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On August 7th 2008, I fell in love . . .

It was my original intention to purchase a taffy sedan and, with the exception of the essential mods—tint and audio—leave everything stock.

As soon as I parked my car for the first time, I performed my first mod—dealer sticker delete.

August 7, 2008—found the 8th while looking for the best ipod integration option.
I found this thread: http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/i-c-e-electrical-security-navigation/96842-isimple-ipod-integration-stock-radio.html

My local Best Buy had the isimple in stock

August 8, 2008—I joined the 8th.

August 11, 2008—My Si went to the tint shop and had HP Supreme Solar Gard window film from Bekaert Specialty Films installed:
Front 50
Rear 30
Rear and Moonroof 20

August 15, 2008—I just couldn’t take the “premium” sound system anymore and installed:

Alpine SPS-500 Type-S 6-1/2 Fronts

Alpine SPS-500 Type-S 5-1/4 Rears

Elemental designs 9Kv.2 open air sub

Alpine MRP-F300 50W x 4 Multi Channel Power Amp

August 16, 2008—Set up a temporary fix for the :vtec: + groceries issue.


August 18th, 2008—Cleared out headlights.


September 28th, 2008—“civic” delete


October 4, 2008—Trunk, map, and dome LED swap.

Cool white LEDx5 swap for the license plate.
White 9LED festoon bulb swap for dome and map lights.
Cool white WLEDx6 bulb swap in trunk.
Purchased from SUPER BRIGHT LEDS

October 6, 2008—Upgraded to VIP
:woowoo: :badger: :wheee: :dancingcoolsmiley:

October 13, 2008—My Si met a professional photographer.

October 16, 2008--K&N 69 Series Typhoon Air Intake installed!

November 12, 2008--Progress 22mm Rear Sway Bar installed.

November 14, 2008—Attended first civic meet!

November 26, 2008—Redshift Rear Sway Bar Reinforcement Brackets installed.


November 27, 2008—Replaced transmission fluid with Red Line MT-90 Synthetic


November 28, 2008—Cargo net and Trunk tray installed.


December 10, 2008--Kenwood DNX8120, SCOSCHE dash replacement kit, PAC SWI-JACK steering wheel control interface, and BOYO VTL400 Rear View Camera installed.

December 14, 2008—Focal 165CA1 Coaxial speakers installed.


December 15, 2008--Finally got rid of terrible layer of funk on the inside of my windshield (No, I didn't do it. It came with my car.), installed GrafiXpressions emblem, replaced fugly license plate screws with small, clean anti-theft ones from Autozone.

You can see the problematic place where my backup camera is installed here:

December 18, 2008--Dirty loaner valve cover arrived in mail. (Zeuceone ftw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

^ ewww, right?
1st mod=cleaning:

Took mine off:

And installed temp:

December 19, 2008

Pried those little plugs out of the valve cover. This is really easy if you use the Nomar06 method!

I ordered a special red for my valve cover and shipped it off.

December 20, 2008

Woke up this morning and bought myself some lovely HFP suspension:

Installed my new JDM hazard button and rewired nasty mess of wires behind the poor Navi.

December 30, 2008

Installed HFP suspension! Without the "right" tools, this can take seven hours. Seven hours with small dinner break. :hiding:

FYI! Despite what it might look like in this pic, my foot is NOT on the rotor here. I'm pushing a wrench. Carefully.

I'll post a finished picture when I take one later.

Guess what? Suspension upgrades are fantastic. Sway bars are for babies. Now I can REALLY feel a difference. (And, yes. This is exactly the suspension I want, so I will not be lowering any more or installing coilovers or anything.)

December 31, 2008
Began damper install
So . . .

And then three people tried to use the horrible rivet gun for over an hour. Working different combination of bracing the hood and even squeezing the gun in pairs. NOT fun!


But we didn't have the right drill bit for the bottom, so project is being continued . . .

January 1, 2009

So I bought a $40 drill bit, but that's ok. It'll be useful for many projects in the future.

Drilled all kinds of holes in my car:

But it's worth it.

It sucks taking out the stock hood prop, but the engine bay looks way better without it.

January 6, 2009

The HFP front lip comes in a HUGE box!

It and your front bumper are a little awkward to maneuver.

You should enlist the help of some friends.

Your car will be happy when you are done.

And then you can join the http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/inside-out/70621-hfp-front-lip-club.html

January 18, 2009

So, I preordered an engraved, weighted shift knob. In the mean time, my short shifter and base bushings have been sitting on my shelf for a long time. So . . . I haven't modded my car in awhile. And . . . I started thinking--after installing all the shifter components, how will I be able to distinguish which is making the biggest difference?

So I have decided to do my install in shifts.

Today, I installed the base bushings.

WOW! What a difference! Talk about control! Everything is now so much more mechanical. Each gear is much more distinct and solid. Now I have to resist resist with the short shifter. I have to get used to these bushings first :(

January 19, 2009

After being stuck in traffic for over an hour on my way home from my run, I felt that I had give the base bushings a suitable trial run and decided to install my TWM short shifter. Compared to the bushings, which were not all that difficult, the short shifter itself might be the easiest install I have performed thus far.

(Sorry for the iphone pic, I forgot my camera.)

Only one complication spoiled what would otherwise have been a flawless install: Before reconnecting the shift knob, bolt, and boot, I decided to give the new shifter a try. In a wave of panic, I realized that I could not find fifth or sixth gear! I screwed the knob on and continued to panic, finally calming myself, putting my car back together, and starting it.

Suddenly, fifth and sixth gear resurfaced and I quickly got used to the new feel. This was not nearly as dramatic a change as the base bushings provided, but it's still nice. I'd be interested to see how it compared to that Mugen quick shifter.

January 21, 2009

A k20 valve cover came to visit from powder coating camp. After removing my loaner valve cover, I noticed that it was not only NOT my original cover. It was not even from a Si.

My oil dropped to 15%.

January 23, 2009

Although I had already read over it a few times, I reviewed: http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/engine/18649-oil-change-diy.html
The imposter valve cover started its return voyage to powder coating camp, and I made a quick run to AutoZone.

I can now barely drive up ramps with my HFP suspension and lip.

Removing the drain bolt was simple! Nothing like the transmission fluid bolt!

Removing the oil cap took some effort, however. Oil drained and the real fun began.

Reaching the filter is not the difficult part! Using a crappy AutoZone tool is! After realizing that no amount of shop towels was going to make the tool quit slipping, I got on the phone and asked a local civic how he had removed his OEM filter. Hoangy and his mystery OEM removal tool to the rescue!
Smooth sailing from there on out. The top of my new K&N filter fits a 1" socket, so it'll be simple to remove when the next change rolls around. By the way, Royal Purple oil is actually purple. :wheee:

January 16, 2009
Installed Mugen radiator cap. Jay-Dee-EMMM :woot:

January 31, 2009
Exhausting work today! Ugh.

My new "hi (flow) cat" GReddy [email protected] exhaust!

Even with WD40, the stock exhaust is horrid to remove.

February 3, 2009

Back to stock exhaust. Whewh. I'll do better the next time around.

February 6, 2009

Dual car party tonight. The guy that bought my EVO2 came over, and he installed it on his coupe while I swapped out my valve cover.

Well, it is still not my valve cover, but, hey! Acuras are cool cars too.

I did this swap in less than an hour! I'm learning!

February 13, 2009

After some problems with FedEx, I got my new A'PEXi WS2 today! :woot:

The install was clean and simple.

And it looks nice and subtle:

February 15, 2009
Right before a car meet, I installed my dust mite.

While at the meet, I noticed one of our local Sis, [url =http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/members/44931.html]Kris5597 had painted his manifold cover bla...s/engine/83345-removing-intake-resonator.html

Except I did elect to remove the battery. Lots more room to work.

March 13, 2009

DOMO-KUN! :woot:

March 27, 2009

1st attempt to gain some torque--P2R throttle body spacer and gaskets.

As most of you probably already know, this doesn't fit with a K&N. So, the install took quite a few hours, and I ended up reducing the little rubber connecting piece and drimmeling and adding some washers to the bracket.

FYI, you don't have to pry those screws out, you can just use two nuts and your socket wrench:

I got the matching tie-down too. :dancingcoolsmiley:

AND, while I was in there, I went ahead and did this: http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/engine/25348-diy-throttle-body-coolant-pass.html

About 30 minutes after I finished, a new IS-F showed up and allowed me to strip it down and install ipod integration! Think its wheels would look good on my GG?

April 9, 2009

On March 23, my first package arrived. April 2nd, I recieved the rest. The paint shop finished on April 8th.

And then!

May 12, 2009

After two hours of gardening, it was time to install my new Ingalls "Stiffy" Engine Dampening Power Stick. The most difficult part was assembling the poor thing--lots of tedious measuring to get it exactly right! Not to mention that without proper wrenches, those little bolts are really difficult to tighten. (I know, why haven't I bought proper wrenches by now?!!)

80 ft lbs + blue locktight isn't a total snap either.

But, WOW, is it worth it! It does vibrate quite a bit, but all of the vibrations are legitimate feedback! It's fantastic feeling the movement of my engine through the petals and wheel. The only downside is that I have now given my Si a voice with which it is able to protest my sloppy down shifting. :pinkhiding: But, don't worry. After 1 day of vigilant practice, I upped my driving skills. It's a little embarrassing to think that after all this time, I was kind of failing at driving. :pinksadface: For its instruction alone, it is worth it!

May 17, 2009

On the way back from a meet, I checked my mailbox. WeNoh NHBP FA5 FTW!!!!!

May 24, 2009
I got something in the mail :)pinkwoot: Now I :love::love::love: the supercharger, rippars!, as opposed to just :love::love: :giggle:), and started a quite tedious project:

It's starting to look like something, but I still have a long way to go:

June 3, 2009

Jumpered my clutch. http://www.8thcivic.com/forums/electrical/160028-diy-jumper-your-clutch.html

Maybe I can now buy one of those push start buttons, now that another step to starting the car is eliminated.

June 12, 2009

Got my Intake Manifold back from powdercoating camp:

Picked up a skunk2 fuel rail, let my car cool off, and was ready to go. Do you spot the problem in this statement? I wish I had. skunk2 fuel rail does not fit an Si without a lot of modification--modifications that include EP3 parts that dealerships do not typically keep in stock. Mental note: it is never Ok to impulse buy a mod!

So! The manifold swap went smoothly, for the most part:

Until much wasted time at the very end, until I finally had to accept the fact that I had to put my stock rail back on for now:

P2R has been ordered. :thumb:

June 17, 2009

When returning the Skunk2 fuel rail, I couldn't resist buying something that I'd been thinking about trying out for quite some time.

The install appears to be deceptively simple! Just 6? 7? parts. The only complication is when it comes to worming it up into your engine bay. *stress* *stress*

June 18, 2009

P2R fuel rail install! P2R ftw! It almost snapped on effortlessly without any modification! Almost . . . Thanks so much, obert for saving me from my pre-install panic attack!

June 21, 2009

Got rid of some random nasty stuff in my 'bay--moved some wires to less visible locations and removed some brackets that were holding nothing :eek:mg: (embarrassingly sloppy job! Too little sleep=sloppy work ftl!, but we are ok now.)

July 16, 2009

All-weather floor mats! Now I'm ready for the dragon meet! I also got those little OEM cup pads for my drink holders.

July 25, 2009

Since there is no JDM dipstick option for a Miata, I decided that spray paint is the way to go. To appease the ensuing GG jealousy, I elected to include a minor accompanying mod. :pinkcorngrin:

August 14, 2009

Second oil change.

Oooops. :giggle:

August 29, 2009

Replaced radiator hose and stopped coolant leak.

September 7-14, 2009

8th Civic Dragon meet!


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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
nice mod list

and great post drawing out the mods!
Thanks! I figured I had to hurry up and create this thread while I still remember all the dates for everything.
Nice work, I was the same way when I bought mine,I was not going to do any major mods and befor I knew it BAM 5000 + out the door! LOL Great looken car! Keep us posted on your mods!:wheee:
Don't worry, I will! Hehe. I'm not at $5000 yet. I try to keep it all in my budget.
Nice job Rachel.....pics of face please:bighug:
You can take as many as you want at the big meet in 2009! :badger:

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