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Old 09-07-2018, 08:10 PM
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Awesome!!! Love it.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:46 PM
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MotorMouth93 - any cure for static volume **** on oem radio ?.. i been living with it for years, even with the slightest touch, omg, the static noise bout crack my speakers.. but after may 20 mins, static noise lessen.. i spray with those electro spray and did help for a bit, but didn't fix it tho.
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Old 10-17-2018, 01:04 PM
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droopy128 Mine has lots of static in the volume **** too, I've heard that taking it apart and spraying contact cleaner directly into the potentiometer can fix it but I haven't tried it yet. I'll report back once I do.

I started on the LMA job over the weekend, and when it came time to pull the rocker shafts out, disaster struck. One of the 10mm allen key rocker shaft bolts was pretty stuck from not being touched in 25 years and rounded out, space is tight and I didn't want to risk damage to the cylinder head so the engine is going to have to come out. I'm probably going to break from tradition and pay someone else to do it since I don't have the equipment needed to lift the car off of the motor and pulling it out the top isn't an option, and since the clutch is original and has over 100k miles on it and is starting to chatter a bit. I'll just have that replaced along with a few other things that are much easier with the engine out and knock out a bunch of stuff at once like all the water hoses, various gaskets, etc. It will be pricey but I'd have to do it sooner or later, so might as well now.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:27 AM
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droopy128 Mine has lots of static in the volume **** too, I've heard that taking it apart and spraying contact cleaner directly into the potentiometer can fix it but I haven't tried it yet. I'll report back once I do.

I started on the LMA job over the weekend, and when it came time to pull the rocker shafts out, disaster struck. One of the 10mm allen key rocker shaft bolts was pretty stuck from not being touched in 25 years and rounded out, space is tight and I didn't want to risk damage to the cylinder head so the engine is going to have to come out. I'm probably going to break from tradition and pay someone else to do it since I don't have the equipment needed to lift the car off of the motor and pulling it out the top isn't an option, and since the clutch is original and has over 100k miles on it and is starting to chatter a bit. I'll just have that replaced along with a few other things that are much easier with the engine out and knock out a bunch of stuff at once like all the water hoses, various gaskets, etc. It will be pricey but I'd have to do it sooner or later, so might as well now.
ewww good call on not touching it. I've been in similar situations where i wish i would have left it alone and i ended up paying for it in the end.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:43 PM
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A) Great thread, I've just skimmed most of it. I was actually living in Northern CO when you bought your car and made it to a couple of C&C events at the Vault and places.
B) Bummer on the rocker shaft bolt. I've heard at least one quasi-legend of an NSX tech talk about deliberately working on certain parts of the car with the engine "hot" (basically they're quick enough they can drive the car up to operating temp and then get things torn down far enough before it cools much) explicitly to avoid this type of thing. I am not that quick either, lol.
C) Regarding your clutch. If you don't have any power adder (SC/TT), then it's pretty broadly agreed that the OEM twin plate is best. There are some comparably priced alternatives, but one of them chatters, one of them makes the pedal heavy, and one of them requires some weird helper system to work without making the pedal heavy. I put ~10 years, ~60k miles, ~60 track days, and a very big number of autocross launches on an OE clutch and it still had ~30% life left when I replaced it during another engine-out job.
D) When you do the coolant hoses, check out A.S. motorsports. They now make the 8 or so main hoses in silicone (available in black if you want to keep oe look) so less worries about them exploding (which they are prone to....ask me how I know). No affiliation, just learned about the offering at NSXPO.

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Old 10-22-2018, 01:20 AM
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A) Great thread, I've just skimmed most of it. I was actually living in Northern CO when you bought your car and made it to a couple of C&C events at the Vault and places.
B) Bummer on the rocker shaft bolt. I've heard at least one quasi-legend of an NSX tech talk about deliberately working on certain parts of the car with the engine "hot" (basically they're quick enough they can drive the car up to operating temp and then get things torn down far enough before it cools much) explicitly to avoid this type of thing. I am not that quick either, lol.
C) Regarding your clutch. If you don't have any power adder (SC/TT), then it's pretty broadly agreed that the OEM twin plate is best. There are some comparably priced alternatives, but one of them chatters, one of them makes the pedal heavy, and one of them requires some weird helper system to work without making the pedal heavy. I put ~10 years, ~60k miles, ~60 track days, and a very big number of autocross launches on an OE clutch and it still had ~30% life left when I replaced it during another engine-out job.
D) When you do the coolant hoses, check out A.S. motorsports. They now make the 8 or so main hoses in silicone (available in black if you want to keep oe look) so less worries about them exploding (which they are prone to....ask me how I know). No affiliation, just learned about the offering at NSXPO.

Good luck!
-fellow owner of a black NSX...and yeah, so many swirl marks
Iíve never heard of intentionally working on a hot car before but I can see how it could be helpful for stuff like that.

I actually already ordered a factory clutch kit so Iím glad to hear positive things about it. I also ordered factory coolant hoses so itís a bit late for silicone unfortunately. The factory hoses have lasted 25 years/100k miles so far though so Iím not super worried.
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Got the car back from the shop, it did not go well. When I got it back the (brand new) valve cover gaskets leaked oil due to poor installation, radiator leaked coolant, and way too much Hondabond was used. This was at an Acura dealership with a good reputation for NSX service. Oh well, a few hours of my time later and everything seems to be as it should be again.

Anyways.

After taking my headlights apart in July expecting a quick week or two project, I finally finished my HID retrofit 4 months later.



The most time consuming part of this was the wiring. At first I was just going to tweak the factory headlight harnesses a bit and install the ballasts behind the light assemblies. That didn't end up working out though because the factory wiring is old and fairly high resistance, and the ballasts wouldn't reliably ignite the bulbs using that setup. I bought the OrganizedGarageStatus kit that included the Morimoto projectors, projector brackets, and clear lenses.

The ballasts I'm using are the tried and true Hella gen 3 found in many many cars over the past 20ish years. They're easy to find, relatively cheap, 100% weatherproof, and very reliable. They typically come with D2S connectors but I cut them off and soldered on AMP connectors to run them with the Morimoto H1 bulbs, then sealed the connection using adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing. This is the first iteration with very short wires, along the way I redid the solders with longer wires when I changed the ballast mounting position.



This was my first ballast mounting solution: zip ties. I wasn't happy with this either, which was another factor in my scrapping of this method.



First headlight wire harness, it was a modified factory harness.



I didn't like it so I made my own from scratch after sourcing the factory plug components, but the 9005 plugs I bought didn't fit in the NSX housing so these were scrapped too, and I ended up reusing the original NSX plugs.



Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the final headlight harness, but rather than a 9006 plug coming out the back for the ballast, it had a smaller waterproof connector that goes to a relay that controls the ballast. I made these (not particularly pretty) ballast and relay brackets from aluminum.



Passenger side mounted.



Driver side mounted.



Everything wired up. I didn't want to drill anything or poke holes in grommets so I ran the ballast turn-on signal and the HID bulb wires in front of the headlight weather seal, then zip-tied it to the factory harness that allows the lights to go up and down, then finally into the connectors at the back of the lights.

(I forgot to upload the picture here I'll do it in a little while)


To align the lights, I built this rudimentary jig to hold the lights perfectly horizontal while I set the alignment of the HID projects and high beam projectors.



Test wiring setup: the car battery with a 9006 and 9005 plug.



Headlights installed.







The output is absolutely amazing, it blows away any of the drop in HID solutions, like absolutely no comparison whatsoever. The OrganizedGarageStatus clear lenses, while pricey, make a huge difference as well, the factory glass lenses distort the output too much and lose clarity as they chip over time.



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Got the car back from the shop, it did not go well. When I got it back the (brand new) valve cover gaskets leaked oil due to poor installation, radiator leaked coolant, and way too much Hondabond was used. This was at an Acura dealership with a good reputation for NSX service. Oh well, a few hours of my time later and everything seems to be as it should be again.
If you get lucky and have a good mechanic that's brilliant, but sadly all too often going to dealers can be disappointing and you figure I could do better myself.

And yet again MM your attention to detail and passing on of knowledge is a welcome pleasure to read. And one reason why I like old style forums for this kinda thing. Arsebook is OK, but in car pages, it usually boils down to "check out pictures of my **** hot car", or "check out pictures of my **** hot car/parts I'm trying to sell"


Now that's a cool front MM. The "face" and "smile" of the car reminds me of some likeable but don't **** him off cartoon Japanese robot. And that's so not a bad thing.


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Old 11-28-2018, 07:29 AM
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that is a great looking cutoff you got out of those
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:32 PM
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Cut off looks deadly, great work as usual.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:37 PM
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Yeah the Morimoto projectors are really nice for the price, the Mini H1s are absolutely tiny too, you could almost fit them into fog lights.

Anyways, here's the forgotten picture of the HID wiring. Strangely enough this is the part I'm most proud of and probably the most time consuming part. I wasn't happy with any of the existing HID wiring diagrams or methods I found for this car so I started from scratch, but maybe this can save someone else some time in the future.



From the battery terminals both 12 gauge wires run up to the fuse block (bolted where the spare tire holder used to attach) which houses a 40A fuse, I might be able to lower it to a 30 or 25 but I haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

From there they split off into 16 gauge segments running around each side to the relays mounted next to the ballasts.

From each relay there is a short bit of wire connecting to the ballasts.

The ballasts have ignitors built in so the wires run around the front of the head light weather stripping and back into the bucket and up into the folding portion alongside the factory wiring.

The custom headlight harnesses split the high beam signal into two, one going to the bi-xenon projector high beam solenoid and the other going to the factory halogen high beam projectors. The low beam signal doesn't go into the light housing at all, and instead plugs into the relay coil wires which go back around the weather stripping and back to the relay.

The Morimoto H1 bulbs have AMP connectors and a built in rubber grommet on the wires, so I just drilled the appropriate sized hole in the headlight housing cap, ran the wires through, and put the grommet in place.

The wires going from the battery to the ballasts are sheathed in regular wire loom, while the wires from the ballasts into the buckets use braided nylon sheathing for better flexibility and because it just look good.

Also the car is filthy, I can't wait to get the 540 out of the garage (motor swap in progress :/ ...) so I can give the NSX a full detailing again. I also have a new radiator and mounting grommets on the way since the top seal on mine is seeping a bit.
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Sounds like you built the exact same harness I did for my Integra retrofit almost 15 years ago. I'm also using Philips LVQ-212 ballasts which I believe are identical to the Hella Gen 3, and my ballasts are 16 years old and still working perfectly!
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:27 AM
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Yeah I love these old ballasts, I have a friend who used Morimoto ballasts for a retrofit and has had 1 or 2 failures in less than 2 years, whereas I've been using junkyard ballasts for the past couple years with no problems at all. When the Integra was wrecked I took the ballasts and used them in the NSX, and those ballasts were from a 2001ish Audi of some sort that cost me like $5 each at the local pick-your-part lot.

The only issue I'm seeing is that the voltage drop from the headlight motors activating at the same time as the headlights can sometimes cause enough voltage drop so that only one of the HID bulbs ignites.

Also, now the front valve cover gasket is leaking too. How do you botch BOTH valve covers with the engine out of the car? That's just straight up careless and lazy, so looks like I get to redo this one too...
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