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Optixs
08-29-2009, 08:50 PM
Just picked up this little guy a few days ago. I know next to nothing about working on cars, but we all have to start somewhere I guess. Advice appreciated.

Sorry about the poor quality, took these with my phone.

Everything is stock! Nothing special. '01 EX :)

edit--

To do:

1. KN Air filter & cold air intake.
2. New stereo receiver, to match orange backlight & for aux input. (http://www.clubcivic.com/board/showpost.php?p=2738267&postcount=3)
3. Change out old oils, just got it, so who knows when it was done last. Synthetics.
4. New headlights (ideas? xenon?)
5. Maybe a lip, not sure though, when lips aren't done right they're too ricey for me.

Suggestions would be nice.

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/8118/0829091915.jpg

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I need to vacuum the driver's side mat already. >_>
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Jaceface
08-29-2009, 10:25 PM
nice looks clean.
first thing id do is get some coilovers and drop it.

Optixs
08-29-2009, 10:42 PM
nice looks clean.
first thing id do is get some coilovers and drop it.

I don't have the money to spend on coilovers right now. Will probably do it eventually though. I'm not sure it's practical though, unless somebody can explain to me otherwise? I'm a car nub.

First few things I'll probably do is put in a KN air filter/intake. Then a better stereo receiver (suggestions?). I'm looking for something that is back-lit in orange, to match the back lights on the dash and gauge cluster.

Again, sorry about the poor phone quality.

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JakeTurner
08-30-2009, 12:11 AM
Looks clean man. Matching amber stereo would look awesome. Good luck bro.

civic94lx
08-30-2009, 02:41 AM
Very stock. Just the way I like it! Definitely a clean car.

Optixs
08-30-2009, 02:57 AM
Looks clean man. Matching amber stereo would look awesome. Good luck bro.

Yeah I'm having a few friends help me on a manhunt for a receiver that matches it. :)

Very stock. Just the way I like it! Definitely a clean car.

Thanks, I'm going to try and keep it as clean as my college-academia allows me. :roll:

Just waxed it by hand 2 days ago, probably going to put another coat on next weekend. I also need to take a piece of sand paper to the negative battery terminal.. it's missing a cover and has rusted a bit.

I should have vacuumed the driver's side mat before taking the picture. :x

88DX4ME
08-30-2009, 04:11 PM
Yeah I'm having a few friends help me on a manhunt for a receiver that matches it. :)



Thanks, I'm going to try and keep it as clean as my college-academia allows me. :roll:

Just waxed it by hand 2 days ago, probably going to put another coat on next weekend. I also need to take a piece of sand paper to the negative battery terminal.. it's missing a cover and has rusted a bit.

I should have vacuumed the driver's side mat before taking the picture. :x

you would be better off using a claybar kit on the car, then giving it a coat of wax.

claybar will remove all the dirt and grime off the pant, as well aas strip any old wax off of the car.

Theres only need for one coat of wax on there.. Adding a second coat really does nothing for you, except you might cover some missed spots, but its kind of hard to miss a spot when your waxing.

I typically claybar and wax my cars once in the spring and once in the fall, and apply a coat of wax every three months in between to keep the wax on there.

If you apply wax too much, you will destroy the clearcoat and completely defeat the purpose of waxing to being with.

Otherwise, it looks like a really nice ride, happy modding!

Lopez619
08-30-2009, 04:20 PM
nice start looks clean. if i were you i'd save up for a coilover kit and drop it a little bit first but thas just me. good luck with the car and welcome to the club:thumbs up

Optixs
08-30-2009, 08:01 PM
you would be better off using a claybar kit on the car, then giving it a coat of wax.

claybar will remove all the dirt and grime off the pant, as well aas strip any old wax off of the car.

Theres only need for one coat of wax on there.. Adding a second coat really does nothing for you, except you might cover some missed spots, but its kind of hard to miss a spot when your waxing.

I typically claybar and wax my cars once in the spring and once in the fall, and apply a coat of wax every three months in between to keep the wax on there.

If you apply wax too much, you will destroy the clearcoat and completely defeat the purpose of waxing to being with.

Otherwise, it looks like a really nice ride, happy modding!

I waxed it in a hurry (by hand..), so that's why I was going to do it again -- to get the spots I may have missed or done poorly. Thanks for the claybar tip though, I'll do that.

somejaykid
08-31-2009, 08:57 PM
clean car man, go with suspension first then the motor good luck with the project

Optixs
09-01-2009, 07:00 PM
Took some better pictures with a D5000, instead of a camera phone. :roll:

http://yfrog.com/6mdsc0018cjx