View Full Version : My build thread/timeline ftw

12-28-2007, 03:13 PM
my car is officially no longer my daily, so I have decided to start a build thread, I have some debt and stuff to pay off so this thread will be slow in progress, but its a way for me to keep track of everything.

I have had the car since March of 2007 and I feel I have accomplished a lot since then, but its time to go to town.

The day I got it in March - clean, but a little bit of rice - M3 mirrors, 17's no radio ... the rest of the mods are self explanatory - stock d16y7 with an intake and axle back exhaust.

Fast forward, June 2007 - 15's Rotas, eyelids, lowered it more, stock mirrors, LS seats, Pioneer radio and boost ftw :) or FTL - the motor ended up having bad rings and crapped out before the turbo kit was ever installed.

July 2007 I bought a full OBD2 LS changeover from jdm-online.com - after it got stuck in customs I got it a month later :(. Ran into multiple problems during the swap and ran out of funds, but the car was a daily and working with what I had I got the car running ...

September 2007 - Bad headgasket - replaced it, snapped a cam journal bolt, bought a b20 head and installed it timing was off, fixed time, and now the car has a shitty idle, and randomly likes to bog itself, but never stall.

and finally the present December 2007: I have not driven the car in 3 weeks, we took a road trip to orlando, during which my car decided to start having electrical problems (the previous owner hacked up the harness and I dont know why) and I blew a hole in a shitty coolant hose ... on the way back the front passenger wheel bearing started to go bad - I guess when it rains it pours.

Most recent pics

So now the car can finally become a full on project and I can build my dream hatch ... the first order of business is to pull the harness and repair it (solder connections and shrink/heat wrap them all) when it goes back in I will tuck the bay and after that fix the wheel bearing and install integra front brakes and the rear discs I have in the garage.

Also I need to add the Dc Sports header/Blox IM/and get an exhaust/ then the local tuner will be tuning the car on the zex kit I have ... again it will be a long and slow process, and this is mainly for me personally to keep track of everything I have done as motivation, anyone else who wants to take a look let me know what you think.

UPDATED 06/18/2008
I never posted these - here are some pics of when it was broken into.


Road Pirate
12-28-2007, 03:15 PM
Seen this car before, I dig it :thumbs up

12-28-2007, 11:24 PM
clean car man i like it

Sick EJ1
12-29-2007, 12:06 AM
love the black on black...nice hatch

12-29-2007, 12:37 AM
Loose the lids and get some mirrors

12-29-2007, 03:49 AM
take off the lids and the wing.

12-29-2007, 08:09 AM
I personally like the eyelids right now, I go through phases, when I have to money to get real CTR headlights the eyelids will not be reinstalled. As for the spoiler I know its a crappy CTR Replica that the previous owner put on there, I will either be buying a real CTR spoiler or spoon carbon fiber one to replace it, Im leaning more towards the spoon spoiler.

As for the mirrors - I will be getting some eventually, I havent decided which ones yet.

Like I have already said though - all that is on hold until I get the car fixed - I started to take the wiring harness out lat night but it got dark - the hack job from the previous owner showed me some problems, there are exposed wires, electrical tape everywhere, and some sensors just fell apart where they were ghetto spliced when I disconnected them - so the harness will be the rest of the way out tomorrow or sunday hopefully and I can get started soldering and such to fix it ...

I will get pics of the ghetto harness job as soon as I get it all out so you guys can see them mess I have been left with

12-29-2007, 12:34 PM

12-29-2007, 06:17 PM
seen this car before looks good i like the black on black

12-29-2007, 06:20 PM
loose the lids and get some ctr mirros and it will be fresh, other than that it looks good man

96 EK
12-29-2007, 07:56 PM
Looking great! Mine is coming along slow as well. Saving for a Full Race Turbo kit...Good luck

12-30-2007, 08:02 AM
thanks guys, good luck on the turbo kit, I was gonna go boost, but decided it would be fun to spray, and Ill see where it goes from there.

UPDATE: the wiring harness is out , it is in pretty bad shape, but fixable, over the next few days I hope to have finished soldering and heat shrinking the wires. I am hoping to get the car back up and running by next weekend, and then when I get some cash together fix the wheel bearing

as for the exterior mods - the future plans I have are CTR Headlights/CTR Fenders/CTR Mirrors/Window Visors/Thin Side Moldings - and I have to put my foglights in.

The interior needs some work - the headliner is starting to come down.

Motor wise its almost done - just needs the parts I have to get installed. and suspension needs a few extra goodies but not much

House Special
12-30-2007, 08:43 AM
only thing about the lids to me is that the color doesn't match.

12-30-2007, 10:05 AM
yeah I know about the not matching, they will be painted by a buddy of mine while the car is sitting and getting worked on.

12-30-2007, 10:16 AM
nice man, i personally dont like the lids, but everything else is good

12-30-2007, 10:52 AM
in reality I wish the previous owner did not conver to the 99-00 front end, so I could do a 96-98 front with SiR lip and headlights. but I dont want to spend time or money changing it back

12-30-2007, 11:06 AM
yeah the wing is Okay in my opinion, but i kinda like the lids, looks sleepy lol

01-01-2008, 04:31 PM
Little update for everyone: the harness is out of the car and in the house now.

when I started taking all the shit off of it (electrical tape etc ..) some the the sensors just fell off where they were spliced, and I found water and shit all over some of the connections, also the main ground for the harness had been spliced and a bad job at that, either way, Ill have some pics of it tomorrow before I start soldering and heatshrinking ...

jon julian
01-01-2008, 04:36 PM
nice hatch.......G/L on your build.............btw, those stock sidemirrors are huge, should go with spoons.

01-02-2008, 03:13 PM
thanks - yeah the stock mirrors are ugly, but they are better than the m3 mirrors and I got them for free :)

01-04-2008, 08:40 AM
UPDATE: I know Im bad with taking pictures, but the harness is done, I just need to get a heat gun for the heat shrink, but all the wires are soldered etc ... Ill try to get some pics of the harness asap

01-04-2008, 10:07 PM
gluck...looks good so far. when taking pics roll thewindows up my man. especially with tinted windows.

01-05-2008, 03:53 AM
gluck...looks good so far. when taking pics roll thewindows up my man. especially with tinted windows.

I dont have air conditioning :( but as for when the car is parked, yeah I think the pics would have turned out better

01-05-2008, 04:22 AM
17s were the nicest rims

01-05-2008, 04:53 AM
17s were the nicest rims

to each his own I guess, I hated those rims, and they were in really bad condition, the lips were scratched to hell, and some of the spokes werent gun metal anymore etc ... when I get the money I might consider 16's ... but I still dont know, sometimes I think the 15's are too small and other times I think they are perfect ... 17's looked too big to me

01-05-2008, 05:11 AM
was just goin off the pics .... if they were in bad condition i feel you for movin on .... 16s are sweet ... but you should really consider that style and color again .... they complimented your car great

01-05-2008, 05:34 AM
was just goin off the pics .... if they were in bad condition i feel you for movin on .... 16s are sweet ... but you should really consider that style and color again .... they complimented your car great

thank you, when I am in the market for a new set of wheels it will be something along those lines again, something with a lip and maybe a paint matched spoke or black/gun metal at least. I liked the black on black theme originally but as you can see it faded pretty fast, I just felt that they didnt do anything for the car ... :(

01-11-2008, 01:24 PM
sorry for the lack of updates, I was on vacation, but now there has been a step back in my plans.

I came out to my car monday morning to find it broken it ... someone smashed out the passenger window, broke dented the crap out of the pasenger door, and ripped the spoiler off, ... they didnt actually take anything besides the spoiler so Im confused, It was towed to my parents house and put in the garage so I can work on it there now, I will post pics as soon as I can

03-17-2008, 06:36 PM
long time with no updates here is where the car is at now and some pics if anyone is still paying attention.

I started tucking the harness - and took the front end off to hide the wires, I got a new door, but its red ... and the car is now in a garage...

As it sits now

Dirty bay - I have a new intake, that ghetto pipe will no longer be used

battery/fuse box area

The stuff I took out

Inside where the fuse box and headlight harness is now

This side is next

I got some new parts - my brother has the zex kit and I picked up this wet kit from a local guy for a greddy intercooler since he decided to go boost.

03-17-2008, 06:53 PM
Looks like its coming together well. Keep at it bro !

03-17-2008, 08:28 PM
thats some sexy shit right there

03-18-2008, 09:56 PM
hey thats a nice ride i know i've seen it before might have been in wp dunno

06-11-2008, 01:38 PM
I am horrible at updating this I know :(.

here is some new info - I took my steering knuckles out and took them to my guy who is pressing in new OEM wheel bearings, and ARP extended wheel studs. I got some Integra calipers and will be getting the fast brakes brackets so I can run 11" front brakes :).

The wiring is done and the front end is back together (hopefully Ill get pics of this on sunday.)

here are some pics of the wheel studs and a little extra piece I picked up, been looking for it for a while now :). Sorry fot the big pics ... I cant resize em lol


06-11-2008, 02:04 PM
Those pics are enormous! lol Can't wait to see more.

06-11-2008, 02:15 PM
Those pics are enormous! lol Can't wait to see more.

lol thanks - but my photobucket isnt working, and tinypic.com doesnt resize the pics

06-11-2008, 04:35 PM
photobucket started working so I fixed the pics :)

06-11-2008, 04:42 PM
oh man i love your car, yeah the eyelids are behhh, but the car looks amazin, i will keep with your build, personally im havin trouble with my build, but this keeps me focus!!

yo the black on black pics are fucking insane, good luck yo!!

06-11-2008, 05:52 PM
thanks man, the car will be on white wheels when it goes back on the road ... you got a link to your build? also any questions you got lmk Ill see if I can help

06-14-2008, 02:41 PM
More new parts ftmfw

Inner tie rod boot and necessary hardware (passenger side)/lower ball joints for both sides/oem antenna block off/and miscellanous cotter pins and oem bolts.

all thanks to majestichonda.com :)


I also ordered these from JLB motorsports :) they are Mugen NR Replicas made by Konig ... I know ... replicas FTL , but they didnt cost me anything because its the same amount of money I sold my slipstreams for, so they will do until I can afford some real wheels :)


06-14-2008, 02:50 PM
what manifold is that for the turbo

06-14-2008, 02:51 PM
what manifold is that for the turbo

the old pics from the first page?

its an HF manifold with an adapter plate

06-16-2008, 06:42 PM
Updates :)

The front end is back on after the wire tuck - that wire behind the passenger headlight is the battery cable hanging, it wont be there when I connect the battery lol

My JDM Ek4 SiR clock wired up and installed

OEM SiR Spoiler (the only difference is its metal and the USDM ones are plastic, eventually ill get a spoon duckbill)

Headlight harness :)

The engine bay needs to be degressed and power washed ... but here it is so far

Still got mount this, but I got the interior back together except the seats

Fuck Thieves - here is my new door since they destroyed my original door

Took my knuckles down to my buddy to press in new bearings/arp extended wheel studs and found this - already order the parts to replace it.

laying out some of the nitrous parts

And for shits and giggles the daily lol

06-18-2008, 11:15 AM
added pictures of when the car was broken into on the front page

06-18-2008, 11:20 AM
Damn dude, work clean. Clean out the interior lol.
But it's coming across nicely. Can't wait to see the finished product:thumbs up

06-18-2008, 11:42 AM
Damn dude, work clean. Clean out the interior lol.
But it's coming across nicely. Can't wait to see the finished product:thumbs up

lol thanks - yeah as time goes one I clean things out - I just usually end up having to stop in the middle of things, so I dont put anything away if Im not done :)

06-18-2008, 11:47 AM
not feelin it

06-18-2008, 11:57 AM
not feelin it

what part arent ya feelin?

06-18-2008, 12:15 PM
what part arent ya feelin?

umm, not really anything in particular, just like...the whole thing.

06-18-2008, 04:34 PM
umm, not really anything in particular, just like...the whole thing.

its a stock Si front end with a CTR rear replica lip lol ... I know mst people dont like the eyelids.

no hard feelings either way, to each his own right?

06-18-2008, 04:41 PM
Those rims look tight ! Should look pretty sweet when you rock'em !

06-18-2008, 06:08 PM
thanks man :)

06-19-2008, 02:28 AM
looks good man. to bad it got stolen into..

06-19-2008, 08:25 AM
looked more like vandalism over theft, did they steal anything?

06-19-2008, 08:49 AM
looked more like vandalism over theft, did they steal anything?

What I figure is they got angry and interrupted ... the bolts to my seats were loose, and they took the CTR Replica spoiler (that i didnt want anyways lol) ... and my hood was popped,

I think they wanted to take the car, but at that time I was working on the wiring harness, so there was no harness/intake/battery/or ecu in the car. they saw that realized they couldnt take the car.

but then I think they tried to take my seats because the bolts were loose, and I dont know why they ripped the spoiler off ... so in the end they didnt take anythng except half a spoiler lol

07-02-2008, 09:00 AM
I have to go get a new wire to run from my battery to my fusebox now that it is inside the car, after that I will finally get to turn the power on to the car and see if it works or if my wiring catches fire lol. after I make sure the wiring works its on to the suspension.

I just picked up a couple of new suspension parts so here is a list of what I have/need and will be riding on.

-Ground Control Coilovers (just got them last night locally for a steal)
-KYB AGX's - already in the garage
-Ground Control Top Hats (i still have to order these)
-Blox Silver LCA's and ASR Subframe brace (I gotta order this still) - more of a bling factor than anything else seeing as the car will be slammed.
-GSR Rear discs (I already have these, just need ebrake cables)
- Integra Front calipers and 11" rotors with fastbrakes.com adapter kit (I just need the adapter kit)

I think thats about it on suspension - Ill get some pics up in a few days.

also got to take my first ride ever in a k-swapped car (its my tuners yellow ITR) stock head with cams/cam gears -smsp header/intake/and exhaust ... my opinion - k swap ftfmw - the powerband is so smooth and linear - I have been in some built b-series cars and it just doesnt compare - everything is so much smoother ... so if Im ever not broke - maybe a k-swap in the future :)

07-09-2008, 08:45 PM

wheels came in yesterday, so here are some pics ... I dont know what kind of tires im gonna run yet ... any suggestions?

I also picked up a set of ground control coilovers and ground control top hats

Here are the wheels

07-09-2008, 10:31 PM
knock off's of my wheels. :cry:

07-10-2008, 07:55 AM
knock off's of my wheels. :cry:

I sold my slipstreams and bought these for the same price ... eventually Im either buying some real NR's or a set of MF10's ... I havent decided yet, but I needed something temporary, my money is currently going towards paint and my ls/vtec build. So one day I will own real wheels :(

09-14-2008, 01:40 PM
looks like a good build.. :thumbs up:..

sucks gettin your car stolen, or broken into. Trust me i know first hand.:(

but Keep it up, from what i am hearing it sounds like you are on the right path.. i am deff IN FOR RESULTS!!

LsVtek on the bottle should be fun!! (sleeper status or soloniods showing?) Because i have tips on hideing lines and soloniods. ;)

also are u repainting the same color?

09-14-2008, 01:59 PM
how hard is it to do the wiretuck? im tempted to do mine

09-14-2008, 02:03 PM
pretty nice