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Old 02-16-2020, 11:42 PM   #21
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It warmed up a bit finally, so I got a couple things done...

This '05-'10 Odyssey rear wiper arm assembly was actually installed the day I posted that parts haul, since it was so simple. I love when little details make such a big change!




Last weekend I picked up the rear glass from a junkyard, as well as the regulator+motor in case I needed them. For those wondering, yes a sedan rear window does fit a wagon. Also, in an earlier photo you may have noticed some trim surrounding one of the side cargo area windows had come loose in a couple corners. That simply wedged back into place.




At least they did a thorough job of patching it...




God I hate thieves. I suppose at least they took out the more easily replaced of the windows, though.




Swapped and cleaned up... I do have plans to remove as much black trim as I can to re-spray it, by the way.




With the turn signals resurfaced, I worked up the courage and went after the headlights. Got one done tonight before my toes started freezing. Here are some before shots of the one side. Not too bad, really, but there was room for improvement. You'll see here I also threw on the eBay grille for test fitting. The fitment's crap, it sags a bit in the middle under the hood line. I'm not sure if I'll put the stock one back on, or keep it until the stock grille has been customized into a similar style with OEM fitment.






No going back now...




Still not perfect, but better than before. A couple scratches were deeper than 600 grit was wanting to take out without risking me grinding dips into the plastic, and at the end there's still some very slight swirl marks that the polish wasn't wanting to flatten out.








I got the 3M clear protective film on the three lenses that are done so far. The headlight was a massive pain to cover. I'm really hoping a heat gun or sunlight over time will take care of the crease marks left from repeated peeling back to flatten out air pockets. The film is flat now, it's just the adhesive underneath that got all ugly. And of course, thinking back now, I could have dug out my finer body work polish before putting the film on to take care of those swirl marks. Hopefully the driver's side will end up cleaner when I get to it.

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Old 02-17-2020, 10:00 AM   #22
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Very nice man! I am hoping I can snag a set of one peice lamps for mine. I just recently picked up a set of RSX seats for $100. I also have some work ahead of me as well.
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:39 AM   #23
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Yeah, I saw that in your thread but from what you said I wasn't sure if you were keeping them since they sit higher. That's a proper deal for RSX seats, though. In good shape, I see them go for $5-600 all the time on the RSX forum. Are they '02-'04s, or '05-'06s with the thicker padding?

The '05-'06s in my '02 RSX:

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Old 02-17-2020, 11:07 AM   #24
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Looking good. Love the headlights, classic properly done.
I would of just taken that whole back door off and outside somewhere to shake / vacuum, etc. I had a car window broken once, hated the idea of finding glass everywhere. I once knew a guy who broke his window and just drove around with the glass rattling in the door.
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Old 02-17-2020, 05:22 PM   #25
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I bought the headlights as they are. Eventually I'd like to find another set that doesn't have the high beam dishes painted, and just put yellow bulbs in there.

But the head was dropped off at Heads by Drew in Denver today, it'll probably be a couple months (which is fine by me, I hate working in the cold). He's a big name locally, so he's backed up. It's funny, I go in there with my Supertech parts and he says, "oh good, you brought me good parts, none of that Brian Crower shit." I didn't even know Brian Crower were bad parts, but boy does he not like them. Dodged a bullet there, since I was seeing good and bad reviews for every brand available, including Supertech.

I think next Monday when I have time I'll just go down to PFI and talk to them about who they go to to re-sleeve their blocks and look over the crank, etc. I'd prefer to support a local shop rather than ship it out, but it's of course a matter of finding someone I'd trust with a Honda block (i.e. not a domestic shop).
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:36 PM   #26
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Yeah, I saw that in your thread but from what you said I wasn't sure if you were keeping them since they sit higher. That's a proper deal for RSX seats, though. In good shape, I see them go for $5-600 all the time on the RSX forum. Are they '02-'04s, or '05-'06s with the thicker padding?

The '05-'06s in my '02 RSX:

02 to 04s

Ironically a few days ago an 05 with the exact seats I was after showed up for some maint at my work...owner is a smoker though.


I cant seem to find a good set of 05s though so these will do for now.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:06 PM   #27
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02 to 04s

Ironically a few days ago an 05 with the exact seats I was after showed up for some maint at my work...owner is a smoker though.


I cant seem to find a good set of 05s though so these will do for now.
If you ever find a set of '05s, they are noticeably more comfortable. I wasn't liking my '02s on longer drives.
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:26 PM   #28
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I bought the headlights as they are. Eventually I'd like to find another set that doesn't have the high beam dishes painted, and just put yellow bulbs in there.

But the head was dropped off at Heads by Drew in Denver today, it'll probably be a couple months (which is fine by me, I hate working in the cold). He's a big name locally, so he's backed up. It's funny, I go in there with my Supertech parts and he says, "oh good, you brought me good parts, none of that Brian Crower shit." I didn't even know Brian Crower were bad parts, but boy does he not like them. Dodged a bullet there, since I was seeing good and bad reviews for every brand available, including Supertech.

I think next Monday when I have time I'll just go down to PFI and talk to them about who they go to to re-sleeve their blocks and look over the crank, etc. I'd prefer to support a local shop rather than ship it out, but it's of course a matter of finding someone I'd trust with a Honda block (i.e. not a domestic shop).
I heard that since Brian Crower’s son took over a while ago, their quality in parts has gone down. But I have supertech parts and so far have not had any issues with them.
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Old 02-18-2020, 04:38 AM   #29
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did you use the headlight specific 3m film or the paint protective film to cover your lenses?
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:56 PM   #30
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Headlight-specific. Three feet of this stuff: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254234823670

And now I'm just realizing that I forgot I was supposed to wet the headlight down first and squeegee it flat. It's not like I haven't done that before for large stickers, either. Damnit!
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Old 02-18-2020, 01:32 PM   #31
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Old 02-18-2020, 05:12 PM   #32
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I'm just trying to get mine up to your level, man. Yours is too clean


A very good thread just popped up at Honda-Tech, for those looking at OEM H-series intake manifold options. Turns out the Euro-R isn't the only one worth considering for real power potential...
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Arent they the bestest lil wagons ever? Gonna love following this ...
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Got the DIY glove box gauge cluster in today. All I did was swap the outer skin onto the junkyard glove box I'd used to mount the bezel, since neither box is mint; I'll keep an eye out for a cleaner inner compartment for a permanent install. Crappy nighttime phone shots incoming...






It was a pretty simple creation. The bezel itself is plexiglass (because it's strong but flexible) cut to shape and hole-sawed to fit the gauges, then wrapped in black tweed. And then to mount it into the glove box, I spray painted some shelf pegs black to blend in (it does look better in person), drilled holes at carefully considered places (it took some trial and error to secure the bezel the way I wanted, as you can see), and super glued them in. The peg on the front of the bezel, at the bottom-right, is not glued in. With the way I angled the bezel a bit toward the driver, it wedges that peg in there strong enough to hold, while still being removable so I can pull the whole bezel to mess with the wiring if I need to. The gauges are all AEM: wideband, exhaust temp (right after I bought that analog gauge, they came out with a digital version, kind of annoying), fuel pressure, and oil pressure. And, of course, I was careful to design the whole thing to keep the normal functionality of a glove box, leaving room for the legal paperwork needed when I inevitably get pulled over just for driving a modified import.




At some point, this red interior definitely needs to go...
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Very creative with the glove box. I like the fact that it’s still functional. Most just create one big mounting plate and make the rest of the glove box useless.
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Couple questions:

1) Anyone know what this is off hand? It's located behind the passenger head light, squeezed in between the battery and that side wall of the engine bay. There's a vacuum line on it hooked to the factory intake, as well as two wires: a black/yellow and a solid white. Just need to know if it's something I want to keep and hook back up when the H is in. I do plan on retaining all the creature comforts.



2) Performance spark plugs. It sounds like NGK Iridium IXs are a good plug to go with for my build and that going one step colder, to 7, is commonly recommended. Iridium being my choice for longevity rather than something that will look better on the dyno but need to be changed every 3-5k miles. I'm finding two part numbers, and I can't tell the difference between them other than that the -11 plug is pre-gapped (according to this page). Anyone familiar enough with the plugs to know if they are identical otherwise? If they are the same thing, why go through the trouble of putting a special pre-gapped option out there? Makes no sense to me...

- BKR7EIX/2667
- BKR7EIX-11/6988

https://www.summitracing.com/search/...eyword=bkr7eix

Summit lists those as Civic/S2000 specific, but aside from the heat index, they're physically identical to the Prelude specific 6-rated plug: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/n.../submodel/vtec



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Today was just finishing the headlights. Luckily the 3M film came off the one without leaving any sticky residue. While I was removing the intake to figure out where to mount and route the HID components, I found this sticker confirming the R134 conversion the seller told me was done. You never know if sellers are talking up their car for the sake of money, so it's just nice to see something official like this:




But the driver-side headlight was resurfaced and polished as the passenger's was, and both were hand-polished with Turtle Wax polishing compound, which is much finer than the polish in the Rain-X kit. Boy, did it help. These things look practically new now. The only way you're seeing swirl marks is if you hold a light right up to the plastic.







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Old 02-24-2020, 05:37 PM   #37
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Yep, those headlights look amazing!
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:07 PM   #38
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Block was dropped off at PFI today. They've got a friend that does re-sleeving, and the crank will be checked over and polished as well. Between the head, block, and what I was quoted for a tune, this is all coming in way under budget. What to spend the saved money on... haha.

I'm starting to really hate Colorado's weather. I woke up this morning to my phone going off, warning about blizzard conditions, icy roads, and to "Slow down!" I look outside and it's near white-out. Snowing heavy and sideways, even building up on the road despite it being warm this past week. I figure my day is scrapped, so I just go back to sleep. Wake up again around 2, I look outside and it's all sunny, no snow on the roads and it's pretty much melted from the yards. Very windy and a bit cold, but otherwise a pretty nice day.
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Old 02-24-2020, 09:48 PM   #39
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That box is for the intake resonance system that mitigates intake noise on the stock intake. If you are deleting the stock intake you can remove it.

And the headlights look phenomenal. I need to take your inspiration and do some maintenance to my own. I love the progress!
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Old 02-27-2020, 10:47 PM   #40
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Cyborg, I'm ecstatic that you finally got yourself a wagon! I'm just late to the game replying. I've been keeping up with your progress since you got it.

I'm glad that after years of patience and rebuilding an engine that you didn't even have a chassis for yet, you finally have something to put it in. Once that machining gets done.

How cool were the guys at PFI Speed? I'm seriously debating taking Lola down to Denver when the F23A1 gets installed for some tuning. I can get it running well enough to drive it down there. Have Brent do all the cleanup in the tune on the dyno.
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