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Old 03-20-2017, 07:21 AM   #26
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I hate those set screws.... so much...

It looks like you're doing a fantastic job with the car so far! Another issue that is very well known, and Honda has recognized as an issue.... Rear Trailing Arm bushings.Mine had completely torn through on both sides, they looked worse than this:



I'd go take a look at them, and see if they need to be replaced.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:06 AM   #27
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You took off a generic filter to install another generic filter?
ive got a k&n filter on the way, the filter it had was so dirty and was not breathing very well at all, just couldn't stand the janky *** intake that it had on it, I was gonna just change the filter but it needed new rubber sleeves aswell.

id prefer to go back to stock but it's much more expensive.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:57 AM   #28
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No junkyard in your area? I drive 1-2hrs to get to a pick-and-pull yard to get parts. Cheap, oem.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:04 PM   #29
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There is one about an hour or two away but I didn't think about that for a stock intake. I'll have to check their website.
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There is one about an hour or two away but I didn't think about that for a stock intake. I'll have to check their website.
If you weren't located in Texas, i would offer to dig mine out and send it to you. I've even got a k&N drop in filter for it.

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Old 03-20-2017, 07:01 PM   #31
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If you weren't located in Texas, i would offer to dig mine out and send it to you. I've even got a k&N drop in filter for it.
i appreciate the offer man!

Imgonna head out to my local junk yard this weekend. I'm hoping to find an Ex or Si cluster, since my Dx doesn't have a tachometer. Does the cluster have to be from another manual?
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If you want to drive arond with tie rods like that, all you. Thats my answer.
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i appreciate the offer man!

Imgonna head out to my local junk yard this weekend. I'm hoping to find an Ex or Si cluster, since my Dx doesn't have a tachometer. Does the cluster have to be from another manual?
It doesn't have to be, but if its from an auto the PRND will be lit up is all.
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Old 03-24-2017, 12:16 AM   #34
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Went ahead and changed the spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor.

Had a couple questions though.

So this just started tonight, if I'm driving at about 55mph and above I start hearing a slight squeaking noise. It's very high pitched and short, almost sounds like a couple baby chicks are chirping from my from wheel wells. What could've cause this as I've never heard it before?

also it seemed today like I had much more wind noise and resistance when driving over 40mph.

is this normal to hear loud wind gushing noise? Or is it more common an issue with the window or door seal and how can I check properly?
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Alternator bearings? Or maybe even the belt? Does the chirping rhythm coincide with wheel speed or engine speed? If you push in the clutch and coast, does the noise change or go away? If you feather the brakes, does it change or go away? If you downshift but maintain the same speed, does the noise change or go away?
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If the noise changes with engine speed, and sounds close to the drivers side, I would remove each belt one at a time and listen to see if the noise goes away. From there it could be a belt or a bearing. If the noise changes with road speed, I would listen while manipulating the brakes and or the steering. If pressing the brakes makes the sound change either louder or quieter look into that. If turning the steering changes the sound look into the wheel bearings.
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So I went on a 2 hour trip to a junkyard today looking for a gauge cluster.

on the way the first 20 minutes I could hear slight chirping as before from the same side only when above 55mph. It did not change or increase with speed and acceleration or depressing the clutch.

after 20 minutes or so, it went away and didn't come back at all. Then right when I was getting home the temp gauge went all the way up and there was coolant all over the engine bay when I got home, and the sponge by the radiator cap was soaked in coolant. Pretty sure there's a crack near the seam by the radiator cap under the sponge in this picture

Should I go OEM or aftermarket for a new radiator? And if aftermarket which brand?


also when replacing the radiator is it as simple as unplugging and draining the radiator and then putting the new one in and connecting the hoses and fill it up? Do any of the transmission hoses flow through the radiator?
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Are you certain its the radiator itself and not the cap gone bad? Check the cap for the inner seal crack. If you must replace the radiator, oem, mishimoto, koyo. Oem radiator cap. If your car is auto then you will have tranny fluid cooling hoses attached to the lower portion of the radiator. You must disconnect them prior. Drain, Uninstall, replace, fill coolant, bleed air out. Take your time. Its easy. U must bleed the air out completely, its important.
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Are you certain its the radiator itself and not the cap gone bad? Check the cap for the inner seal crack. If you must replace the radiator, oem, mishimoto, koyo. Oem radiator cap. If your car is auto then you will have tranny fluid cooling hoses attached to the lower portion of the radiator. You must disconnect them prior. Drain, Uninstall, replace, fill coolant, bleed air out. Take your time. Its easy. U must bleed the air out completely, its important.
ive a manual tranny so will I not have any tranny fluid flowing through the radiator?

and I'll check the cap. Now that I think about it that spongy strip is pretty wet/moist most the time when I check but idk why I never thought anything of it. I'll double check today, how can I check the cap
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ive a manual tranny so will I not have any tranny fluid flowing through the radiator?

and I'll check the cap. Now that I think about it that spongy strip is pretty wet/moist most the time when I check but idk why I never thought anything of it. I'll double check today, how can I check the cap
You can check the cap simply by looking at the gasket surfaces. As for the radiator ive had great success with my "no name" Aluminum dual core half rad from ebay, and it only cost me about $100 shipped!
96-00 Honda Civic EK EM 2/3/4 door Aluminum Radiator MT Manual Trans + Black Fan
I got one the same as that but mine did not come with a fan.
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So I replaced the radiator with one I ordered through denso.

Also had a quick question regarding the location of the gas tank. Is it at all right above the muffler?

The muffler heat shield is rusted half way off so it was making some loud vibrating noises until I tightened it down around the muffler with some hose clamps. Would it be safe to just remove it all together? Since even with the clamp it still vibrates against the muffler
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