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This is a build we are wrapping up fit/fab on for a client. It is his daily beater. I thought I'd take this opportunity to show some details and "walk throughs" for this very common platform that may also answer some pretty "basic" questions for those new to searching here.

Long story short, the motor is one that we specced out and had assembled for the owner a little over 5 years ago that he dropped into this chassis recently. He got the car to run under its own power and hauled it back here for the turbo kit fab to be wrapped up along with fueling and catch can. The power goal is a modest mid-low 300s on pump and 400whp if he ever decides to swap to E85 (if it becomes available in his town; which currently it is not). The motor set up is pretty normal:

-75.5mm Vitara Piistons/Manley rods, stock sleeve block
-Supertech Valves, Springs/Retainers
-GO-AUTOWORKS Spec/Web cam shaft
ARP head studs
Skunk2 Intake manifold/Alpha throttle body

The car is using one of our mini rams that I actually had on a personal car about 11-12 years ago...with the same 2 bolt F38 Tial gate but is now paired with a billet Turbonetics 5454 turbo. He requested to fit up a single backdoor FMIC for this. Since that was the most involved single piece, that's what I started on first.




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Good looking front mount!
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Clean work! Excited to see what it looks like when finished.
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That FMIC is crooked. It's not going to work.





haha...j/k. What engine management is being used??
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Good looking front mount!
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Clean work! Excited to see what it looks like when finished.

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That FMIC is crooked. It's not going to work.

haha...j/k. What engine management is being used??
lol. I did not realize how unlevel the core support was until I marked the bung locations, hung it and stepped back to level it up. I use M8 studs in the bungs here so all I have to do is tighten/loosen either of the 2 nuts to raise/lower one side or the other. I'll level it once I finish the piping and mount it all together.

This is using a Hondata S300 and will go back to GA to get tuned by James at EBTEC.
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On to some plumbing and fixing a "small"issue.
The car had the OEM fuel filter off the bracket and pushed down by the trans. The main issue found there was that it kinked the OEM hardline, nearly pinching it shut. My solution there; which I think I've done nearly every Civic here the same way, was to cut and convert the OE 5/16 hardline to -6AN. Then add an inline filter and build a line to connect to the AEM rail. (The injectors are Grams 1000cc w/ PNP adapter harnesses)

I also bracketed and mounted the catch can and shortened his lines up to make them fit better. He is using one of our basic catch cans (also purchased w/ the motor parts about 5 years ago) with the -12 rear block conversion fitting for the D series.





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That fuel filter conversion though! I hadn't thought of that. What filter was used?
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That fuel filter conversion though! I hadn't thought of that. What filter was used?
Ditto.
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That fuel filter conversion though! I hadn't thought of that. What filter was used?
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Ditto.
Russell 650133 on this particular one.
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Russell 650133 on this particular one.
Thanks!
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Russell 650133 on this particular one.
Since that filter is sooooo small, how often do you recommend cleaning/replacing the filter ?
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Since that filter is sooooo small, how often do you recommend cleaning/replacing the filter ?
You can change the filter element/o-ring without changing the actual body (for about $7) as often as you'd like. This is also a filter that I would suggest only using on pump gas apps. When going to a race gas or E85, drop in a larger, lower mic replacement. The line conversion would stay the same.
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Fitting up of the charge piping. I re used his Greddy RS BOV.


Front view

side view, using the AEM Cam gear

side view of backdoor FMIC inlet

lower side view of Billet 54mm turbo to backdoor inlet. 2" to 2.5" transition

pass. side view. Piping angled/routed to give clearance for the 10AN hoses/can placement.

pass. side view (2). Piping angled/routed to give clearance for the 10AN hoses/can placement.
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I spent the rest of this morning wrapping up the fab w/ the 2.5" downpipe and 38mm dumptube. In the process I noticed the oil drain flange caked up w/ red RTV. I would HIGHLY suggest not using RTV on oil drains...


2.5" downpipe, dumptube, and hardware

2.5" downpipe/dumptube front view



2.5" downpipe/dumptube top view

Do NOT RTV the oil drain flange/turbo joint. The RTV squeezes outward, and inward. When inward it closes off the oil drain port not allowing the oil to drain out properly.
A touch of Hondabond on the gasket smeared super thin to hold the gasket in place basically will suffice here.
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Sick as always !
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Do you just pull the charcoal canister out and put the catch can in the same location it was in?

And are you saving the layout for that charge pipe? I will be running your catch can on my similar setup too.
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My solution there; which I think I've done nearly every Civic here the same way, was to cut and convert the OE 5/16 hardline to -6AN. Then add an inline filter and build a line to connect to the AEM rail.
Do you also do a hard line to AN conversion for the return, or do you just typically use the hose-clamp end on the braided line to connect to the hard return line?
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Do you also do a hard line to AN conversion for the return, or do you just typically use the hose-clamp end on the braided line to connect to the hard return line?
I use a -6 hose w/ hose end finisher on the fuel return to OE hard line connection. No modification is done or needed to the hard line itself.


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Do you just pull the charcoal canister out and put the catch can in the same location it was in?

And are you saving the layout for that charge pipe? I will be running your catch can on my similar setup too.
The charcoal canister mounts a little lower in the same general area...so yes basically

The normal charge pipe routing for the Civic (through the hole behind the headlight) or the "DC" style routing (over the trans and under the frame like this) will both work. With the DC I just mod the upper bend to allow for more clearance to the battery area w/o putting the "hump" in; tucking the pipe in closer to the distributor. Just remind me when the time comes.
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getting the FMIC/piping all buttoned up

clearing the shell of a torque mount that needs to be removed

Added the filter to equation. This is also another standard fit item used pretty regularly for 3" compressor housings an dlow clearance.

side photo to include boost solenoid mounting

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Curious for some back story about that RB ya got there!!
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Curious for some back story about that RB ya got there!!
It is oddly enough the second of the two R32 Skyline projects I had arrive a few months ago for builds. It isn't at all a common thing to see around here (this one is also an Omari factory car, brought back from Japan by the current owner)...and to have 2 of them sitting here together was pretty interesting. The silver one was a complete "do all" type build which included A LOT of work, a pretty long mod list which includes installing new HKS turbos, cleaning the bay, converting for E85, fab work, suspension upgrades, interior upgrades, new EMS/wiring...the whole 9. There's literally nothing left to do to it other than upgrade the exhaust that has already been upgraded (I'll build a Ti one at some point). It came in rough and now looks refined.



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Thank you for sharing that, sir!
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I use a -6 hose w/ hose end finisher on the fuel return to OE hard line connection. No modification is done or needed to the hard line itself.
That's how I plan to run mine as well. What size Turbonetics is that??
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That's how I plan to run mine as well. What size Turbonetics is that??
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