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    Hey, guys! My name’s Micah. I’ve been lurking here a while, but never posted anything. So I guess this will be my intro thread and my build thread/log.

    It's a long first post but you'll be super happy if you stick it out.

    So when I was 15 I picked this little beauty up for the labor equivalent of $125. A 1991 Civic DX Auto. It was my second car so I had a little bit of experience under my belt, but not much (I sold the first one for profit to buy this one and cool parts and whatnot).







    The car was bone stock except for these gross frog seat covers and steering wheel cover. Took those off. I then bought an Integra LS with the rest of my money. Motor was supposedly built. It wasn’t. We all know how that story goes. Didn’t get any money back. The guy must’ve thought he was pretty boss to rip off a 15 year old kid. Whatever, it’s in the past now.
    Here’s the Integra.



    Took out both motors and swapped the B18 into the EF. Also swapped it to a 5-speed. Of course.



    My young self thought I was so mAd JdM TyTe and took some full lock pictures.
    Just look at that fitment.











    Grass pictures… thought my car was low. You can see the quarter panels in these pictures. They were somewhat rusted so I cut out the rust to keep it from spreading until I had time to work on it. It has a California plate on it. That’s because I was still 15 and couldn’t drive the car on the road so I slapped on my dad’s old plate.









    Finally did the body work. Being 16 now, I didn’t have the money to buy replacement quarters (although now I dearly wish I had). Instead I used sheet metal from an old filing cabinet. It looked pretty great from far off but up close… not as nice as I'd like.











    Made up a turbo kit for the stock LS motor. Ebay turbo, custom log manifold, Srt-4 intercooler. It was pretty quick I suppose.









    Fabbed up a VR-6 air dam on the car. I was pretty proud of myself for finding out it fit. Then I found the EF picture thread on Honda-tech and found out everyone else had already been doing it.





    Then I wanted more power. I hadn’t really cared about stance (or even knew what it was) at this point. I think I was almost 17 now.







    Wiseco pistons, Eagle rods, ARP mains, head studs, and rod bolts. Assembled at home with the help of my dad (he has also been a MASSIVE help this whole time. Thank’s dad!)

    Put like 7 hours into the valve cover.



    After winter, I then proceeded to take out the perfectly good running motor.







    Not in these pictures (because I have tunnel vision and don’t often stop to take pics) are the traction bar I made, the modifications to the turbo manifold to fit in the EF and the intercooler piping. I love EF’s but oh my gosh… EVERYTHING has to be custom. Well, the traction bar didn’t have to be but I’m a cheap skate.



    First race on the new setup. It did alright but I kept blowing my wee little 2.5 inch exhaust off. Also, we noticed on the dyno that the GSR intake manifold was holding the car back. There was no change in power from 15 psi to 23psi (turbo was certainly big enough).







    Got an Edelbrock Vixtor X manifold. THIS WAS THE BEST MOD I’VE EVER DONE
    Night and day difference. It was phenomenal.

    Next up? Turbo wasn’t big enough. Got a Holset HX-35/40 hybrid. It has the 9cm exhaust housing of the 35 and the compressor of a 40 (also a seven blade wheel). (Left)





    Size comparison with a Honda ECU



    I wanted to see what the car would do in the quarter. My dad told me he wouldn’t let me do a full pass without a roll bar in the car (understandable). So I put in a roll bar. I also designed my own removable door bars because, again, I was too cheap to buy the ones I liked (Summit’s are gross looking).































    I then saved up my money for some wheels. I had now grown to **** the ricery, black, 17’s on the car. You may also notice in some of these pictures the color of my brake drums and calipers. Yes, I thought it looked “JDM” and cool. One day I came around and painted them black. It was a good day.

    While I was saving up I researched what wheels and tires I wanted. I was thinking some gold drag DR-20’s and tires… tires? They were all the same right? They didn’t matter.
    Then I found this site. Thank you, Lord. I immediately became fascinated with getting my car as low to the ground as possible. I also realized that tire sizes were VERY important.
    But I couldn’t afford a set of Panasports in the offset I wanted. Or find them. I could forget about any SSR MKII’s or MKIII’s with adapters. They were too expensive. In the end I bought Panasport knockoff’s. Whatever, they’re still wheels right? My priorities are still racing and that’s where my money went.
    It took me forever to decide what width and offset I should get. It was worth it. In the end I chose 15x7 et30 with 195/50's. I absolutely love how they look.





    It was still pretty high, but I thought it was slammed as can be.
    Later down the road I tucked up my downpipe more and lowered the car as much as I dared.
    Later I then tucked the downpipe even more. I also went as low as I dared.

    This continued over time and probably still will. Here’s the car as it sits now. I can’t really tuck the 3” downpipe much more. It’s self ovalizing right now so maybe in a year or so I can lower the car more. Here is the car as of yesterday.









    Also, I just got myself a mahogany wheel and quick release. I love how it looks! But I’m never dealing with Grant again.







    I'm now 19 and there are still many things I'd like to do to the car.
    Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the read! Any advice, tips, or dislike, post them here!
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    Holy cow. From one "youngin" to another, awesome work man
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    love the progress, any videos on the track? also what kind of power is it putting down? keep up the good work, would love to see some race seats in there
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunfGang View Post
    Holy shit. From one "youngin" to another, awesome work man
    Haha! Thank's, man!

    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    love the progress, any videos on the track? also what kind of power is it putting down? keep up the good work, would love to see some race seats in there
    Yeah, sure, I've got some. I hope they work.
    Last time I was on the dyno my clutch was slipping at 7,500 rpm so I don't have any power numbers. I fixed the slipping and my AFR's were great all the way to 9,000 so I never put it back on the dyno.

    I had some shifting issues that night (also my first night ever at a full track). The last video is my best pass so far. I have a LOT of work to do on getting my 60 foots down. They should be in the 1.70's or 1.60's. Then the car will be deep in the 11's.







    Best pass
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    Grant GT steering wheel, oh my god that brings back memories.

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    Im impressed by your Skills at that age its really awesome

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    whats the roll cage made from ? Please dont tell me its exhaust tubing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    Im impressed by your Skills at that age its really awesome
    Thank's very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by SD202 View Post
    whats the roll cage made from ? Please dont tell me its exhaust tubing.
    roll bar*

    It's mild steel...

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    Found this picture on Facebook the other day. I remember this guy taking photos of my car at a local meet but haven't been able to get the rest.



    Also, something I forgot to mention, the car was in full street trim for those passes at the track. No slicks, full interior. It's a street car and always will be.

    Right now I'm planning on converting to E85 and turning the boost up.
    I'm also planning a winter project. How's an AWD EF sound?
    ...because I **** FWD

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Doban View Post

    Right now I'm planning on converting to E85 and turning the boost up.
    I'm also planning a winter project. How's an AWD EF sound?
    ...because I **** FWD
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    This car is just... awesome. A car with ass to back up the way it looks. An 11-second pass is no joke, you've made yourself one hell of a nice car. I wish I had started building Hondas when I was younger.

    Keep up the great work, you're a shining example of what more people need to follow.
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    This car is just... awesome. A car with ass to back up the way it looks. An 11-second pass is no joke, you've made yourself one hell of a nice car. I wish I had started building Hondas when I was younger.

    Keep up the great work, you're a shining example of what more people need to follow.
    Wow, thanks a lot! I really, really appreciate that! It wasn't an easy road. Many hours of fabrication. It was worth it. I learned a LOT too. Thanks again, man.

    ps. Your Prelude looks so nasty! Love it. I used to have a '91 Prelude Si. Different gen, but still a Prelude. Great cars!

    On another non-car note, I finally got strings on my cigar box ukelele today! Just need to make my fret board. It sounds so awesome though.





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    Well I just made a big purchase so a picture update will be coming!
    I bought MOOG upper control arms, MOOG lower ball joints, and Energy Suspension front lower control arm bushings. I'm still on the hunt for some quality heim joints for my traction bars (mine have gotten all sloppy). Hopefully this will make my front end tight again. Right now it's all over the road and every ball joint has play in it :/

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    MOOG parts are here as well as the control arm bushings! Pics will be up soon! I'm so excited...

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    Love the ukelele. Oh and the EF, I like it.

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    At 15 I was taking apart airsoft guns and your taking about motors!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur.M View Post
    Love the ukelele. Oh and the EF, I like it.
    Hey, thanks man! I actually just got frets on it. I used nails from an air gun and it worked out great!

    Quote Originally Posted by NathanHeeney View Post
    At 15 I was taking apart airsoft guns and your taking about motors!
    Hey, we've all got to start somewhere! I'm sure you've done things other people just gawk at. Thanks for the kind words, too.


    Right, so I finally got a chance to upload the pictures of my suspension craze. It wasn't as fun as it sounds...

    All the new stuff.



    The lower ball joints



    Upper ball joints





    Cam seals



    Clutch cable



    Poly bushings (Which end up being the wrong ones!) :




    So with it being early morning I wasn't too in the mood to work yet, so I took a couple artsy pictures and got on the facebook.







    Maybe I'll edit them and become tumblr famous.... probably not

    Okay, so now that I had my fun for the day, I finally got to work.





    Valve cover off!



    Cam caps out. It's nice to see that these cams don't even have all their factory coating off yet. Legit ITR cams.



    Old cam seals vs. new. Unfortunately, I have been leaking oil down the front of my block like MAD. It looked to be the head gasket. I replaced that last week... it wasn't the head gasket :/
    After replacing these seals the leaking slowed but didn't stop. So after all this was done I replaced the valve cover gasket and it FINALLY slowed to near a stop. I **** oil leaks!





    After the motor was all back together, I tore apart the suspension. Here, my hands got too greasy to hold the camera so there really aren't that many pictures... like three.

    old vs. new



    This is the wear on my LCA bushings... I really wish I had gotten the right ones.






    So that was that! Got it all back together, and quickly aligned the car with a tape measure. After I lowered my car, I never really adjusted the toe. My wheels were sticking SO far in the opposite direction... it was horrible. And unsafe. Later, once I get the proper bushings I'd like to get a professional alignment.

    Anyway, there is SUCH a noticeable difference in turning, accelerating, and pretty much everything after installing these new ball joints! Plus its actually safe now. You should see the play in my old ones!

    Downsides to these new ball joints? They stinkin' raised the front of my car almost an inch! grrrrr.... I really liked not having to cut the front springs. Looks like I'll have to :/

    All in all, it was worth the work. I can rest assured that my spindle won't decide to leave me after hitting a bump on the highway.
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    Wow, the car looks great! It just got better and better as it went along! Good progress and I'm glad it's still pretty functional...that's always a bonus. Overall, very nice car and tasteful mods. Well done.

    Yours is the first one of these that I've actually liked. So be proud

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    Well this isn't an update really. Honestly I haven't done much to the car in a long time. Just little stuff. I commute to school now and have just been enjoying driving it every day. Great gas mileage too!

    I got some flat-head bolts for the steering wheel because the normal screws I had kept backing out.


    I've had this shift knob for a couple years now but it's still super cool. My friend actually milled this from a chunk of aluminum and gave it to me because I was having trouble shifting my wee ball shift knob. Great guy!


    aaand some engine shots... My old valve cover is back on.

    Basically what happened was my old motor mounts got destroyed from the power I'm making and the cover was hitting the hood and it gouged it up in several spots. So last week I looked it and thought, "man, that's a shame it's just sitting there... I'm going to redo it." So I sanded it down and ground the gouges smooth. Turns out it looked cool like that. Wrote on it and called it a day.






    Then My buddy and I went to Morain State park to rip around on the SUPER nice twisty roads.




    And that's about it. I don't plan on doing anything to this car for a bit. The hope is that Matt (Integra in picture) will buy my current motor, trans, EVERYTHING leaving me with an empty engine bay. With the money I'm going to throw a stocker in, rip out all the wiring and carb it. With the shorter motor I can lower the car more. I will also pick up a 240z and do all sorts of cool stuff to it. Like I said these are just dreams but they will most likely come true. CANT. WAIT.
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    Nice last stage


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    <-- Also Micah xD

    Awesome work man!
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    lookin good!

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    I love all of the progress and work you have done on this car! I've always wanted an ef cause it's pretty much a mini cb lol.

    But I'll be watching this for more updates, hope to see some soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hondarida5 View Post
    Nice last stage
    Thanks, man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Svenska94Aero View Post
    <-- Also Micah xD

    Awesome work man!
    No way! Are you from a Christian family too? It's a pretty biblical name.
    Thanks for the kind words too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick475 View Post
    lookin good!
    Shanksh.

    Quote Originally Posted by brsteinbach View Post
    I love all of the progress and work you have done on this car! I've always wanted an ef cause it's pretty much a mini cb lol.

    But I'll be watching this for more updates, hope to see some soon!
    Ahhh they are so small! The pics make it look normal sized but it's NOT.
    Thanks a lot, man. I don't know how soon I'll be able to fulfill your hopes but I'll see what I can do!

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