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Old 09-11-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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CyborgGT : 2002 Acura RSX

The daily, probably keeping it for the long term. Skipping engine mods (for now) to keep it reliable, and just making it look good and handle well. I've got a real project car to sate my power needs.

Day One:


by D.Flinn, on Flickr


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- Purchased 9.10.2012 @ 96k miles
- Automatic
- Desert Silver Metallic
- "Titanium" leather interior
- Same K20A3 as in the EP3 Civic Si, but a different intake manifold gains 10 lb-ft.


Today:













​- Mugen Sports Suspension coilovers (1.4" static drop)
- Mugen front strut brace & rear "mid bar"
- Eibach sway bars, 25mm front + 23mm rear
- Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings (rears still need installing)
- EBC Blackdash slotted discs
- Hawk HPS pads
- 16" 02-04 RSX wheels w/Firestone Winterforce
- 17" 05-06 RSX Type-S wheels w/Goodyear Eagle Sport All Season

- Mugen fiberglass intake box (on the way!)
- Magnaflow oval muffler

- A-spec style front lip (needs paint)
- Mugen-style hood (horrible Carbon Creations replica, to be replaced)
- Aerocatch carbon-look locking hood pins
- Depo black-housed headlights
> TheRetrofitSource.com Mini H1 bi-xenon projector retrofit
> Morimoto XB35 5000k HID bulbs
> Morimoto 3Five 35 watt ballasts
> TRS HD Relay harness
> TRS high-beam splitter harnesses (not yet installed)
- 20% tint all around w/windshield banner
- 'Acura' & 'RSX' trunk badges removed
- 'Integra' badge (not sure I even want to install it anymore)
- A-spec/Type-R style wing (carbon fiber, paint-matched)

- Kenwood deck from my old Accord (bought in 2009, and still kicking!)
- Replaced a couple worn/missing interior pieces
- Black carpet swap w/factory floor mats
- Kicker 5.25" speakers
- Kenwood 12" sub + Rockford 200 watt amp
- Taillight turn signal "red-outs"


Future Plans:

Next:
_ 200k mile maintenance, including upgrades: stainless brake lines+DOT4, Skunk2 LCAs instead of OE bushings.
_ Fix A/C

Slowly:
_ BackYard Special front bumper (carbon lip left bare)
_ 05-06 Mugen side skirts
_ VIS Mugen style rear for its carbon center piece
_ Spoon carbon door mirrors
_ Mugen hood (authentic; to be painted)
_ Mugen MF10, 17x8 +35 bronze
_ Respray... Championship White?

Eventually:
_ 25mm rear sway bar
_ Rear tie bar brace
_ 25mm spacers for stock wheels
_ BBK of some sort, if I feel it would still benefit after line+fluid upgrade
_ mix-and-match interior using Mugen, Type R, and USDM grey & black pieces
_ K24A2 swap when K20A3 dies
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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Nice, car looks pretty clean. I've always loved DC5s. Good luck with this car
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:49 AM   #3
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Thanks. And actually, there are quite a few little nicks in the paint, some rather obvious dents on the hood (as seen in photo) and behind the 'Acura' badge, and on the driver side the car was poorly repainted at one point around the C-pillar. I'll take it into a body shop soon to see what can be done about it all.

I went ahead and placed orders for the window tint (covers every window, plus a windshield strip - not sure about the sunroof), replacements for the broken trunk cover hook and scratched-up rear seat center console, and an "Integra" emblem (the 'A' badges will be left on, but the 'Acura' and 'RSX' are going). Also got some stain remover I want to try out on a red stain in the front passenger foot well. At least I'm making decent progress returning it to factory quality.

The more I drive it, the more I realise how good this car is for me. The Accord, with the power, and the aftermarket noises and vibrations from the stiffer setup, it was constantly making me want to gun it everywhere. This car is rather more relaxing, and I find myself always going about 5mph under the limit rather than my old 10 over.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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I can agree on the last part.

with all of the old car things that my accord has the rattles and the vibrations, I want to do 70 MPH everywhere I go, 40, 45 zones.

but when I slip into a newer car that rides smooth, I am content with doing the speed limit.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:41 AM   #5
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Just got my first speeding ticket in this thing. 41 in a 30 on some curves, but the ticket was reduced to 5 over. $85. Same exact situation I got with the CB7 a couple years back. Same ticket my sister's got a couple times. That limit's bullshit. I would have gone straight to the courthouse and paid it off, for giggles, but I've gotta wait ten days
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #6
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Updated the first post. I got my Type-R wing painted, and installed yesterday. It adds so much to the overall look of the car, I love it! Beefs it up a bit, away from that almost feminine Cavalier-ish look.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:01 AM   #7
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looks good man, i love my gf type s. I want her to get a type r wing but shes like "its to high"
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #8
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From a practicality stand point, I sometimes wish it was just a hair higher. It's not super annoying, but any lower and looking in your rear view would be completely pointless. No regrets though, it's beautiful!

Show her this midwing for sale:

http://forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=833001
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:20 PM   #9
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Went for a drive up Lookout Mountain today.







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Old 10-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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you dont get messed with for no front plate?
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:15 PM   #11
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Not in the near two months I've been driving and passing cops. It's too often that I see Corvettes and other vehicles without the front plate, so I decided to take my chances. I don't even keep it in the cab. Front plates are ugly
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:21 PM   #12
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I've done a lot to the car since my last post, so I updated the original post.
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:57 PM   #13
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Picked up some 05-06 RSX-S wheels recently, and got some genuine HFP stickers to give them a racier look. Taller & wider wheel = less sidewall and 10mm larger contact patch = more grip . Tires will wait until Spring is closer, since they'll get warm-weather rubber and it just started snowing here.






And for the hell of it, here are some work photos from throughout my time with this car:



I recently switched from EBC Green Stuff pads to Hawk HPS. The Greens faded like stock and my slotted discs ate right through them. Hopefully these wear stronger, but they definitely hold up to more abuse. During the Nissan VQ meet I was invited to (photos in top post), we did some great canyon runs and I didn't feel any fade.



Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. Good stuff. The clear coat on my driver's side is horrible, so until I get the car resprayed, I've just been going over it with this and an orbital buffer every couple months. It hides the change in finish pretty well.



Couple photos taken during my Mini H1 retrofit install.



See how large and off-center the wiper nozzles are? I finally fixed that the other day, drilling new holes for the stock sprayers. Still gotta get some fiberglass to fill in the old ones...









Sway bars! Holy hell, these babies made a difference. I installed the rear, drove on it for six months to get used to the change, then did the front. The front bar especially helped reign in the understeer to make this car grip. The stock front-to-rear balance remains, it's all just stiffer; end links were swapped out for Ingalls joints at the same time.



Did the same exhaust trick that I loved with my old CB: a simple Magnaflow muffler swap. I haven't removed the resonator on this car yet, but it'll come. I the goal was to make it sound sportier, but not in a loud and underpowered kind of way that the car can't back up in horsepower.


That's it. This car is officially on hold for the winter while I focus my efforts back towards my future CB wagon!

*ED. - cleaning up the intro post and moving some pics here:






















With the VQ Club of Colorado at the base of Mt. Evans











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Old 11-11-2014, 09:13 PM   #14
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:08 PM   #15
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*ED. - lol. I had a list of plans here, but I've already thrown a few of those ideas out the window...
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Old 03-12-2015, 05:05 PM   #16
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A cool car parked next to me today...



I recently had to re-build my headlights. They were leaking like crazy and condensation had ruined the lenses. I swapped on new ones from some new Depo lights, while at the same time corrected an issue I'd been having with the aim.





Still needs some work, but that will have to wait. I recently landed a new place with a garage, so I can finally do real work whenever I want. Moving in a few weeks, and time won't pass quickly enough...
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:02 AM   #17
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:10 PM   #18
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Finally got tires for my 0506 S wheels a while ago, then went out for some good pics the other day...


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gotta love having a hatch. super roomy. also, do they say something about mods like the muffler when you do emissions?
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:00 AM   #20
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I haven't had to go through emissions since I put the muffler on. I did it in '12 when I got the car, but because of my commute in late '13 to early '15 (which doesn't exist for me anymore) I went through so many roadside tests and passed every time. We might see soon though; tags expire in October and I haven't been through a roadside test in quite a while. I think testing is bi-annual in Colorado though, so I might skate by again anyway. We'll see... it'll be fun to watch them notice that my stock hood release lever isn't connected to anything and that I've got newfangled pins on, lol.

*ED. - Nope, nothing was said about the muffler. I even left the hood pins unlocked, only for them to not lift the hood for the dyno. Once again, at about 170,000 miles, my engine's not even close to failing emissions. Burns a bit of oil though. Besides me having to top it off a lot, I noticed some smoke in someone's headlights as I floored it.
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