the car was bought on 6-6-06 right after high school to get me to college. the car soon received headers, intake, exhuast, koni/gc set up, upgrades pads and rotors. had no problems keeping up with sti's/evo's in the twistys (downhill of course
). the car was also plagued with accidents/little problems, none of which where my falt. prerunner rear ended me, then a kid backed his passport spare tire on top of my hood, rear ended by a semi in traffic (he never noticed he hit me and left the scene on top of that, found out it was an illegal with no license). forward to about dec 08, clutch starts slipping and 3 gears popping out at times. with little money at the time i was unable to fix it so i parked it at my rents house. a few months go by and i end up buying a bike, and then trying to fix the car. bought about 600 bucks in parts, and end up being fired for almost no reason. the car sits on the back burner till recently. i was looking at other cars to swap all my parts too but one day i thought "well why dont i just dump all the money into this car, its still clean title some how and i dont think i would be totally happy with another car", so i got a wild hair up my *** and ordered a ton of parts, and deicide to break the curse. now im here, back on another honda forum, posting where im at a month into the build.
where im at today.
i have a bad habit. when i brake/replace something, i always have to make it better. at times, it can save money, most the time i end up sending a whole lot more than i need.
'97 honda civic ex coupe 5 speed, milano red
parts on car:
koni shocks/gc coilovers (i think 375f/450r)
omni power lca's
no name front camber kit/rear shimmed
megan strut tower bars (front, rear, and lower tie bar)
megan toe link
axxes pads (probably spelled that wrong, its been a while)
brembo blank rotors
aem cold air intake
custom exhaust (2.25 piping, 24 inch resonator, vibrant muffler)
parts i had from before being fired:
eibach rear sway bar kit
eibach rear camber kit
blox studs and nuts
blox magnetic drain bolts
ebc green stuff pads.
rebuilt tranny with 1500 miles
exedy stage one clutch and lightweight flywheel
energy shifter bushings
parts i have ordered/have after 0ct 8?:
yonaka radiator (problem 1)
new rad hoses
blox rear end links
eibach front sway bar
door actuator (drivers door didnt work)
honda sway bar mounts
rear disk conversion (problem 2)
beaks subframe reinforcement kit
paint for rims and calipers (hx rims to baby type-r's)
new front wheel bearings
brake lines for conversion
new front ball joint
parts i need/want:
paint the car
ebc pads for the rear
new tires (stuck between falkens rt-615k, bridgestones 960as pole positions, and fuzion hri's, last two is cus i work at a tire shop that carries thoses)
lots of machine work (see problem 2 again)
problems and hiccups:
problem 1: radiator hose size. the yonaka seams like it was made for a b16, cus my stock hoses dont want to go on. will a diffrent, larger set of hoses fit?
problem 2: i have to get 2 bolts edm'ed out, i have the sleeve to the lca bolt frozen on. along with pressing the wheel studs in, im looking at an eazy $200+ bill at the machine shop. thats on top of 135 bucks in machine shop dues and 100 bucks in bearings to press some 25 buck studs in. thanks honda for that design.
problem 3: even after draining most the tank, how hard is it going to be to get this car to start after sitting 3 years.
problem 4: im lazy to do the clutch. i know how for the most part, its just a lot of work and i have to do it on a day i have some one here to help.
problem 5: cant chose a tire, but i thinking the rt615s, but i like to drive a lot...
lastly, how the car sits as of 4:38, nov 1st:
rear suspension is 90% apart, trailing arm is out, new camber kit is in, just have to disconnect brake hoses/e-brake lines to fully disconnect. waiting on the beaks reinforcement kit to put the sway bar on the car (aka as honda got me the wrong bolts 3 times). new to me rear rotors are turned and waiting for new pads.
front suspension is also 90% apart, waiting to remove one more axel and replace the clutch/tranny. rotors are cut and new pads and waiting near by. tryed doing the sway bar today, but i coulldnt manage to get the sucker out. think i need to raise the car some more so i can twist it out.
door is fixed, but need to put set back seat back in fron draining the gas.
exterior build will be last, but it definally needs one. car looks like a proper beater right now.
pics of the car when it was newish...
and how it sits now...
ill post more soon