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17th May 2019 15:16
rob.e 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


boot net
by Rob E, on Flickr

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

Fitted:


boot net
by Rob E, on Flickr

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.

trial fit:

spare
by Rob E, on Flickr

In the boot:

spare
by Rob E, on Flickr


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
1st May 2019 16:34
Haltamer 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
1st May 2019 15:47
rob.e
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Originally Posted by Haltamer View Post
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?
1st May 2019 10:33
Haltamer 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?
1st May 2019 09:38
rob.e
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Originally Posted by Haltamer View Post
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.
30th April 2019 17:24
Haltamer 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?
13th April 2019 00:37
Boomting 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!?
12th April 2019 10:48
rob.e .
12th April 2019 10:43
rob.e 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:


Untitled
by Rob E, on Flickr


Untitled
by Rob E, on Flickr


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.
12th April 2019 10:29
rob.e
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Originally Posted by Boomting View Post
Thanks Rob, I really enjoyed reading your thread and now I can rebuff accusations of being obsessed by saying others have it worse than me. I can fully understand though and I learnt a lot from your projects as this is the first car I've really pimped. Brilliant!
ha ha.. no worries. If car modifying is a disease then yes i have it.

The vw camper i bought a few years ago for camping with the kids i've lowered, is on its third set of wheels, complete new interior and i'm slowly putting together the parts i need for a new (big) engine for it. The honda, a sensible economical daily driver has eibachs, bilsteins, rays. I just can't help myself


List of things before the honda is "finished":

- re-map
- space saver spare wheel
- bigger rear spacers
- prob those acuity shifter bushes
- anti roll bar (rear only probably)
- rear bump stops; need to get some smaller ones or cut down the oem stops as i sometimes get some squeaks when it's fully loaded.


thats it?

oh, maybe also see if there are any aero mods that might improve economy even more? i'm thinking a blanking "plug" for the front grille, just for cold weather use. Maybe also see if some carbon wheel covers improve the aero at all, like the rear wheels you see on racing bicycles.
7th April 2019 22:55
Boomting Thanks Rob, I really enjoyed reading your thread and now I can rebuff accusations of being obsessed by saying others have it worse than me. I can fully understand though and I learnt a lot from your projects as this is the first car I've really pimped. Brilliant!
4th April 2019 12:33
rob.e
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Originally Posted by Haltamer View Post
That was quick

There's still a few bits on offer
You could go down the bling route; with a nice Type-R inspired splitter; Or, more functionally, Some of the Acuity stuff:- The bushings have been an excellent bang-for-buck improvement to feel. I've got the rest of their bits to go on shortly.

From there, I'd wonder if the Cusco power braces / ARBs etc, and Spoon Rigid Collars would fit the non-R subframe.
stop it..
4th April 2019 11:49
Haltamer That was quick

There's still a few bits on offer
You could go down the bling route; with a nice Type-R inspired splitter; Or, more functionally, Some of the Acuity stuff:- The bushings have been an excellent bang-for-buck improvement to feel. I've got the rest of their bits to go on shortly.

From there, I'd wonder if the Cusco power braces / ARBs etc, and Spoon Rigid Collars would fit the non-R subframe.
4th April 2019 11:03
rob.e Had the geometry checked last week:

The winter tyres that came off showed some increased wear on the inner edges so i guessed it might need doing. Wasn't massively out but any minor misalignment means you're scrubbing your tyres prematurely and not getting best possible fuel economy.

I recon i'm getting about 10-15% improvement now in mpg with a combination of the lightweight rims, pirelli "blue" A rated tyres and the alignment. Regularly seeing 80-ish mpg on my commute, and a few times into the low 90s which is pretty good.

Car is being serviced tomorrow(300+ quid) so i'm broke, again.

Not much more i want to do to the car now TBH, re-map, maybe 10mm eibach spacers on the rear, think that's going to be it? Looked at the freaky brembo kit, i'd love this but i don't think i can really justify the spend plus it wont' fit without some chunky spacers on the front.. think I'll leave it for now.

oh, spare wheel -that was the only other thing. Although i've now got a full set of (winter) wheels and tyres sat in the garage, i'd much prefer to get a lightweight space saver in the car so i don't get stranded if i get a full blow out.
26th March 2019 13:55
rob.e
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Originally Posted by CraigUK View Post
It's difficult to know how far you can go with spacers. I measured the distance from the front face of the wheel arch trim and the front face of the wheel and there was a 20mm gap on both fronts and 30mm on both rears so with 20 & 30mm spacers it would be totally flush but no doubt would rub whilst driving.

I've scrapped my 19" rim idea, will probably pop them up on ebay. Decided that the tyres wouldn't last two minutes on our roads, plus the tyre cost is circa 45 a corner more over the 18's.

Now looking at a set of 18" alloys but debating about the offset before ordering as it's tight. Fronts are 18x8 ET45 and rears are 18x8 ET35, planning on fitting standard 225, 40, R18 rubber. What do you think, too tight for clearance?
Fronts will fit nice, rears will poke about 21mm more than stock which is quite a lot.. ET35 is a bit low i think, something around ET40-ET43 would be better for 8" rim - 43 would give you same clearance on the inside as a honda oem 18" wheel and something like 14mm more poke.

Its nice to get the outer face flush with the body for looks but you need to allow for carrying heavy loads/ big bumps and have enough room for the wheel to travel up in to the arch without any rubbing.

willtheyfit.com is good site to help you work stuff out
25th March 2019 22:30
CraigUK
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Originally Posted by rob.e View Post
Feels like it picks up quicker, not night-and-day different but noticeable - ride is improved but again not a massive difference and some of that might be tyres. Biggest difference i'd say is improvement of around 10% in fuel economy however i've only put one full tank through it since the change. That's also prob related to the tyre change as well as the wheels - these pirellis are "A" rated for fuel where the winters were only a "C".

Need to get some better pics ^ that one is rubbish

I mocked up the rears with the 17mm spacers and i think with the lower offset of the rays these may be too much. Will probably look at getting some smaller ones (10mm maybe?) .. or maybe i should just stop spending money on it..!?

Needs a service, so that's going to be another expense this month. I'd originally planned to do my own maintenance on this but i think given its a new (to me) car and i don't know 100% the history i'd be better with a full dealer visit first just to get it checked over, then do it myself after that.
It's difficult to know how far you can go with spacers. I measured the distance from the front face of the wheel arch trim and the front face of the wheel and there was a 20mm gap on both fronts and 30mm on both rears so with 20 & 30mm spacers it would be totally flush but no doubt would rub whilst driving.

I've scrapped my 19" rim idea, will probably pop them up on ebay. Decided that the tyres wouldn't last two minutes on our roads, plus the tyre cost is circa 45 a corner more over the 18's.

Now looking at a set of 18" alloys but debating about the offset before ordering as it's tight. Fronts are 18x8 ET45 and rears are 18x8 ET35, planning on fitting standard 225, 40, R18 rubber. What do you think, too tight for clearance?
25th March 2019 16:11
stomper Decent weight saving and they look great on the car 👍
25th March 2019 14:55
rob.e
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Originally Posted by Haltamer View Post
A note on this; To maintain the full Corrosion warranty (12 years!) etc. you require a yearly Honda corrosion check (Officially speaking) - To memory, this should be a complimentary service, even if you aren't having it done at the dealer.

If you do go to the dealer, IMO, the Honda Service schedule isn't that thorough - I'd say specifically get a major service, or you may not have air filter / pollen filter etc. replaced.
Cheers mate - that's a good call, not considered the corrosion thing.

Yes it's the major service i've asked them to do. I'll double check with them when i take it in to see exactly what's covered.
25th March 2019 12:18
Haltamer
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Originally Posted by rob.e View Post
Needs a service, so that's going to be another expense this month. I'd originally planned to do my own maintenance on this but i think given its a new (to me) car and i don't know 100% the history i'd be better with a full dealer visit first just to get it checked over, then do it myself after that.
A note on this; To maintain the full Corrosion warranty (12 years!) etc. you require a yearly Honda corrosion check (Officially speaking) - To memory, this should be a complimentary service, even if you aren't having it done at the dealer.

If you do go to the dealer, IMO, the Honda Service schedule isn't that thorough - I'd say specifically get a major service, or you may not have air filter / pollen filter etc. replaced.
25th March 2019 09:54
rob.e
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Originally Posted by CraigUK View Post
Looks great Rob, how much difference if any is the lower wheel weight?
Feels like it picks up quicker, not night-and-day different but noticeable - ride is improved but again not a massive difference and some of that might be tyres. Biggest difference i'd say is improvement of around 10% in fuel economy however i've only put one full tank through it since the change. That's also prob related to the tyre change as well as the wheels - these pirellis are "A" rated for fuel where the winters were only a "C".

Need to get some better pics ^ that one is rubbish

I mocked up the rears with the 17mm spacers and i think with the lower offset of the rays these may be too much. Will probably look at getting some smaller ones (10mm maybe?) .. or maybe i should just stop spending money on it..!?

Needs a service, so that's going to be another expense this month. I'd originally planned to do my own maintenance on this but i think given its a new (to me) car and i don't know 100% the history i'd be better with a full dealer visit first just to get it checked over, then do it myself after that.
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