Well, I was
able to get the suspension assembly out of the junk car but the knuckle was stuck on due to the cam bolt. This is when I played around with the flange bushings which i'm glad I did because it relieves me to know I don't have to stress about this. I had doubts so I left it at the yard. If I really wanted to yes, I could've used the yard trailing arms but I would have to invest in another Milwaukee battery because my single one died really quick. I'm not the type of person to do stuff twice so I purchased new ones to guarantee they are straight. Posts from a couple years ago mention buying trailing arms from the yard but the 8th gen series wasn't old at the time so any 06-11 Civic that was there had somewhat low miles and abuse i'm assuming (probably just paranoid of used parts w/ no real life history).
Researching also unveiled these trailing arms are known to snap from the skinny side due to stress and age. I already knew this from 2020 so if I was going junkyard route I would reinforce the arm with a 1/2 in" long steel bar where it breaks and tack weld it on to prevent it from collapsing. New arm I don't have to worry about this.
What surprised me is that no aftermarket company makes replacement trailing arms. Just goes to show most people don't need to buy new ones unless impact damage occurs or they just snap out of the ordinary.
As for the new arms, i'm sure the flange can be twisted out with a large vise. What sucks is that i'm going to ruin a brand new bushing but it has to be done so I can install my upgraded one. I'm around $1,000 into this job right now which makes me very sick but gotta pay to play. When i'm done my car should handle like a dream and won't need to put a single dollar suspension wise ever again.
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