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Discussion Starter · #81 · (Edited)
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Since my last update...

Around New Years, the original radiator started leaking from cracks in the plastic along the top. I would have liked to get an OEM replacement, but didn't have the time to wait for it to ship. New cap, hoses, thermostat, and Honda fluid.




One of my tires on the 17s developed a bubble. They were all too low on tread to replace just the one, and I couldn't afford new tires at the time, so I rode on my 16s with snow tires for a few months.




The clear coat on my hood really started going to shit, so I thought I'd sand it down and re-clear it myself.




All that time spent sanding let my mind go wandering, and I ended up making a stupid decision. I've been getting really good with rattle cans, and didn't care that much about this crappy hood looking absolutely perfect, so I dug out the spare Desert Silver-coded cans I had laying around. But I forgot that Automotive Touchup's nozzles are shit, and they sprayed little droplets all over the hood. Metallic paint being semi-transparent, there was no way to fix that with the materials I had, so I sanded it back down to primer, ending up with this carbon-camo looking finish, and sprayed lacquer over it. I tried taking it to a shop to paint it for me, but everyone wanted $600 for the job. Like I said, this particular hood is just not worth that much to me, with its awful weave and poor fitment (Carbon Creations; stay away). At least the finish is nice now, though. :dontknow:




A couple days ago the car ticked past 250,000 miles, and this last month or so I've been working on maintenance stuff.




I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I've been driving around on one corner of polyurethane bushings for a while. The day I did the front-right, I went to do the front-left and the ball joint stud was seized into the control arm. I needed to get to work, so I gave it up for another day. I went back to it probably a month later with better tools and still couldn't get it to budge. And now finally, a friend just took a grinder to it, since I was replacing the whole arm anyway.




Front end urethane is finally done, as well as a new ball joint of course - now that that squeak is gone, I'm noticing the other LBJ is on its way out. For the rear, I'm wanting to rebuild the whole knuckle setup at the same time, with new wheel bearings and a proper powder coat job (front LCAs are spray painted), so I don't have to take it apart again later.




Got new all-seasons for the 17s around the same time:




I just got a new serpentine belt and OEM tensioner assembly, so that'll be done here soon. The car also badly needs an exterior detail, but I'm living with a friend in another city from where I work for another month and the commute is beating the hell out of the car. So that'll have to wait until just before I move into my new place. I feel a brake job coming soon as well.


Random project: made a clock out of a junkyard rotor.




The Accord build is also about to see a ton of progress between now and Spring; I'm now on the hunt for a clean wagon. One huge benefit to this is that a second car means I can put the RSX down for trickier maintenance without worrying about my ride to work.
 

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254k miles. Getting some high-mileage maintenance done.

Got that new OEM tensioner on, as well as the correct sized belt (Bando; I believe they're the OEM supplier, since the tensioner has Bando stamped on it) that won't wear this one out:



And just tonight I installed a new Walker cat and Denso O2 sensors. Check engine light for 'cat efficiency low' hasn't come back on:



Not worth photographing, but my blower motor stopped coming on. So with the weather turning cold I'll be headed to the junkyard tomorrow morning to grab a transistor pack out of a TL (same part number in the '04-'08s). If that fixes it, I'll order a brand new OEM part that should last the next quarter-million miles.
 

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some really great pictures in here man, glad the rsx is still going strong. how my mugen bars holding up for ya?
 
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I'm not sure if they're actually doing anything, but if they are they're getting plenty of exercise in the mountains! :fistbump:
 

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they are doing something, they are looking good lol
 

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Slowly picking away at my 'factory two-tone' idea, I finally pulled the '05-'06 rear seats I've had out of storage and installed them - you can see they need another vacuuming, but you get the idea. The Titanium center tray piece was bought new from Acura since I've owned this car, and I'm experimenting with it on the black cloth. I'm actually liking it. Especially after being used to the Titanium seats, I like that when I turn my head around to look back while reversing, the rear seats almost disappear now (my windows are all tinted to 20%, so it's fairly dark back there), making the car feel a bit more like a two-seater. More black pieces will be coming in the future, of course. I'm just trying to think it through carefully as I go along. At the moment, I'm thinking the final product will be a mostly black interior with Titanium accents - both center consoles and all seat belts, for example; and probably all black plastics with Titanium leather inserts on the doors. I do already have black carpet installed, both in the cab and in the trunk. We'll see how this ends up...



Just noticed the lower section of the center tray is exactly big enough for my smart phone to lay flat in and be supported by the sides. Forward thinking on Acura's part? I remember back in '02, having the smallest phone possible was all the rage. Those were the days.
 

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Just hit 260,000 miles. Brake pads needed replacing, which got me to finally installing the Goodridge lines I'd had sitting around forever. Pads are the new Hawk HPS 5.0s, which replace the standard HPS. One problem I had with the old HPSs was that they sucked for the first couple of stops. The 5.0s grab great from cold. Love 'em. I'm also trying out EBC's BSD rotors. The slots are bigger than the EBC USRs that I had on before, so I'm worried these might tear through the pads more quickly, so we'll see how that goes. I'm definitely not going back to solid-faced rotors, though. As much as I drive in the mountains, I do actually notice the cooling benefits. New DOT4 and caliper slider pins as well, I went all in with it.

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After:




I think the next project with this car will be to replace the wheel bearings, which for me will also mean getting all the suspension arms powder coated, new lug studs and nuts... just freshen it all up. Maybe now that I'll have another car to drive, I'll get the subframe powder coated as well, and get some Spoon rigid collars.


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As I posted in the Your Car Now thread, I finally bought the chassis for my H22. It's a '93 Accord EX wagon. While they could be had with a factory 5-speed manual, this one's going to need a conversion. But it seems to be rust free, which is was the main thing I was looking for - my RSX is actually starting to develop quarter panel rust, which I need to do something about once it gets warm. The wagon needs some cosmetic restoration, but these are so common in junkyards that's a non-issue. Luckily a lot of sedan parts fit the wagons, so things like the bulky side moldings and front bumper can be swapped out for subtler pieces. I've also got parts I kept from my old sedan, like JDM one-piece headlights with TSX projector retrofit, JDM power folding mirrors, a Spoon-style front lip... and of course a bad ass engine to go in it. A lot will be happening between now and summer. These cars look pretty sick when they're done up right, so I'm so excited for this, especially with how slow the RSX base is. Shooting for stock Evo/STi power with an all-motor H22, and the wagon weighs about the same as those cars.





Been ordering parts like crazy for this thing. The money's there, it's getting done quick. This thread will be full of Accord content soon enough, haha. That's an Exedy stage 1 clutch and Competition 11.56 lb flywheel. I'm not sure what an RSX-S flywheel weighs, but an Accord/Prelude flywheel is something like 20-22 pounds.

 

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With the block and head at the machine shops, I've been doing some work on the car itself. Finished messing with the front end. It's rough, but it'll work for now. The grille I found in a junkyard; looked awesome, but turns out it sags a bit. I'll have to DIY my own using the stock grille at some point. But I resurfaced the stock turn signals in the bumper and put some clear film over them to protect them from further rock chips. The headlights were resurfaced as well, but are being more of a pain with applying the film because of the compound curves. Headlights are JDM one-piece with TSX projectors. I bought them as they are; the guy I bought them from painted the high beam dishes yellow. Eventually I'd like to find another, unmodified set. The lip is styled after the Civic Spoon lip; those companies obviously never gave a shit about the Accord, so pretty much all of our options are rep parts.



 

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Still just focusing on keeping this thing running. Recently changed the spark plugs (I've stuck to the OEM 110,000-mile NGK Laser Iridiums) and got back the 40 or so miles per tank I lost in fuel economy. Car's coming up on 270k miles, and I'm still loving it. It's showing its age, though, so it's definitely getting a nice restoration once the Accord's driving.


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Lots of progress on the wagon.

- Fat Four Customs control arms and toe arms; had to hack off a section of the poorly routed exhaust to clear them. Exhaust will be fully custom anyway.




  • Sedan door protector strips (they're a bit slimmer; still hunting for true JDM slim moldings)
  • Re-sprayed the cowl, wiper arms, side skirts, door moldings, and the vertical trim between the front & rear door windows
  • Genuine DC2R red "H" and '98-'02 "Accord" emblems on the tailgate
  • DIY grille; painted the emblem Milano Red to match the rear.
  • Rota Circuit 8s, Full Royal Sport Bronze, w/BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2s (205/50-16, iirc)
  • Mirrors are missing because I'm working on a set of JDM power folding mirrors. The harness needs rebuilding.
  • I didn't mention it in the last post, but that's an '05-'10 Odyssey rear wiper arm.







- H22 head got a full service with all of the parts I supplied (Skunk2 Pro 2s, full Supertech valve train, newer spring-style OEM LMAs). The machinist is not a fan of Supertech's guides, so he swapped them out with GSC Power-Division manganese bronze B-series guides that not only grip the valves seals better, but have a more aerodynamic tip. I wasn't charged for them.




- Block got a re-sleeve, bore, and hone. The lines in the photo are just grease; the surface was redone. Crank was "checked," but not polished like I asked. However, the machinist lost my bearings, so I can't even check what clearance I do currently have. He didn't bother to even clean the block, either. I'll be taking it to another machinist for bearings measurements so I can get new OEMs, and maybe get some more work done.




I've also been collecting parts for the manual transmission conversion, including a 4th-gen Prelude shifter/cable assembly (upgraded with Cheddas Auto Delrin linkage bushings), MTEC Industries shift springs, Skunk2 shift knob, Circuit Hero shift extender, and DC2 ITR boot. Trying to hold out for an H22, or at least H23 transmission to appear in the junkyards, but so far no luck. I might have to settle for a super-long geared F22 trans for a while.
 

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Pulled the wagon outside for better photos. It's not going to be registered until after the dyno tune, so I can't take it anywhere cool yet. Door mirrors are still missing in these shots, but last weekend I finally installed the JDM OEM power folding mirrors...






H22's pretty much fully assembled. Still need to finish polishing the Euro R intake manifold, find an H22 high pressure power steering line to mate to the rack end of the Accord's, and the ATI damper won't be pressed on until the engine's actually on its way into the car. I did end up getting more work done to the block than just the re-sleeve; the rotating assembly was balanced, and some other small things were taken care of...


















It's at this point that I ran out of available budget about $4k short of finishing, so it's back to slow-down. Here's to hoping I can finish it in time to enjoy Spring weather. C'mooooon stimulus check #2!
 

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Jesus! Loving that Accord!! I have a '97 sedan I want to start working on
 

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Getting closer to driving the wagon... really hoping this $2k stimulus check thing happens, haha.

Found some clear turn signals from the JDM Si-T model:




JDM fog lights, as well. I need to swap on a coupe/sedan bumper for their brackets to bolt up, though. Here they are getting some protective clear film:




Otherwise, I've just been working on that manual transmission conversion. I'm just about finished. An H22 transmission wasn't showing up in the junkyards, so I finally settled for this slightly longer-geared H23 trans... only for an H22 trans to show up a couple weeks after I did all that work pulling this one, fml. Anyway, I did some small upgrades to improve the shifter feel, like these detent and shifter springs:






If I was fifteen years younger, I'd be screaming on social media about how a company could be so monstrous as to color their slaves black. But as it is... I'm a proud owner of a black slave in 2020. Cheers.




The 4-speed automatic was dropped:




And the 5-speed manual was wrestled into its place, breaking a few of the car's brittle old connectors, and pinching pinholes in two of the coolant lines in the process:




Everything's sorted underneath, I just need to deal with those connectors and the clutch fluid. Here you can see the traction bar installed, since the front subframe had to be dropped anyway. Eventually the entire engine bay and suspension hard parts will be painted/powder coated that same Toyota Quicksand-inspired tan:




Interior's all put back together, with an ITR shift boot, Circuit Hero extender, and S2 knob. Glove box cluster will be wired up once the H22's in.

 

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Nothing at all.. bought it really cheap to daily and then I got my Si, now it just sits in my driveway. Needs a good tune up and some leaks fixed.. thinking about doing a weird mash up of a stance/rat rod kind of thing with it. That's a bad way to explain it but basically dump it on its ass with some diamond steelies and just drive it
 

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Got it driving, although the pedal travel seems like it might be slightly off. The clutch pedal has to go completely flat to the floor for full disengagement. My own experience with manual cars is pretty limited, but a friend who's owned several said he wasn't used to that. Adjustment on the master cylinder rod is maxed out, and further bleeding isn't helping, so I might have to figure something else out for a better feel. But it does drive and shift well.

*ED. - turned out to be a combination of a bad pedal arm (the hole for the master cylinder pin was stretched out) and a missing bushing for that master cylinder pin. All's good now! Found out my wheels rub on the traction bar radius rods at full lock, though. Pretty annoyed with that.


^ Hopefully that wheel gap will be closed up in a couple months, too...
 

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Found a super clean carpet at the junkyard to replace the disgusting rag that came with the car. It's blue, but at least it's introduced some contrast and makes the car a much nicer place to sit in. It'll end up dyed black eventually, if I decide not to trust the fitment of a brand new aftermarket carpet. Long term goal for the interior is a black and burgundy two tone.






I was going to just run the ATI damper home with an impact, but got lucky on timing and someone on IG made up a small run of H/K-series crank adapters for ATI's install/removal tool. While ATI makes Honda dampers, for some reason they've neglected to make it easy to install them.




So purty!




Out burning the Regular octane out of the tank... and this is my first manual car, so my feet need the practice.




Full Phearable package came in the mail today. S300 in a rebuilt ECU with a tailored base map.

 

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Front end improvements, with a more subtle coupe/sedan bumper (sticks out an inch less, it's surprisingly noticeable in person) and fogs installed:




Moody shot, with the newly polished Accord Type R/Euro R intake manifold. So glad to be done with that awful project.

 

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The wagon's swap is finally happening. Got the F22A6 out and set aside for storage. Maybe one day I'll pick up a smaller Honda to build it for.




Pulling a lot more out of the bay for deep-cleaning. The car's got nearly 300k miles on it, and it's filthy.




Cleaned, bagged, and tagged. This engine bay might actually look factory fresh when it's all back together.



 
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