Every situation is unique when it comes to rust and structural repairs like this. Consider this video a basic guide to structural body repairs, and nothing more. Note that some repairs are not practical or structurally possible. I recommend consulting with a body shop before performing a repair like this on your own to see if it’s worth the effort first.
That said, this video shows how I repaired the unibody structure where the rear subframe mounts on my 2003 Honda Pilot. Apparently this is a very common problem with these vehicles as well as Honda Ridglines and Acura MDXs of the same vintage. If you’re able to perform this repair yourself, or have someone do it for you, it can save your vehicle from the scrapyard.
Video of rear suspension removal on this vehicle: Video link posted when available.
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Subframe Bolts: 90160-S0X-A00
I used 16ga steel for this repair.
2003 Honda Pilot Inspection This Thing Needs Help: https://youtu.be/11nl6FCkr-s
Easy Rust Repair the ‘Hack’ Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw5CNQJJkaA&t=61s
Hack Bodywork Years After Repair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r330NcWfWj0&t=1s
How To Save Your Vehicle From Rust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djuSxYI6UbE&t=2s
Fixing Up My Brothers Rusty Element: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsjQWRteNt0
Fabricating Exhaust Parts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=legLIPEuCfw&t=1s
2005 Honda Odyssey Give Away (Episode 7) Fixing it Forward: https://youtu.be/xmco3jls5P0
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