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Was just wondering what that black metal cylinder shaped thing is behind our front bumper is and my friend told me is a vibration dampner, have any of you guys removed it?? Is it to prevent our whole car from vibrating from the engine??
No other hondas that I know have it besides the Lude. Any ill effects from removing it cause I took it out and damn its pretty heavy.
 

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Wow! 10lbs. I want it off too. So, I looked it up in the manual and it shows a picture but no details of its purpose. Btw, its spelled "damper" and means.. to stop vibration, or a deadening influence. It looks like its only held on by two bolts.

BlkLude: Since u removed it, can you tell a diff (any vibration or the like) and how long have u been riding w/out it.

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I took it off just this morning, and have been driving around it off for the whole day and no differnce at all. It is actually held together by 2 bolts on the side and 2 nuts on the bottom, its a weird piece of metal with rubber on both ends.
 

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Yeah pretty simple to remove, take off your top grille and it will be easier to get to the bolts. Yep thats the whole reason I took it off, was bored!! Plus if it doesn't do anything then why not take it off.
 

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maybe it helps with bumper resistance during crashes or some sort...? i dont think honda designers would go "oh lets put a funky piece of metal there for the heck of it!"
 

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Ya its for crashes. It probably absorbs the impact to redirct it. That way you don't smash your whole car and it will guide the impact force along the body. what i've heard and figure anyways
 

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I was thinking it was part of crash safety as well.

I would leave it alone.
 

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I damper like that one is usually tuned to an appropriate frequency to reduce idle vibration. Therefore, the only time you'd notice any difference with it removed is while sitting at idle. They are quite common on 4 cyl cars, just not always mounted on the front crash beam.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ILoveMyLude:
I damper like that one is usually tuned to an appropriate frequency to reduce idle vibration. Therefore, the only time you'd notice any difference with it removed is while sitting at idle. They are quite common on 4 cyl cars, just not always mounted on the front crash beam.</font>
I think ILoveMyLude is right. I looked it over this morning to see what could this thing possible do. Because its a "damper", which has nothing to do with safety, I figured..take it off and see what it does. Well, driving to work this morning, I found no differences, except when at idle when cooling fans kicked in. I felt slightly more vibration than before.

So far, my thoughts are that it simply helps reduce vibration at idle, especially when the fans turn on. I'm leaving it off unless someone can convince me it serves some other purpose..and I encourage other opinions.

Btw, it weighed exactly 8 lbs.
 

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It only weighs 8 lbs people.

Take a dump and you just lost 8 lbs. You might as well take the door off your glove box's and hell while we're at it we can just chuck the e-brake out the window. Thats 3 lbs total right there. We're on a roll.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by vabeach_lude:
It only weighs 8 lbs people.

Take a dump and you just lost 8 lbs. You might as well take the door off your glove box's and hell while we're at it we can just chuck the e-brake out the window. Thats 3 lbs total right there. We're on a roll.

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Good point..I guess its all relative.

But isn't the effects of removing 1 lb from windshield forward like shedding 8 lbs from behind? Thus, removing the damper is like taking out 64 lbs in the cockpit or trunk.

Oh, and my biggest dump was never close to 64lbs...that would be a mean sh*t man.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Kool-Lude:
Good point..I guess its all relative.

But isn't the effects of removing 1 lb from windshield forward like shedding 8 lbs from behind?
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I don't know. I have heard that a billion times but I am not sure it has ever been proven. I thought that it was anything above or before the front wheels (not the windshield) since we had a FWD car.

I dropped the kids off at the pool right before I drove a 14.6 at the track. j/j



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Kool-Lude:
Good point..I guess its all relative.

But isn't the effects of removing 1 lb from windshield forward like shedding 8 lbs from behind? Thus, removing the damper is like taking out 64 lbs in the cockpit or trunk.
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I can't even begin to imagine what your whole 8 lb theory is supposed to mean... As far as acceleration, 8lbs is 8lbs. It could actually hurt *minutely* since it's weight over the front wheels. For handling, yea it'll help, again *minutely*. Your statement still makes absolutely no sense though... and I know you're just quoting something you thought you heard somewhere.
 

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unless you're racing at a track and all other competitors are preludes as well where 1/100ths of a second can determine the outcome of the race, then the -8lbs really isn't going to help you in any way.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by vabeach_lude:
I thought that it was anything above or before the front wheels (not the windshield) since we had a FWD car.

I dropped the kids off at the pool right before I drove a 14.6 at the track. j/j
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Wow! 14.6 and w/out kids..thats impressive. Now I see why 8 extra lbs is no big deal to ur ride..you're smokin fast.

Regarding before the front wheels (or windshield) issue.. I agree that I've never seen it proven, but it does sound pretty logical to me. I can't imagine that whether its before or after the wheels would make a difference, but rather that the weight is being reduced from the front of the car..not the middle or rear. I wonder if it has to do with weight distribution.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by baked:
I can't even begin to imagine what your whole 8 lb theory is supposed to mean... As far as acceleration, 8lbs is 8lbs. It could actually hurt *minutely* since it's weight over the front wheels. For handling, yea it'll help, again *minutely*. Your statement still makes absolutely no sense though... and I know you're just quoting something you thought you heard somewhere.

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baked..ur right, I am just quoting something I heard. But I thought it made sense. Anyway, I always would like to do something to better my handling. And I agree that 8lbs is nothing, but its more the concept I'm trying to discuss here. Please don't misunderstand me... I'm no expert - just relaying my thoughts. Hope I didn't come across as a dumbass..that wasn't my intent.



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