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Old 03-12-2011, 12:54 PM   #1
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So I first laid eyes on this gem when I first went to my cousin's girlfriends house. Her dad owned this Si and has maintained it extremely well since he has owned it (1995). This car has been owned by my friend's family since 1989 (Aunt, Grandpa, Father) now ME!!!

I finally had to chance to buy this car about 2 weeks ago. I'm really excited to start getting parts for this car. I'm not sure what I want to do engine wise. I am either going to turbo the d16 or swap a b18c in there. But this motor runs amazingly well so for now I'm going to upgrade suspension and brakes.

I just washed her so I thought I would snap a couple of pictures. I hope you guys like it!































More pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kabesam...7626126539565/

I will post more pictures as soon as I start making progress on this baby!

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That is a gem and very competitive sts car.
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Very clean. You should just leave it stock and not bastardize it with a swap/turbo or rice suspension :x
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Stock B16 would be nice. I'd leave the outside stock.
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i would keep it stock just lower it and put some nice wheels on it...thats a clean car congrats
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Thanks for the comments. As for the engine maybe I will keep it stock, I wasn't really intending on swapping it or doing anything with it anytime soon anyways.
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Looks cleannnnnn
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Nice find, wish my 90 si had been that clean when I found it. Although my seats don't have any tears.
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Very nice 89' I love the black. Nice find.
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Thanks guys!

I can't wait to get some new Ground Controls/Koni Yellows. My stock struts are done. I also plan on replacing all bushings. Tax return needs to hurry up!!!
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You should restore your 89' seats. Even though they are ripped you can source the side fabric and foams from a 90-91. I always try to keep extra bolsters for future seats.
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nice job! are those original miles??

B-series all the way!!!
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You should restore your 89' seats. Even though they are ripped you can source the side fabric and foams from a 90-91. I always try to keep extra bolsters for future seats.
Thanks, I will definitely try to do that!
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that is fantastically original and cleannn for a 22 year old car. how many of these do you see around now in that condition, esp an SI model? dont mess it up and do stupid sh*t to it...like a lot of guys do with a good survivor. ive seen it too many times. if you gotta mod, buy a "project". all that Si needs is another 20 years of the SAME maintenance that got it this far...
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I'd love to have a black interior that clean in my 89 hatch...
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that is fantastically original and cleannn for a 22 year old car. how many of these do you see around now in that condition, esp an SI model? dont mess it up and do stupid sh*t to it...like a lot of guys do with a good survivor. ive seen it too many times. if you gotta mod, buy a "project". all that Si needs is another 20 years of the SAME maintenance that got it this far...
I second this, keep her stock and clean. If you want to do a swap buy another project car for that. 89's are far too rare in stock form and will be worth more in the future.
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Now I feel all this pressure...lol. Well I'm definitely not swapping it anytime soon. But, I do have a CRX HF with a B18B, but my intentions were to sell that and drop the money into this Si. Maybe my plans can change.
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cars a beauty minus the seat blemishes and the rear bumper fading. throw some paint on there.... or at least some shoe polish or back to black type stuff and make her even nicer. she needs new shoes though. jealous on a clean black si though
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cars a beauty minus the seat blemishes and the rear bumper fading. throw some paint on there.... or at least some shoe polish or back to black type stuff and make her even nicer. she needs new shoes though. jealous on a clean black si though
Thanks! Yeah I definitely want to get some trim paint and respray all the moldings and rear bumper. I have some new shoes in mind, just need to save up for them.
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Leave it stock (besides maybe suspension and mild bolt-ons). No need to ruin a good car by doing a motor swap, and the D16a6 really responds well to a header and intake.

For some reason people feel compelled to swap motors as soon as they find a car like this. It is perfectly enjoyable as-is.
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Leave it stock (besides maybe suspension and mild bolt-ons). No need to ruin a good car by doing a motor swap, and the D16a6 really responds well to a header and intake.

For some reason people feel compelled to swap motors as soon as they find a car like this. It is perfectly enjoyable as-is.
I hear ya

I actually came from a 96 DX so this is definitely more enjoyable! Any suggestions on headers?
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i want that radio
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