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Well, as a few of you know... I'm just getting myself into starting to do some work on my civic. Starting off relatively light and moving on to bigger and better things. I'm, very much, a beginner or 'n00b', if you will.

I'm trying to get as much as possible done by the time the kickball meet rolls around. So yea.

This thread is something that I am going to try to update regularly with pictures/descriptions of the things I have done. It will not be nearly as detailed as a
DIY, so dont rely on this to complete your mods (as if any of you could 'learn' from me)

However, with each section(mod), I will post before/after pics and a link to a DIY thread (if I used one). I do want to apologize ahead of time for the relatively crappy picture quality... but my camera isnt that good.... and im not a good photographer.

If anyone has and comments, questions, suggestions, criticism, etc.. please feel free to post. As I said, I'm a beginner... so I have a lot to learn. This is basically my way of documenting everything that I'm doing/learning.

FYI, the car is a 2006 ASM FG1 EX. Below is a picture that is from the day I got it (May 13, 2006)



Annnnnd, here we go.
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Mod #1 (March 2007):
Install K&N Drop in filter
Technically, the first 'mod' I did was quite a while ago. I bought a K&N Drop-In filter for my car. I dont have before/after pics for this mod... because well... there isnt really any visible difference. No DIY here... way too simple.

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Mod #2 (August 5, 2007):
Front License plate flip (Click for the DIY used) - This was VERY easy. Only took roughly 10 minutes, and thats because I couldnt find my Knife. Not much else ot say here, except im quite pleased with the outcome.

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Mod #3 (August 5, 2007):
Debadge the 'Civic' logo on trunk. (Click for DIY). Not much to say about this... again. Very common and very basic.

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Mod #4 (August 5, 2007):
Custom welcome messege on stereo LCD. (Click for DIY)

This mod is terribly easy and was started and finished in under 2 mins. Neat little way to customize your vehicle.

I didnt take a 'before' pic... but it just read "Welcome" on the LCD. Now it displays as follows...

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Mod #5 (8/17/2007):
Clear Headlights/Amber insert removal. (Click for DIY).
- SO, I finally got this one done... and damn am I pleased with the result. This was by far the most 'intense' mod Ive done thus far. Taking off the bumper was a trek in its own. I think i ruined about 1/2 the plugs before figuring out how they worked. But its ok because the bumper is still on pretty damn solidly. Baking the headlights was pretty easy, just nerve-wrecking. I could easily do this again if I had to, it just takes some time. One thing I would caution people on is to be VERY careful when handling the pieces after youve seperated them. That damn sealant gets EVERYWHERE!

Anyways, updated pics. I still have to get a better one of just the headlights afterwards. but the one i have shall suffice for now.

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Mod #6 (8/13/2006):
Replace stock muffler with OEM Si AxleBack (click here for DIY):
- Well, some part that I bought finally arrived today. One of those was my Si AxleBack. Now, this was my first 'real' mod that I did all by myself. CHuckle if you must, but I'm quite proud of myself. The whole mod, start to finish was about 45 minutes, but thats only because I couldnt find my 12mm socket. Once i found that, it took me about 30mins to jack up, swap and clean up.

So, without futher a-do... pictures!!

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The 2 mufflers side by side:


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Mod #7 (8/15/2007)
Replace OEM Downpipe with Megan Downpipe. (No DIY)
- I actually had a shitty experience the previous night trying to install my downpipe. I got it all jacked up, rolled under, got the oem downpipe front end off using a 12mm socket, then went to go do the back end and the bolts were a bit bigger, so i go to check my tools (well, my dads tools)... and we didnt have the right size in metric. so i had to bolt the front back on and lower the car back down. all the stores were closed by that time, so ill have to wait till tomorrow to go pick up a good metric socket set. It was a complete waste of time. The following afternoon, when I got home from work, I went out and got the proper tools for the job. Once I had the tools it was just as easy as the OEM Si AxleBack. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to do from start to finish.

Sorry, no 'before' or 'after' pictures... it was too hard to try and squeeze my camera in under the car and get good images. But here are the 2 downpipes side-by-side:

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Mod #8 (8/17/2007):
Tinted windows - (No DIY)
- I went to Pruven Performance and got my windows tinted. 35% on the sides, 20% in the rear.

No 'before' picture... because theres plenty above that show the previous windows.

Heres a picture of what the sides look like now:

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Mod #9 (8/20/2007)
Install K&N Typhoon Short Ram Intake (No DIY, just in box instructions)
- So, I planned on making a DIY for this, but I lost my cameraman about 1/4 of the way into the project and didnt have enough hands to make useful pictures. But, I got it installed... eventually. Yea, so... the instructions in the box... theyre definately NOT 100% correct. Id say they are about 80% helpful. Most of the pictures and descriptions are helpful, but a bunch of them are just like "OMGWTF!?!?!".

Needless to say, it turned into me mostly doing like a puzzle and using the instructions as a vague guide. But, from start to finish, it took about 2hrs. But boy... when it was done, i felt real good. It sounds MUCH better than before and I can feel the little bit of extra power, a lot, in the 2nd/3rd gear range. My 'off the line' speed isnt drastically changed, but the pull from about 3 or 4 seconds in is 10-fold better than it previously was.

When i get the chance this week Ill get some more/new sound/video clips... but for now... :pics:

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Mod #10 (8/25/2007)
Install Tein S-Tech Lowering Springs (Click for DIY)

Attempt #1:
- Well, this was, by far, the most frustraing attempt at a mod that Ive done as of yet... and I thought the SRI was a pain because of the generally unhelpful pictures.

Well, I rented spring compressors from AutoZone (which is free if anyone didnt know. they just give you all of the deposit money back when you return the tools), went home, jacked up my front passenger side (6:50pm), removed the tire, unbolted the strut and took it off.

The time was now 7:15pm. By 7:30, we (nmy best friend and i) had realized that the compressor I got was not what we needed. We needed strut compressors.... so, back to AutoZone to swap tools. Back from autozone at about 8:15.

By 8:30 we have the spring compressed and the top of the strut moves freely... only now, some of the balls from the ball bearing are falling out. From here, all we needed to do was get the nut on the top of the strut off and put the new spring on... easier said than done.

We tried for 45 minutes to get the nut off and it didnt budge at all. Compressing and uncopmpressing and everything we could think of without ruining the strut and/or stripping the nut or our tools. So we decided to just give up at about 9pm and put it back together.... again, easier said than done.

We loosened up the springs and went to put it back on my car... only to find out that when we uncompressed it, we hadnt lined the spring back up to the proper spots on the strut. So, we had to compress again, and realign the spring on the strut. Then loosen the springs again.

Now, at 9:30 we get the strut back in place and have it held there by loosely tightened bolts on the top. Only now, it doesnt even come close to fitting back into the brake fitments. We fiddle with it for a solid 20 minutes before getting it to even sit properly.

Then we bolt it back up, put the wheel back on and lower the car. At this point, it is now 10pm and We're beyond frustrated... but we take the car for a test drive to make sure we put the strut back on and assembled it properly (even though we're missing a bunch of balls from the bearing).

It sounded and felt fine. I am however taking my car somewhere today to have it looked at just to make sure we re-assembled it properly, and Im bringing a cup filled with the balls that fell out of the bearing with me... and Im probably just going to have them install my springs for me.

So yea, that was my night. Then we went inside and had a few beers to :chill:

Sorry for the long read, but I had to share the experience.

Update on this debacle:
-So, I took my car to the stealership today and told them this:

"I took my car to a shop to have them install some new springs that I bought. But they didnt get very far. As soon as they took the first strut off, they stopped because the top was not held together properly and some balls from the bearings were falling out. They secured it back together and said I had to take it to the dealership to get it fixed."

This was a blatant lie (in an attempt to get them to cover it under warranty) because it just didnt look right to me and I thought it was broken. So I put it back together and brought it to the dealer.

So, I drove down the road a bit to the dealer and got them to look at it. They said would need a whole new strut assembly and that it wouldnt be here until Wednesday because they have to order it. They also informed me that because someone other than a honda tech took it off, it is not covered under warranty because they cant prove that it was defective and that it didnt get ruined by the person who took it off.

I expected this, so it wasnt that upsetting, though it sucks that I now have to pay for a $200 strut and about $170 in labor for them to put it on, when I can do it myself. But they told me it wouldnt be covered under warranty if I installed it myself. So Im just going to have them do it.

Needless to say, my spring installation is now on hold for a little while until I get this all sorted out.

Attempt #2 (Success!):
As it turns out, that dealer was just trying to **** me over. They never even took the wheel off. They just went by what I was telling them. I managed to get a hold of my neighbor today, who is a certified Porsche mechanic. He took a look at my strut and it was fine. We had all the balls form the bearing anyways, i found them and kept them in a cup. We popped them back in and it was fine. Then we finished putting my springs on. So its all good now. Im canceling my order on the strut on Monday morning.

Getting my alignment done on Monday as well because there is a BIG difference in the camber now and I wanna get that taken care of.

I was actually about to make an update and post the before/after pictures.... but I need to get a better 'after' picture. The ones I have right now are hard to notice the difference.

Now... PICS!!!

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Mod #11 (08/30/2007):
Install ASM OEM Si Grille (Click for DIY)

There isnt much to say here. This mod was terribly easy. Just take the bumper off, unscrew the factory grille, take it off, putt he Si grille on and tigthen up the screws then throw the bumper back on. Easy as pie. I am SOOOO pleased with how this looks. Its 10,000x better than the stock look. One thing to note, I did take the 'Si' emblem off because I do not have an Si. I personally HATE when people have 'Si' on a car that is in fact... not and Si. To see what I did with the leftover bracket... see the next mod.

Total time: 15 Minutes.

For a "Before" pic, you can just see any of the pictures previous to this where the grille is shown.

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Mod #12 (08/30/2007):
Make/Install Custom Grille Emblem (Click to see the DIY that I made for this)

Click the link for the DIY to see how I did it. The 'before' pic can be seen in the above mod (#11).

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Mod #13 (9/8/2007)
New Rims/Tires
- These are the Rims/Tires I bought and installed this weekend. They are 2006 Acura RSX Tpe-S rims/tires with genuine JDM 'H' centercaps. Much love to BlueRocket for hookin' me up with these.






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Random Pics and Vids:

-- These videos are for those who want to know what a stock EX sounds like after installing a Megan Downpipe and OEM Si AxleBack:
TakeOff 1 (Bad sound quality)
TakeOff and Driving (Good sound quality)
TakeOff 2 (Good sound quality)

New photos coming soon...
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I want to give a shout-out to everyone who's been kind enough to answer my questions and provide me with the info I need to research and learn what I need.

Be sure to check back often... theres MUCH more to come!
 

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boost1320 said:
shouldnt this be in the introductions and pictures section?
Is this an introduction? Dont think so.
Are there pictures? Yes
Am i from the northeast? Yes
Can pictures be posted anywhere? Yes

So, lets sort this out.

Intro/Pics Section:
- Intro -> No
- Pics -> Yes
^Only 50% accurate.

Northeast:
- Northeasterner -> Yes
- Pics -> Yes
^Oh look! 100% accurate
 

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Si 07 said:
lowering the car next? or rims maybe?
Springs are on their way, Intake also on its way. Rims coming in probably about 3-4weeks

I actually had a shitty experience tonight. I went to install my megan downpipe, and got it all jacked up, rolled under, got the oem downpipe front end off using a 12mm socket, then went to go do the back end and the bolts were a bit bigger, so i go to check my tools (well, my dads tools)... and we dont have the right size in metric. so i had to bolt the front back on and lower the car back down. all the stores were closed by that time, so ill have to wait till tomorrow to go pick up a good metric socket set... then ill have to find time again to get it all jacked up etc.
 

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PhalanX said:
Springs are on their way, Intake also on its way. Rims coming in probably about 3-4weeks

I actually had a shitty experience tonight. I went to install my megan downpipe, and got it all jacked up, rolled under, got the oem downpipe front end off using a 12mm socket, then went to go do the back end and the bolts were a bit bigger, so i go to check my tools (well, my dads tools)... and we dont have the right size in metric. so i had to bolt the front back on and lower the car back down. all the stores were closed by that time, so ill have to wait till tomorrow to go pick up a good metric socket set... then ill have to find time again to get it all jacked up etc.

aww that bites man... nothing like having an upgrade and not being able to put it on :sadwavy:

on the plus side you will get a fresh comparison of the stock configuration, to the upgraded downpipe :dancing:
 

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aww that bites man... nothing like having an upgrade and not being able to put it on :sadwavy:

on the plus side you will get a fresh comparison of the stock configuration, to the upgraded downpipe :dancing:
The one thing I was thinking about though... and i was just about to go make a thread on this in the technical section...

The Megan DP is a bit larger diameter than the stock pipe, and thus, thicker than the following pipe (sorry, dont know what its actually called). Its the big long one that runs to the resonator? i think.

Anyways, the point of having the bigger pipe is to allow more airflow, more air = more power. well, isnt it kind of counter-productive to have a wider DP only to have t squeezed back down into the next pipe which is still stock?
 

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Phalan, I thought you had the K&N drop in? Your signature says SRI? Which are you rolling with? And I like the exhaust comparison side by side, I thought the only difference was the tip.

Oh, and what rims do you have coming? Get those springs yet?
 

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Toy Slacker said:
Phalan, I thought you had the K&N drop in? Your signature says SRI? Which are you rolling with? And I like the exhaust comparison side by side, I thought the only difference was the tip.

Oh, and what rims do you have coming? Get those springs yet?
I got my Megan Downpipe installed last night. Im loving the new sound my car makes. Im gonna try and do some sound clips tomorrow or saturday.

I havent decided on the rims 100%, I want 17"s... maaaaybe 18"s, but i highly doubt it.... but im torn between the 06 RSX Type-S rims and the Motegi SX5s in black w/ polished lip and the HFP wheels.

As for my intake.... i bought a K&N Drop-In back in like March... but I have the K&N SRI arriving any day now. My springs (Tein S-Tech) should arrive tomorrow or saturday.

The springs are rated @ 1.5" drop roughly, after settling. And I keep looking @ my car and it looks terribly low already. Ive seen plenty of specs where people are on 17s with 215/45 tires and they say they dont have any rub, but it looks to me like im going to rub even with just my OEM rims on there, let alone 17s.

Furthermore... does anyone know how much lower the HFP Body kit is than the OEM body? Im getting the HFP kit in a few weeks and really dont want to **** it up when my car is lowered.
 

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I got the Si rims with a drop of about 2-3 inches and it doesnt rub at all. The stock rims have a good offset (45+), hence no rubbing.

If you decide to go with after market rims, you will probably get a 40+ or 42+ offset and in that case you might rub a bit when bottoming out.

I got a pair of rsx-s rims as well as SI rims painted Bronze (duplicolor bronze rim paint)

Most HFP kits lower the front and rear bumper about 1-1 1/2 inches from the ones i've seen i might be wrong.
 

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concept2 said:
I got the Si rims with a drop of about 2-3 inches and it doesnt rub at all. The stock rims have a good offset (45+), hence no rubbing.

If you decide to go with after market rims, you will probably get a 40+ or 42+ offset and in that case you might rub a bit when bottoming out.

I got a pair of rsx-s rims as well as SI rims painted Bronze (duplicolor bronze rim paint)

Most HFP kits lower the front and rear bumper about 1-1 1/2 inches from the ones i've seen i might be wrong.
Yea, so i really dont need to worry too much about rubbing, eh?

What year are the RSX Type-S rims?... and are you interested in selling.
 

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PhalanX said:
Yea, so i really dont need to worry too much about rubbing, eh?

What year are the RSX Type-S rims?... and are you interested in selling.
they are 06, yea ill sell them for $600. where you located, i might be willing to drop them off, i like taking road trips.
 

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concept2 said:
they are 06, yea ill sell them for $600. where you located, i might be willing to drop them off, i like taking road trips.
Do you have pictures of them? Im in CT about 10-15mins South of New Haven (On I-95)

Off 95 - Exit 40
Off 15 (Hutch/Merrit) - Exit 56
 

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boost1320 said:
listen wise ass.... you can post where ever you want to, but why dont you open your eyes and look where the rest of the threads like this are. is this a region specific thread? no it is not. if you read the title to the other section it says introduction and pictures. that doesnt mean only introductions, but pictures too. oh look! a special section just for pictures of your ride! oh wait! i think there is even another section for each specific color! that is cool!

my comment was simply a suggestion to move your thread to another area of the forum where it would get more publicity but you decided to be an ******* about it. thats ok.... all noobs think they are the ****.
I did open my eyes, and I chose to post here. I already had an introduction thread with pictures... I also dont need hundreds or thousands of views. This thread isnt about the pictures. Its a log of one car going from Stock to different stages of being modding.

You dont like where I posted? Dont post in the thread. Better yet, dont look at the thread. :thumb: If it really bothers you that much... get a mod to move it. If it is still gnawing away at your inner sould, then click on my username, the click the "Add PhalanX to your ignore list" button, and youll never have to read one of my noobish posts again.

Edit: LoL, I just noticed how cute your new 'name' for me is in your quote. If it makes you feel better, youre right, I wish I had gotten an Si. BooHoo!! I have my reasons though as to why I got it.
 

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boost1320 said:
listen wise ass.... you can post where ever you want to, but why dont you open your eyes and look where the rest of the threads like this are. is this a region specific thread? no it is not. if you read the title to the other section it says introduction and pictures. that doesnt mean only introductions, but pictures too. oh look! a special section just for pictures of your ride! oh wait! i think there is even another section for each specific color! that is cool!

my comment was simply a suggestion to move your thread to another area of the forum where it would get more publicity but you decided to be an ******* about it. thats ok.... all noobs think they are the ****.[/QUOTE]


you would know, you where a noob once too. show some common courtesy.

I didnt think his reply to you was that out of line...

cant we all :vtec: in peace
 

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you should try to get your hands on an HFP muffler. i sold mine a while back to someone with an ex and it sounded really nice.
 

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you should try to get your hands on an HFP muffler. i sold mine a while back to someone with an ex and it sounded really nice.
I might at some point. I had never seen the HFP fuller until a few days ago... it did sound really nice. It WAS on an Si though. Right now Im rockin' the OEM Si muffler and a Megan downpipe. These shall satisfy me for a little while, then I'll have to figure something out for a whole new exhaust.

I'm going to try and take some more pics tomorrow and do another writeup. I got my windows tinted (35% on the sides and 20% in the back)... but one top of the slight OEM tinting it really about 28/15. I also finished up clearing out my headlights.
 

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I might at some point. I had never seen the HFP fuller until a few days ago... it did sound really nice. It WAS on an Si though. Right now Im rockin' the OEM Si muffler and a Megan downpipe. These shall satisfy me for a little while, then I'll have to figure something out for a whole new exhaust.

I'm going to try and take some more pics tomorrow and do another writeup. I got my windows tinted (35% on the sides and 20% in the back)... but one top of the slight OEM tinting it really about 28/15. I also finished up clearing out my headlights.
I can't wait to hear the exhaust combo as I have an EX as well. I want a little noise without raspyness, does yours have that?
 

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Xtreme Thunder said:
I can't wait to hear the exhaust combo as I have an EX as well. I want a little noise without raspyness, does yours have that?
Dont really know how to describe it.... since I can only hear it from the inside. And I know it sounds different from inside. I had my brother do a driveby for me the night we installed it. I thought it sounded awesome. Its definately not the typical 'fart can' sound that people usually get.

I'll be sure to get some pics/vid tomorrow. I promise youll enjoy.:lildevil:
 
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