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Old 07-20-2012, 06:31 AM   #1
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I told myself I wasn't going to make a Members' Rides Thread, but I take and post so many pictures while doing various things to my car I figured that a central thread to collocate them all wouldn't hurt.

I bought the car on 2011-10-08 for $1000. My previous vehicle, a 3.1L V6 Buick Regal, spun a rod bearing that I wasn't willing to fix. I love driving and decided I wanted to learn to drive a stick shift, so the cheap Honda was a perfect choice. I had no intentions for the car other than to buy it, learn to drive it, and then use it to get me around town.

Here are some photos of the car as of 2012-06-21. The body is in pretty much the same condition as it was when I purchased it.


More photos can be seen in this album.

Less than a week after owning the car, the transmission blew up. After driving nearly 200 miles, I found out there was no transmission fluid in the transmission. I could tell something was wrong, so I picked up some Synchromesh and called it a night. I was unable to get my fill bolt off the next morning, so I set out for my folks' to use my father's tools. The fifth gear needle bearing blew up less than two blocks down the road. I had to get it towed two blocks back home where I then proceeded to fix the transmission; why did it have to be fifth! Photos of the transmission work can be seen in this album.

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Old 07-20-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:39 AM   #3
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Tons of updates, not sure where to start.

2011/??/?? - Cooling system and misc
My cooling fans were not operating correctly. I tested the system and diagnosed a bad fan controller. Replaced the controller from a JY pull; things look good now.
Replaced defrost button (burnt bulb), re-installed aftermarket stereo (was wired incorrectly), and installed a JY pulled seat belt controller (was missing original). Re-installed broken cruise control buttons on the steering wheel; doing so allowed for fixing the horn as well. This has since broken back off; the epoxy didn't hold up well in the summer heat for some reason...

2011/11/29 - Front suspension
Replaced blown front struts with Koni STR.Ts ("Koni Oranges"). Kept front eBay Ground Control knock-off kit, but raised the perches until the springs were no longer loose when fully extended.
Replaced front upper control arms and lower ball joints with AutoZone/O'Reilly storebrand parts.

2011/??/?? - Headlights/intersection lights and grill
Both headlight/intersection light brackets were broken, though the glass itself was in good shape. I pulled new brackets from the JY and epoxied studs back onto the intersection lights; much better. The grill was also broken, and the radiator crossbeam was bent; these were replaced with clean pulls from the JY. It looks like there was a minor passenger side front-end collision; I need to straighten the radiator support on the passenger side sometime to fix the headlight/grill gap/alignment.

2012/??/?? - Tires and O₂ sensor
Stock steelies w/ BFGoodrich Touring T/A Pro Series (P185/70R14 87T). Replaced the O₂ sensor with a new Denso. Man, what a PITA to remove/install without an O₂ socket...

2012/07/22 - Timing job
Timing job at ~122k miles; first since I've had the car for ~1 year. Fixed the only oil leak on the engine, the camshaft seal. Re-torqued rocker/cam cap assembly, and performed valve lash adjustment to OEM specs; intake: 0.010" 0.001", exhaust: 0.012" 0.001".
  • Timing belt - "Belt, Timing (113ru24 A-555)" - 14400-PT0-004 - Mitsuboshi (OEM Honda)
  • Balancer belt - "Belt, Balancer Timing" - 13405-PT0-004 - Mitsuboshi (OEM Honda)
  • Timing belt tensioner - "Adjuster, Timing Belt" - 14510-PT0-004 - Koyo (OEM Honda)
  • Balancer belt tensioner - "Adjuster, Balancer Belt" - 13404-PT0-004 - Koyo (OEM Honda)
  • Water pump w/ gasket and seal - "Water Pump" - 19200-P0A-003 - NPW (OEM Honda)
  • Camshaft seal - "Oil Seal (28x42x8)" - 91213-PT0-003 - OEM Honda
  • Front crankshaft seal - "Oil Seal (40x52x7)" - 91212-P0A-004 - OEM Honda
  • Balance shaft seal - "Oil Seal (27x40x8)" - 91233-PT0-003 - OEM Honda
  • Balance shaft seal retainer - "Bracket, Balancer Belt Adjuster" - 13415-P0A-000 - OEM Honda
  • Front oil pump gasket - "Gasket B, Oil Pump" - 15114-PT0-003 - OEM Honda
  • Valve cover gasket w/ bolt and plug gaskets - "Gasket Set, Head Cover" - 12030-PT0-000 - OEM Honda

2012/09/27 - Timing adjustment
I finally borrowed a timing light (an older model, but fancy, digital inductive Snap-On!), and adjusted my base timing and ensured timing advance was working properly. My timing was a whole 7 degrees retarded! I set it to factory specs, 15 2 BTDC.

2012/10/?? - Vacuum line, fuel filter, and oil pressure relocation
Replaced all the vacuum lines with new NAPA/Gates line. Fixed up the intake vacuum box and valve as well; removed rust and repainted valve.
Replaced fuel filter with new OEM.
Replaced broken oil pressure sending unit with AutoZone storebrand, and installed an AutoMeter digital oil pressure gauge. The whole setup was relocated via stainless steel braid / teflon hose and brass tee. I have yet to install the gauge in the cabin.

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I have OEM lower plug well seals to install, along with an F22A6 cam and valve springs. I also have an H22/H23 TB w/ FITV + plenum w/ IACV, and F22A6 runners w/ IAB to install, along with OEM TB/plenum and plenum/IAB/runner gaskets, and Bisimoto phenolic intake gasket. The plenum has been gutted, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the IABs yet; I have the vaccum box and can easily convert my PT3 to a PT6. I just finished modifying the runners with reusable EGR plugs; thanks wed3k!

The front end is making a ton of noise already. I'm not sure what's the deal, but either the struts are shot already due to the crappy spring/sleeve kit, or the ball joints have already blown. Both CV axles have lost a ton of outer boot grease; not sure what's going on there, the boots look to be in great shape.

My IACV is going bad; ECU has thrown codes a couple of times, and I can tell the idle is poor, especially when cold. Putting this off until I swap the intake.

I also have an F22A4 header, but I need to find a matching downpipe and flexpipe; my exhaust is currently really loud, the previous owner deleted the cat and didn't bother to reuse the flanges, so I'll need to borrow a welder for this. The hangers are also loose on the exhaust, causing a rubbing noise on the undercarriage as it shifts.

Finally, I need to fix my brakes. I feel absolutely horrible for going this long without diagnosing the issue. My "BRAKE" light is always on now (the one that lights up when the parking brake is engaged), and I'm pretty sure the front passenger brake is doing absolutely nothing for me as-is. I think I'll be looking into converting the rear to discs, and installing ABS if I can; I've nearly shat my pants a few times already when the tires lock up on water... I don't even want to think about dealing with a shitty winter without this fixed.

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:14 AM   #4
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Man, I feel like I'm the only one interested in my car; my own thread with my own four posts. Anyway, just wait, I'll eventually have something to be proud of.

2012/11/04 I was at the junkyard all day looking for parts. I grabbed a clean distributor housing, some MAP sensors, a couple EACVs, a gutted IAB plate, a main cruise control switch module, and a firewall black box that has all of the vacuum goods as my current one is all busted up. I also took some knuckles and calipers off of a 4th gen prelude; they wanted way too much for them, but I got them to hold them while I make up my mind. They're probably gone by now.

I also found a pair of maroon rear 6x9 speaker pods and cloths from an EX to match my interior. I cleaned them up, and here they are preliminarily installed. I plan on replacing the worn and useless factory foam with some better padding to minimize rattling; probably something like 1/8" neoprene, dense foam or flattened rubber hose. I have neoprene on hand, so I'll probably wind up using that. The covers look to be maroon on the sides, but black/dark gray on the top. I took a shower with them to try and clean 'em up, but they just look like clean dark gray now. Oh well, at least they're consistent, .

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:22 AM   #5
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:00 AM   #7
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Indeed sir. Beats making a mess and cleaning it up; I needed a shower anyway.
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Old 11-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #8
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Nice progress man, quite a bit of work you've done so far! Keep it up!
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you don't want the prelude knuckles, and the 4th gen is still 4 lug correct?
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you don't want the prelude knuckles, and the 4th gen is still 4 lug correct?
I'm not sure if you're asking or telling. I wanted the prelude knuckles because they get me free positive camber fix for my lowering solution. Unfortunately, they were too pricey for me at the moment, so I couldn't buy them. I've since decided that I think I should do the knuckle swap along with a braking upgrade and ROH swap. I'll probably stick with 4 lug, I like the look, and it's less hassle to find the parts in the JY for the swap I believe.

Yeah, the 4th generation prelude is 4 lug.
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I'm not sure if you're asking or telling. I wanted the prelude knuckles because they get me free positive camber fix for my lowering solution. Unfortunately, they were too pricey for me at the moment, so I couldn't buy them. I've since decided that I think I should do the knuckle swap along with a braking upgrade and ROH swap. I'll probably stick with 4 lug, I like the look, and it's less hassle to find the parts in the JY for the swap I believe.

Yeah, the 4th generation prelude is 4 lug.
Just get the CL parts for ROH if you're staying 4 lug.
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Just get the CL parts for ROH if you're staying 4 lug.
Okay, good to know. The reason I was interested in the knuckles was because of the free positive camber they will afford me. My current shitty suspension setup has too much negative camber; I've never measured it.
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Never got an alignment?
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Never got an alignment?
Yeah, that's correct. It's a terrible idea, I know. I had a scheduled appointment and took it in, but they noticed the UCA on the right side was blown and (rightly so; kudos to them) said that I should replace it before getting an alignment, and I never took it back in after replacing. They also f'd up my front bumper and didn't notice; they clipped it on the lift or such. I noticed and informed them, and they didn't offer to do anything. My bumper is terribly scratched and sh!tty looking, but that's from previous owners and doesn't mean I don't care about it. I've since fixed it, not a big deal, but it was something they should have immediately offered to take care of IMO. I was bummed because I'd gotten really good references for them, and that's partly why I didn't go back. Anyway, I'm going to rotate my tires and schedule an appointment tomorrow, .
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Okay, good to know. The reason I was interested in the knuckles was because of the free positive camber they will afford me. My current shitty suspension setup has too much negative camber; I've never measured it.
You realize to have to enlarge the lbj hole on the lower control arm from 17mm to 19mm to utilze the BB6 knuckle right? Many people consiser this unsafe, although there are a couple membets who currently run this setup.
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You realize to have to enlarge the lbj hole on the lower control arm from 17mm to 19mm to utilze the BB6 knuckle right? Many people consiser this unsafe, although there are a couple membets who currently run this setup.
Yessir, I'm aware. I haven't really given any thought to the safety of the idea, though. I was aware that others ran it and some had concerns, but that was from a while ago and they never replied with issues. I have access to a welder and I suppose I could build up material on the LCA around the hole if that might help with structural integrity?

This all hinges on whether or not the hole needs to have the slight chamfering to it like that $90 reamer tool gives. If so, and I can't somehow recreate it by hand, then I'm probably going to pass, as that's too much work at that point. Once I get the funds I'll give it another look see. Thanks for the concern, much appreciated.
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Yessir, I'm aware. I haven't really given any thought to the safety of the idea, though. I was aware that others ran it and some had concerns, but that was from a while ago and they never replied with issues. I have access to a welder and I suppose I could build up material on the LCA around the hole if that might help with structural integrity?

This all hinges on whether or not the hole needs to have the slight chamfering to it like that $90 reamer tool gives. If so, and I can't somehow recreate it by hand, then I'm probably going to pass, as that's too much work at that point. Once I get the funds I'll give it another look see. Thanks for the concern, much appreciated.
That is the way you do it, with the reamer.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #19
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2012/11/30
Replaced rear passenger wheel cylinder (drum brake cylinder).

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Well, for the first time under my ownership, the car is not actively complaining about any issues; there are no lights illuminated on the dash unless I want them to be, .

Last night I diagnosed and resolved a braking issue. My brakes have always been a bit soft/spongy, even before I changed the passenger front caliper (I bled that single line after changing it). The parking brake indicator on the dash has more or less always been on since I've had the car, and this was the last indicator to fix. I first checked the parking brake switch as I already had the cover off; it cleared. Next, I noticed the master cylinder reservoir was low, so I filled it up. Finally, when bleeding the brakes I noticed the leak. I plan on changing the rear brakes to discs in the near future, so I replaced the cylinder with whatever the local parts store had on hand.

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Sometime shortly after I got the vehicle I replaced the front passenger caliper. Initially, the store gave me the wrong caliper; I could make it fit in the bracket, but visually I knew it wasn't right. I returned the part and asked to see what else they had; I picked the one that looked like my driver side caliper; it's been on ever since.

Anyway, last night I noticed that the text on the passenger caliper is upside down, whereas the driver side is right side up. Even the bleed screw is flipped; it's on the top whereas on the driver side it is on the bottom. In fact, it looks like the passenger caliper is identical to the driver side caliper, not mirrored. Somehow I managed to fit a left side caliper on the right side. It appears to work fine, and there are no issues with the hoses either. It's staying put until it gets replaced during a ROH swap or similar.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #20
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Nice job on maintaining the car man. I wish i could maintain it as well as you do but i don't have all that much time now. Soon i will and she's going to get all my loving.
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