Accord Type-R front lip install

A couple weekends ago a friend helped me finally install the 1994-1995 Accord Type-R front lip on my EP3 Civic Si, Haru. Here’s what the lip looks like uninstalled:

This is definitely a two-person job. No way could I have done it by myself; it’s just way too unwieldy. Here’s what it looks like on the car :

I still have to put the end caps on, but I’m going to wait a little bit before I do that, in the hopes that the tenacious mold release that’s on this lip will weather off at least somewhat:

If you look closely at the first pic, there’s a couple of spots where you can see light shining through. That’s because (if you refer back to my uninstalled photo of the lip) there’s two very thin spots near the curved areas of the lip. I think I figured out a way to secure that though, and make it sit nice and tight to the bottom of the bumper. I’m going to use a few of Honda part no. 71111-S5T-A00, which are small brackets with a little lip on them designed just for this purpose. After I do that, I think it’ll be perfect. I otherwise secured the lip using the OEM Honda-style plastic two-part push-in bumper clips, which I bought in bulk for cheap on Amazon.

I’m most likely going to secure the end caps by plastic welding, but I’m also going to look into whether there’s a strong adhesive for polyurethane instead. The last thing I want is for one of the end caps to fall off.

Anyway, spring is here, and so you can expect to see more progress on the car soonish.

Driving around, running errands today made me realize that there is very little bass coming from the factory speakers, so I will probably do something about that. The mids and highs sound good though, so maybe I’ll just put woofers with low-pass filters in the rear speaker locations. I’ll see what my options are.

Also, I de-badged the rear of the car in anticipation of replacing the badges with new ones (which I already have), because the badges were put in the wrong locations after the bodywork was done and were also slightly bent. And I didn’t want any more salt and crud to get caught behind them and possibly damage the paint.

New stereo for Haru

Last night I finished the stereo install on Haru, my Civic Si. I say finished because I received the wrong wiring harness adapter and had to order another one and wait for it to arrive before I could complete the install. So, the stereo has actually been in the car for almost a week, but not connected to anything. Here’s the stock stereo:

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…and the new stereo:

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Eagle-eyed followers will note that this is the same stereo I had in Scruffers, my Protegé5. It’s a JVC KDX50BT. It’s a good stereo, with lots of great features and no optical drive. This one was factory refurbished and only cost me $75. There’s only two companies that make dash kits for the EP3 Civic, and it’s kind of a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation because one is silver (which doesn’t match the silver of the center console) with a uselessly small pocket, and the other is black (shown, which also doesn’t match the black on the rest of the dashboard). I may eventually try to figure out a way to make the dash kit look a bit better, because it’s definitely not up to OEM Honda standards, that’s for sure. But for now, it’s fine.

I’m going to drive around for a bit with this setup and see if I like it before deciding to change the stock speakers or not. Having incredible sound in the car isn’t really all that important to me; as long as it doesn’t sound like shit, I’m usually happy. But, we’ll see.

I also took the opportunity to replace the shift boot with the same part from Honda. The original boot was beginning to split a little bit in a couple of the folds, though it hadn’t quite gotten all the way through just yet. It wasn’t a cheap part (none of the OEM Honda parts are cheap), but I’m glad I replaced it. A lot of people replace the boot with a JDM one and use a JDM or aftermarket knob, but I didn’t want to do that because I’m happy with the stock knob. It looks and feels good, so there’s no need to change it.

I also have new rear badges to replace the ones on the car that were bent a little and also mounted in the wrong location, and a new rear marker lens to replace the one on the passenger side that has a small crack and is chipped. That part was very expensive and there’s no OEM replicas available, so I just had to suck it up and pay the price. The only other option would have been to replace it with an aftermarket clear or smoked side marker, and I didn’t want to do that.

I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my family for the next few days, and this will be the first long distance trip I’ve taken with Haru. It should be fun. I’m looking forward to it. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Say hello to Haru

This is Haru, my new car. She’s a 2002 Honda Civic Si EP3 with only 38,500 miles. I am the second owner. I traded in Scruffers, my Mazda Protegé5 for Haru on November 25th. Haru is in amazing condition, as you would expect for a car with such low mileage. It runs and drives like a brand new car and is 100% stock. It has a couple of very minor cosmetic flaws, but they are easily addressed. I don’t think the car was ever driven in the snow (until today) because the underside is as clean as it could possibly be.

I’ll be doing things to Haru here and there, but I want it to maintain most of its stock appearance. The first thing I am doing is replacing the stock stereo with the same stereo I had in Scruffers. That should be delivered to me this week.

Well, that’s it.

As of this past Sunday, Sunshine, my 1987 Shelby GLHS has been sold. It’s bittersweet to see it go, but it’s really for the best. Not only did the car need more work than I was initially led to believe, but more importantly, I essentially lost my space to work on it due to my homeowner’s association forbidding me from working on it. Unable to find a space for it, I really didn’t have any other choice but to sell it.

Having it gone not only frees up physical space in my garage and basement, but also gives me psychological “space”, for lack of a better term. It was depressing squeezing between the car and my motorcycle every day, knowing I couldn’t work on it. Plus, the lack of space in my basement due to Sunshine’s parts being in the way meant my Buell Cyclone project, Spooky, was at a deadlock. With Sunshine gone, my mind turns back to Spooky, and I’m looking forward to digging back into that project again. I can’t wait to get it on the road.

So stay tuned, and expect more updates from me in the future!

The rear bumper on Scruffers is in pretty sad shape. It seems like one of the previous owners used to carry bikes on the back, so the bumper is heavily marred. I ordered a touch up kit from www.drcolorchip.com and decided to try it out on the rear bumper. The top is the “before”, the bottom is the “after”.
The kit isn’t exactly designed for this purpose; the bumper has small, very deep dents and the kit is designed more to fill in stone chips and scratches. Still, it looks a hundred times better than it did, and no more white marks. Unfortunately, I was only able to touch up the rear bumper today before running out of usable sunlight, so I’ll tackle the rest of the car as I can. I’d like to touch up everything before winter.

The rear bumper on Scruffers is in pretty sad shape. It seems like one of the previous owners used to carry bikes on the back, so the bumper is heavily marred. I ordered a touch up kit from www.drcolorchip.com and decided to try it out on the rear bumper. The top is the “before”, the bottom is the “after”.

The kit isn’t exactly designed for this purpose; the bumper has small, very deep dents and the kit is designed more to fill in stone chips and scratches. Still, it looks a hundred times better than it did, and no more white marks. Unfortunately, I was only able to touch up the rear bumper today before running out of usable sunlight, so I’ll tackle the rest of the car as I can. I’d like to touch up everything before winter.

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Mad Max:

Hnnngh!
My 87 Shelby GLHS is for sale

Right now I have one person who is interested in it, but if that doesn’t work out, it’s going up for sale for real. I’m willing to let it go for $1000. Bring a trailer: the motor is out. All of the parts are neatly organized in bins, and the motor is strapped to a moving dolly for convenience. Check out all the photos of it on my Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoebegoesvroom/sets/72157628024377497

I’m back!

I just returned to the US on Friday from my nearly three week trip to Italy, and returned home yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit any manufacturers’ factories or museums, but I did photograph a lot of the more interesting cars, motorcycles and scooters I came across. I will be posting them soon. I may have mentioned that I bought a new camera, a Panasonic Lumix GX-1, and this was my first time using it, really…aside from a few test photos at home. I’m very happy with this camera, and the quality is way beyond anything I’ve been posting so far from my other cameras. I think you’ll all agree, too.

Ciao!

Oh dear lord, the newly released Honda Grom. Yes, it’s a 125cc street-legal minibike. Yes, I want it.

Oh dear lord, the newly released Honda Grom. Yes, it’s a 125cc street-legal minibike. Yes, I want it.