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· I Got Skillz
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Hey,
Old guy, retired but not dead, decided to get a new hobby and picked up a one owner, 50-something old single lady, Type-S w/ 210K on it. Runs like a top w/ exception of 3rd gear being fussy and needing a little extra attention when shifting.

Can't believe how much I've learned in just a few weeks reading thru threads. Great site, guys!

Want an eventual look that is more subtle/sleeper w/ as many oem, or related, parts as possible. Just ordered a Mugen Sport Suspension and picked up some '04 TL-S rims that were chromed, 17x8 +45. Gonna wait to see how the susp kit looks before deciding what spacers I might want.

Next will probably replace a lot of bushings and usual high mileage things. If anyone knows of any well known problems w/ hi mile 2003 please let me know.

Eventually want a K24 franken w/ aftercooler CTE around 250-300 hp for a street enthusiast ride.

Looking forward to seeing the stance on the Mugen kit.


 

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Welcome, young at heart :thumbsup: Car looks boss wroth those chrome rims
I think ideally you'd want 10-15mm spacers, but if you find some 5mm ones (maybe 7mm I've heard too?) you can run them with no modifications (stock lug studs). Anything greater will require extended studs or have integrated spacer studs and nuts
Thx, IG!! :vtec:
I agree about the spacers but wanted get the Mugen SS on before I got too implusive.:eek:
I'm pretty sure I'm gonna want the rears moved out a bit, 15mm??, and the fronts as well but probably smaller spacer in front, 5mm maybe. But, I'll be patient and see how it sits on Mug SS first. :hb:

Did someone say Mugen SS??? :love :love :love They got here this AM. These ran about $1K from Japan. Cheaper than I could find anywhere else.



Also, just bought this from a guy from HERE. Should be here next week.



Looking for the best Phoenix area JDM K24 dealer and a good install shop that puts quality in their work but not over the top expensive. I know quality costs and I'm willing to pay it but don't have a "blank check" type of Benjamin stack.
 

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Yeah, I saw that in your other posts! :love: I do have another recommendation though: Get front camber bolts (2 pair even) and adjustable rear upper arms to add camber in the front and let some out in the rear.

I got a similar although inferior suspension (A-spec) and it had recommended camber & toe settings. I figured since they were a Honda product then it can be done, right? With stock bolts? Nope. No double-wishbone here :thumbsdow
Really?? :confused:
Having a noob wtf moment. :dontknow:

Off I go to research. Thought the Mugen SS was plug and play.
 

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Well, it's not a big investment and I want things "clean" not rigged so you got any suggestions for camber arms for Mugen? I'm off to look myself right now after not too much luck earlier.
 

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Just get the Ingalls or SPC. Pretty sure they make both and are sold though kseriesparts.com (the former ClubRSX store).

BTW, Kpro FTW! :drool: :jelly: It's less expensive than drugs, sex, and alcohol :rotfl: or gambling
Actually some local guys, Voodoo 13, make some rears I'm going to look at.



Comparably priced, locally made, I gotta throw 'em a bone. :bow:

Have heard some folks say get two sets of fronts, just in case. Tough on the noob here. :run:

Some pure sexy did arrive today though



1.75 " primaries
2" secondaries
2.5" final merge

Got a copy of Pipemax, header design software, and gonna play around a bit. I'm one of those guys that's dangerous with a little knowledge sometime :D

Put off off the Kpro for a couple of weeks. This month's budget is maxed.
 

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Belated thx, man. :fistbump:
Got the r. wiper delete done and picked up a Type R rear sway from ICB Motor Sports. Pretty awesome to have a really good JDM source local...if you like black holes to throw money in!! :rotfl:

Owner's a great guy, very informative and JDM/OEM gung ho all the say.

Got a local guy gonna put the Mugen SS and sway on tomorrow AM.
Started to do it myself but I'd have a few more tools to get and I wanted to connect w/ guy for later, bigger projects that I haven't done and would need big time guidance.






Still vacillating on my build plan. Either s/c, perfect w/ 4.3 fd and drivability, or go NA w/ lot of JDM parts and a very low fd =>5.3, TSX 6th and, of course, lsd for either. I know s/c is more power but there's something about mixing and matching oem parts that is sweet and maybe as much fun for less money if I stay away from deep pocket ballar items.

Sure would like a Mugen intake, though. :weeeeeeeeee:
 

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Sweet man its always seeing an older fella work on these cars and moving in the right direction!

Keep it up, I like what you have done already and your plans for it. Cant wait to see this car progress.
Thx, mang. I'm a young fucker @ heart :giggity:
My mechanic didn't show Sat, or didn't till after he said he would, so I opted out of that. Bought jack and stands and the few sockets I didn't have, so going DIY. Picked up a decent china built jack, Arcan 3 ton, out of Costco for <$100 and picked up 4, 4 ton stands at Sears for <$60. So, I install the Mugen SS and sway, got a new jack/stands and save $90. Like an OG gearhead, amirite? :run:

I'm pretty confident w/ bolt ons, just didn't have the tools at the moment and am getting more adverse to manual labor with each day.

Been noticing the small amount of added vibration from the engine torque damper. Small price to pay for the added stability though. Shifts much cleaner under power but that shifter is a POS. I am SO tempted to make a ktuned box my next purchase. Seriously, unless you're focused on dyno numbers/sheer power as opposed to the actual driving experience that shifter should be kicked to the curb pronto, imo.

Got a CD5 manual makes my rsx seem like grasping for straws. But, it does have a lot of miles and I shouldn't judge it too harshly till I get it refurbished OR just save the refurb and go ahead for the Ktuned and quit bad mouthing this sweet >200k DD.

Gonna change fluid this week too, hopefully that'll help as well.
 

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Hey, you say old. How old? From my experience I find that OEM on the track goes around quicker and smoother than my Rotrex 388,5 hp with more than 250 tq. Be very thoughtful on how you plan on modding your car. More HP is not always Mo Better. If I were you, and it's just me, I would do bolt ons and a tune but make sure you do the LSD. I would never trade my quaiffe for any of the mods I've done. I was pushing 217 to the wheels with CAI Injen, RBC mani, Hondata gasket PLM header (fucking garbage), Thermal 3 inch hella sweet and Kpro with tune. You may have smaller cams than Z1 but I would get her like that. Doing a suspension? I mean I guess, I wouldn't do coilovers that are only good on the track. Hopefully the Mugens are better than stock. I think the price is better than Jeffery Dahmer's price but not by much. I think the )02-04 needs a little lower but other than that I could see an all motor 2.7 build. Now that should be low key. ;-P
Thx, man, for the insight, I appreciate it. I'm 64 next month. More when I get home. Got Mugen SS and r. sway on.and it doesn't even drive like the same car. It's great
 

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Road trip to the East. Blower motor transistor blew, I hope that's what it is, in Tupelo, MS. Avg >30 mpg @ 80-82 mph. Mugen SS and r. sway make a great street enthusiast handling ride, for me. Gonna pick one up tomorrow somewhere and get that baby blowing again.
 

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I know all about the old guy syndrome. First time I met some RSX buddies at the track they called me Sir, and that was years ago. :)

My Mugen SS came and went (you may have seen my long write-up about it), but I still have the car after all this time. Still enjoy the supercharger whine, but only take her out every now and then (all of 25,000 miles on her).
Thx, man...wanna hear something weird, I just went thru Farragut, TN :eek:
On a cross country reconnect-with-lost-friends-before-you-can't-remember-who-they-are thing and was in the area visiting family. Synchronicity

Absolutely loving the Mugen SS % r. sway upgrade.
A/C motor went out and replaced it and resistor.
Now the floor pans, both sides, so gonna have to see if it's the uber cloud burst I drove thru yesterday (driver side issue?) or clogged A/C drain. Living in Phoenix I never have had to worry about rain and/or high humidity...so, we'll see!!

I'm having way too much fun to fret about any of it. I don't have much but I don't owe much, either.
 

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Hello all, long time lurker 1st post.



I recently picked up an 02 140k km / 90k mi. I've had to replace the ball joints in the control arms, the brake rotors, and the knock sensor. The OEM shocks are said to be good for 80k Km mine will be replaced soon.

Interesting fyi is that the auto shop I frequent has a restaurant next door and the owner had a Type-S he tracked for a long time. I was told that the auto shop more or less annually replaced the knock sensor for the guy.

Something to consider.

-Cheers!
Thanks, my friend...Yes, mine's going in the front end shop very soon. :fistbump:
 

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St. Florian, AL
Visiting the folks gravesite with my daugher. Cemetery is near church where I was baptized, although it didn't take...lol, however it really is a beautiful structure and I have fond memories.







 

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wait, what? is that "an arm and a leg?" :rotfl:

haha, it's all about letting it :]


:) I don't get into religion or politics but it doesn't sound like you've spent much time in Roman Catholicism and I'm MORE than content with I got now. ;)

On another note, got the A/C drain flowing again :hb:

On to Lebanon, VA tomorrow to reconnect with another brother from another mother..:rotfl:
 
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