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well family, I finally had a Chance to piece this stuff together and get to work. Big thanks to homie Onatop for the help :TU:

my civic:
98 civic Lx
D16y7 motor
Ex 5spd tranny

replacing:
rear main seal
oil pan gasket
both axles
short throw short shifter
oem shift knob
new motor oil and tranny fluid

tools:
a lot of them
torque wrench
refer to helms manual ;)

time:
teh whole day lol


here's the work and the mess.


I missed a few pictures due to uber greasy hands lol


first is of course safety. e-brake to lock rear wheels and jack up car.
support with 2 jack stands. Remove front wheels and get to work.


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do everything you need to do to remove the axles.
again, refer to owners manual.




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drain tranny
remove all the bolts and hold tranny from engine and mounts.
make sure you have a jack to support your engine!
release linkage and pulled tranny out.
you could take off b!tch pin and leave linkage there but I left it on.
you'll see why.


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with the tranny out the way, remove clutch and flywheel
that was fun with hand tools :/



 

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and here is our famous rear main seal




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supporting your engine from another spot,
drain oil
remove Oil Pan




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rear main seal.
remove old seal




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after it's out, clean surface as much and as smooth as possible
I heard you will regret it if you don't.
we even used fine sand paper.

 

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using RTV, apply some where the seal will sit




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using a piece of wood, tap the seal as straight as possible






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here is something stupid to me.
Felpro supplies your rear main seal with these gaskets
they don't fit and they were useless to me.
sorry felpro, I'll use my own gaskets.

 

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we will go with more RTV on my polished surface :biggrin:






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Did the same to the mating surface of the block making sure it's super clean also and bolted main seal on.



I didn't take a pic of the main seal installed cuz,
1. My carnal Onatop is too fast for me :/
2. I was struggling with the damn old sticky oil pan gasket!!!
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after about 1 hour (fml) removing the oil pan gasket, again, making sure the surface is clean,
applied RTV and put new oil pan gasket on.





did the same to the mating surface under the block and installed Oil Pan (no pic)
 

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here's my short shifter



while I went to go grab lunch, Onatop put my flywheel and eye balled aligning clutch for the tanny to go back in. no clutch alignment tool sorry :/

finished Lunch and bolted tranny back on (what a B!tch!!)
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here are my New Axles


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driver side going in




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passenger side going in



 

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triple checking everything was torqued properly,
tranny, mounts, linkage, axles, spindles, oil pan, header down pipe, sensors, starter, Tires, etc.

we were ready for some fluids. also, bleeded clutch fluid.



and my m4d tyte JDM funnel for the tranny :biggrin:




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Dropped civic and the moment of Truth. connecting battery and turning on the car.



Smoke is perfectly normal so don't worry.
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Here's how my shorft shifter came out with the OEM shifter.


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and here she is



ready for another 100,000 miles :)
 

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HAHAHHAHAHA. that shit sounds like it was 1/2 a day.

it was fun carnal :bigok:

can't wait to go to the races and see what your baby can do.





that shift knob looks BAD ASS. lol
 

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nice write-up!

when i did my rear main on my z6 i didn't even remove the rear main. i just popped the old seal out the put the new one in. it held just fine on 10psi.
thanks!

yea it was pulled out because I wanted the base to be sealed properly also just to make sure that if the seal don't leak no more, then it might leak from the base. Who knows how long that thing has been leaking for. I had a combination of that and the oil pan gasket leak...
 

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great diy man. the only thing that wasnt clear was where you held the engine while removing the oil pan. what did you do just support it with a hoist?
 

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great diy man. the only thing that wasnt clear was where you held the engine while removing the oil pan. what did you do just support it with a hoist?
thanks!



do you see that tranny bolt to the right of the main seal?
(where the header is at)

that bolt with resting on a bigger jack we were using when I removed the oil pan.
 

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thanks!



do you see that tranny bolt to the right of the main seal?
(where the header is at)

that bolt with resting on a bigger jack we were using when I removed the oil pan.

that is called the GETTO Motor supprt bracket. LOL
 

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wooord, does the manual say to use rtv sealant on the inside where the rear main seal goes? i didnt put any on mine, reason im wondering.
 

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wooord, does the manual say to use rtv sealant on the inside where the rear main seal goes? i didnt put any on mine, reason im wondering.
I don't think the manual says that but my buddy put some in there just incase. as long as your seal sits perfectly flat on, you should be good.


Don't quote me on that. Pull out your tranny so you can see :biggrin:
 

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although my clutch was good enough to put back on, I'm having regret feelings that I should have just replaced it with a new one :sweatdrop:

Onatop,
you were telling me also to might as well get a new one but you seen how good it was. That's why I didn't buy it but damn!
 
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