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Hello D-S.O,

I thought I would post a mini-build thread/timeline of my car as a way of introducing myself.

I received the car as a birthday gift (Summer of 2012), she was a bone stock 1990 Civic DX - Frost White with roughly 260k km (170k miles) on the clock.

No initial pictures but she was a little on the grungy side, so I spent the first 2 days cleaning her inside and out.

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I have had a Honda from the 90's in the past, so I was well aware of their built-in trunk leaks.
I decided to do my best Martha Stewart impression and make my own gaskets. They aren't pretty but they function perfectly using gasketmaker as extra insurance.

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NEW


Soon after that (about a week into ownership), I experienced the downside of owning an older Honda... An attempted break-in...
They cracked my door hondle and left a semi-circle gash in the paint right underneath the handle. All this happened right in my own driveway.

About $700 later, I had a very solid 2-way alarm system with keyless entry; I felt fancy.
They tried again a bit later to test out the system, but they were scared off and haven't been back since (~3 years since my alarm was set off by someone other than me)
 

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Then I watched a bit too much of the MCM guys and made everything BLAAACK!!!





Then moved onto some other maintenance type of work.
She was missing a rear defrost relay and two CEL codes (IACV and IAT) so I bought this stuff from RockAuto.com


Then I did my first real mod, DX >>> Si Cluster swap.

 

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This is how she sat for a while, I threw on some amber corner lights and window visors to defog the car faster.


More maintenance work for this old girl. I now see why she was slipping randomly.



I liked chasing skirts and I liked looking at them too. I felt it was necessary to throw these on the girl to up her sexy game (EK skirts, cut to fit)



That's all for now... Doing this from work, it's a slow day :devil:
 

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Then it was time for a performance mod, I chose to lower her using Tanabe DF210 Springs and Koni Yellows


I chose those springs for their OE like ride quality, plus I found them for $100 shipped. Once everything settled down, she was about 2 inches lower than stock form.

Also picked up some haggard Integra mesh wheels that I refinished in hyper silver.

Here's how she looks today.
 

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Very nice. If I were a rich man, I'd buy up every 4th gen civic I came across.
 

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Thanks for the compliments.

I'm going for an OE Plus look, but there is some influence from... Initial D.
I think the Panda theme works on the EF.

Here's a couple of shots so you guys see what the whole car looks like.



About a year and a half ago, I ended up blowing my head gasket due to a pinhole leak in my radiator. I didn't keep an eye on my coolant and poof. The leak only happened once the system was pressurized.

Anyways, that lead up to getting the B18C1. I wanted factory reliability and found a motor with 130k km (80k miles) with matching transmission. No pictures of what's under the hood though.
 

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Wow, bet that is a blast to drive around.
 

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Let's just say she can get up to highway speeds very quickly...
It's the only place I can punch it without getting into any trouble, "I'm just getting up to speed, officer." :angel: :devil:

That actually happened to me once where I dropped into second on a highway onramp, car went BWAAAAH up to the top of second (~65 mph) and then I had 5-0 switch over two lanes and stuck to my butt for a couple of exits before bugging out.

He couldn't gauge my speed from two lanes over and I behaved once he was behind me. He had nothing on me so he left.

Anyways, I tried installing my K-Tuned Adjustable Shifter today but ran into a compatibility issue with the Innovative B-Series Shift Linkage. I had a couple of hours to kill before work, what could go wrong???

I was 99% completed, I just had to put the bolt thru one side of shift linkage, then the shifter and out the other side. The holes were not lining up, no matter how much I yanked on the bugger, she wasn't going to line up.

Then I noticed a flap on the linkage was rubbing on the base of the shifter.

The distance from the base to the bolt is at least 1/3 inch if not more.
The base of the integra shifter I have in there now is about the same size as the bearing in the K-Tuned shifter.


With half an hour before I had to leave for work, I ripped out the K-tuned shifter and hastily re-installed my integra shifter. Off to work I go.

At work, I rounded off the boxy profile of the shifter and ground it down within 1 mm of the bearing. It got pretty hot to say the least, hopefully I didn't melt away the grease inside the bearing.

If that doesn't work, I'll have to cut that metal tab off the shift linkage. Sigh.:willy_nilly:
 

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Here's a diagram of the modification I had to do to the K-Tuned Shifter to fit to the Innovative EF B-Series Shift Linkage.

Legend:
RED = Shift Linkage
BLACK = Base of Shifter
BLUE = Material removed from Shifter


After the swap, the shifter feel has become a lot more mechanical.
You can feel the forks moving about and gears mating up within the transmission through the shifter.
There is a little loss in the buttery smooth engagement of the OE Honda stuff, but all play in the shifter is gone. It feels like a gated shifter now.

Here's some calculations I put together when going through my shifter choices throughout my build


The measurements were taken from here:
http://www.d-series.org/forums/diy-forum/9772-diy-integra-gsr-shifter-install-into-civic.html

Now I have to get a new shift boot that will fit over this beastly thing and not show the honking metal elbow.
I like to keep things as stealthy as possible, like the rest of my build.
 

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Thought it would be time to put my other wheels on.

Kosei K2R wheels (15x7 +38 mm) with BFG Sport Comp 2 tires (195/55/15)
Here's a preview of the beefy setup, I was too excited to go out and drive to take any other pictures.
 
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