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 Post subject: Civic VT
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:34 pm 
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I've had this a couple of months now so time to get a project thread up.

Some of you may know it as Marc's Civic from 4GUK. He'd owned it for 10 years or something and it is a ridiculously clean example. I've had a lot of fast and powerful cars over the past few years, but nothing really did it for me like my old CRX. Unfortunately I don't really fit in a CRX so I'd had my eye out for a while for a decent Civic EE9/EF9, ideally with an upgraded engine....eventually this came up and I just had to buy it!

Spec when I bought it

ENGINE:
- B16B engine
- B18C6 flywheel
- Y1 gearbox
- Quaife LSD
- Energy Suspension shifter bushes
- ITG Maxogen air filter
- DIY s/s long reach induction kit
- Hondata intake manifold gasket
- EK9 short throttle cable
- 5zigen 4-2-1 manifold (2.5")
- Longlife custom 2.5" 100% s/s exhaust
- Original 0BDO ECU w/DNR map
- NGK Super Power HT leads
- NGK Iridium spark plugs
- Spal 11" radiator fan
- Artel silicone coolant hoses
- Cusco radiator cap
- Refurbished B16A1 cam cover
- Refurbished OEM radiator
- Magnetic sump bolts
- Brake resevior sock
- Satin black plug cover
- Bolts replaced with new OE brass ones

SUSPENSION/CHASSIS:
- OE shocks with Eibach springs 
- Energy Suspension front LCA bushes
- Energy Suspension rear LCA bushes
- Cusco ST front upper strut bar
- Cusco V1 front lower strut bar
- Cusco OS rear upper strut bar
- Beaks rear lower strut bar

EXTERIOR:
- Custom cold air feed in bumper
- EF9 window visors (bought brand new in 2006)
- EF9 rear bumper
- EF9 rear spoiler
- EF9 plastic headlights
- EF9 door decals
- Blue pinstripe
- 66% rear window tints
- Rear wiper & boot lock removed
- Fog light in right tail light
- Mudflaps all round
- Custom 1.6iR sticker on the bootlid

INTERIOR:
- Near mint EF9 floor mats
- Dashmat
- B&M short shifter
- Momo Corse 320mm steering wheel & hub
- DC2 gear knob
- EF9 armrest, retrimmed black suede
- Brand new OE Honda stereo blank (no speakers either)
- Flare holder
- JDM seat belt holder

WHEELS/BRAKES:
- Mugen RNR 15" alloys w/Toyo T1R+T1S
- MG ZR 282mm front brakes (alll brand new parts fitted)
- MG ZR 260mm rear brakes (alll brand new parts fitted)
- DC2 1" master cylinder & servo

A few pics taken today.


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So far I haven't done much to it. First job was fitting some bilstein shocks with Eibach springs and some ds2500 pads front and rear.

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Unfortunately the car sits a little higher than I'd like on this set up, but it is now perfect for B road blasting and never bottoms out.

Ride height before

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The second problem I have is I'd bought pads in ITR fitment. The rears are fine but turns out the MG setup uses a different pad than ITR. After researching, the best pads I could find for the ZR160 setup are EBC Yellows which I don't rate at all. So I've acquired some ITR calipers so I can fit my DS2500s for some real braking performance.

Braces shots

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ITR calipers painted up but not yet fitted

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The only other thing I've done is fitted my passenger seat from my M3. The standard seats are awfully unsupportive, this has really improved the feel of the car for me and got me low enough to comfortably fit in with a helmet on.

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I think it looks cool alongside the mint interior too!

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Next week I'll be fitting the brakes and these Ad08r tyres and she'll be ready for the crx uk blyton track day on the 21st March.... Can't wait!

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After blyton I'll be stepping things up a bit and fitting this little lot which was fitted to the TEGIWA CRX race car that was broken for parts.....but more to come on that!

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:45 am 
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Good stuff Joe. It feels like a different car with better suspension and seats.


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:12 pm 
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NIce to see the car back on here and being looked after so well! Keep the updates coming buddy

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:47 am 
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Marc_EE9 wrote:
Good stuff Joe. It feels like a different car with better suspension and seats.


The seat makes a huge difference to the driving experience, the standard seats have no support at all. I've bolted the side mounts straight through the floor so the driving position is awesome. The bilsteins are quality too, just a shame they are not a bit lower, but function over form and all that!


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:01 pm 
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Track day prep complete!

Fitted the ITR brakes today. I'd read that there are clearance issues sometimes between ITR carriers and the MG discs but thankfully I had no such issues

Disc turns fine with the new carriers fitted

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Fitted my front DS2500 pads and went out to bed them in on some quiet country roads. The DS2500 bed in procedure is pretty intense, the brakes are phenomenal and easily lock the wheels at any speed.


After bedding the brakes in on the old tyres I went and got the AD08Rs fitted all round.


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So that's it for now, ready for blyton on the weekend....can't wait!

After blyton I'll be fitting the following parts from the tegiwa CRX race car so it will be great to have a bench mark with the car in its current spec and feel what difference these bits make on track

S4C gearbox
Rebuilt with mfactory carbon synchros
Mfactory 5.1 final drive
Mfactory Plated LSD
Fidanza lightweight flywheel
RPC hydro clutch
innovative cable to hydro conversion
Innovative uprated engine mounts
Quaife quick ratio steering rack

On a side note I'll be selling my current box and quaife LSD so get in touch if interested (it has a slight crunch at high revs changing up into 3rd and 4th) Next update will be a good one!


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:21 pm 
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Wondered who had got this!

Love the plans.. are you converting it to hydro then?

I'd watch the RPC clutch... I've had 2 and the 1st one crapped itself on track and my upgraded replacement 6 paddle feels awful. :(

I will be at Blyton in my EG so see you there!

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:20 am 
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I hope you can get some videos Joe. It needs the track big time.


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:34 pm 
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I've no recording equipment I'm afraid Marc :(. Will be plenty of pics to come though!


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
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Ernie wrote:
Wondered who had got this!

Love the plans.. are you converting it to hydro then?

I'd watch the RPC clutch... I've had 2 and the 1st one crapped itself on track and my upgraded replacement 6 paddle feels awful. :(

I will be at Blyton in my EG so see you there!


Yes mate converting it to hydro. Should be interesting with 5.1 final drive, I'm thinking it will work well with the b16b and it's revvy nature. I think I'll probably wack a new clutch in, seems a bit pikey to fit all these fancy parts and use a second hand clutch.

See you at blyton!


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
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Ernie wrote:
Wondered who had got this!

Love the plans.. are you converting it to hydro then?

I'd watch the RPC clutch... I've had 2 and the 1st one crapped itself on track and my upgraded replacement 6 paddle feels awful. :(

I will be at Blyton in my EG so see you there!


Yes mate converting it to hydro. Should be interesting with 5.1 final drive, I'm thinking it will work well with the b16b and it's revvy nature. I think I'll probably wack a new clutch in, seems a bit pikey to fit all these fancy parts and use a second hand clutch.

See you at blyton!


Agreed.. I'd go OEM... I thought it was my plate diff killing the clutch but others seem to have trouble with them aswell without aftermarket diff.. :(

Will be epic with the 5.1.. its what the b16b needs to wake it up!

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
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Looks stunning as always, perfect in white

I have cable to hydro gearbox plates for sale if you interested?

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
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B18C'R EK wrote:
Looks stunning as always, perfect in white

I have cable to hydro gearbox plates for sale if you interested?


Thanks but I've got the correct innovative hydro conversion mounts so no need for any plates.


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:56 am 
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Last job to do before Blyton was fit my steering wheel spacer

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Much better position now in conjunction with the bucket seat, a fantastic driving position for me

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And a few pics from the day taken by the CRX UK guys. The car performed faultlessly, no issues at all, no funny noises or anything. Could do with a bit more power for the straights though compared with what I'm used to!


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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:47 am 
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Very nice Joe.

Not having any issues with your head hitting the roof then? :lol:

How do you like the tyres?

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 Post subject: Re: Civic VT
PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:26 pm 
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Haha no, I drilled through the floor and bolted straight through the side mounts from underneath. Can't get the seat any lower than that!

Ad08rs were pretty spectacular on track, not tried them in the wet yet though...


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