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"The Black Dragon" - my '99 Civic Si customization/upgrade/repair timeline

Discussion in '6th Gen Honda Civic Builds / Show Offs' started by Shrillin, Nov 8, 2015.



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  1. Shrillin

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    I wanted to start a journal or log, to track anything I do to my car. Strictly for personal use, but also for anybody else who might be interested. This will be updated very slowly, but here it goes!

    ➟ Full mod list can be found here.

    November 4, 2015
    Finally bought the car of my dreams, a black 1999 Honda Civic Si. So far the only negative things I have found on this car is: the speedometer has been changed out, so the miles are not accurate; and I don't know much on the history of the car, other than the fact that the motor has been "worked on" and that it is originally from MI.
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    November 7, 2015
    I've had this car now for 3 days, and I'm very anxious to start personalizing it. So, today I changed out the shifter nob from the standard leather to a $14 billet style from O'Reilly. I want to throw on a short shifter as well, but that will have to be done later. Next I found an "illest" sticker that I was going to use on one of my custom RC bodies, stuck it to the rear window where the brake lamp is. Finally, I named her "The Black Dragon." (I also updated previous posts to reflect new name and links to/from my mod list)
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    November 9, 2015

    I went out to look for a DIY car wash station today, no luck. Asked my neighbor when I got home, and so I'll be on the lookout again tomorrow. On a side note, the shift knob I installed wouldn't actually stay on due to a junky plastic thread system inside, so the original leather knob is back on. Maybe I can find something else to use as a thread adapter for the billet knob, as I really like how that one opens up on top. The leather one definitely looks better though.
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    November 22, 2015
    Okay a little update! First off all, I recently decided to move my license plate from my front bumper, to my front windshield. I've heard that this may cause me to get pulled over more often, but I'm going to risk it as I usually drive pretty safe and have no reason to be pulled over.
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    Secondly, lately I had noticed a sound coming from the front right that got louder as I got faster, and figured the wheel bearing on that side was going out. Also I'd been wanting a compression test done, so I took my car to my family mechanic. After changing the wheel bearings, the sound is gone. We also found out the sparkplugs were loose... dahell? :2confused

    Here are the compression results:[​IMG]

    Lastly, I recently bought on Amazon a hand made carbon fiber antenna block off delete plate. I've been wanting to remove the antenna cause it was stuck sticking out, and I hated the way it looked. To do this, I simply removed the large panel under the steering wheel. Then I found where the antenna cable had a connection in the middle before it gets to the radio. I unplugged it and duck-taped a string to it so I could fish the string up and through (just in case I decide to replace the antenna for any reason in the future). Then I taped the end of the string inside hoping that next time I look inside it will still be there! After replacing with the new weight reducing ( :D lol) carbon fiber antenna block off, I used a tiny bit of locktite on the screws that hold it down. Then I plugged the antenna back in and just pulled the antenna cable under the dash over the pedals and stuck the antenna under the middle console paneling. It's completely hidden and still gets great radio reception!
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    This last photo I just decided to include for no reason. Needs some cleaning under there!
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    TO DO LIST: (✔=done)

    Replace Wheel hubs front wheel bearings and studs (both sides had a busted stud) ✔
    Lug nuts (red black, all locking lugs) ✔
    Change back to OEM lugs! ✔ (May try to plastidip them black.)
    Replace brake pads with ceramic ones (some drilled and slotted rotors are also a possibility, might just machine current ones)
    Restore brake calipers and pain them black.
    Plastidip the OEM wheels gray.
    Install Skunk2 or MEGAN Racing header. Still deciding between 4-1 and 4-2-1
    Install 5zigen or A'PEXi exhaust.
    Install PW:JDM intake. (image link)
    Engine bay tuck (keeping AC, PS ..etc).
    Install cams, valves, springs, retainers (still learning this)
    I would like to find a chrome replacement for my intake manifold as well, similar to the Golden Eagle. (image link)

    I would like the engine dressing to be chrome.
    I would like wire cover to be carbon fiber.
    I would like to paint the engine bay candy apple red
    I would like to paint the valve cover white.
    I would also really like to find some carbon fiber door panels!
    EVENTUALLY a turbo system, waaaay later.

    Thanks for reading!
    ...more soon!
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015
  2. HeX

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  3. Dominick

    Dominick EM1crew.com Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    Nice avatar pic......LOOKS LIKE MINE BUT SHOPPED!!!

    hahaha! Car looks clean though!
     
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  4. Shrillin

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    ahh you caught me! :oops: haha yeah I confess lol. don't worry, it'll be original once I get some decent shots of my ride :P (if you'd like, I'll change it immediately though). And thanks!

    edit: avatar changed!
     
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  5. tyrexus

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    Sweet! Just started on my 97 ex as well. Wish my paint job was as good as that to start with.

    Sent from my LG-D852 using Tapatalk
     
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  6. Shrillin

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    Went to a parking garage today to take a few photos (which came out horribly with my phone :( ) and coasting back down I can hear my brake pads... Guess that'll be my first project! Hope to also include new hubs, lugs and would like to restore and paint the calipers. Stay tuned! =)
     
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    looks like a nice clean slate
     
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    dream come true
     
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  9. Dominick

    Dominick EM1crew.com Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    It's all good man! I was just messing with ya!

    If you haven't already, check out EM1crew.com for all your EM1 needs/info! I share the same dream car as you do as well, only a 00 EBP. Sub'd!
     
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  10. Shrillin

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    *Added an entry for today, November 9, 2015
    *Added a "to-do" list
     
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    Man, so clean and stock!
     
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    *Added an entry for today, November 22, 2015
    *Updated the "to-do" list

    Found a very odd "mystery switch" under the dash today as well. No clue yet as to what it's for.
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    *edit* I'm able to start the car with the switch set to the 'off' position, I thought it might be a killswitch? Nope, I'll keep testing things tomorrow.

    *edit x2* I'm able to do pretty much anything normally with this thing turned off, I give up lol.
     
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  14. Shrillin

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    A photoshop'd image of what I imagine my bay looking like in the very distant future. :roll:

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    hope to have the bay painted candy apple red ;)
     
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    Clean, but...aftermarket lugs on stock wheels..not so smart
     
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  16. Shrillin

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    Ahh crap. I had no idea. Why on earth wouldn't my mechanic tell me that? :angryred: Guess I'll be looking for a new set of lugs then. The originals are not a full set and pretty destroyed. :cry:
     
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    Dominick EM1crew.com Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    I have some OEM ones I hand polished for ya for cheap!
     
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    That would be a reason to pull you over then.
     
  19. Shrillin

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    If that's the only reason, I'll politely explain how I did it for the look, and not BS them, as I'm in no way a danger on the street. If they still ticket me, then I will more than likely place it back on the bumper. So far, I've passed by plenty of law enforcement and not a wink.
     
  20. CHILD

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    It's not illegal here in texas to have the plate in the windshield, the law states there must be a front license plate and a rear one. Location isn't specified, but like above, officers can use it as an excuse to pull you over.
     
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