eat. sleep. jdm.
that about sums up my obsession over the last 3 months or so. what first started out as a casual remark by Charith Kulasiri, gradually became malignant. "you know, what if you did a type R conversion on this?"
Ever since I got hold of the GSR teg, this idea has been clawing its way around my brain. Finally, I set about doing it, but to do what must be done to its finest detail is no easy task. My end goal, is to have a 4 door integra db8 type-R in concourse condition. i'll break it down systemwise as i proceed.
my apologies for keeping this away from the AL forums for as long as i have, and i must say this is a conversation i wish to share and enjoy with like minded petrolheads. not the prii driving thel hinganno whose first queries are "wow how much did that cost?" or "now how much petrol does it do?" if you are the latter, read on in awe about how real tuners pump out over 200 HP from an engine the size of a mega bottle. or just go hug a panda.
firstly, here's the base car: before i bought it. a GSR spec 1998 mint Honda Integra DB8.
so i riced it up. forgive me. we all have our moments. at least, after a snide remark from schiffer, i saw this was not the way to go.
here it is after i did the interior and exterior.
now, the fun part. over the next few months or so i'll post what i've been up to with the:
3. ECU and tuning
7. exterior detailing
8. interior detailing
Here's a write up on my Daily Driver - the new Civic 1 Litre Turbo - I've so far done just a bit over 1500 Km's and since the engine was new didn't really push it to the max and I have not yet been able to do a really long trip or a drive uphill to BUT I will continue to update the blog based on the experiences as well as services etc. For a start I will touch the basics as well as all the cosmetic stuff and then get into the overall driving experience and later on the services etc. There is also a dedicated thread in the forum that is quite informative. But I hope this blog will also prove useful to someone.
First of all the basics....
In a nutshell the 2017 Civic is the 10th generation in the line up. The particular model I have, and is getting popular in SL goes under the model code FK6 and has a P10A2 engine which has a measly 988cc but is turbocharged.
The car is made in the UK (at Honda's Swindon Plant). I have heard that the agents now bring it down as well. (6.2M for the SR)
There are 3 grades for the 1L turbocharged civic. SE, SR and the EX.
The SE is the most basic model with the EX being the highest (the Tech pack is a further extension of the EX) There is roughly a 5,000 GBP (~ 1 Mil LKR) price difference between the SE and the EX. The SR on the other hand sits comfortably in the middle - it does not have stuff like adaptive damper system that comes on the EX. The Honda UK website lists down the differences of each grade under a section called 'Build your Honda' or something. If you're interested do have a look.
There are 7 colors available and the Rallye Red is the standard . Every other color will cost around 500 GBP more . There is also the "Orange Line Pack" - which is basically an accessory kit that adds a touch of orange into everything - I've seen a few such cars in car sales in SL. Though I initially contemplated Sonic Grey, ended up with a Polished Metal Metallic specimen.
With the 2017 Budget a new tax structure was introduced and under the engine capacity based taxation you'd be paying 17.5 m in taxes (1,754,976 LKR to be precise) for a brand new car with reasonable creature comforts and a bunch of bells and whistles which costs something between 4-5 mill based on the grade ( see above )
For me the new Civic hatch looks like someone started designing and spent too much time doing a good job with the front and then ran out of time to design the posterior and hastily put an end to it. This explains the rather weird looking behind. The Sedan version I have to admit looks better. There's also waay too much plastic in the rear so much so that it looks like a joint venture between Honda and Arpico.
There's a bit of aggressive styling at the front. The car is quite wide and it has a solid ground hugging look to it.
As for the supposed vents you see at the front and the back - well those are fake. They're simply pieces of plastic made to look like vents. And yes it does have fog lights. I like the factory fitted black 17" alloys. Note the SE comes with 16" Alloys as opposed to the 17" found in the SR.
Being a brand new car it came with a humongous bible-like user manual (thankfully in English) - along with the wheel lock nut as well as the tool kit and the tire repair kit (glue and the inflator which by now we are used to) If any of you intend to buy one from a regular car sale make sure they give you your wheel lock nut.
finally managed to bite the bullet and get a good set of coilovers. after much ruminating and constipating over the deicision, went with GAB adjustable coilovers. they're the same spec as D2, with 36 way adjustable dampening and ride height as well. and local agency (a proper one, not a catfought badu-wali type agency like d2's) being around means parts are easy to ship in. also they're the cheapest option. d2's would have been at least 40,000 more.
and the ride... my god, the ride! what the hell was i doing with those coils and dampers? the car is finally coming alive! holy crap its so comfy! doens't bounce like a golden key cheque, and is just sex on wheels! sex!!
installed at project performance, behind no limit in mount lavinia. guys know what they're doing, and set the damper settings and ride height perfectly.
here's the all important little doohickey! 36 clicks this way and that. right now its set just south of midway.
aand the final ride height. took it for a spin. this was too low. the mud flaps were sweeping the road. so we raised it half an inch
met an interesting chap at the garage. he mistook the teg for zackie's car. after he had his moment, i quietly explained to him that this is mine. he then asks me, "so who's car is this?" to which i had to repeat "look, i'm suneth, and this is my car" how much simpler can i make it? just because someone with a racing pedigree didn't build it, doensn't mean it's not any good...
haney mehemath minissu
The front camber has gone a little askew. It's at it's max possible adjustment, but still negative 2.5 right and 1.2 left. Very odd. Have to lengthen the camber adjustment holes on the upper arms and get it set properly. Have no idea what caused that.
Also removed the front lower member brace. Hit a rock at 5kmph outsi the garage and this dastardly thing warped out of shape. Was putting undue stress on the suspension, and obstructing the gear shifter linkage. So I swallowed my pride and removed it. Useless junk, that was.
Gave the front mudflaps to Ajitha to make a mould and do a new pair that were shorter, so I don't look like that dog without ABS being dragged into the water. It was also ruining the flaps. He should be done with it in a day or two
Waiting for a quotation from Kapruka for the brakes
And of course saving money to go see Zackie for that all important tune
so an update. the much hyped about photo shoot happened today morning. i'm still waiting for the pro shots, but here are a few that were taken by the owner of that sweet a$$ boosted sera:
also, more on the build. i guess now is the time sanity prevails over its counterpart. in the effort to make this more easy a daily driver, i ordered a set of D2 street spec coilovers. the lwoering sprigns i bought are a clear darwin award winner, and i will never recommend them to anyone. the stock shock is too soft for it and the car tends to bounce like a playmate on a trampoline... and i fear for my engine mounts, dashboard mounts and testicles! those will be coming in soon.
also, getting a B16 CTR ecu, and will be running that for some time, before giving the car to zackie for a full tuneup. drove macroxx's car today, which was tuned by zackie, and it was a blast! that really is the last bit left. will be hobbling and hogging the slow lane til i get these issues sorted out...
Got hold of a b16 sir obd1 ecu. Gave it to Zackie to see if magic can be worked...
also, got all the little elctrical niggles fixed today. the horn ribbon in the steering cassette had torn off its moorings. so that was fixed. a new cassette was 5500 so i'm pretty thankful to the electrical guy for fixing the existing one. also fixed the decentralised locking issue. and the brake lights, and that annoying fog light switch which was always lit up. need to go back to him once more to sort out the seatbelt pre tensioner being on the wrong side issue!
zackie approved of the ECU i got, its with him at the mo. need to hand over the car soon for a tune.
brakes and coilovers are on the way.
one of these days i have to pop over to the fiber guy and get the front mudflaps redone. before they leave me.
aah, post automotive-coital smoke time...
here's the idle lope described by brian crower. it only happens when the car is pushed a little. otherwise idles just fine. quite cool to listen to it breathing like this!
in a rather odd move, i reverted back to the stock cold air intake. reasons being:
1. no matter how good an aftermarket cone is, our dust and debris are BETTER! and after kelum put so much hard work into building that engine, and me into paying for it, i don't wanna ruin it knowingly.
2. when the engine bay temperature rises, there's a noticeable drop in power. it pulls like a biatch in the mornings and on cold starts, but stops soon afterwards. mind you the stock intake is a cold air intake, sucking in air from under the right quarterpanel, through two boxes.
3. it makes a lovely high pitched whistle/whine. the simota cone was a raspy sound like someone punched a laryngectomy patient hard in the plums...
and here's a video of the fuel pressure gauge, as promised to cyclist. that's not my voice in the background...
the silencer is mounted on two rubber bushes. we left it a little room to wobble. it settles down at higher rpm's.
and yes, i wanted to lose the mudflaps too. maybe at least cut the fronts so they don't scrape all the time.
the endless hours i put into this really did pay off. i just can't describe the feeling sitting behind that wheel!
the datsun, yes, is getting a spec as-close-as-i-can-get SSS conversion. again, full interior, exterior, the works. L16 motor, 5 speed box, discs all round etc etc more details on the datsun thread as work starts.
as for the ITR, my immediate concerns:
3. brake kit.
will update this thread as it happens.
met up with buggati and VVTi for a beer. took a few nice shots. will upload when i get 'em
finally, at long long last, its done. i can't beleive i'm actually typing this. just doesn't feel real. now that i've come to this day, i don't know what to do or say!
fixed, the accelerator cable, the seats, the bonnet, and finished the paint. taking her for a test drive tomorrow to see what gives, and i'm getting a cut and polish done to finish off the paint in one go. now that i've waited thisl ong there's no point hurrying it home without that... plus anyways i have to visit bara to sort out the stereo and pay a visit to the electrician as well.
the devil is in the details. those sickspeed red washers really look nice on white. hot damn
supra this one's for you. since you asked where the steering was... <3
its good to see the hood back on again.
... and even better to see it closed!
a few small things remain:
fog lights and turn signals in front to be fixed
i got a hella supertone horn. yeah, thought wtf. that needs to be mounted
seatbelt buckles have to be fixed. those need a mount to be fabricated, for which, unfortunately, i need that damned tinker again. no idea when he'll return
battery gave out before i could take any shots of the seats in place. tomorrow tomorrow...
stuck at home on a saturday trolling the interwebs, and thought well...
here's what was done on that day. as obvious, nothing more was done since then. basically if i don't go, sh*t just stops. brilliant.
the bumpers have been sanded and prepped for paint. all the clips brought down for the mudguards. they were toying with the front seat rails when i went today.
still missing the passenger front door wire harness. they'll be bolting the door trims once they find that.
the exhaust mod is the last thing that needs to be done. indika will be getting this out of the paint stall soon. probably tomorrow.
so close. yet so fcuking far...
here's the work that did happen yesterday:
all the rubber beadings are in:
as are the four power window mechanisms, greased and ready to go. he's put the wrong set of seatbelts. so those have to come out.
and the rear lights, lock are on as well. damn those look nice:
hopefully we can get mroe work done on wednesday
a day of days... i am completely, utterly blown away. moved, beyond words. its done. at long last. the mechanicals at least. and it is a work of art!
here's me trying out the shortshift. and what a shift it is! tighter than virgin p*ssy, creamy smooth, i've not felt a gear this good in a long while. aah!
and here's a clip taking her out of the space she's been in for the better part of the year.
and finally kelum eases off once outside:
it was my turn to drive it afterwards. i wish i could've filmed that. absolutely speechless. she moves. like a hare with its ass on fire. and i didn't even hit 4000 rpm. rib crunching, pant-wetting god-fearing power.
see!! i told you guys there's a 4 door type R! its a very rare JDM only DC2 model. never made it out of japan. but it DOES EXIST!! props to chooty putha for finding this vid! wow... i was in ecstasy... and i want my car back!
so here's the strut tower bars in place. have to do a little messing around to get the aluminium bar in place. but we'll firgure something out. the double bars were a perfect fit for the stock strut tower. but i had to be the smartass and change that no... :S
aand finally, after long last they are prepping her for the last coat. so happy. only a few more weeks!
a little more each day. the gear lever was finally sorted, and the floorboards closed. the shortshifter was also installed, with a little lesson on physics.
paint prep work is also progressing alongside.
i really dunno where to start. to hear that engine kick up today... probably the happiest thing i'll hear next to the cries of my unborn son/daughter. and it idles PERFECT. there's no "gentle lope" or "rough idle" that so many people spoke about with the BC cams, saying that i won't be able to move the car a foot without an aftermarket ecu. you can see for yourself:
also, here's the finished engine bay, with the dizzie mounted, plug wires installed and wire cover in place.
also, pug306, you asked what the gauge was. its a fuel pressure gauge, here's a closeup. it does a little jig on ignition, which is hella cool, i'll try and record that soon.
now, onwards to finish the paint. and then the interior!
thanks guys! it is such a pleasure to see it all come into place. and cyclist, yes i did wonder that myself! but here are a list of things that need to go in there:
1. wiper washer fluid reservoir
2. type R aluminium strut tower bar
3. ultra racing 3 point tower strut
4. the battery
5. the grouding wire kit with the engine bay mounted voltmeter
6. the 4 ballasts for the two pairs of HID's.
so all that should hopefully fill the gaps. i remember the first painter saying that the engine was a "saagarayak". somehow saagare hindila wagey tikak, no?
but trust me man, at this moment in time i am simply overjoyed and beside myself. look how well she idles. and the noise... oh the noise! you guys should hear it in person. the hint of bass the whine of the intake. its pure automotive auditory orgasm! with the APEXi exhaust note it should be even sweeter...
so kelum is back after being AWOL for 3 days. i was a bit upset, but then seeing this when i went today, couldn't voice a word of protest!
there goes the simota intake and piping. more on kelum, apparently his sister was a navy officer shot in trinco camp due to some mishap. its been an year so the daane bana etc. i heard about this from my friends at trinco hospital. she succumbed to her injuries there. small worls, sri lanka definitely is.
also mounted the engine mounts under the car, those were broken, so replaced.
the new radiator doesn't have screws for the auxiliary fan. need to fabricate those and stick it in
there it is! only the dizzie left to be mounted. the clutch reservoir has its own screws also. its like EVERYTHING in this car was made for a manual gearbox. uncanny!
more happening tomorrow. we'll be fabricating a bracket for the intake piping as well. ignition is not so far away now!
drawing that much nearer to completion. fixed the coil in place neatly with a bracket:
also bolted the intake pipe onto the engine. that mount took a better part of the day to fabricate. frustrating, yes, but i'd rather all this be done neatly, and with attention to detail. and this is one example of kelum's devotion to that very quality:
and then all the little hoses and vacuum lines were connected.
and that, gentlemen, is it! tomorrow we wire up the distributor, connect the accelerator cable, fill up the oils and water, fire her up and see what gives! after so long, the wait is over. clearly, i'm losing sleep over it! hooray!!
more work, ah the joy! got down and dirty today as well. connected the wire harness, which took most of the morning, and then plugged in the radiator hoses.
then proceeded to thermal wrap the exhaust. and had to fabricate a new mount, since the prop shaft got in the way. another hurdle of a manual convo...
and then in it went:
what an utterly rewarding day! exhausted, but so so content...
the header gave quite a fight yesterday. all the mounts were different because of the auto box, so had to cut and weld everything back into place. half a day was lost on that process.
so today the power steering pump and ac compressor went back on. along with the hydraulics and ac hoses
which means the engine is almost nearly finished. only the distributor and intake isleft to be installed.
broke open the dizzie to clean up. and have to read up on how to mount and wire the msd ignition kit.
that's for tomorrow. also, we thought of getting her off her perch and onto the rubber. so we're fixing the lowering springs now, and putting the driveshafts into place. sadly couldn't stay long with her today. had to pick wifey up from work at 2pm.
those struts just made my heart stop.
going into the 7th month now. today the mechanic has suddenly gone home. supposed to come back tomorrow...
at least she's off her perch, and back on her feet again.
and when ti rains it pours!
went today and its all bolted together. gearbox, mounts etc...
and then up it went on the hoist. and a lot of grunting and heave-ho'ing later...
in she goes. mounts connected. sitting pretty. next on is getting everything connected. dizzy is till out. will do the hoses behind the engine first...
oh its all coming together i can barely stop jumping around the garage! such a lovely sight...
well the engine rebuild is finished, so here she is all closed up and watnot:
we then bolted on all the little sensors and other doohickeys onto the throttle body.
next on was the injectors. cleaned them up and stuck them in there as well
and finally, my piece de resistance... the godspeed fuel rail. mind you that's not where the gauge bolts on. will be mounting it in the right place after mounting the little gadgematics on the rail as well. that's for monday
meanwhile, i got the paint guy to start work on the valve cover... this is after one coat of wrinkle red:
and then 2 coats:
we went full on four coats as instructed, and my god it looks divine. too dark for photos. will snap one first thing in the morning and post. taking it over to a friends' place and baking it tomorrow as well. final touches on monday
more good news: we hope to plug the engine and tranny back in the car on monday. i've already taken a day off to swing on the electric vines with the grease monkeys. should find an auspicious time also...
well, here's the baked cover. thankfully, the paint dried after baking. its hard as a rock now. and the brownies came out well too.
and then there's the painstaking task of scraping the letters out. with a 25 gauge scalpel blade. need to sand it tomorrow for a perfect finish. al she look sso good. mera pyaar
finally, we get the proverbial ball rolling. haiyyo after so long, it feels wierd when some work is actually done...
here's a shot from where i meditate. chanting "nam myoho rengek kyo" and hoping for miracles...
so the springs are in, as are the cams, valves etc etc. bolted all the itty bitty pieces. and mounted the intake manifold for kicks.
isn't that the loveliest thing you've ever seen?? i swear to you monica bellucci could have stood there with nothing but a pair of socks on, and i wouldn't have been this aroused...
here's my engine guy Kelum working on the block. the bearings are in. he's bolting the flywheel to finish it off. next up, the piston chambers. that should be worked on today, methinks.
closer with each passing day. so today met up with kelum again. he had finished the block, and put the piston rings in with the cleaned pistons:
here's the before:
and this is the after:
and started working on the valve ports. so much gunk in there. unbeleivable. cleaned all of it out. bugger too his time doing this. nice to see some dedication!
and a few more pieces have gone into the engine bay. electricals mostly. fuse boxes et al. i guess you have to be as fanatical as i am to notice a little difference from last time
going to spend the whole of monday there. so lots more to update
so suddenly a lot happens over 2 days. indika has laid out the engine bay, its waiting for the engine now. since he bought the repair kit yesterday i guess that wont take too long...
and the dash goes in! after so long! oh wow! *-giggles-*
and that meter cluster! 10,000RPM motherhuggers! woohoo!! i could have hugged the wiring guy...
the front end is done as well. dings and dents straightened, putty removed, bonded over, diffuser straightened, and coated. only the paint is left. my baby!
and he's cut the auto brake pedal so it fits. complete with pedal pad and all! the clutch is being sorted out...
inching closer day by day. sadly next week has two public holidays, and a long weekend. so i doubt much will happen. ah well. this one time its worth the wait!
next up we're installing the window paraphernalia and giving the doors another coat. then in goes the engine and then final coat of NH0
so the engine respray went ahead. and no paint is complete without getting down to the nitty gritty, eh?
so first we cleared up all the wires, pipes, hosing etc etc to expose the bay, like this:
then we had a go at it, with brushes and kerosene spray. lots of gunk. good old majan.
and finally cleared up til the basecoat.
wasn't around for the spray. indika tells me its making him all emotional. should go and see. and try not to cry.
aah, the wait draws nearer to an end...
righto chaps, am off to give my liver and larynx a run for its money for the next two days. will update on monday. cheers!
and of course, go thora!!
go thora thamai. redda. anyhow, there's always next year...
now, back to the teg: a little progress over last week. the engine bay was painted, as was the inside of the firewall.
she is looking lovely!!
there's something about that white i tell you... even the baases are like wow...
indika had also had the engine mounts and brake servo sprayed. the little details. good.
they're now starting to piece it back together. bit by bit...
meanwhile, at my friends' workshop, the alloys were powder coated gloss white and baked! here they are! jizzing pants at the sight...
here's the before:
and the afters...
so after a long pause, work begins again. the engine's out for the rebuild. so glad to see SOMETHING happening at indikas!
and the best yet i've got P72 pistons in there as is. which is a wonderful find. P72's have a slight hemispherical curvature on its surface, to allow for a compresison ratio of 10,8:1. another little JDM gem that japan decided to keep for themselves! looks like i can look away from the datto for a little while now!
here's the goods that came down end of january:
amber turn signals. as i said, no smoke signals this time round...
some bling for the engine bay: a godspeed high flow fuel rail, capable of handling 1000cc injectors, and a build upto 1000HP. now that i would, of course. and it wouldn't be complete without a fuel pressure gauge!
a lucky strike after much searching for that elusive "perfomance silent exhaust system" that had me being laughed at by various petrolheads! an APEXi world sport 2 muffler. need to fabricate a piping for this once the rest is done:
also managed to chase down a can of VHT wrinkle red for the valce cover and calipers. hooray! thanks Chang!
there's more: sickspeed red washers to dress up the engine bay and quarterpanel mounts. would look nice on white
and then there's the red plug wires. you didn't really think i would NOT get red plug wires now, did you?
and finally, my crowning glory, the cherry on the cake: the two thrones: reclinable racing buckets from SSCUS malaysia:
in case you're wondering, i sat in them and was doing the imaginary lap. and i thought i was bad until lakmal came over, sat down and did the same with a little bit of double clutching too. even he can be excused... my wife came home, and had to take a spin as well!
was back at indika's today. he's done the little bits and bobs. here they are, after first coat:
going into the engine bay soon. had a chat about the build as well. looks like that's happening in one go as well. it is easier i guess, than parting with the car again for another month....
an interesting eBay story:
was looking for the black seatbelts all over the place. since i changed the interior color. attempted spraying the existing ones. since that would win me that darwin award again, gave up the idea. then did some seatbelt research and found out that belts are not interchangeable with anything else as this car has dual airbags. the EG doesn't. so anyways, found what i was looking for on ebay:
sadly, only coupe. no 4 door sedan listings. out of curiosity, contacted the seller.
the seller, Steve from sportsnimports, went through the trouble of:
1. checking whether the 2 door and 4 door match
2. scouring through 25 integras in his yard to find black belts in good condition
3. pressure washed them and rubbed out the rust, olied them up etc etc
4. made a listing for me and put it up
... all for $50.
the closest quotation i got from our local boys for the seatbelt set of an EG ( i would have had to say good bye to pretensioning and then get killed by the airbag, mind you) was 18,500.
i wish our parts guys shared an iota of this guys' work ethic. very very impressed!
in other news, found the entire JDM decal set from the type R DC2 teg. OEM honda stickers. you know, the jap stuff that say 91octane unleaded in the fuel lid, and the color code and tyre pressure on the door, and the SRS thingey on the sun visor. waiting for a stressed out moment to place the order
the stock headlights smudged more than a van Gogh painting. so i asked our resident DIY-guru Davy for some help in restoring them. he didn't just help, rather took over the whole undertaking. and the end result... well...
Rice lights pair $150
Spec lights (same as above) $293
Shipping $300 courier, or $100 plus nawila waren at customs.
Hope that explains it
davy my man tell me where i can make a statue in your honour!
blown away. mind you this is after bara had a go at the lights...
Bought the alloys. Handed them over to Indika to spray gloss white. Got the white Center caps printed as well.
Progress is slow! Aargh!!
a little bit of history.
taken outside the mawanella police. when we went to rescue a certain zx in trouble...
since progress is slow, here's a shot of my new alloy caps.
When I advertised my car for sale,on different days,different people came for inspecting it,but around 5 of them came particularly from a one area.All of them quoted an extremely low price for the car.Everyone quoted the same price.None of them inspected the maintainence records or documents.Even without taking the car for a trial...So I thought that the value might have been reduced.But when I checked,my expected price is average,but not much high.But those particular set of people came from the same area on different days quoting the same price made me think that there is something like a hideous buying mafia is going on...Yesterday a bugger came acting like a very truthful person and told that he sold his Axio to open a new shop and therefore he only got one and a half lakh less than my expected price(which is the same price all of them quoted).That bugger acted like a very innocent gentleman...This made me realize that one gang is trying to buy the car for a very low price to sell it again.Most probably it is the reason for not inspecting the records.
What's the deal with this stupid hideous impractical body kits on the prado, so hard to find an unmolested used one of the last generations. With that kit they can't even clear a road divider, forget off road.