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Honda Civic ep3 Type R.

Post by Goobie » Sun May 27, 2018 2:51 pm

Well that escalated quickly!

Car Spec List. (Not all Currently Fitted.)

Engine:
Tegiwa M Carbon Fibre Intake.
Tegiwa Red Silicone Intake Hose.
Skunk2 70mm Billet Throttle Body.
Hondata 70mm Throttle Body Thermal Gasket.
Tegiwa 70mm RRC Throttle Body To Inlet Manifold Adaptor.
Honda RRC Inlet Manifold, Inlet Machined To 70mm.
Hondata Inlet Manifold Thermal Gasket.
Skunk2 Composite Fuel Rail.
Cold Idle Valve Bung Delete.
Clockwise Motion Drop In Sump Baffle.
Solid Fabrications 4-2-1 Big Bore Exhaust Manifold.
Tegiwa 70mm Cat Back Exhausts System.
Powerflex Polyurethane Engine Mounts Inserts.
Pro Hoses Silicone Hose Full Kit.
K-Tuned Oil Sensor Adapter.

Transmission:
RevoTech Short Shifter.
Quaife ATB Limited Slip Differential.
Competition Clutch Six Puck Ceramic Clutch Stage 4.
RPC Super Lightweight Flywheel 3.2kg.
Hel Braided Clutch Line.
Exedy Equal Pressure Master Cylinder.
Tegiwa Gear Box Bearing Shifter Bushes.
Powerflex Polyurethane Gearbox Mount Insert's.

Suspension:
Yellow Speed Pro Sport Coilover's.
Tegiwa Front Strut Brace.
Tegiwa Rear Strut Braces.
SuperPro Poly Bushes (Full Kit).
SuperPro Front Wishbones Adjustable Castor Poly Bushes.
Tegiwa Adjustable Roll Centre Ball Joints.
Hard Race Rear Camber Adjuster arms.
Tegiwa 24mm Rear Roll Bar Kit With Brace.
Skunk2 Billet Rear Lower Control Arms.
Ridged Subframe Bolt Collars.
Tegiwa Steering Raiser.
Solid Steering Rack Slider.

Brakes:
Yellow Speed Big Brake Kit, 6-Pot's With 330mm Dia Discs.
Hel Braided Rear Brake Lines.
RPB Rear Slotted Disc's.
EBC Rear Red Stuff Pads

Electronic:
Hondata Kpro V4 ECU.
AEM X-Series Gauge, Wide Band.
AEM X-Series Gauge, Oil Pressure.
AEM X-Series Gauge, Oil Temp.
AEM X-Series Gauge, Water Temp.

Interior:
OE Steering Wheel Retimed By.- Royal Steering Wheels.
Honda FN2 Front Seats Conversion.
Exoracing Air Vent Gauge Pod's.




Some thing a little different for you guys and girls who may be interested.

Quick catch up to speed, I have five cars and a super bike, my R3 isn’t the only car I tinker with as your see over time.

News in brief, I’ve had five of these ep3 Type R’s over the last twelve years, all in different state of modified conditions. Starting with a black face lift 05 model in 2006, then a cosmic grey loaded with mods followed by another black with mods swapped over to then the silver one I have now and then a red 02 pre face lift on top I got as a donor for a K series engine swap on another project I have.

Originally I bought this silver one for an engine swap, but it turned out to be such a good runner etc and liked being back in a ep3 so much I decided not use it as a donor and keep it as a run around.

Now there is and never was any plans to do anything to this car other than run it into the ground and bin it. Thing is, I’ve never own a car that Ive actually driven as long as this, nor done as many miles in. Must be about five years now I’ve had this, in that time I’ve now clocked up a whooping 164,000 miles!

Nothing has gone wrong with it, in this time I’ve two full set of brake, three sets of tyres, and what will come as a shock to you guys, I’ve only ever changed the oil and filter on it twice, YES TWICE! And I only just did the second oil and filter change last week after covering 35k ish.

This car just keeps going and going, I’ve been all over the country in it without any trouble at all. I mainly wanted some thing I could drive to anywhere and leave it and not worry about getting dented, scratched or crashed into. And with this said, over the years it has seen a lot of of car park dings, people bumping into the front and rear bumpers whilst it’s parked to, a few of these I’ve witnessed happen. It has dents all over, some big ones too, bad scratches, the lot. But this is mainly why I have it, as you just can’t go around London on a daily basics and expect to have a mint car.

I never clean this car either, it’s had if at most, ten washes and three full hoovering of inside over the last five years! I purely used this whenever I need to go some where and leave it without worry, sometimes this car left is areas for days if not over a week.

Which now brings me to why I decided to label it “The Terminator”!, in respect to the above.

This car is a two owner, mostly motorway miles, was full Honda service history, only one clutch change. Was originally pretty much mint, but had a respray at some point, certain it had front end damaged as the bonnet is a pattern part, front shut line doesn’t match up, no dramas really as it’s a burner.

There no plan on building anything crazy etc or building up some huge spec’d ep3, but I’ve been doing a few maintenance jobs to it this week as parts are as you can imagine wearing/worn out and want attending to.

I’ve kinda been enjoy working on it this week and since with acknowledging the respect this car deserves after the abused it’s been put through, I’ve decided I’m going to try clean it up abit and do a tweaks here and there.

This car up intill a week ago, rattled over bumper, noisey engine rattle and wind, starter motor on its way out, although it’s been like this for five years and still works lol, interior all srcatched up and marked, broken clips, broken trim, broken brackets in engine bay etc etc, the list is growning, but this is what your going to see in this thread as it’s most a maintenance one with fixing upgrades kinda.

Right, that will do for now, il update more later.

Here’s a picture for now, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s mint from this picture even tho it’s only a few days old snap.

More to follow, thanks for read if you made it this far, haha.
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Post by Goobie » Sun May 27, 2018 2:52 pm

Edit, more to follow.

Two of my old pe3’s.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 12:59 pm

General needed maintenance here, brakes got down to near min mark and rear calipers slides decided they don’t really want to slide anymore. So order front and rear set of Rotordiscs, a set of ebc pads along with some Red Rubber grease and Ceratec for the pads.

Broke down all the slides on and front and rears, cleaned and re-greased the sliders and coated the rear of the pads and of course refitted new discs and pads, now decent pedal feel is back with no binding from the rear and no squeaking.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 1:16 pm

This car with the mileage it’s covered and age had taken its toll on the suspension. This thing clonked about over all above average road bumps, so was time todo something about it.

Shocks was well past their best and had a front drop link on its way out to. Whilst browsing sales sections for replacements, a set of “only two months old, covered 1500 miles” coilovers popped up at a decent price locally up the road from me.

Pictures was the usual poor quality but a deal was agreed, turned out to not be in such great condition, just really the springs on the front the paint must just be a crap quality, but he had my word so I bought them anyway as this car far from mint.

They are Yellow Spec Racing, street versions. Got the usual height, pre load and damper and front camber adjustment. I’ve had these on for a week now and been slowly tweaking the settings as I go and they ride really well so I’m pretty happy with this budget purchase.

He also had a set of rear Hard Race camber arms, so I got them off him to.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 1:24 pm

Fitting the kit went seamlessly. I was expecting to have the usual trouble with the track rod ends, all came apart like a new car intill I got to the last rear drivers side shock.

The long bolt head decided to snap clean off! Probably the worst place for it to happen, no way getting a drill in etc so had to get creative with the angle grinder. Four hours later and I got it out, haha.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 1:33 pm

Next up was refitting the “new to me” coilovers and rear camber arms.

Your see here what I mean about the front springs.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 1:38 pm

Following on, the front drop links replacements, I bought a pair as makes sense whilst I was at it.

Clearly they wasn’t just going to undo which was no surprise. so out came the angle grinder again.

And there we have it, rides like a new car again with no clonking and banging over bumps. Everything back to being tight and control manner on the roads. One more suspension mod to follow then il go get a full alignment done.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 2:17 pm

Me being me, I got carried away as usual whilst I was at it sorting out my suspension. The car drove so well now and I was really enjoying driving it over my other better cars, so I ordered a rear upgraded anti roll bar kit from Tegiwa, them being them it a copy of a more expensive make, I’m not building no fancy car here etc so the budget one will do as this is a throw away car.

Standard rear bar is 19mm and a known weak point for the cars handling, loads of understeer. There was two size options with this kit being 24mm and 28mm, I went with the 24mm as only wanted to stiffen up the rear body roll by a mild amount plus it has two stiffness setting holes on the bar for extra personal tuning so to speak if needs be.

Comes with a centre bracing and a pair of rose joint drop links. I was hoping to stick with my standard drop links but no of course they didn’t want to play ball. Although much to my surprise I did manage to get both bottom ones to undo without having to cut them off which was a result.

Off with the old and on with the new, didn’t take long at all. I put the rear links on the softer setting holes as this is an upgrade as it is, so no need to go any more firm for road use to be honest and best of testing it first instead of full stiff setting.
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Post by Goobie » Mon May 28, 2018 2:27 pm

Once that was all on and back on the ground, out for some testing, back to tweak the rear height a little more then added a bit more stiffness to damping all round and the balance now is just about right and suits my style of driving. I’ve got just about the right amount of boarder line over steer when purposely pushed on cornering etc, so very happy now with the out come and at a bargain no nonsense price too.

I’ll go and get a proper wheel alignment done in the week when I have some spare time now thats crossed off my todo list.

I’m lower by roughly an inch all round with a 5mm plus rear for handling weight transfer difference.
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Post by Goobie » Wed May 30, 2018 3:00 pm

More maintenance, I did an oil and filter change and finally got round to changing the top Pulley and Aux belt. This thing been rattling and sounding like a broken supercharger for a good two years now and I kinda gotten used to it.

I also got a fresh rocker cover gasket kit so I could whipped the rocker cover off to re set the valve clearance. I’m certain they never been checked or re set. All the fronts was way out as expected, and only two on the exhaust side was to tight with no gap.

After renewing the belt, Pulley and re setting the valves, fresh oil and filter, the engine runs so quiet! Also feels like I’ve had a remap now to, as the sorting out the valves to the correct clearance has given me better air/fuel flow (obviously.) and pulls really hard and well.

Time and effort well spent, noticed better fuel consumption in my last run and the country via the M25.
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Post by Goobie » Wed May 30, 2018 3:03 pm

Also got myself solid gear box shifter bushes to replace the old rubber ones. I’ve had these before and like/perfer the more solid mechanical gear shift feel.

Great cheap upgrade mod, simple fitment to.
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Post by Goobie » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:34 pm

I forgot to mention (if anyone actually cares or reading this, lol.) whilst I was fitting and re setting my valves I found more of the clanging/rattling parts in the engine bay being the manifold heat shield, two completely rusted off lower bolt fixing points so removed that and the gearbox end clutch line bracket snapped clean off! All sorted with one left rattling problem to find.

Right, my headlights are very poor condition and I had previously tried to revive them with no real success as they seem to have something actually on the inside as your see in the pictures.

I decided to just replace them altogether as copy items are fairly cheap so worth the risk for the sake of £100. My oe ones gotten so bad now it just isn’t really projecting the light forward anymore as they should.

Got some eBay bargain jobbies and whipped em off. While swapping them over I’ve yet again found another source of my engine bay rattle being the cross member brace at the bottom, no bolt pinning it together. Also, a whole load of missing clips to fix the bumper to the car on the underside and miss-aligned fixing too with added holes drilled in trim and tap screws where the body shop haven’t put the bumper with its kit trim together in the right order.

Also, broken headlight bracket one side and snapped head bolt followed by again on the other side another headlight fixing head snapped off head bolt.

Whatever body shop worked on this car previous is clearly a full on Del Boy garage.

Front looks fresher now and my HID actually project clear lazer sharp light froward now.

Started raining the time I finished, so no fancy pictures.
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Post by MARKTHOMASBRAND » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:50 pm

Goobie wrote:
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(if anyone actually cares or reading this, lol.)
I am reading it :D

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Post by kopite72 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:13 pm

Great work goob, you've got skills man ;)
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Makes a refreshing change to read about a reliable car :lol:

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MARKTHOMASBRAND wrote:
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Makes a refreshing change to read about a reliable car :lol:

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Great work goob, you've got skills man ;)
Thanks man, makes a change seeing some actual diy work rather than pictures of fresh parts, haha
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I am reading it :D

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Thanks, your like this wee update then!

Last weekend Tegiwa was doing a 10% sale weekend, so I took the opportunity and ordered an induction kit for the ep3.

Had to wait a little for stock to come in, I was expecting 4-8 weeks but popped up in the post within a week which was a result.

This was and still is the best mod I’ve ever bought over the years, especially for the price to. It’s a copy they make of the Gruppe M in Japan which now workout at over double the price if I was to import one.

I used to run one of these genuine Gruppe’s on my old Type R’s I’ve owned. It sound like nothing else, proper barking roar in vtec, but yet quite on idle and general running intill you go wide open throttle.

Il attach a YouTube video to give you an idea of how it sounds, but il do my own video once I fitted it with a good quality sound recording.

Anyway, here’s what cost me less than my AEM kit for my R3! Bargain really with all the carbon fibre.

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Post by kopite72 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:07 pm

Nice,the thing I like about your mods is that they are quality.No rubbish parts,just top quality bits 8)
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Post by Scartlead » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:14 pm

Having had an alabaster fn2 and my fav an accord typeR , really like these. Never had an ep3, but of course can really see the appeal! Your also one of the few members on here with a bigger shopping list than me haha! :D Also how's the 8 coming on? :-k
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Post by DanTheRX8Man » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 pm

Ahahahahaha . Whoring out those pics like a try nymph, I'm so proud

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Honda Civic ep3 Type R -“The Terminator”.

Post by GreySilver Beast » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:09 pm

Such a reliable car :twisted:
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Re: Honda Civic ep3 Type R -“The Terminator”.

Post by Goobie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:20 pm

Jack at Royal Steering Wheels have done it again!

This just had to be done, excellent mod. I had this done to my R3 wheel and I’m still very happy with it so much so I sent my ep3 wheel off for their magic touch.

I went for the same spec again pretty much, but this time Alcantara on the bottom.

Was a faster turn around this time, they only had my wheel for a week.

I’m very very pleased with the out come, nailed it with this combo so here comes the picture spamming!
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Re: Honda Civic ep3 Type R -“The Terminator”.

Post by V8 Power » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:29 pm

That steering wheel looks excellent!
Royal do a brilliant job.

Is the red tube with the intake for drainage?
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Re: Honda Civic ep3 Type R -“The Terminator”

Post by Goobie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:07 am

V8 Power wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:29 pm
That steering wheel looks excellent!
Royal do a brilliant job.

Is the red tube with the intake for drainage?
That they do, I’m sure they got me down for at least another two jobs, (cue two other project threads...) . Red tube, no, that links to the crank case breather off the rocker cover as your see shortly. But there is a water drain hole, just not photo’d.
GreySilver Beast wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:09 pm
Such a reliable car :twisted:

Hahaha, now on 166k! You bought the wrong car...

DanTheRX8Man wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 pm
Ahahahahaha . Whoring out those pics like a try nymph, I'm so proud
Double dyno power run day mate? Maybe try blag a local two in a row deal?
Scartlead wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:14 pm
Having had an alabaster fn2 and my fav an accord typeR , really like these. Never had an ep3, but of course can really see the appeal! Your also one of the few members on here with a bigger shopping list than me haha! :D Also how's the 8 coming on? :-k
Not sure about bigger, that’s some list growning by day you have, but that aside I have updated what comes first. Everything is a waitting game on that unfortunately and not by choice by me.

Well already I’ve just about touched another thousands miles in two weeks, so with my new re worked steering wheel and yet todo full wheel tracking alignment, it’s time to go over everything to make sure it’s all tight and matches each corner before full alignment.

Nowt to interesting here, everything I post up is as best a I can do roadside/driverway style job to show the home diy-er you don’t need fancy garages etc.

Some things you have limts, and there is only so many times you can try find a perfect level ground and whip your car apart, do a 180 and get different height etc readings.

Anyways, why struggle when you have the means to you disposal. Suspension isn’t a game as que PeteH.

Blar blar blar, stuck my ep3 up on the proper squared lift, re-check and tweaked my ride height, went back over all bolts including roll bar upgrade and double checked everything is how it should be followed by the fact my car height and stance is now different especially with replacing my headlights. Re-torqued and reset my headlight aim which is important and now we’re ready for a full on alignment with everything settled.
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