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What makes a Fn2(2011) civic a Type R?
I have just purchased a 2011 Civic for my wife as we had to get a 5 door family car (starting a family etc). Anyway, she has had to sell her JCW mini, and we didn't really want to have to get anything slower, just more practical.
So I have just come back from a dealership and paid a deposit on a really tidy 2011 Civic, one owner from new and also has an almost Type R style factory fitted body kit /trim. It has immaculate Honda black 17" wheels, as well as a faultless body.
So my plan all along was to purchase a a 1.8vtec then upgrade it to make it a 5 door type R (or better).
So with regards to the engine, that's fairly self explanatory, for the engine bay I plan the following... Pickup a second hand type R engine and gearbox, then rebuild both of these, probably with some spoon parts, forged rods and pistons etc, new cams all that jazz. New Mount's, hoses, ecu etc.
So engine bay is fairly easy and self explanatory. Now, the rest of the car is where I am not to sure.
On the type R, does it have different front struts? I'm presuming the springs may be different, but as far as the struts, hubs and brake callipers, they all appear to be the same. I already have my eye on the spoon 4 pot front and rear callipers, but then my next question was, does the type R have a different master cylinder, or is it the same on both models?
Hopefully this makes sense, so what else other than the engine, gearbox and bushes are different on the type R compared to the 1.8 vtec. I want to start with the suspension and brakes first (obviously) then move onto the engine bay, as the engine strip down/build I can do out of the car in the workshop, whilst the 1.8 is still in the car.
PS, I know this is a really expensive way of achieving a fun/fast 5 door family car, but I've never done standard and this car is more of my baby than hers.
Im not a mechanic by trade, but I have done full rebuilds before, complete car, gearbox, engine etc, so know my way around and also know what I want! I've been given free range to do what I want, other than a full cage.
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