. The back was done super quickly - maybe 30 minutes. The front they took longer - over 3 hours - not sure how long they were actually doing the work in the back of the shop - can't see from the waiting area (which is mega cold btw if you sit there for too long). They said that the price structure is as follows:
$120 stock alignment (only toes adjustable)
+$45 for rear Ingalls camber kit camber adjustment
+$55 for front Skunk2 camber kit adjustment
+ they wanted to charge extra for centering the wheel but spared me. Hmmm....

Anyone else in GTA for alignment price point references? Will check with can-alignment - he is super good but so far west out of town.
DDT is offline  
post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 08:01 PM
Registered Member
 photo 15_zps17d8f38c.png
 
itsnammy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: 626
Posts: 124
 
iTrader: (0)
GOOD JOB MAN! haha i see you used the pitman arm puller i told you about! it keeps you from destroying the ball joints! never use a fork unless youre gonna throw it away! see you around!

Current Mod List:

Mugen Window Visors
06-08 Front End conversion
06-08 Rear End conversion
06-08 Front and Rear A-Spec Lip
04-05 A-Spec Side Skirts
06-08 EDM Headlights
Custom Widebody/Radius Fenders
2.5In Piping with Flowmasters
Blast Pipes
T1R Test Pipe
Custom Side Mirror LED Bar
ARP Extended Suds
Broadway Static 510 Series Coilovers 24/22Kg
MOOG UCA
SPC/Ingalls Rear Camber Kit
CCW LM20 Custom One Off Sandwich Mount
18x10-3
18x10.5+1
J's Racing Lower Balljoints
itsnammy is offline  
post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2013, 08:27 PM
DDT
Registered Member
 
DDT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 176
 
iTrader: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by itsnammy View Post
you used the pitman arm puller i told you about! it keeps you from destroying the ball joints! never use a fork unless youre gonna throw it away! see you around!

Unless you planning on throwing away the ball joint, but even in that case the puller is still quicker and nicer.
DDT is offline  
post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-14-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
Royal Flush Crew
 
nomaD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SoCal - 323
Posts: 791
   
iTrader: (5)
Quote:
Originally Posted by itsnammy View Post
GOOD JOB MAN! haha i see you used the pitman arm puller i told you about! it keeps you from destroying the ball joints! never use a fork unless youre gonna throw it away! see you around!
Thanks! Was easier than expected

Quote:
Originally Posted by DDT View Post

Unless you planning on throwing away the ball joint, but even in that case the puller is still quicker and nicer.
Agreed the puller was pretty much effortless and pulled the ball joint away in matter of seconds



Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

Mods done:
•Work VSXX 18" custom built by VR Wheels
•Function/Form Type 2s custom spring rates - 18k front 16k rear
•Interior LED conversion - Front + Back + Trunk
•Exterior LED conversion - Sidemarkers + all back lights
•Painted brake calipers black
•8000k HID Fog light kit conversion
•8000k HID headlights
•TSXClub License frame
•Color matched OEM Window Visors
•Sarona rear roof spoiler color matched
•Custom Back-up Camera
•Ultra Racing 4 Point Rear Brace
•Cusco Type-I Front Brace

•3M CF Steering Wheel
•3M CF Door button panel, all 4 doors
•3M CF Whole center console
•3M CF Emergency brake handle
•04-05 Front end conversion
•04-05 A-spec front lip
•06-08 A-spec rear lip
•TL Style Roof Spoiler
•EDM rear bumper reflectors
•Drilled slotted rotors from 88rotors

nomaD is offline  
post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-07-2013, 04:48 PM
DDT
Registered Member
 
DDT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 176
 
iTrader: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nomaD View Post
Maxing out the front skunk2's at -4 camber
You have that hellaflush mod to get it at -4?
I was only able to get -2 on one side and it maxed out at -1.8 on the other. The ball joint is pushed all the way inwards with no more room to go.
The description for the part said that it allows -3 degrees by default. Weird.
DDT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
upper control arm tl

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Acura TSX Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome