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New Here.. Just bought a Civic - Friends think its a girls car.

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Old 10-14-2006, 05:39 PM
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Hey All

I bought a 96 Civic - 1.6L VTi VTEC - Auto about 2 weeks ago. It's silver in colour and only has 60,000 kilometers on the clock. It's in great condition and hasn't had anything done to it. But it does have leather seats and some Advanti Racing Mags (scratched to all buggery)

I was all stoked about my buy, but my friends (all girls btw) think its a chicks/grandma's car.... I was like "Are you kiding me? Do you know how much potential Civics have???"

Anyway, so I'm now trying to make the car feel a little more like my own. All I've done to it so far is paint he calipers racing red. [8D]

Plans:

Lowered
Momo Steering Wheel
Momo Pedals
Racing Stripes (from decaldriveway.com)
Overhaul the Sound System
Big Bore Exhaust
Body Kit... maybe.

Anyone else have any suggestions? Pics are below.


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Old 10-14-2006, 05:41 PM
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:06 PM
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NICE car.

the first thing you should do is lower your car about 1 - 1.5 inches to get rid of some wheel gap.

lowering springs run about $150 - $250.

I recommend some H&R lowering springs.
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:17 PM
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Cheers, I got a quote from a place in town - Roughly $600 NZ. Which is hella pricey imo.

Do you need special tools to change the springs? Could I just get a pair off the net and change them myself with my trusty jacks and socket set? [>:]
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:21 PM
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i can't recommend you swap out your springs with new ones by yourself.

it's labor intensive. and yes, you do need some special tools (spring compressors).

I would recommend finding someone in your area who has already done it themselves and ask for his or her help.

it's going to take about 4 to 5 hours, so make sure you start early in the day.

you should be able to find a do-it-yourself tutorial on the net with pictures, which should help you greatly.
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 07:22 PM
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Thanks heaps!

I have a buddy who did up his integra, he must have put 20G into that car... He'll probably know someone who can do it for me, else I'll go to the local shop and get it done proffesionaly.

Thanks again drbyers
 
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this should give you an idea of how hard it is to install new springs.

this guy installed springs AND struts but had two other doods to help him, and it still took four hours.

http://www.team-integra.net/sections...?ArticleID=494
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:43 PM
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Oh sweet, that doesnt look TOO hard. I can probably manage that with the right tools.

I have a question though:

If you just want to lower your car, you just need springs/coil covers right? In which case why did these guys install new shocks? And more important what difference will there be in replacing just the springs as apposed to replacing the spring AND the shocks?
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:54 PM
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to lower your car, all you need to do is to buy some lowering springs (or cut your OEM springs, which I DO NOT recommend).

the guy in the thread installed new struts because his OEM struts were probably busted. The struts he installed are KYB GR-2 struts, which are basically OEM replacement struts but with slightly better performance.

as for your last question, replacing the springs AND the shocks is usually a better idea since you'll have new suspension components all around.

your OEM shocks cannot handle a severe drop (usually more than 1.5 inches) before they start leaking from the duress.

aftermarket shocks can handle a bigger drop if they're well designed.
 
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:05 PM
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Wow man, you're a wealth of knowledge. Thanks a lot

I don't want to go super low, just enough to make it look a little sexier.

So, I'll probably just do the springs, but I'll look into what the shop does and go from there.

Seriously though drbyers, thanks.
 

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