Acura Coupes and Sedans 1986-1993 Repair Guide

Shock Absorber

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1986-89 Integra

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of rear suspension with disc brakes-1986-89 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 2: Torque values of rear suspension with disc brakes-1986-89 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of rear suspension with drum brakes-1986-89 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 4: Torque values of rear suspension with drum brakes-1986-89 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 5: Rear shock removal-1986-89 Integra

  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheels.
  4.  
  5. Place a jack under the rear axle beam.
  6.  
  7. Remove the strut maintenance lid and the self-locking nut.
  8.  
  9. Lower the jack gradually. Remove the self-locking bolt, rear spring and spring seat.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Fit the upper spring seat into the frame.
  2.  
  3. Install the strut protector on the strut assembly, the dust cover, strut mounting collar and rear spring; temporarily tighten the strut to the axle beam.
  4.  
  5. Fit the inner strut mount rubber into the frame.
  6.  
  7. Raise the axle beam so the damper shaft fits into the frame hole.
  8.  
  9. Install the outer strut mount rubber and washer; torque the self-locking nut to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the strut maintenance lid.
  12.  
  13. Torque the shock on the rear axle beam with the weight of the vehicle placed on the ground. Torque the strut-to-rear axle beam bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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1990-93 Integra

See Figures 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10



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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of rear suspension-1990-93 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 7: Torque values of rear suspension-1990-93 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 8: Exploded view of rear damper-1990-93 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 9: Mounting position of the damper with the cutout facing the front-1990-93 Integra



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Fig. Fig. 10: The damper mounting nuts are located under the cover-1990-93 Integra

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the rear wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper shock mount cover from the rear panel, just below the speaker.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper mount nuts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lower mount bolt and remove the damper assembly (shock and spring) as a unit. Note and mark the positional relationship of the damper assembly to the car.
  8.  
  9. Use a spring compressor to remove the spring from the shock absorber.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. The cutouts should face the front of the car. Torque the upper mount nuts to 36 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Torque the lower mounting bolt with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
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1986-90 Legend

See Figures 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18



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Fig. Fig. 11: Exploded view of the rear suspension-1986-88 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 12: Exploded view of the rear suspension-1989-90 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 13: Torque values of the rear suspension-1986-88 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 14: Torque values of the rear suspension-1989-90 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 15: Exploded view of the rear damper-1986-88 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 16: Exploded view of the rear damper-1989-90 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 17: Alignment of the mounts-1986-90 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 18: Raising the suspension with a floor jack to torque the bolts-1986-90 Legend

  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheels.
  4.  
  5. Place a jack under the lower arm and raise slightly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 8mm nuts from the top of the assembly.
  8.  
  9. Lower the jack.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower shock pinch bolt.
  12.  
  13. Remove the shock absorber from the hub assembly.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Reverse the removal procedures. On the 1986-88 Legend, torque the upper 8mm bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) and the lower pinch bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) with the weight of the car on the suspension. On the 1989-90 Legend, torque the upper 8mm bolts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) and the lower pinch bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) with the weight of the car on the suspension.
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Vigor and 1990-93 Legend

See Figures 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the rear wheels.
  2.  



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Fig. Fig. 19: Exploded view of the rear suspension-1991-93 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 20: Torque values of the rear suspension-1991-93 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 21: Exploded view of the rear damper-1991-93 Legend

  1. Remove the rear speaker and the damper assembly cap.
  2.  
  3. Place a floor jack under the lower arm and slightly compress the spring.
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Fig. Fig. 22: Alignment of the mounts-1991-93 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 23: The damper mounting nuts are located under the cover-1991-93 Legend



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Fig. Fig. 24: Exploded view of the rear suspension-Vigor

  1. Remove the upper mounting nuts and the lower mounting bolt.
  2.  
  3. Lower the jack to remove the damper unit.
  4.  
  5. Use a spring compressor to remove the spring from the shock absorber.
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Fig. Fig. 25: Torque values of the rear suspension-Vigor



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Fig. Fig. 26: Alignment of the mounts-Vigor



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Fig. Fig. 27: Damper mounting nuts-Vigor

To install:
  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Loosely install the mounting nuts and bolt and lower the vehicle onto the wheels to torque them. Torque the upper mounting nuts to 28 ft. lbs. (39 Nm) and the lower mounting bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) on Vigor, 76 ft. lbs. (105 Nm) on Legend.
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