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 Post subject: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:42 am 
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Been meaning to get a build thread up on here for a while, just haven't had the time...

Long story short, my friend Dan and I are in the process of building a K20 EC9 (hence the thread name). The aim is to have something we can track and show on the weekends, as we both have other cars to use daily. It'll be Dan's first Honda, but having recently sold his RX7 FD3S, it's safe to say the EC is in safe hands.

My old car...

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Dan's old car...

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We bought an EC9 with 70k on the clock from a friend in May. The rear arches had seen better days, but everything else was perfect.

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We hadn't intended on it at the time, but we got offered an EP3 for a price we couldn't refuse, which meant we then also had a donor car for the swap.

Since then, we've been stock piling K-Swap/EF parts and refurbishing the ones that have seen better days.

Refurbished front calipers from an EK

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Manual pedal box from a CRX

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Enkei RPF1's

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Why not put them on...?

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Did someone say overnight parts from the USA?

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Hasport EFK1 Mounts & CMA

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Lots of Karcepts bits...

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When two become one...

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Fuel tank

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BWR extended studs

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Brand new rear wheel bearings with extended studs installed

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Refurbished rear trailing arms

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OEM RTA bushes

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Koyo front wheel bearings

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K-Tuned 6AN Fuel Filter and Shifter Grommet

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Buddyclub RCAs

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VT front arms reassembled

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Refurbished rear calipers

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VT CV joints for the EP3 shafts

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Muteki SR48 nuts

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K-Tuned traction bar

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VT clocks and looms

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CV joints fitted to EP3 shafts and test fitted into hubs

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Refurbished K20 half-shaft, starter motor and coolant outlet

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We also got the rot on the rear arches of the EC9 cut out and new panels welded in.

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Most recently, we've taken the engine out of the EP3, which is now getting some TLC.

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Obligatory "in the bay" shot

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Looking sorry for itself

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Block in the process of being cleaned...

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The EC9 is ready to be torn apart this weekend, so keep an eye out for more regualar updates...

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:01 pm 
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looking forward to seeing more of this!
nice work so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:45 am 
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Got it all stripped down in the last week or so...

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:18 am 
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Looking good so far keep it up!

Have you guys looked into the bonnet situation yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:45 pm 
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walsh123 wrote:
Looking good so far keep it up!

Have you guys looked into the bonnet situation yet?


Thanks bud! Not yet, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.... I'd imagine we'll have to create something custom as we want to keep the front end as it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:42 pm 
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Ahh yeah the K20 doesnt clear very well at all you can chop out all the webbing and kinda force the bonnet shut. The bonnet due to dipping down is kinda the worst thing possible. VT bonnet is far better as rises in the middle. You can buy custom k20 swap bonnets of the shelf though.

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:46 pm 
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Nice thread. Looking forward to seeing the ground clearance once it is in. Keep up the good work

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:40 am 
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walsh123 wrote:
Ahh yeah the K20 doesnt clear very well at all you can chop out all the webbing and kinda force the bonnet shut. The bonnet due to dipping down is kinda the worst thing possible. VT bonnet is far better as rises in the middle. You can buy custom k20 swap bonnets of the shelf though.


VT bonnet would give us much better clearance, but ideally we want to keep the '89 front end as you don't really see many over here modified.

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Nice thread. Looking forward to seeing the ground clearance once it is in. Keep up the good work


Thanks bud! Clearance should be pretty good as we're going for a K24/K-Tuned steel sump which isn't as tall as the K20 ally sump. Time will tell, haha...


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:58 am 
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We've made some more progress in the last week or so...

Gave a it good clean underneath

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Started removing all the seam sealer (such a messy job)

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and the sound deadning

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Then cleaned up with some petrol and a few rags

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Rebuilt our rear trailing arms

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Cleaned the block up some more

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and started on the gearbox

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:35 am 
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Good job!
You might get the feeling the forum is barely kicking, but please, keep up with the updates. :) I am checking it almost daily, I am sure there are many that do so too.


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:13 am 
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Hakosuka wrote:
Good job!
You might get the feeling the forum is barely kicking, but please, keep up with the updates. :) I am checking it almost daily, I am sure there are many that do so too.


Thanks bud! Oh, I will be, don't worry. It's sad that Facebook has meant the demise of so many forums...


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:59 am 
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Yeah, facebook took over for sure. I hate it because information get lost all the time with new posts every day.


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:31 pm 
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Nice progress! i will keep my eye on this build :)
how did you get all the seam sealent off? wire brush and patience?


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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:21 am 
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Awesome project! And yes, please do keep the forum topic updated :top: Also, if i might suggest trying nylon brushes for cleaning the engine and gearbox as it doesn't leave "scratches", but only cleans the gunk and dirt off. I haven't used them myself, but i've seen people use them with great result - leaving the surface in same color, opposed to the flaky colored surface.

Here's an example of what i mean as nylon brushes:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from= ... l&_sacat=0

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 Post subject: Re: Project ECK20
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:17 am 
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3gworks wrote:
Nice progress! i will keep my eye on this build :)
how did you get all the seam sealent off? wire brush and patience?


Yep, a wire wheel attachment on an angle grinder, then a sharp flat-head screwdrivier for removing the rest from the seam itself!

evalex wrote:
Awesome project! And yes, please do keep the forum topic updated :top: Also, if i might suggest trying nylon brushes for cleaning the engine and gearbox as it doesn't leave "scratches", but only cleans the gunk and dirt off. I haven't used them myself, but i've seen people use them with great result - leaving the surface in same color, opposed to the flaky colored surface.


Thanks for the tip bud! If we weren't painting the engine, I think we'd have opted for something a little softer, but ultimately I think it'll be lost in the paint as it's pretty thick anyway... Fingers crossed!


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