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Old 05-09-2016, 09:33 PM
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Some friends suggested I should post my progress here on HT, so I figured why not. So here's the start of a condensed version of my progress to the most recent updates.


I bought the car stock from a small local dealer in the summer of 2011 and here's what I have so far...



cleaned it up a bit and threw in my buddy club seat (stock seat had a huge rotting hole in it)






Works Bell hub and Rapfix II quick release w/ Personal Grinta wheel






Tucked some of the basics


Picked up some reasonably priced wheels








Muteki sr48 lug nuts


oem front grill, single din block off and other oem bits






Threw in some tunes for DDing


Got some FnF type 1's. Like em for DDing




I try to clean up what i can when i can. Keeps me sane while im saving up for parts




as flush as i care to be. drives without rubbing so im satisfied.




a/c went away


Got a lip






Function7 LCA's to replace my busted stock ones




More odds and ends went in. Hood latch, grill clips, grommets and things like that


Dont see too many with this **** so i went for it




Not sure if i want to use a sway bar or not, but i got an ASR subframe brace anyway so i can use a bar if i please, and i just like the look so why not


and added some overkill just because i like it


and how it sits as of FEB 28th...









On FEB 7th, I bought a K24a2 longblock from good ole Steve from hmotorsonline. Still awaiting arrival and i'll update with pics once it gets in.
Also ran into an early issue with my factory exhaust, some ghetto welds on the axle back section rusted out so I ordered an Apexi' WS2 catback for an EG and a Hybrid-Racing K-swap test pipe in hopes of resolving the issue and benefiting the swap.

I would say stay tuned, but who knows when i'll have an update worth checking out :p

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Hybrid-Racing came through with super quick shipping! Gonna be a fun experience getting my parts from them











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I removed the TSX wiring harness and took off the EVAP stuff since im not running any EVAP emissions crap on my car right now.











I mocked the header up, sent my valve cover off to get black chromed, picked up a couple of spoon sports bling pieces, replaced my oil filter with a Hamp synergy oil filter, and ordered a 50*VTC actuator










































(probably be a week before my 50* VTC arrives)





impatiently waiting for more money...
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Love it so far! All the OEM and top quality parts really give it a great yet subtle appearance. Tuned in for this!
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OEM tensioner stopper pin


Valve cover gaskets




50* VTC cam gear






install process:






marked the timing chain


23mm wrench fit the '06 k24a2 cams perfectly ( i wasn't up to risking an adjustable wrench as the service manual suggests)




torque wrench in place




I did this alone so I couldn't get a shot of pulling the RBB cam gear out and making the switch. Went pretty flawlessly though. These last two shots were after I rotated the crankshaft pulley two full rotations to double check proper timing. Everything checks out :up:










Been putting money aside for parts when I can since I have a baby boy on the way. I did end up getting some new side mirrors because I had one knocked off and I'd rather rock something new than to get another oem replacement mirror.



hardware in the box






(i hadn't adjusted the angle just yet)


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Originally Posted by rollinmyda View Post
Love it so far! All the OEM and top quality parts really give it a great yet subtle appearance. Tuned in for this!
Thanks man. Unfortunately it's going to change haha. Went through quite a bit over time, but I tried to maintain some quality.
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Woah... another hot ride?! Jeesh man! This will be good.
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FD2R oil dipstick. No more flamboyant orange









Thanks to Autofair Honda for the quick business and great pricing!





no more uber long runners for me


nothing fancy....just pics






I'll be getting some thermal gaskets later when i finally order a fuel setup


looks much better


shortened up this line form the RAA


had a noob moment and couldn't get the tube to come out of the intake manifold easily. It ended up snapping lol. I'm gonna clean it out and plug it later.






can you tell i was bored???






I got my order from hybrid racing yesterday and I got everything except my fuel pressure gauge.
I called today and spoke with Kris and he got me squared away with the quickness!!! I really appreciate the great customer service!!! thanks everyone at Hybrid-Racing





Inline fuel filter






Upper portion of the hybrid-racing bolt in shifter (love this thing)






Hybrid-racing adjustable fuel pressure regulator and fittings








Hybrird-racing tucked fuel lines and fittings






Hybrid-racing polished fuel rail :cool:






Hybrid-racing bolt in shifter










Love it with my Carbing shift ****


bling on blang










rice bucket and my bike on a flat like a boss lol
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Well, i ran into a bit of misfortune. Got rear ended by a 16 year old girl who had barely been on the road. The damage wasn't too great but it was enough for my old little hatchback to be totaled out by insurance. A measly $1150 back to me and a smash in hatch.













I decided to part it out in hopes of making some cash to fund a newer K powered vehicle.





After a short while of searching, nothing worth buying came up. I came across an old civic hx sitting in a grassy field that some old man was harboring. I bought the car off of him and here I am back at step one. Replacing the parts I sold from the part out and getting right back into this K project.


eww ugly oem wheel with a cover. This crap had to go.


clutch pedal cover missing.


Torn driver's seat with dirt coming out lol


lots of work ahead of me. This dirt is thick too.


much better


got my old stuff thrown in there. Im on the hunt for a new wheel.


bucket seat in and parts out for cleaning


oem hardware ftw


threw the trusty SiR on there


razor bladed the gunk off the windwos and used some invisible glass on them


slowly taking some of the unwanted parts off of the car and cleaning as i go


simple green


not the best paint, but it'll do the job for now. Think im going to concentrate on parts and the swap then get this thing dent free and painted


bumper ready


the roof is rough. All that sun time ruined it




went to rinse off a layer or two of dirt


should clean up quite a bit


its wet but the bay is cleaning up pretty good as well




vacuuming out gobs of dirt and getting the awful smell out




had to wire up the blower motor to work properly so i can make use of the a/c and defrost


Replacement parts and some upgrades rolling in


Gonna try to not get too deep into modding the car so that I can get this swap together.
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Coilovers installed and moved my wheels over from the hatch to the coupe.
Still doing some minor adjustments to the fenders for clearance. It's almost there.
Let's see, I put in an order for my whole cooling setup through hybrid racing, so i'll update that with some pics in a couple of days. Also picked up a little BBK (oxymoron lol) and my long lost forgotten Work CR01's I ordered months and months ago showed up.

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bmw 335i like fitment. Gonna need a small spacer with the Work's to work


one more just because


wilwood flexline kit came in




All of my Kswap cooling bits (minus the coolant temp sensor *its out of stock)

Griffin full sized radiator










12" fans




Radiator hoses




things to hold other things together




fan switch
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flugel plate install pics...and my new set of mirrors should be in sometime soon, they got to U.S. customs today. It's time for more swap parts next.

































Well I expected holiday boredom to set in on me so yesterday I started to polish up my Griffin radiator. I think it turned out pretty nice for just using some compound over and OVER!

dull start...boring!!!


The Blue Magic starting to set in...


after just one application


before shot


after


hard to tell in the pics, but it's so shiny that it reflects a beam of light on my wall just above it :shades:


The build continues due to the awesome wife and family.


SPooN


hybrid-racing cold air intake






Hybrid-racing clutch line


Hybrid-racing engine grounding kit


As with most Spoon products, this wheel is much lighter than my Personal Grinta wheel I was using. Feels great.
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nothing exciting, installed my hondata intake manifold gasket




1,2,3,4,5,6 gears provided by Hmotors


literally just unwrapped it and placed it on my other pallet with the longblock. Pretty clean stuff as usual.









Then I knocked out motor mounts from the big boys


Threw them up against the motor and I realized they weren't shiny enough




Spent a hour or so with some Blue Magic polishing compound and shined them up a bit












Then it was back to being bored and needing to do something to help pass the time while i replenish my funds. Did a mini mock up with some of the collected parts



and here we are. Planning on running the Bisimoto 8lb flywheel and the Bisimoto 2MS Action sprung 6 puck clutch with caged springs and pressure plate. I'll probably pick this stuff up next or a hybrid racing throttle body (if they're in stock) Also planning to grab some bolt boys hardware since i'm too lazy to find the right size of every missing bolt that I need.

In the meantime, when boredom struck, I found myself masking off things and slinging paint.





voila' magic (still need to get some flat or satin black for my alternator and starter motor and do a little touching up of some overspray spots)


Thanks Ryan and Autofair
Insane shafts ekk2 swap axles arrived today.











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Good stuff right here. About 70 bolts plus washers, plus nuts...basically enough to keep me busy for at least a little while lol


I really like the washers. Small details are a plus in my book.




Bisimoto/ Evolution 8.4lb flywheel :drive:




flywheel specific dowel pins




6 speed, oh yes please


starter ring






Threw in a bunch of the downstar bolts
One of my cleanest oem bolts vs the downstar




transmission bolt






clutch slave cylinder bolts


thermostat housing


overall, it's a subte change (since I didn't have rusted ugly bolts to begin with) but i like it.


My ding infested coupe with the motor shining in the shadows!








finally some more progress and I can get around to port matching the the throttle body opening now.











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Thermal gasket provided with the 70mm throttle body


Got the opening all drawn on to port match it




Just some random side shot. I thought it was kinda cool how the shiny bits are blending together pretty well (IMO of course)




rear look before blocking off ports


overhead look before blocking off ports


Get a look at the spoon sports tool box lol
HR throttle position sensor installed



EVAP purge blocked off. Uses a nice and simple press in piece


Cruise control bracket removed


lower IACV ports blocked off


bolted in place with the nice supplied hardware


my next task whenever i decide to not be lazy




I like this shot because i've done the angle soo many times and I can see the motor change over time


another shot of the removed bracket (so i guess it's not really a shot of the bracket)


To remind myself that I am making progress, i grabbed my HR cold air intake from my "hybrid racing warehouse room" and threw it on for some pics




and then i finally got bored and went back in the house lol


Finally got off my butt and port matched my throttle body. I just used my dremel and a coarse grinding stone (peach-ish colored thingy) It did the job. This is the first time i've tried something like this and I think it came out pretty good. I did have a couple of wavy or uneven spots after my first go at it, but I removed the TB and hit it again but didn't take pics.





a bit wavy on the right side, bleh


up top looked pretty good to me


the bottom


I may have a tiny bit of a taper but with the throttle body in place it looks flat. might just be the angle of the shot


TB closed and open


another view inside. Looks like smooth sailng to my non machinist eye


the money pit, just because


a look at the cleaned rear. Not sure what endlinks i should use for this. I plan on grabbing an ASR sway but don't know if i should use ASR endlinks or function7 endlinks? Any input of info would be helpful




Clutch and pressure plate along with bearings came in.
Action 2MS 6 puck sprung clutch with front and rear caged springs.



















Fuse.....sion......HA!!!!


Got all my brand new clutch and flywheel hardware, flywheel inspection plate and bolts, and a brand new clutch slave cylinder. Mocked up the parts, I need to replace my stolen 12point sockets and torque this stuff to spec and close up the engine and trans finally.

clutch slave cylinder all hella new


flywheel cover


clutch bolts


flywheel bolts




old release bearing




spankin new




flywheel lightly installed


6 puck




pressure plate slapped on (for picture purposes...what else do you think a photographer does lol)








and like 99% of my oem honda part orders....I forgot to buy some bolts!!! I need the two akward starter bolts
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Downstar (Boltboys) transmission bolts ready to go


flywheel, clutch, and pressure plate properly in place


"hella flush" fitment of that longblock and trans lol


i love these bolts


after a year and a half, it's finally together


flywheel inspection cover on


starter bolted down


with boredom, comes mock ups




threw a few more downstar bolts in random spots that i've neglected. Still have more in the engine kit too!




threw the hoses, fuel line, and clutch line on just to get a feel for how it'll look together


the junker


only one place wraps things up this thorough




snagged some discontinued 16" NT03's


test fit




installed my Wilwood brake setup finally.











Put an order in for a Wireworx stage 1 engine harness and that punched my wallet in the nutz so i picked up some random things I've been wanting.

Downstar transmission bell housing bolts with new beauty washers








It was nice seeing inside the transmission with all its cleanliness. Hondabonded the hell out of the shifter are and retaining bolt when I put it back together lol







Played around with flash angles to show how they shine








Hardly any bolts remain that are original unless they will be changed when I get my A/C P/S delete kit. I am keeping the factory oil pan bolts. Not bothering with touching those since my motor is nicely sealed.



Also got around to installing a few of the Downstar bolts from the main engine kit. It's crazy, but I still have like 8 bolts from that kit and I don't even know where they go lol.



Rear of the trans. I need to replace my seals or at least remove my overspray off of them.


another rear shot


the block o' wood of epic balance




dead on lighting. I've also been trying to decide how I want to run the fuel lines or how i'll be securing them in place.


Then I finally got bored enough to go back in the house
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K Tuned billet timing chain tensioner cover came in along with a K series temp sensor fitting so that I can place mine where I want it.


Right out of the box there was a problem...it wasn't shiny enough




did my same old routine and got it looking nice


into the hot *** garage


taped up the temp sensor fitting




yay


slapped on the TCT cover




A shot trying to show the reflectiveness


scuffed my block a little bit trying to remove all the Hondabond, oh well, it's done.


Out of boredom I decided to go ahead and start moving some of my wires around the way I always do. I had already removed clips and separating wires awhile back so that when I did my little tuck it would be fairly quick and simple. So a couple days ago I hit up the drivers side



I had some people ask before about what I did with my wiper wires, I de-pinned that connector and ran the wires through the side of the fender and reconnected it so I still have wipers.


All the little yellow plastic clips and crap removed.


I started to mess around with the passenger side too....but then I got lazy and just put it off for another day lol. But you can see that side is already clip free and the headlight harness is sort of wedged between the A/C lines for now.




K-Tuned stepped in and helped me out in a BIG way. Got my hands on some of their Race spec shifter cables. These things look promising!!!




Along with the shifter cables comes the billet trans bracket and hardware


The underside of the bracket


The new billet bracket and the stocky with Downstar bolts. The K-tuned bolts are just the same except these are blue zinc'd


very complimentary i'd say


Downstar bell housing bolts with beauty washers along with the billet trans bracket.


I love the way these cables lock into place




rear shot looking forward


overhead view


Threw in my fittings and fuel pressure gauge from hybrid racing. The fuel pressure gauge was a PITA to screw in. Not sure if it was just mine or what, but after about half of the threads it felt like it would snap off anytime I would tighten it.


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Kind of hard to showoff the harness since it's made to be subtle yet functional. I just connected to check the lengths and to try and see how I want to route it all. I have 3 sensors that I won't be using, so I need to find a way to zip tie them up nicely and keep them out the way.



haven't picked up my RDX injectors yet, so these are left unplugged


not how it will look in the end, Im also getting my K-tuned water neck this week, so this big bulky TSX one will be gone


The "over the valve cover" exit is just perfect. Going to run it through the oem engine harness hole and keep the battery in the bay.


Got my K-Tuned K24 upper coolant housing in and installed today and also threw in the K-tuned thermostat plug. I'm liking the changes.



upgrades much?


before


during


after. Put the tape to use on the two plugs and also threw some hondabond on this thing and just cleaned up whatever oozed out of the edges after I installed this piece. I didn't notice any kind of hondabond on the stock housing, but I figured I should, just in case.


bunch of obnoxious views because I find images like these useful when I look at other builds


overhead view


from the back. uber legit HMO stamp ftw




I noticed mine has a little "dimple" towards the front. Others I've seen doesn't have this. It doesn't go all the way through the aluminum though.


thermostat plug


I like shiny things. I was too lazy to turn my motor to get decent shots of this installed


Gotta hit up Frank at Downstar for some more hardware because i'm hooked on it like crack and also I need to get my injectors or AC/PS delete knocked out. We'll see how the week goes.

Downstar ekk2 bolts with beauty washers in. Threw most of them in place just because. The instructions for the bolts were better than the HAsport instructions lol.













I like how even the nuts have nice washers



And a little care package from Ktuned








Currently trying to polish up the shifter. For those who don't know, I only changed shifters because I originally wasn't going to delete heat and I didn't have a plan that would close up the heater core hole in a way that I'd be happy with. I figured this with the cable grommet would look nice and keep my shifter cables further away from heat. Also, I obviously like bling, so why not lol
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Ktuned billet shifter grommet and billet shifter box bushings



Some bits of the rsx shifter removed for hand polishing. I tried to switch to some Nevr-dull since it's less messy, but it didn't give off the shine that I liked. I ended up going back to my Blue Magic polish and just dealt with the mess.


The shifter and the ktuned shifter base are two different finishes...the shifter is raw so it polishes up nice without needing to wet sand. Here's a comparison of the two




Some angles don't show just how reflective it is and since my parts room doesn't have anything on the walls to reflect color back, I took a photo of myself in the shifters reflection


Still could be polished up further, but im not worried about removing every little blemish. This isn't a show car for me, I just polish things out of boredom and broke-ism lol.




If I had any negative criticism about the shifter, it would be the effort needed to make adjustments. Of course, once you have it set to your liking it'll be good to go, but I could see it being tedious for people who like to change things up often.


another shot for comparisons sake, factory polished lips on Work CR01 and my compound polish job on the shifter match pretty well


Japan parts....RDX 410cc injectors




Karcepts AC/PS delete for TSX


Polished it up of course




injectors




everything installed










Got the rear camber to where i'm happy.


Picked up a DC5 halfshaft from a member RML-2.0 on k20a.org (Thanks a lot btw) and cleaned it up a little and sprayed it. I'll have to pick up some oem bolts for it later and maybe the little cover that goes with it.




Had an itch for some Spoon cosmetics, so I snagged a couple of things from Steve at Hmotors








The most dreaded purchase is over








Got my hands on a raw fuel rail from K-Tuned




I did the unnecessary thing I like to do and polished the hell out of it lol


To pass some time and to make things easier on me (less messy at swap time), I went to try and get some of the heavy heaps of dirt out of the engine bay


BIG SHOUT OUT to Alex, k20a.org K-N-2-EK, for hooking me up and doing a great job with getting my EG/DC parts powder coated!!! I appreciate all the effort to get me what I wanted!











Makes my paint job look pretty dull hahaha


Wideband RSX type-S O2 sensor





Yet another K-Tuned care package as I call them lol


Honestly, this battery tie down is more nice than I thought it would be because it's such a simple thing with a simple purpose.






In its raw form against the black chromed valve cover


After a little polishing and my finger smudges on the sides lol
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got some missing bolts that I needed for my halfshaft since I didn't get them from the dude who sold me it.



yay, ermagod!!!


Also i've been trying to clean up the front LCA's since they aren't powdercoated and my downstar hardware for them is on the way. Top one has been cleaned a bit, the bottom only wiped enough to not get gunk on my hands when I pick it up



Bolts and more bolts... and a T shirt lol








Finally swapped out the painted over water pump housing bolts


Threw a good bit of the downstar bolts where they belong just because i'm ocd and it'll make it a breeze for me when i'm putting it all together.
The front LCA


The original condition front LCA and one that I cleaned up along with the new hardware.


Alex powder coated shock forks with new hardware


The subframe with new hardware and the steering rack hardware also set in place


and about a bajillion of these have been going in from time to time when I feel like tinkering with something


Another K-Tuned first product, a redesigned water neck outlet specifically for K24/K20z3 engines. No more modding of the upper radiator hose when using one of their water necks.




installed


another scoop of spoon






Spent some time routing my engine harness the way I actually want it in the bay. Happy with the way it all turned out. I went in wanting a stealthy harness and that's what i got.





Ktuned goodies arrived


Picked up a -6AN wrench for my fuel lines




Got my hands on both of the newly released delrin shift *****


billet logo plate


5th gear lockout, simply because I like to own the available options


Makes the billet rsx shifter look more complete to me






Feels crazy solid when moving the lockout back and forth




These shift ***** feel great. No cold shift **** in this cool weather


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Oem outer tie rods. After going through tons of reviews on Moog, AutosuckZone, and Hardrace, I got tired of finding bad experiences so I figured I can't really beat oem quality. When you think about it, a lot of these project cars have the original tie rods on them and they've lasted 10+ years.



I was surprised to see them silver. They've always been black to me, but I guess that's just years of filth piled up








The one thing that does suck is that they don't come with the castle nut, cotter pin, or the lock nut for the inner tie rod. No biggie, but I wish I would have paid attention to that when I put my order in so I could add them to my cart. Might have to hit up AFHKparts


Also got my 2.5" PLM 4 piece test pipe. It's 2.5" O.D. which is fine with me. I plan to have a pretty restricted exhaust setup. I'm old, I don't want to hear **** out my exhaust.



The end piece on the right is actually the extension from the K-Tuned Ram header. The slip fit between the two was perfect. Actually took a small effort to get them together, so I'm glad about that fitment.





The dark section inside is actually just a shadow from the angle I was shooting at. The transitions from piece to piece is pretty smooth, especially for such a cheap piece.









Gotta have some K swap motivation on the desktop


Finally plugged my brake booster location on the RBC manifold






some ugly damage around the top since I had trouble removing the oem fitting, oh well, temporary manifold


Steering rack finally came in from my ebay purchase. Wasn't an actual oem rack, it's a remanned manual Eg rack.




The paint on this thing chips really easily. Some was chipped out of the box, and from me wiping off some of the dust, it actually chipped in other places. Cheap POS










Blends in well




Positive battery terminal and power cable arrived








Monster 300 crimpless ring terminals to finish off the starter wiring and the battery to fuse box wire. Black chrome too!






blends in perfectly


Got 1 of 3 boxes delivered, this is my engine hoist.


Ultra super mega regular Type One decal thrown on


Downstar license plate bolts, I don't think I've shown them before. Clearly they hold up in the weather.


Prothane bushings for the front sway bar






Got stupid and balled out on a shift ****


my favorite one so far








Evasive always the good stuff




Works Bell rapfix QRS








ASR rear sway bar brackets




ASR 24mm rear sway bar




ASR spherical endlinks


I hate assembly lol








A'pexi WS2 exhaust






QRS installed






K-tuned pro series traction bar and hardware




K-tuned 3" velocity couplers


K-tuned swap CAI, wanted some bling


K-tuned velocity stack


big *** filter


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Threw on the ASR rear sway bar.









originals next to the new




tada




Also got some misc pieces that I wanted/somewhat needed.

3.5" max t bolt clamps for my new intake






oem camshaft alignment tool for K series...just thought it'd be nice to have instead of jamming some allen wrenches in my cams


ac firewall grommet


the little holder for the hood rod. Mine was broken all to hell


oem bumper clips.


and a couple of steering rack pieces




The majority of the time, I was far too busy with actually getting work done, but here are some pics that I snapped along the way

Pulling out the sohc






draining coolant...peep that authentic spoon!


just an underbody shot for reference. So filthy!


Radiator, battery, fuse box, and header removed


engine harness disconnected


safe keeping


some goodies waiting...




where the sohc belongs


gross


new subframe installed


EKK2 mounts, rack, and downstar hardware






engine harness wires waiting to be modded to enter the cabin via the oem opening




stock exhaust removed


oem shifter removed


wireworx harness routed


billet rsx shifter installed


dash removed along with, heater core, a/c condensor, and blower




throttle cable connected




K-tuned firewall grommet installed and cables ran


starter motor wired up


radiator and fan installed


intake installed








K-Tuned ram header installed. Tons of clearance




Mishimoto overflow installed (later removed due to the hose supplied. It does not create a good seal)




Unnecessary but I like the way it looks


battery and charge harness installed


WS2 installed








After a few times of letting the car idle, the header is turning a nice gold. I also use a glass cleaner like Windex to degrease it before introducing a header to heat. It tends to turn gold rather than a bronze/brown-ish color


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k-tuned pro series traction bar installed








brake booster line






All back together! Now to get a tune or base kal that works


This might be an issue. Those rich starts ive been having did some work on my spark plugs








Instagram stirred up a few questions about exhaust clearance, ride height and the k24 on ekk2s. If you look close in the center you can see the resonator just below the subframe brace. The oil pan is higher than the resonator. My ride height is the same as where I had it with the D.



NEW PRODUCTS from K-Tuned
Stronger billet shifter arm option that also has a bit more height to it and secures your top shaft in place better with 3 allen screws.

Also, a new heavy weight shift **** using the new design.


D and B series versions are already available. K series arms and the shift **** should be available in about a week or so!








Feeling official with the K-Tuned badge slapped on.






I noticed there aren't many pics of clearances and typically just words...words are boring AF. So here's a visual.

I believe there is about an inch difference in hole height if the upper front holes were used


Here's a visual of the ground clearance. I think there's more people with an A'PEXi ws2 than K swaps so, the low hanging resonator section is perfectly even with the lowest point on my k24 steel oil pan. So if you ride around scraping your A'PEXi b pipe, a K isnt for you.


Got my new TPS, thanks K-tuned. This thing even feels beefy compared to my current unit.








Decided to switch from a heavy **** to a light one for awhile.


Also, something strange happened, I took a pic of the car outside of the garage lol. Also finally rerouted my brake booster line so that it doesn't slap you in the face but it'll still be connected in the same place until I switch manifolds.




Installed the k-tuned tps


then just snapped some pics before and after a test cruise






I be like, it's stock i swear, just like 93 better


booty


old man ride height


kinda subtle and shiny at the same time


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Picked up a s2000 cmc and checkerd sports spacer








The stock cmc looks yummy




Midway...


Raw billet aluminum...had to polish it lol


Got dark as I finished up and I was too lazy to take a decent pic


Did some light painting, why, because photographer









Showed up at JTran Studios for my tune nervous as hell just from wondering what my little engine might do on the rollers


But before I could get that far, the front end needed to be raised up a bit so that the oil pan can clear the dyno. K swap problems lol


Honda civic lift kit installed


J Tran exposing the K24


Nothing new...except the coil pack cover


stream of useless and uninformative photos






Thank goodness for raising the car


Sorting out some of the wackiness from my original .kal I was using




The wife showed up with my son to check out how the tune was going. Gotta love family events


what else do you between pulls with a camera around your neck...take pics of the same stuff




My son makes a revving sound EVERY single time he hears a car rev haha. It's hilarious and awesome at the same damn time.


The silent treatment. So glad I went with this exhaust. It's downfall doesn't outweigh the benefits IMO




Johnny getting some feedback from his employee


This is just a compile of the last few runs with partial throttle tuning knocked out as well.


I didn't get a shot of pulls before this but this shows a piece of the most informative point of the day regarding my restrictive and quiet exhaust. I started watching when we did pulls redlining at 7200rpm, 7400rpm (pictured below), 7800rpm, and then an 8000rpm pull. Peak TQ stuck around 164tq-167tq on each consecutive pull and was around 6500-6600rpm. Peak power on the other hand, was always at the stopping point (set redline) on every pull. The power surprised me since I have the RBB head and seeing all the CFM data on it, i figured it would taper off in the mid 7000's at best. It seems that my setup is pretty efficient besides the catback exhaust which is an obvious bottleneck. Although comparing different people's dyno results should be taken with a grain of salt, a very similar TSX swap running open header put down 205/142 both at 7600rpm on the same dyno with the same tuner. Still could be tons of other things, but I assumed my subtle setup wouldn't be near this particular setup. I didn't catch the baseline pull, but the lowest I saw for my tune was a 205whp @ 7200rpm, so there was still a pretty significant improvement through tuning.


My best numbers on the day. I'm very satisfied. Car is even more quiet and smooth now throughout the rev range and it MOVES now!


The run following this best pull, actually showed more improvement but the gains were getting smaller and not worth the risk of extra revs on the stock oil pump.
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Today I finally got around to dropping my transmission to see what's going on inside since I was leaking trans fluid pretty badly.


Something isn't normal here...


a lovely little window and a tiny wolverine has been clawing around inside


the culprit, the stupid bearing. Top and bottom both snapped off.


downtime for the coupe. Im a sad panda.


I got my trans welded up about a day after I posted the hole in the case and then I snagged an oem throwout bearing and shift fork boot








Threw the junker back together leaving the marred up flywheel and clutch combo as is



Screwed up my clutch line on accident, so I bought the new version clutch line from hybrid racing



Drove the car once after having it all back together and I'm not a happy camper. The clutch slips at WOT and I ran into an axle issue. I decided to park the car and go and fix all the little things that I either just "dealt with" or didn't tend to in the first place. I figured it's time to stop messing around and get the car 100% instead of just usable. Little neglected things have been eating away at my wallet, so the car will be side lined until I refresh and/or fix everything the way I want



Put the junker back in the garage for a mini teardown. Gonna take my time since I'm not ready to drop a grand or so out of nowhere. Pulled the hood off so that I don't get the urge to go drive it until I'm finished.



Hopefully this look will be changed up as well.




Ripped the transmission off today and pulled off the clutch, aka, things I should have done the last time it was apart. Oh well. That's what I get for rushing.





The pressure plate bolt that was at the top here was backed out about halfway.






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