View Full Version : BEAR_times' 99 VSM EJ8 build thread

11-18-2009, 11:45 PM
Hello, my name is Daniel. Welcome to my build thread! Updates will be only added to this post as of 9/24/10. Enjoy


Year / Make / Model : 1999 Honda Civic EX Coupe

Tires : Dunlop SP Sport A2 Plus P195 60R14 85H
Exhaust : Stock piping w/A'PEXi WS2 Universal Muffler
Engine Code : D16Y8

Full Coilovers : Function & Form Type II
Camber Kit: Skunk 2 (F&R)
Chassis Code : EJ8

Kicker Component Speakers
96-98 EJ8 Cup Holder Swap
JL AUDIO 300/2 Amp
JVC KD-R610 Deck

Mirrors : JDM Power Fold w/LHD Spec Bases (wired)
Moldings : PWJDM Thin Spec
Grill : EM1 Style Knock Off
Front Lip : EM1
Mudguards : Knock Off
Hood : Nozzle Delete
Hubcaps : OEM

Fog Lights : Raybrigs w/Lamin-X Yellow Film
Rear Bumper Light : PIAA Super White
Head Light Bulbs : Sylvania Super White
Side Markers : Smoked Stanley


Near future mods:
* Install EM1 rear sway bar
* Install a kill switch

Thanks for the visit. All posts appreciated.

11-18-2009, 11:52 PM
f2's are ftw...i have those and wouldnt ride on anything else, glad you are going with oem quality parts :thumbup:

goodluck with your car man

11-19-2009, 12:50 AM
I have also heard good things about the koni yellow+ground control sleeve combo w/extended top hats.

11-19-2009, 12:51 AM
same here ive ridden on that setup also veryy nice

11-19-2009, 12:53 AM
subscribed...im liking what im seeing

11-19-2009, 12:55 AM
subscribed...im liking what im seeing


can i subscribe to you?

11-19-2009, 10:35 AM
looking good man

11-20-2009, 12:23 AM
ground controls are really good for slam... im also liking what i c.. good luck with your build

s_crowley 17
11-20-2009, 12:33 AM
nice parts..

11-26-2009, 03:14 AM
Thanks for the compliments. After finals, I will have 3 weeks to work on my ride. I plan on installing at least 2 kill switches + the other work I haven't had time for. I will have some updates in early January.

11-26-2009, 03:57 AM
i like what i see..i have a VSM as well..care to share what you paid for that lip:?

11-26-2009, 04:36 AM
I'm sorry but Blazed has killed all VSM builds. Good luck catching up tho'...

11-26-2009, 06:08 AM
i was thinking about getting those coilovers but maybe the type ones, what is the difference?

Road Pirate
11-26-2009, 12:06 PM
Looks great so far, your definitely off to a good start. In for this build!

11-26-2009, 03:46 PM
i like what i see..i have a VSM as well..care to share what you paid for that lip:?
$338.66 after tax from a dealership. I sanded off the FBP paint. My lip is currently painted flat black.
i was thinking about getting those coilovers but maybe the type ones, what is the difference?
Type II's are 36 level dampening adjustable per coil.

12-17-2009, 10:58 PM
Project 1 Acura Legend hood dampers under way. Original condition pics below:

In Progress:

03-14-2010, 04:56 AM
* power folding mirrors (80% done as of today)

Update: PF mirrors project are 95% done. All wiring is connected. Mirrors adjust and fold in and out. The 5% left over will be soldering all of the wiring nice and neat. :nod:

03-14-2010, 09:41 PM
lets see some pics!!

98 EK Hatch
03-15-2010, 04:40 PM
lets see some pics!!


05-02-2010, 01:58 AM
good idea with those hood dampers

05-04-2010, 01:55 PM
I like where this is going.
keep us updated.

05-04-2010, 02:14 PM
good idea with those hood dampers

I still cant decide what color they should be. :???:

I like where this is going.
keep us updated.

This is a picture my 4 year old son took when he was inside my car with me.


My latest project is to paint my thin side moldings flat black. I really didn't like them painted vouge silver metalic.


05-04-2010, 09:00 PM
in for a bigger update from another VSM EJ8

05-04-2010, 09:15 PM
in for more pics!

05-04-2010, 09:18 PM
This car looks like its going to be a great build!!!

It was sick when I see pics of a somewhat stock EJ8, then a pic of FnF coil overs! Good job dude!

btw did you get the shocks to work?

05-06-2010, 11:30 PM
also in for more pics! i think you should either do your hood dampers just flat black, vsm, or possibly red

05-19-2010, 06:37 PM
I finally have some updates.

New floormats from www.vb-motorsport.com are in.


After getting some body work done, the body shop owner pointed out that my car had been in a rear end collision because the frame rails have some bends as seen in this picture below. I looked up my ride on car fax prior to buying it from the original owner. The owner told me that I'm very lucky that the damage was so minor otherwise I could have had allingment and suspension issues.


Here is some more body damage. I covered the cracks up with touch up paint to prevent rusting.


Just a "post your drop" teaser. I still have a lot of work to get done. A'pexi ws2 is on the way, I'm currently mufflerless.


Knock off mud guards made in some asian country by a company called Sonar.


I got my rear driver side quarter pannel fixed today for $175. The body shop I went to has the best reputation in town and they did the work for half the price other shops wanted to charge.


Power folding mirrors switch. Nuff' said


Here is an old pic. I was testing out different headlights at the time to see which set I liked best. I currently need to get my front bumper repainted. I will get the front end finished the first week of June. Also, I eventually took off the yellow lamin-x film. I'm thinking about getting a Japanese license plate, but that might just be a little too JDM for me, IMO. I'm undecided. I will be posting several pics once my body work is done.


Here is a pic of my 4 year old son and my brother.


Here is my next project: Installing an EM1 rear sway bar with EM1 rear LCAs.


05-19-2010, 08:03 PM
This build is hella clean I'll be keeping tuned to this. I'm also building an EJ8 checkout mine, link is in my sig.

05-20-2010, 10:01 PM
Awesome looking build, can't wait to see where you take it. Never seen power folding mirrors like that before, where do those come from?

05-20-2010, 11:52 PM
lookin good homes... ;)

05-21-2010, 12:04 AM
keep us updated

05-21-2010, 09:47 PM
Daniel, cars looking good i demand more pictures! have you got your "perfect ride height" yet? or still suffering from coil over syndrom?

05-21-2010, 09:55 PM
Good progress man...

05-22-2010, 05:03 PM
Looks like a fun build!

05-26-2010, 03:35 AM
Awesome looking build, can't wait to see where you take it. Never seen power folding mirrors like that before, where do those come from?

Thanks. I just got my WS2 installed yesterday. I don't feel satisfied. I feel like 95% of the cars on the road have mufflers that look like garbage. Even most high end mercedez and bmws have garbage mufflers. It kinda sucks, but other than that I really like it.

To answer your question: North American 6th gens have mirrors commonly called "elephant ears". Many countries overseas have a different style of mirrors identical to Japan. However, the JDM had a power folding feature because of the way their cars are stored in parking garages similar to what you see in the movie tokyo drift. Don't quote me because I don't know everything there is to know. I recommend getting European mirrors similar to mine if you really like them. The power folding mirror project I did wore me out. If you want to see the tip of the ice berg follow this Honda-Tech thread I made: http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2702137

06-08-2010, 10:20 PM
Beautiful ride man love it. keep it up

06-09-2010, 04:29 AM
so far so good! nice one!

07-29-2010, 09:16 PM
JL Audio Amp is installed and wired!

Got this sub in Phoenix for $45. I got the mono amp for free from a friend of mine.