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 #3718337  by Lewisgame
 Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:21 pm
Hello. Done a few bits to my Civic and no doubt more to come so thought I'd share with you guys.

I'm a vehicle technician specialising V.A.G, currently working for a VW and I'd had my fair share of the buggers. Previous was a Seat Ibiza diesel. Mapped up and some suspension tweeking it was a good car for 6 years! I do miss the clutch shredding torque and economy. But after a days work fixing the same old vdubs I got bored of fixing, modding and driving mine. Fancied a change so bought the Civic.

Bought in March 2013 with just under 47k miles on the clock. Totally standard apart from the premier seats. Considered keeping standard as it a fine example. But after wanting some track action, things changed.

My intentions was still to keep the car looking O.E but improve performance and keep it as my daily driver. Now I have a daily driver, it's turning into a more track focused car!

As the car stands:

Engine

Hondata KPRO V3
Injen CAI
RBC inlet manifold
Thermal inlet gaskets
Spoon Camshafts
Refurbished Cam Cover Spoon colours
Solid Fabrications race manifold with 3 inch collector
Solid Fabrications 3 inch exhaust system
Clockwise Motion drop in baffles
Mocal 19 row oil cooler
Mocal thermostatic oil sandwich plate
Front and rear engine mount inserts.
K Tuned idle assist delete
Mapped by Romain at Eurospec 2000. Max power 241.5HP

Suspension

MeisterR GT1 coilovers
Cyberspeeds rear camber arms
Powerflex front camber bolts
Modified and shortened steering arms
JDM rear anti roll bar
Meyle HD drop links
Buddy club RCA ball joints
Super Pro castor increase bushes
Super Pro front and rear roll bar bushes
Tegiwa Subframe locking collars
Projekt-K solid brass rack slider bush
Corner weight checked 50% cross weight.
Track geo set up
Front: -3.5° camber, 0° toe
Rear: -2.0° camber, 0° toe

Brakes
Spoon front calipers
RPB discs and Carbotech XP10 pads on front.
RPB discs and Carbotech XP8 pads on rear
Motul RBF600 fluid
Brake cooling ducts

Transmission
New genuine Honda clutch kit
Mfactory helical LSD
Projekt-K solid shifter bushes

Wheels and tyres
Enkei RPF1 17x8 ET35
Toyo R888R 215/45 R17
Muteki steel wheel nuts

Interior
Half bolt in cage by SW Motorsport
Sparco Rev seats
Sparco 4 point harnesses
Steering wheel trimmed in alcantara with red centre stripe.

Here's some pictures when I first bought it totally standard
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Page breakdown
  1. Coilovers
  2. Various disc + pad changes
    Snetterton + Donington track days
    Modified steering arm
  3. Corner weight check
    Nürburging trip + video
  4. Clutch + LSD
    Spoon calipers
  5. Buddy club RCA
    Super Pro castor increase bush kit
  6. Clockwise Motion drop in baffles
    Oil cooler
    Brake Ducts
    Solid Fabrication Manifold + 3 inch system
    RBC
  7. K Tuned idle assist delete
    Dyno fail
  8. Nürburgring trip + video
  9. Injen CAI
    Japfest
  10. Spoon cams bought
  11. Spoon cam swap
  12. Mapping at Eurospec 2000
    MeisterR GT1 coilovers fitted
  13. Trax pictures and videos
Last edited by Lewisgame on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:21 pm, edited 35 times in total.
 #3718876  by Ollie milanoctr
 Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:51 pm
Looks tidy pal, with good power ! shame about the big patch of paint that's come off the rocker! I'll be surprised if you manage to keep it looking oem though :wink: is it a premier or just have prem seats as you haven't got rear tints ?
 #3719005  by Lewisgame
 Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:41 pm
I'm trying my best to keep it oem look :lol: I was a bit bummed that I had to fit an induction kit over the oem box. But it doesn't look that out of place.
It's not a premier. But the previous owner fitted the seats. Tbh I'm not keen on the tinted windows.
 #3719067  by Ollie milanoctr
 Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:54 pm
Thats a brucie bonus then those seats go for silly money ! Im in two minds about tints, I like the look of them bit have never owned a car with them fitted. l just cant keep a car standard, would be alot richer if I could :lol:
 #3745751  by Lewisgame
 Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:52 pm
Summer is coming. Starting to prep the car for track days

Firstly this happened
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Ordered these on my lunch monday and they arrived Tuesday morning. Excellent service from Meister R.

Ordered rack raiser bracket and jdm rear anti roll bar from tegiwa on my same lunch break. Tuesday email...
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Can't say I'm impressed. Reckon they'll be with me Monday. Ordered some rear light seals a month or so ago and they took over a week to get.
Got new roll bar drop links. So hopefully next weekend I'll be able to get all fitted and do the geo.
 #3746657  by Lewisgame
 Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:29 pm
Ollie milanoctr wrote:Minty mint oem didnt last long :lol:

Well cosmetically it'll look o.e.... Just a little lower!
 #3748928  by Lewisgame
 Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:40 pm
Fitted all the suspension this weekend and set it all up. Lucky for me I have keys to my work so everything was available for me to do.
Everything went fairly smooth. One of the rear shock bolts was seized but with lots of lube and a big bar we got there. Cut the old drop links off as I couldn't be bothered to try and undo the seized bolts. Fitted the steering arm raiser bracket with the rack in place. Not too bad of a job, just don't do it with a hot exhaust!
Spent more time setting up and getting the ride height even. After driving around for a day it's already settled and dropped so it'll need a tweaking.
Grabbed a few snaps, comparison of the new and old parts ect.

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 #3748938  by 160mph_boy
 Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:18 pm
I prefer the oem look cosmetically. hence why i've never done anything to mine in the 4 years of ownership other than rear de-wiper and removed "civic" badge and 30mm lower. the oem EP3 CTR in my opinion needs for nothing else cosmetically!!

I am usually shaking my head at a lot of the one's i see with trumped up aftermarket kits fitted and bits added on here and bits added on there, end's up looking like something you'd see in a circus with a clown behind the wheel.
 #3749241  by Lewisgame
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:41 pm
I wouldn't mind a Mugen rear wing and possibly some wheels like rota grids for the track. But I know what you mean. I'm not a fan of the carbon look, or them silly tow hooks and stickers on the windows.
Some carbon panels would be nice for weight saving.... I'd paint them to match the car though!
 #3749249  by 160mph_boy
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:26 pm
LOL yeah those tow hooks... wtf goes through peoples minds to stick them on the back of their cars... feckin nutters :lol:
 #3749287  by PhilBarker
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:52 pm
Following this thread! Lovely car

I've got the same coilovers, same steering rack raiser and my JDM rear ARB just arrived from Tegiwa this afternoon.
Just waiting for new drop links and track rod ends then need to get my geo sorted
 #3749288  by Lewisgame
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:55 pm
Cheers pal.
Think I'm going check and adjust the geo this weekend again. Since fitting it's moved around slightly where it's settled and I'm not 100% with the ride height. Going to increase the hight at the back slightly and drop it more on the front.
 #3749294  by Lewisgame
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:26 pm
Front
Camber -1.5 deg
Toe 0mm

Rear
Camber -2.0 deg
Toe in 1mm

I had to put the top mounts into the positive camber position and use camber bolts to gain the negative camber as I was running out of thread on the track rod arms.
 #3749297  by PhilBarker
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:40 pm
Lewisgame wrote:Front
Camber -1.5 deg
Toe 0mm

Rear
Camber -2.0 deg
Toe in 1mm

I had to put the top mounts into the positive camber position and use camber bolts to gain the negative camber as I was running out of thread on the track rod arms.


Argghhh yeah that's what I was afraid of :(
Thinking about trying to buy some of the shortened arms before I fit my new track rod ends
 #3749300  by Lewisgame
 Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:46 pm
I might modify some arms in the future. If I wanted say -2 deg camber on the front, There's no way I'd be able to achieve that with standard arms.
 #3755766  by Lewisgame
 Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:55 am
Small update. Been having a slight knock through the steering for a while, long before fitting the coilovers. Anyway decided to replace the steering rack slider to cure it.
It's easily done with the rack in place. Easier if you've got a rack raiser bracket as they're easier to remove. Probably took a total of 30-45 mins including re adjusting the tracking slightly.
Didn't take any photos but if anyone's interested I'll write up a step by step guide.
 #3755804  by Lewis.
 Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:24 am
Ollie milanoctr wrote:Minty mint oem didnt last long :lol:


You are getting me and him mixed up lol! Mine is still OEM! :D
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