Restoration work began. The idea is to work at home. Found a person to do the tinker work. I do the mechanical work and hoping to do the paint job as well in the future. Firstly removed the interior parts such as car seats. After that, the four doors were removed. Then front and back wings, bonnet & boot. Finally the differential and the engine were removed.
It's been little more than 4 years with my Hiace and it has done around 76,000kms so I thought its time I give you guys an update on it.
Let me start the blog with the basics,
Mine is a Toyota Hiace KDH206, this variant of Hiace is fitted with a 1KD-FTV turbo engine with an all wheel drive system. The AWD system in the KDH series is pretty much full time, it runs on all four wheels normally and if any of the wheels experience a slippage, the vehicle stops sending power to that specific wheel.
There is a noticeable difference between the AWD variant(KDH206) and RWD variant(KDH201). The KDH206 is around 100kg heavier and you could feel that through the steering when you drive one. In addition, the KDH206 feels far more planted at higher speeds and around corners than the RWD variant. However the downside is that the full time AWD system drinks bit more fuel than RWD version.
Cost of Maintenance
In short the Hiace is not cheap run, I get fuel economy of around 6km/l in kandy and around 9-10km/l outstation, the RWD KDH201 would return around another extra 2km more per litre. Hiace is originally fitted with 195/80R15 8ply tyres and they cost around 22-23.5K per tyre from brands like Continental or Pirelli, while Maxxis tyre could be found for around 16k.
The Hiace requires 0W-30 oil and a regular service which needs to be carried out every 5000km costs around 10K using Toyota oil, I was using Toyota oil filter as well, but now I have switched to VIC.
ATF oil must be changed around every 40k kms, I change air filter and cabin filter every year.
It requires super diesel and this is an absolute must, if you regularly pump auto diesel you will pay more in repairs than what you saved by pumping auto diesel. The most likely issues you would get from pumping auto diesel are DPF, which costs around 70-80k to replace and injectors, which would set you back around 500k for all four.
So far I had to change only a bush which costed around 50rs, apart from that I have not had any repairs.
The Hiace pulls pretty well for a vehicle which weighs 2 tonnes, the 1KD-FTV with a variable nozzle turbo produces 100kw at 3400RPM and 300nm of torque at 1200-3200rpm and it is connected to a 4 speed conventional automatic gearbox. Overtaking other vehicles with Hiace is pretty easy, you just have to put your foot down, the turbo will come to life and you would be gone. It is always on the right gear, there's no unnecessary downshifts or up shifts, the gearing ratios are perfectly synced with the power band of the engine although it is only a 4 speed gearbox in a world of 6 and 7 speed gearboxes.
The Hiace properly comes to life on hill climbs with the help of low end power and variable nozzle turbo.
Handling is fairly good for a van, it handles better than large SUVs. The KDH series has much less body roll compared to the previous LH series, but it isn't great as handling of a car. I notice the difference in handling when I drive the Hiace after driving our Bluebird which has front and rear independent suspension.
It doesn't handle large potholes and bumps as good as a car, but it does manage to soften small potholes pretty well. The diesel engine noise is evident compared to a hybrid or petrol vehicle but the noise reduces when the vehicle gets to the third gear or at around 70+ km/h speed. The A/C is epic on the Hiace, it is one of the best cooling A/C I have come across, I rarely have to set the A/C temperature below 26 degree Celsius on auto mode and that is without the dual A/C.
There is plenty of space inside, 7 or 8 people could travel on long journeys with their legs stretched out and not crammed. The second row seat is the best place to be in, you get the dual A/C right in front of you, it is acoustic sweet spot and minimal sunlight enters the cabin.
It is quite a practical vehicle if you are using it occasionally or for long journeys as it can seat 8 comfortably yet carry plenty of luggage(you could fit around 4-5 large travelling bag placed horizontally), it has got atleast double the amount of luggage space compared to a Noah/Esquire. However it is bit of waste of money if you are using it on daily basis as fuel bills are gone be crazy and parking these are not that easy within city limits. In addition, maneuvering these around narrow roads requires some skills especially roads with tight bends.
Second hand value and parts
Selling a KDH isn't difficult at all, if you maintain them right there will always be people willing it to buy it from you. There are plenty of body parts available but 1KD engine parts are bit difficult to find and even if you do find, it will be expensive
Some used parts prices are:
Pair of tail lights: 15k for older design and 30k for new design
Pair of headlight: more than 100k without the HID unit
Rear door: around 40k
Fog lights: around 20k
What I have done with my Hiace
The Modellista body kit came with the van from Japan itself and I added the Modellista grill later on
Original Toyota spoiler which came painted pearl white
I tinted the fog lamps yellow with Nightbreaker bulbs in them
I have also replaced the rear seats which are rotatable and come with a table as well
I have done some electronic mods as well,
Installed a transcend DrivePro 200
Carrozzeria tweeters with crossover
and JBL component speakers with crossover(thanks to @TheFlyingFox)
I was planning on installing FIAMM horns, but the JDM side of my brain took over and I went with Mitsuba Alpha
Note: click on the links to access the videos
My dad had the body kit removed for a short period of time and during that time I drove it through some muddy terrain. It did well.
So just planned to do quick review after driving a specific car as it would help most of the people who seek out details about a particular model. Those entries contain details about how the car is like to drive, comfort level, build quality and interesting facts(if there are any). So I will be unable to post details about long term ownership and maintenance.
This review is based on Honda Fit GP5, which is one of the most common cars in SL roads and one of my favourite cars to drive.
I have driven this car in hilly areas, bends, stretches and bad roads. So I will be able to give a brief idea about how it is likely to drive. The first thing you notice when you get into a Honda (specially if you are a Toyota owner) how the seating position, dash layout wraps around you. It just makes you feel like you are sitting in a driver’s car. The seating position feels much sporty and lowered.
The Honda’s Earth Dreams Hybrid system (even though it has those early clutch replacements and a bit unrefined nature) is a joy to drive. The acceleration is really good even when the car is filled with 5 adults. I drove the car from Padukka to Kegalle once with 5 adults and I never felt that it was underpowered. The Fit will do 0-100kmph around 8-9seconds but I never tested that. But trust me the car has more than enough grunt for day to day driving and sudden overtakes. The steering is really light with a little bit of weight, but much sharper than a toyota. It goes where you direct without a delay. In corners it’s steady, feels much more planted and rigid. Given the size and power, the car is miles ahead in the driving area when compared with a Toyota Aqua, the main competitor. You can corner this really hard without any slips or stability issues.
But the issue you’ll find with this car is the unrefined nature of the hybrid system. When you are going slowly round the town, the throttle response is a bit hideous. Sometime you really have to put your foot down to make it get going. When the engine kicks in, it’s much less of a trouble. This is existant in all the three i-DCD equipped models, Grace and Vezel also. Another thing that a felt is that due to the high amount of torque generated by the motor, the car is a bit hard to control during small manevours and specially entering into a garage with a bump. You’ll have to be a bit carefull or otherwise the car will jump forward.
Around the town the car is a breeze to handle due to low turning radius and light steering.
When compared with an Aqua, the ride is pretty comfortable, but not as a sedan with softer suspension setting, such as an Axio Hybrid. The seats are on the firm side and the suspension too, but for me the car feels a bit more comfortable than the Aqua. Also the seats hold you better when cornering providing good side support. One thing that you’ll notice is the amount of leg space for the both front and rear occupents when considering the size of the car. It’s really adorable.
One day I drove a Fit from Kadawatha to Kegalle and after the journey I felt a bit tired which I never felt in my 121. That’s due to the stiffer suspension and a bit higher road noise levels since it’s a hatch.
Most of the materials used are hard plastic. But the finish makes it feel a bit more upmarket. The door panels and dash are nicely finised with silver accents and piano black insertings, so I find the car to be miles ahead when compared with Aqua, Vitz and even the 3rd Gen Prius.
The car has much more options such as paddle shifters, brake hold and LCD colour multi information display.
Interesting Features and facts
-The climate control system is touch sensitive, which cannot be seen on far more expensive car models. It’s really cool, but sometimes a bit harder to control on the move.
-During a hard braking, the signal lights alert the rear driver by doing fast pulses.
-When you pass 100kmph, there is not much power left.
-Just like most Honda’s the original speakers are really good. Make sure to use a good head unit or keep the original japanese one than replacing with a crappy chinses head unit.
Overall the GP5 is a car that I really love to drive and would fit a small family with kids nicely. The economy is good but not good as an Aqua. But beware of the dual clutch system and the hybrid battery when you are buying one.
This review is based on my personal experiences and other people might have different opinions. If there is anything wrong or inappropriate please let me know. Also that this review is not sufficient as a deciding factor for a new car since it omly covers about the brief time period of driving experience but not MAINTENANCE AND DAILY DRIVING. Looking forward for your comments🤗Thank you for reading!
The first thing that struck me when i sat down to drive this for the first time was the really low seating position - it did not take a lot of getting used to though. The height is of course adjustable and provides a much comfier driving position. The passengers seat on the other hand though cannot be height adjusted. The rear seats too don't have the fabled "magic seats" functionality where you can fold up the seats to increase space in the rear - but you can fold the seats down to create a humongous amount of boot space - I do not quite remember the exact capacity but it's quite a lot. Due to the shape of the roof , while the rear seats are quite comfortable and have a decent amount of space for your legs you might feel a bit of head room is missing. But it won't really translate into a problem - unless you are from Marhsall Eriksen's family .
The SR grade (and the SE) for that matter comes with fabric seats - and the interior is black by default (for all grades) . So no "Baij Interiyal" advertisements on the classifieds for this model then. The materials for the seats are quite "scruffy" and the interior is a dust magnet. The material used on the seats particularly are prone to attract a lot of dust and small particles of whatnot.
There are speakers on all four doors - something I noticed in other contemporary Hondas as well - the doors also have the same dust-attractive upholstery.
I told you there's only a repair kit - but the good news is there is a bit of space in the rear that can double up as storage space or a spare wheel well - so if you're paranoid about having only a repair kit, you can easily carry around a spare
The cockpit is contemporary Honda fare. The steering wheel itself is quite plush and has a nice feel to it - though the steering itself is light which I will talk about when i have an entry regarding handling. The usual controls are all there including the cruise control buttons and beneath the wheel you can find the paddle shifters (again paddle shifters + CVT is something i would talk about later) The control for the lane keep assistant is also in the steering wheel.
Mind you the Wiper control stalk is on the right and the headlight control stalk is on the left - takes a bit of getting used to if you've previously driven JDM's only. The "Auto" mode in the Wiper means that it will enable the rain sensing wipers and depending on the amount of rain you get the speed will adjust as well. Nice touch but i personally feel it's a bit too dramatic. If i remember correctly the SE grade does not have rain sensing wipers.
This being the SR grade you do not get a push start you need a key - the Push start button is there only on the EX trim.
With the honda sensing package you get some features like proximity alerts, automatic breaking and lane departure warning. These can be turned on and off and the switches are located near the ignition on the right hand side along with the headlamp leveling switch. The shifter console includes the parking brake (yes there's no separate lever for that), the brake hold button (so your foot can be taken off the brake in for example color lights) there is also a button to toggle the eco-mode as well as to turn on and off auto-braking. Between these two buttons you would find the adaptive damper button on an EX-trim car.
There cubby hole is quite small and disappointing given the fact that this is not an alto- and there are no individual cup holders etc - there is a circular holder that can easily accommodate a bottle in the storage area below the slide-able arm rest. This storage area also has a usb port that can be used with the infotainment system. However it has to be said both the usb outlets in front are not in the most accessible places. The other usb slot is practically invisible and hidden by the armrest console along with the HDMI port and Next to that is the 12V circular power outlet. Mind you there is another 12 V power outlet in the boot as well - handy when it comes to plug in your car vacuum.
There is also dual zone climate control - other than the dedicated climate control panel fan speed etc can be set via the touch screen.
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.
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.
i'm back, motherhuggers! in the middle of exams so can't really go tickle the teg these days. but here's what's been happening so far:
got the floor carpet redone in black. can't have traces of tan to give it away now, can we?
also, got some other goodies. amber turn signals. going clean JDM on this. no smokey-the-bear bullsh*t
and of course the spec integra projector foglamps. nothing but the best for my little girl!
so, sat for my first exam in the masters program. 6 hours of mental rape later, thought i'd go by indikas' and hold a wheel for comfort. boy was i in for a treat. they just starting to spray the basecoat! i'll let the pictures do the talking:
so, since half the interior is out, i decided what the hey and went ahead with the color change. no point in putting it all back and taking it out again, noh?
also brought the floor carpet with me and the seatbelts to be coated black.
indika doesn't mince his words when he said "i'll make sure you can't even tell this was ever any shade other than white". wow. pretty thorough. yesterday his tinker dude was sitting there marking the lines of the car. he sees the dents that i never knew were there.
plus, i think they suspect i'm a little psycho. none of the other car owners come, sit, pat their cars and talk to it calling it "baby" and "honey" with false promises like "it wont hurt" "i miss you" "we'll be together soon" etc.
the looks i get, i tell you...
a few more goodies rolled in over the last few days:
thought i'd have a standby gearknob... spec ITR... brushed aluminium, 16oz.
and of course, another completely useless thing: mittens for the clutch and brake fluid reservoirs...
so deen's is done with the rear seats. and my god they look amazing!
here's the before:
and here's the after:
the herringbone came out perfect. that's some sartorial skill...
now we wait. let's see how things progress.
got two more little items yesterday. delayed shipment:
aluminium dual core radiator with a reserve tank. malaysian make.
and of course, what every b18c can't do without: a torque damper!
also handing in the rear seats today for upholstery.
more updates to follow. dad's customs agent is clearing the spec type R strut tower bar today.
and i'm handing the bumper over to ajitha (very gingerly) to fabricate a new one. lets see what the fiber-castell can spin up for me.
so here's the front after the tinkering was done:
and then that layer of NH-0. a teaser of things to come
also, handed in the rear seats to be reupholstered in black weave fabric, with red herringbone stitch. notwo tone nonsense. just plain black. here's the before shot. this, on monday, should look epic!
also, had a chat with indika regarding the front bumper. he says he can fix it to my specs, so i thought i'd let him. it'd be a damned sight cheaper and nothing comes close to the real thing, i guess...
a little more type R goodness. the front strut tower. taxed only 1250. could kiss mr customs man. lucky break.
and of course the power window master switch. the springs on mine were broken so found a replacement.
ooh ooh look what came today!!
its the little emblem that goes below the handbrake.
there are a few things that give me goosebumps. one such is that bar in its place. <3
also, the dash and other tidbits from the interior arrived today. looking mint. very happy with the finish.
its a sikkens nanotech epoxy paint (satin black) used for interiors. not available everywhere. my paint guy said he got in touch with sikkens distributors to inquire what was the best paint for the job, since this is not a regular do. said that this coat is electrolyte (sweat) and heat resistant, as in it wont fade off. but a sharp object can scratch it off, tho. and my garage mechs aren't the most careful of people...
well, work is progressing, and the pace has picked up since the weeklong holidays are over. jeez...
rust! what you doin'?? rust! STAHP!! well, that's the only place this car has rusted. oddly. went through the rest of it with a fine toothed comb, and...nothing.
well it saved my a$$ tho, now the dashboard color change is a "necessary evil" in dad's little book of "my son is wasting his life and money"
this was taken apart, rust removed in two layers, put back and cataloyed in a day. impressive, considering the sloths employed here.
and here's a shot of the interior. falling into place. the glare makes it a little hazy, but that black somehow... just makes my ticker skip a beat!
and, finally, dat a$$! man, those lights! i should be hanged for crimes against the JDM
rear seat upholstery got pushed back a bit. because i ordered these little buggers. would rather go with well built replicas than splurge on spec recaros simply because i dunno what condition they'll be in til they i see them, and then its waaay too late for customer satis complaints.
well, if they're good enough for janaka rodrigo and his fire breathing dragon...
santa came! ho ho ho, motherhuggers!!
MSD blaster coil ignition system
ACL performance bearings: main rod, connecting rod and thrust
BLOX anodized lug nuts.
adjustable cam gears:
saved the best for last: brian crower valve springs, retainers
brian crower stage 2 street performance camshafts!
sadly, these will sit idle for some time til i get the gearbox sorted out. once that's smooth, will start on the engine rebuild and engine bay respray
Reverting back to my old lights. Getting it fixed, cleaned and fibered. There's nothing like understatement on the outside!
well here they are after a cleanup. the fronts are still messed up. too much age and grime to cut away. at least you can see what's inside the housing. earlier they were just opaque little orbs of mystery.
thinking of replacing them with a set of chrome eagle eyes from the US. the right size this time.
the rears, however, came out smashingly well. wow. looks like i just unpacked them!
here's a before shot:
and here's the afters:
also considered giving the front end to ajitha to get it completely redone. might be a better and cheaper option than getting a front end down...
Ok so Darwin racing effed up their shipment. My alloys haven't come through. Ascent holdings deserves a Darwin Award for that one!
Have to wait another month for the next shipment. If I get another "sorry sir" calls then that's absolutely it
before i proceed, here's a pre paint shot of the tan dashboard. it'll be done on boxing day. can't wait!
forgot to mention, i shipped in all 4 AC vents as well. they were broken, and bothering me, somehow.
Looks like doomsday is Christmas for me. Arriving on Friday are:
1. The alloys
2. The cams
3. The valve springs and retainers
4. The MSD blaster kit
5. The ACL bearing kit
6. The Blox red Allan key lug nuts.
Will post photos once I've stopped having an orgasm over it
darwin racing 15" alloys. being cleared from port today. getting these either powder coated in white, or lquid gloss white finish. and white hub caps with the red H logo. jeevithe mal aiyya inna kal (for all the little decals and whatnots i print at anim8)
Removed the dashboard for paint today. I also got new AC vents since the existing ones were broken. There was a metric ton of rust behind the dash. Bloody hell. So that's official now I am never seeing this car again!
Will post before and after pics soon. Haiyyo.
you guys have already seen my adjustable camber upper arms from the previous thread. here they are again anyways:
what i'm adding now are the upper and lower control bars. front and rear. got a sweet deal from ultra racing for the entire kit. quite impressed with them, i must say.
the front and rear tower struts:
the front tower is a 3 pointer. i might not have room to mount it with the new intake manifold. if so, might have to do without it. its a fit for any EG8, so look me up if anyones' interested.
front and rear lower member braces:
the nxt thing, of course, are the coilovers. i need to lower the car. at least 1.5" front and 1" rear. i'm aiming for an Eibach multipro S2 setup oil shock coilovers with adjustable dampening and spring rates. this car is a daily driver and i can't give my self spondylosis at an early age!
for the moment, i'm installing some cheap ebay tin cans. they cost me next to nothing, but surprisingly amazon has some good reviews about them. ah well, only for 3 months...
the door panels are finally done. and looking more than just patta. i'm stunned. really!
and the rear:
and what impressed me most was the center console armrest. deen's threw this in for free. wow. just wow. tears in eyes, lump in throat:
here it is bolted on. waiting for indika to fix the interior to see how this looks.
used your car as a background, prvnrox. hope you don't mind
here's the box:
removed the auto. the flywheel screws had to be replaced. the MT ones are longer. its funny how every little thing int he tranny from this to the mounts have been reinforced to handle more torque. quite frightening in a very very nice
and here it is, bolted into place.
had to source the pedal(s) locally. couldn't find the A and B, so got the C off an EK2. it was a perfect fit. not a bolt out of place. its funny how this car was made for a manual but someone decided to stick an auto in there. every little part had its place, with the bolt holes deleted by rubber bushings.
and there it is, the cheeky little bugger!
have to unceremoniously cut the brake pedal, tho. so invested in some sparco carbon fiber pedals to cover up the evidence. got these directly from sparco italy. tough as nails, light as a feather. impressed!
INTAKE EXHAUST UPDATE
here's the intake manifold. a Skunk2 S2 pro 70mm. coupled with the s90 70mm throttle body
got a simota cone to fit. need to fabricate a housing like the stock box, so i can use the existing cold air piping leading out from under the car.
there's a Mugen DC2 4:1 header in there as well. its still in its wrapping. plus it has a thermal insulation which needs to be wrapped. will post pics of it once i'm done.
for the moment going with stock fuel rail and injectors. planning to keep the latter, but ordered this:
need to sort out the exhaust piping. plus get hold of that tanabe soon. getting it done as soon as the car is out.
this is one of the costliest and painstaking parts of the build. making a 15 year old car look like it rolled off the plant yesterday is no easy task and the interior is where the age shows the most.
firstly, here's the stock interior:
this is not off my car, but its the same tan interior.
here;s my goal:
so, the tan had to go. did a lot of research with my paint guy and sourced an epoxy interior paint with a heat and electrolyte (sweat) resistant primer from italy. redid in satin black.
getting the felt bits done in fabric.
threw in all the other little type R parts as well. including...
the momo type R DC2 steering. with an airbag of course. cost me packet for one in good shape, and after a buffing with shoe polish, it looks killer!
got hold of a type R DC2 gauge cluster as well.
and of course, the type R clock with the amber digits! details details...
and then there's the gear boot/knob. black rexin with the red herringbone stitch, OEM honda.
i might keep the seatbelts tan. its good to have a little reminder of what the car was. but the seats will definitely be replaced. the rear will be upholstered in black, while a pair of black recaros will replace the fronts. again, in time. recaros are harima ganang!!
-B18C3 DOHC VTEC SIR-2
The b18c3 black-top is found in the 1996 JDM integra type R. and the JDM spec SiR-G sedan. Lots of rumours regarding the 3 in the C3. Some say its just an area code. As in made in Taiwan/Hong Kong. Others say it’s the closest Honda ever got to B18 nirvana. The head is from a B16 type R, and the individually numbered C3’s are rumored to have been ported and polished by Spoon Sports Japan. Factory specs are as follows, compared to the other two well known B18’s
Urban legends notwithstanding, this is one rare and much sought after motor in the west, and I suspect the spooning rumor has a big part to play in that! To me however, this means I don’t have to port and polish.
- brian crower stage 2 street performance camshafts
The stock camshafts are low lift, for more low end torque, and Honda R&D took great pains to make the shift to vtec as “seamless” as they would like. (why, oh god why??) basically designed for an automatic.
Crower stage 2 is high lift, and vtec engagement is much more pronounced, which, after all is what we want, yo! After much research decided on these over blox HSL’s and stage 1’s. Skunk2 was beyond budget.
to reach that elusive 10,000 rpm redline, its also necessary to upgrade the springs and retainers, piston sleeves and bearings.
Brian Crower Performance valve springs and retainers
its also necessary to upgrade the valvetrain if i’m to avoid the dangers of high RPM. inadequate valve springs and retainers can lead to broken springs, causing the valve to fall into the chamber, and that, would literally leave me in tears. Crower springs are stiffer to meet increased demand, and essentially protect the valvetrain. i opted for steel retainers over titanium as they are more durable and also, simply because i can’t bloody afford titanium!
naturally, a set of adjustable cam gears are also included.
1.350” @ 80lbs
Open 0.900” @ 220lbs
Coil bind: 0.765” Stock: 0.833”
Weight: 46g Stock: 48g
- ACL main and connecting rod bearings are also going in to ensure nothing pops at that redline.
the auto had to go. clearly. it broke down thrive in the last year, and gave me sufficient excuses to go get my self a third pedal. not just any third pedal, mind you. one from an EK9 type R.
B16A2 EK9 type R box with helical LSD
Gear ratios are as follows:
Type R pressure plate, clutch plate
- DC2 Type R flywheel
- Type R trans-axles
sourced the clutch pedal from an EK2. was a perfect fit. wasn't able to get hold of the other two for a complete conversion, so had to cut the brake. but a set of carbon fibre sparco pedal covers should cover that up neatly.
had a few small issues with the shifter linkage being a tad bit too short. thankfully indika is an expert at figuring this sort of thing out.
replaced the plugs with ngk iridium numbers. Also threw in an MSD blaster coil and ngk wires.
replaced the stock intake with a skunk2 pro manifold and an s90 70mm throttle body. Coupled to a short ram intake and a simota cone filter
The stock 4:2:1 header was replaced with a mugen DC2 type r 4:1 header. With thermal wrapping and 2" piping leading to a tanabe medallion muffler. As nippy as it might be, I want this car to he quiet, despite the power gains.
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
For the year 2017 Toyota introduced the C-HR which is a compact SUV. Recently It came to the Sri Lankan automobile market also. The car came in 2 major variants with 4 trim levels. An only petrol version with a smaller engine but with a turbo charger and a one with the famous Toyota's Synergy Drive hybrid powertrain system. Both of these have 2 different trim levels as G and S (where G is always coming with the highest spec list). With the dimensions, the C-HR is a practical city rider. Despite the exterior dimensions, the interior is not a big compromise.
We at Tarragon TV did a review on this car as the 5th episode of the series. Watch it and let us know your comments. Remember to subscribe for more videos in future.
Guys is it possible that RMV back in the old days get the YOM of a car wrong? There's a particular car which says 1981 in the CR but when i cross check the Model number online it falls in a range of cars made in 1984.
Does the Honda Grace also have the DCT issue? So far I haven't heard any issue regarding the Grace, one guy told me the problem is only with Vezel and FIT but doesn't the Grace also share the same gearbox?