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Hey guys
I bought an 07 Honda Civic Ex (1.8L 5spd standard) almost a year and a half ago, and I did a couple of things at the time because I wanted to. (Floor mats and shift knob, then I made a shift boot)
Now, I'm wanting to do some more stuff to it. I recently ordered the Skunk2 short shift adapter, but haven't received it yet.
Basically, just cheaper upgrades that may be worth while whether they be cosmetic, handling, or performance, etc.
I'm just looking for some suggestions. What to do, what to avoid, etc. I thought about possibly doing an SRI, but I don't want to deal with heatsoak, and I definitely don't want to do a CAI, because about every year around February to April it rains constantly, so I don't want to hydrolock it.
It is also my daily driver, to and from work i probably average roughly 2-2.5 hours driving a day, so I also don't want to risk any issues that may cause me not to be able to drive it because it's also currently my only vehicle.
(Also worth noting I'm not very experienced with working on vehicles. I can do simple stuff, but wouldn't trust myself with, say, engine internals.)
Anyway, just let me know what y'all think, please. Much appreciated
 

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I would work on the suspension and make it handle better.
Sway bars? Springs? Specific brands recommended? I will say I would like to keep it at a stock ride height to avoid damage on rough roads (which there are a lot of)
I would love to slam it on the ground, but I don't want to damage the underside and can't afford an air ride setup
 

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Another thing is the car has 223,000 on the odometer, which I don't think will be an issue, but I mentioned wanting to upgrade this/that possibly and my girlfriend's dad just looked at me and said I probably won't get that many more miles out of it. Again, I don't see it being a huge deal, but what are y'alls thoughts? Am I good to go ahead and do minor upgrades if I decide to? Is it worth it?
 

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The R18 can go up to 500k so 223k is just starting to get broken in (I think). My 2006 R18 has 167k and i'm only doing suspension and wheel mods because it's not a fast car at all - after all it's an economy car lol. For suspension; if it's floppy, I would swap the shocks out for KYB units so it would fix the unstable ride. I'm personally pairing the KYB struts with the Eibach lowering springs which will make it a bit lower than normal but not slammed to the ground. I think I should be able to slide in 2 fingers to the gap or so no problem. The OEM Si sway bar is what I honestly recommend because it's a bit beefier and will fit guaranteed when the brackets are swapped.
 

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The R18 can go up to 500k so 223k is just starting to get broken in (I think). My 2006 R18 has 167k and i'm only doing suspension and wheel mods because it's not a fast car at all - after all it's an economy car lol. For suspension; if it's floppy, I would swap the shocks out for KYB units so it would fix the unstable ride. I'm personally pairing the KYB struts with the Eibach lowering springs which will make it a bit lower than normal but not slammed to the ground. I think I should be able to slide in 2 fingers to the gap or so no problem. The OEM Si sway bar is what I honestly recommend because it's a bit beefier and will fit guaranteed when the brackets are swapped.
Awesome! Thank you very much! And I agree, it's not a fast car, and it's not really meant to be, but I would, again, like to make it more comfortable and better all around to drive. Thank you again.
 

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I'm saving up for the acuity shifter bushing. There's also the billet shifter for the TSX that I think will work on the K20Z3 but I'll have to figure something out for the handbrake and cupholders if I take the dive with it. EDIT**** Just noticed you have the ex, not the K20z3 in the SI.
 

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I'm saving up for the acuity shifter bushing. There's also the billet shifter for the TSX that I think will work on the K20Z3 but I'll have to figure something out for the handbrake and cupholders if I take the dive with it. EDIT**** Just noticed you have the ex, not the K20z3 in the SI.
What all would I need to order to upgrade to the Acuity bushings? Do they make a complete kit?
I'll look into it
 

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Sway bars? Springs? Specific brands recommended? I will say I would like to keep it at a stock ride height to avoid damage on rough roads (which there are a lot of)
I would love to slam it on the ground, but I don't want to damage the underside and can't afford an air ride setup
You can do air ride... not necessarily cheap though. Will allow you to “slam” it and still be able to go all monster truck for bad road conditions. But if you don’t want to drop it there is not a lot to do other than cosmetics like carbon, head unit/sound system. You can do sway bars to add a bit more stability, but there’s not more “modifications like outside of that since you are not wanting to lower it or do engine modifications. Doing them doesn’t do a whole lot for the lx, ex, exl’s anyway, unless you get deep into it and basically build onto the motor and then do boost (turbo or supercharger). Only other thing I can think of is a set of wheels if you haven’t already. Also, 250k is honestly not a lot for these cars. As long as maintenance is done on time and correctly, these will go past 500k, assuming you don’t redline it every couple hundred feet.
 

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As far as how much life your car has left...do you feel lucky? The 06-08 model years 1.8 had a engine block defect that caused the lower portion of the block to crack. Proper maintenance had no bearing on the likelihood of your engine grenading itself.
 

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As far as how much life your car has left...do you feel lucky? The 06-08 model years 1.8 had a engine block defect that caused the lower portion of the block to crack. Proper maintenance had no bearing on the likelihood of your engine grenading itself.
It's a hit and miss with this unless the block has been replaced by the dealer years ago. My 2006 R18 is on the original block from 2006 and it's still fine. My car was built in Marysville Ohio.
 

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Seat covers would help the resale value. You could get a spoiler, but I think that just creates drag lol. I have a cold air intake that I've driven in a downpour and it didn't look like any water had gotten to it. The engine is pretty sealed up and I think that water would only be a problem if you drove through a river or something.
 
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