Why doesn’t it FIT? HONDA FIT!

You guys may remember that I was looking for a summer track car and daily driver back in May.  Well I’ve done a full 360 since then and bought an automatic 2007 Honda Fit.  I really wanted a manual because I despise automatic cars, but my friend really hooked me up.  I just couldn’t say no!

Well it’s been a few weeks since I purchased the car, and I love the Fit.  Unfortunately I still hate the transmission.  The Fit’s automatic is constantly shifting, all the time!  I guess I’ll be looking into that more in the future, maybe a Hondata Tune.

It currently has a more pressing matter, the rear wheels rub the fenders when people sit in the back!  This is mainly caused by the 205 section tires that are on the fit.  Well in addition to the Fit, my friend also gave me Skunk2 Pro C coilovers for it (after a quick search, it doesn’t look like Skunk2 makes them anymore)!  Yay!

First things first the tools you’ll need are:

  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • 14 mm wrench
  • 14 mm socket
  • Allen wrenches

Loosen all the lug nuts then, get that butt up!  Start jacking the car up on the triangle jack point at the rear of the car.

Mmmmm, just look at that wheel sag.  Next, put the jack stands in place and take off the wheels.

You’ll probably want to jack the spring and strut back up a little bit to remove stress from the bolt.  You’ll then remove the 14 mm bolt from the lower strut and the 14 mm nut from the top of the strut.  As you can see in the photo below, you must insert an allen wrench to the top of the strut to keep it from spinning.  You can then wrench off the nut.  Repeat this on both sides and the suspension should be free.

You may need a helper to stand on the drum brakes to give you enough room to take the strut out. Also as a note, it’s a lot easier if you undo all the suspension components before you try removing  everything.

You can see in the picture at the beginning that the rear springs actually have perches that allow you to adjust ride height.  These will go in under the springs so put those in first.  Remember to reuse the stock rubber seats under the perch and above the spring.  This will reduce noise during suspension travel.

Then put the springs in.

Now bolt everything back up (there’s just two per side) and you’re done!

Now go drive around with a bunch of your friends and enjoy not scraping your fenders!

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