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Old 03-30-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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new to imports, need some direction

Hi guys, I need some help educating myself to these imports. I've twisted a wrench most of my life, and have gotten my hands dirty on more than my fair share of 12,11, and a couple of 10 second (1/4 mile) cars. But that being said, I'm finding myself completely out of my element here. I need some resources I can go to and figure out what some of the stuff I am reading means. Ordinarily, I work with carbs and v-8 engines, but the times are changing and I have a son nearing "that age" where I am going to HAVE to know these cars. Long story short, I've been trying to use the search option, but without knowing what I need to be looking for, it's not doing me much good at this point. I see alot of potential here, and look forward to learning from some of you. I just need pointed in the right direction to get started. Thanks in advance for any help.

editing this due to inclarity. TLDR: I need to learn everything about my honda, from identifying what I have currently, to understanding the components on the car, and understanding upgrades, or potential upgrades for it. And could really use some guidence in the right direction to start looking.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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Im having a hard time finding a specific question. If you're looking for bulk Honda info, google is your best friends.

Also, this site's search function can be hit or miss. Use google like this...

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EDIT: i missed your sneaky edit...

General info can be had from either a Haynes or Chilton repair manual. it will be decent in terms of clarity and how thorough the procedures are layed out, but there will be "holes". I would go for a Honda Technicians Repair Manual. You can find digital versions online or fork over the bucks for the real deal. I can personally vouch for the Honda Manual...it will cover EVERYTHING.

EDIT #2: Let us know what you've got and we can go from there!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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Im having a hard time finding a specific question. If you're looking for bulk Honda info, google is your best friends.

Also, this site's search function can be hit or miss. Use google like this...

cb7tuner.com: (enter question/term here)


EDIT: i missed your sneaky edit...

General info can be had from either a Haynes or Chilton repair manual. it will be decent in terms of clarity and how thorough the procedures are layed out, but there will be "holes". I would go for a Honda Technicians Repair Manual. You can find digital versions online or fork over the bucks for the real deal. I can personally vouch for the Honda Manual...it will cover EVERYTHING.

EDIT #2: Let us know what you've got and we can go from there!
thanks a bunch, I'll make sure to pick something up while I'm at the dealership monday. I recently picked up a 91 accord 2dr for pretty cheap, and from what I searched on google, led me here. I guess my biggest problem atm is trying to make sense of alot of the codes and lingo that I see tossed around. Pretty rough making the transition from 302 c.i.d. to say f22a or whatever. On a side note...thank god I have the good sense to realise it's some kind of engine reference and not a popcorn machine!
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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thanks a bunch, I'll make sure to pick something up while I'm at the dealership monday. I recently picked up a 91 accord 2dr for pretty cheap, and from what I searched on google, led me here. I guess my biggest problem atm is trying to make sense of alot of the codes and lingo that I see tossed around. Pretty rough making the transition from 302 c.i.d. to say f22a or whatever. On a side note...thank god I have the good sense to realise it's some kind of engine reference and not a popcorn machine!
Nice.

Just be wary of buying the manual straight from a Honda Dealership. It WILL be spendy. Also it will most likely need to be ordered, as shops usually only have one copy for the techs...

I'm a Honda Technician and have access to all the manuals, so i never really needed to get one. But if i had to, i'd search eBay and the like...or find a digital version. you could also ask me and i'll snap a pic or four of the section you need for a specific repair.

And since you have this thread in which you're asking for help...just keep posting any and all of your questions here. I'm sure they'll get answered quickly and appropriately.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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oh, alright then, I'll do that then! Can't go wrong with saving some coin here and there XD. So, I can't help but wonder how much of an idiot the guy at the parts dept. thought he was speaking with while I was trying to order a "replacement" trans. fill tube/dipstick...turns out it was a grommet I needed hahaha!
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lol...be glad you didn't get my parts guy. He's old, cranky and doesn't suffer fools.

So what trim level is your coupe? (DX, LX or EX) Nice choice on the 2-door BTW
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:45 PM   #7
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haha, yeah, I was pretty grateful he had patience...I knew something was off when he replied with "a transmission fill tube ?!" My car is an EX package car, still havent searched much on that, I had assumed it was going indicate body/interior trim packaging....but considering my current knowledge of these cars, assuming anything is probably a terrible idea.
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Nice! You're right, it does indicate the options package. Does it have fog-lights? Cuz that would be a huge bonus.

And i agree. Assuming anything is almost never a good idea. That philosophy can be applied to many facets of life...not just CB7's

When you're ready, make an MRT (My Ride Thread) and use it as home base whenever you need help. Threads like this can get lost or locked depending on how things play out...
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No fog lights on her, but I'm ok with that . She did however come lowered, and some evidence of a previous owner purchasing a few aftermarket odds and ends under the hood. I have to figure out what the stock suspension looks like though, so I can figure out what theyve done to lower the car...I'm really hoping I don't find something like torched springs under the car with stock struts. Because THAT would be amazing hahaha.
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No fog lights on her, but I'm ok with that . She did however come lowered, and some evidence of a previous owner purchasing a few aftermarket odds and ends under the hood. I have to figure out what the stock suspension looks like though, so I can figure out what theyve done to lower the car...I'm really hoping I don't find something like torched springs under the car with stock struts. Because THAT would be deadly hahaha.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:16 AM   #11
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lol, yessir! Finding this site has already proven beneficial . The search does seem a little sketchy, but it seems as long as I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for, its doing it's job
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The search does seem a little sketchy, but it seems as long as I know EXACTLY what I'm looking for, its doing it's job
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Also, this site's search function can be hit or miss. Use google like this...

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Old 03-31-2012, 01:09 AM   #13
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Welcome to the site! make sure you check out the DIY section! A lot of simple mods in there if you're looking to mod your car.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:43 AM   #14
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A Helm manual is far better than Haynes or Chiltons. It's laid out so clearly that you can flip through it and really understand what you're looking at, without even looking at the car. I kept mine in the bathroom for a while!

To get a bit more into the performance aspect, a VERY good book to start with is Honda/Acura Engine Performance by Mike Kojima. Most of the info is dated (but then again, so are these cars!), and some of it is even downright wrong... but the majority of it is quite helpful. Since you're already familiar with wrenching, the info should make plenty of sense to you once you see it laid out.

Once you have those two books in hand, and you get a chance to poke around the car a bit, you'll have a better idea of what to search for. Also, all of the "sticky" and "read here first" threads at the top of each section will contain the best info regarding the most common questions pertaining to that particular section. Take a look through those if you haven't already.

I know the feeling, though. I'm the exact opposite. These cars are all I know, and I'm lost when it comes to the old carb'd V8s!
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A Helm manual is far better than Haynes or Chiltons. It's laid out so clearly that you can flip through it and really understand what you're looking at, without even looking at the car. I kept mine in the bathroom for a while!

To get a bit more into the performance aspect, a VERY good book to start with is Honda/Acura Engine Performance by Mike Kojima. Most of the info is dated (but then again, so are these cars!), and some of it is even downright wrong... but the majority of it is quite helpful. Since you're already familiar with wrenching, the info should make plenty of sense to you once you see it laid out.

Once you have those two books in hand, and you get a chance to poke around the car a bit, you'll have a better idea of what to search for. Also, all of the "sticky" and "read here first" threads at the top of each section will contain the best info regarding the most common questions pertaining to that particular section. Take a look through those if you haven't already.

I know the feeling, though. I'm the exact opposite. These cars are all I know, and I'm lost when it comes to the old carb'd V8s!
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Awesome, just dropped in to check on this and I am impressed with the response since last night, ty very much for the direction, and suggested reading material guys. Thats exactly the kind of stuff I was hoping to get pointed to! Question though...

"To get a bit more into the performance aspect, a VERY good book to start with is Honda/Acura Engine Performance by Mike Kojima. Most of the info is dated (but then again, so are these cars!), and some of it is even downright wrong... but the majority of it is quite helpful. Since you're already familiar with wrenching, the info should make plenty of sense to you once you see it laid out. "

Is the "wrong" information going to be blatently obvious, or am I going to have to cross reference the information before taking it at face value?
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None of it is really harmful. Some things are typos (like the embarrassing "vtech" ) but for the most part, everything that matters is correct. Some of the focus on intakes, cam timing, etc... can be a bit drawn out, and made to seem far more important than it really is with these engines, but overall it'll give you a very strong understanding of Honda engines. Especially since you're already knowledgeable about engines in general.
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