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post #81 of 105 (permalink) Old 12th April 2019, 10:43 Thread Starter
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too busy to take a decent pic of the car but it came back from the dealer fully scrubbed up so i took a couple of iphone snaps as i was getting it loaded up for some time away with the family over easter:


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It has a full "major" service, aircon re-charge, manifold flush / de-gunk. RC8 upgrade was attempted but failed (won't boot) - it's going back to them Sat to see if they can resolve that.
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That seems an easy list because now I've got to get the electric gate button. Oh and the gates of course! I got the space saver. Just don't carry it!?
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Guessing the torsion beam rear on these is similar to that on the Hatchback; How did the rear install go for the lowering springs?

Just ordered some cheap from Autodoc.
Front looks a fairly simple fit, just the two bolts / looks like some brake hardware clipped on to the shocks, but haven't looked at the rear properly yet - Is it just a jack up and disconnect the lower bolt on the rear damper and swap them over?
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Guessing the torsion beam rear on these is similar to that on the Hatchback; How did the rear install go for the lowering springs?

Just ordered some cheap from Autodoc.
Front looks a fairly simple fit, just the two bolts / looks like some brake hardware clipped on to the shocks, but haven't looked at the rear properly yet - Is it just a jack up and disconnect the lower bolt on the rear damper and swap them over?
i got a local garage to do mine just in case there was a need for compressors etc. turned out pretty easy though, as you say - just unbolt the rear damper and there's enough droop to get the spring swapped.

did you get eibachs? these are really good, perfect ride height, no issues when the car's fully loaded either, nice and firm but not harsh.

If i was doing it again i'd also trim down the rear bump stop a bit. Not really an issue, just very occasional creak when super-loaded up which i'm guessing is the the bumpstop - trim 20mm off with a stanley knife would be my suggestion.
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Yep, Grabbed some Eibachs.

Done some more reading, looks like the rears should be fairly simple - I'm wondering about the fronts though, Just a couple of bolts to get the strut out, but then need to get the spring off - Could either take the strut down the road to the garage, or take my life in my hands and get some spring compressors.

Out of interest, how much did they charge you for fitting?
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Yep, Grabbed some Eibachs.

Done some more reading, looks like the rears should be fairly simple - I'm wondering about the fronts though, Just a couple of bolts to get the strut out, but then need to get the spring off - Could either take the strut down the road to the garage, or take my life in my hands and get some spring compressors.

Out of interest, how much did they charge you for fitting?
Can't remember exactly, but 200ish i think? Maybe do the rears yourself and get the garage to do fronts = save some money?
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Reading about on PH, Someone got the garage down the road to swap the springs for ~10 so that sounds like the way to go

I'll have to get a thread of my own going soon :P
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Mod #12: boot net

My car is missing the net that should be on the RHS of the boot. I thought i'd found one, described as oem honda accessory boot net, but no. Turns out its an additional net you can fit on the LHS of the boot :-/

Bit disappointed when it turned up a few months ago so it got chucked at the back of the garage - finally got around to fitting it yesterday. Only took 2 mins, 4 pop rivets and its on. No idea what i'm going to put in there but hey, its better in the car that sat in the garage i suppose


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It's OEM honda, P/n 08L96-TB8-600A if anyones interested.

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Is it in the right place? Who knows - didn't read the 4 pages of instructions that came with it..



Mod #13: OEM honda space saver spare.


I don't like not having a spare. Dealer kit seems to be about 150 new, and these appear to go for 80-100 or so on ebay. I lucked out with an auction ending at a weird time on a tuesday morning so managed to get this for just 45 quid, incl the mounting bolt.

Easy to fit, just cut the carpet to find the mounting hole. Have i got it the right way up?

Really takes a LOT of the space from the underfloor though, more than i thought it would.

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I had looked at RX8 spares - these are alloy and same pcd so maybe a bit lighter, but tbh i couldnt find one less than 120 quid (they were dealer option so rarely spec'd, hence super rare now) also maserati do a lovely space saver spare, also 5x114, its speedline but looks exactly like a TE37 but narrow - way expensive though.. for 45 quid and zero risk on fitment the honda option won in the end.

* yes i know i need to hoover the boot

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How far can you go on one gallon?

Here's an idea; re-set your A trip, drive until the mpg and the miles are equal. You've used 1 gallon. How far have you gone?

Good game? Here's my best efforts:

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Mod #14; Spacers

Finally got around to fitting up my freaky parts 17mm rear spacers. I'd had these sat in the garage for months - was concerned they might make the rear TOO wide and cause some rubbing when i'm fully loaded up.. the car is already low (eibachs) plus when i put the full family, luggage and two dogs in there it drops a bit more

Also been considering how to get these on and keep the mod reversible. These bolt-on spacers have the oe studs protruding a little proud of the mounting face. Not a problem on the factory wheels as these have a recess/cut out. The TE37s though don't have these, so i either needed to cut down the factory studs, or make some sort of recess in the back of the wheels. After much deliberation i went with the latter, took a deep breath and machined some small recesses in the back of my lovely wheels.

Also popped a set of 5mm slip-on spacers on the front at the same time. No clearance issues at all. Looks much better. Quick test drive and i think the additional track i now have at the rear makes it a bit more stable in the corners? Might be placebo but it did feel good.

OE wheels are ET50 i believe.. my TE37 are ET48, so with the addition of the 17mm rear spacers i've effectively made them now ET 31.

I'd read on this forum when i first joined that the max wheel you could fit on tourer rear was 8" ET45 but with my TE37s i'm 7.5" ET31 which is 8mm more "poke" than that and still a little bit of room.

Anyway, enough waffle, here's the pic. Hard to get a good angle but this is prob the best your'e going to get:


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Love the way this looks from the rear. The tourer really has big/wide haunches and with the wheels sat correctly in the arch now it looks great IMHO>
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I Still love the look of this Tourer..
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Good news and bad news:

Bad first: picked up a massive stone chip right in the middle of the screen the other day, and with the hot weather this started to split and seemed to get bigger every day.. ugh. Luckily covered by insurance but as the car has city brake assist (automatic low speed braking) it has a camera in the screen, along with the rain sensor and light sensors.. which means that the screen replacement needs to be at an Autoglass centre, and cant' be done at home/ work. Cost me 75 excess.

Which leads on to..

Good news:
1. it could have been much more expensive; fitter said this would cost the insurance co somewhere like 500-600 quid all in. Wow, makes 75 seem like very good value
2. chaps at Autoglass swindon did a fantastic job, can't tell its a replacement, looks like factory fit.
3. my car has city brake assist!? didn't realise until now, never triggered it but good to know its there.
4. the view out of the windscreen is super clear with the new glass in place. you don't realise how scratched the screen is after 110k miles but once the new glass goes in it's transformed

I'm skint (again) now but thinking if i'm going to do the re-map i need to get on with it before i rack up so many miles its not worth it. Might see if i can do this next month?
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On the remap front it's worth considering emaps who are based near Birmingham and have a mobile service.

Simon has a great reputation especially in BMW circles. I had my previous 320D mapped by him and it was great. Contemplating getting my Civic done but to be fair I'm happy with my Bluespark box.
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On the remap front it's worth considering emaps who are based near Birmingham and have a mobile service.

Simon has a great reputation especially in BMW circles. I had my previous 320D mapped by him and it was great. Contemplating getting my Civic done but to be fair I'm happy with my Bluespark box.
Cheers Craig - i'll check them out.
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Celtic map booked for September
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Where are you getting it done Rob, their HQ or one of their agents?
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Where are you getting it done Rob, their HQ or one of their agents?
they're going to come up to my work, closer than coming to my house

i looked at the dyno plot that celtic have posted of their stage 1 re-map, looks like a really big wallop of torque low down then tails off. I spoke to them about this and whether the "econo" map might be better option, don't want to scare the wife when she drives it plus thinking about wear and tear tyres/clutch etc. They said it only comes in like that will full throttle and you can get the economy savings also with the stage 1 map, just as long as you have a light right foot..

so... stage 1 it is then. 309 lb/ft is more than you get in a FK8 type R.



Also been looking at doing some minor aero mods, small additional splitter at the front maybe, and at the rear the lovely smooth undertray is messed up by the honda bodykit on the rear bumper - it juts out into to the airflow so that won't help, might see if its possible to do something to smooth that out. Obvious answer might be to remove that part of the kit but tbh i like the look and i know it's going to leave some nasty holes and need some paint rectification if i did that which i want to avoid. I have a plan..
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