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Hi everyone,

Seems like there's a lot less upgrades for the 9th Gen over the 8th Gen :(

I'm currently looking for a sports mesh that would replace the stock 2013 bladed grill. Getting my wheels done and arches done but aside from that can't find much. Anyone recommend a decent replacement for OEM shocks? I don't want lowering just better ride and feel if possible.

Thinking of a K/N panel filter anyone got one?

Getting remapped this month to stage 1 been searching online for peoples experiences. Using Celtic which seem to have a really good reputation just worried the increased torque will cause clutch to slip anyone know if the clutch in the 9th Gen is better than the dreaded 8th Gen clutch. My 2010 Si had no clutch issues at all was really an amazing car.

Cars approaching 70k so looking to clear the EGR valve and get the Clutch and gearbox fluid done asap.

I love the car just needs a few little subtle changes.
 

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Same boat as you, just bought a 9G but can't find many examples of other 9G owners who have changed their car from stock - unless they're in a Type R.

I've always enjoyed tinkering and making cars more personalised, but unlike the 8G there seems to be very few people who have done anything to their 9G! I would admit though that the 9G doesn't have the same distinct styling of the 8G!
 

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Have a look at Rob.e's tourer thread, as well as my own threads.

I'd recommend:
K&N - Sounds better, a little more throttle response if you believe
Acuity shifter bushings - Much improved gear change feel.
Eibach lowering springs - Have a look at my full review; Sounds like exactly what you're looking for in shocks but only ~£100


Unfortunately, there's not much that can be done for the pre facelift visually.
 

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https://www.dream-automotive.com/collections/drivetrain-fk2/products/acuity-instruments-shift-linkage-bushing-upgrade-kit

These are the bushings that fit in the engine bay; They're quite an easy fit (one of the first bits of spannering I attempted) - Just remove the airbox to gain access to the transmission, and change them over - You can use the Acuity instructional guides for detailed fitment.

They also have base bushings, https://www.dream-automotive.com/collections/drivetrain-fk2/products/acuity-instruments-shifter-base-bushings-honda-civic-9th-gen
I've yet to try these in mine (They're on order as I had 10G ones that didn't fit.) - they do take a lot of trim removal though.

The Eibach lowering springs - As the name implies :p - do lower the car by ~20 - 30mm (To memory) - https://www.civinfo.com/forum/wheels-tyres-suspension-brakes-9g/420314-eibach-lowering-springs-how-installation-review-pictures.html - Full writeup there; Make sure you get the ones for the 2.2 diesel btw.
 

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https://www.knfilters.co.uk/search/product.aspx?prod=33-3012 That's the K&N for your car based on their filter.
Ordered one of these yesterday. Arriving Wednesday. Figured for the price if it works as stated it'll pay for itself after a few services with not having to buy OEM filters which aren't cheap(£25 on cox without delivery).

I've moved the date of the remap to the 27th June as I'm rebuilding the bathroom and it's not really the best time to pay £325 and the hassle if anything goes wrong.

Machine polish to freshen up paint and remove some of the imperfections is due while the wheels are at the refurb place on the 13th.

Over weekend tried some britemax trim dye and it worked ok looks lots better but still not good enough for my liking so I'm looking into having them sprayed professionally in black. The colour coded ones on cox are so expensive for what you are getting. As a sidenote the trim dye worked great on the plastics at the front of the windscreen and was really easy to do. Was harder on the arches as had to tape the paintwork.

I'm tempted by the gearbox bushes but £70 seems a lot for a part that seems to be working fine.

Would like some door inserts but can't find any good quality ones that I like enough to bother with.

Ordered some heko wind deflectors to install as I'd like to be able to open the windows more with the weather improving
 

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I'm tempted by the gearbox bushes but £70 seems a lot for a part that seems to be working fine.

Ordered some heko wind deflectors to install as I'd like to be able to open the windows more with the weather improving
Good to hear you're getting underway. How did the plastic go on the rear door handles? My rear door handles look rather grim, despite trying all manner of plastic products.

I'd certainly look at the acuity bushings - There's a big change in how the gear shift feels, and it is quick and easy to do.

Let us know how you get on with the wind deflectors, too - I've been contemplating some, but I'm wondering how they would affect visibility, and their impact on wind noise, especially at high speeds (80+)
 

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Good to hear you're getting underway. How did the plastic go on the rear door handles? My rear door handles look rather grim, despite trying all manner of plastic products.

I'd certainly look at the acuity bushings - There's a big change in how the gear shift feels, and it is quick and easy to do.

Let us know how you get on with the wind deflectors, too - I've been contemplating some, but I'm wondering how they would affect visibility, and their impact on wind noise, especially at high speeds (80+)[/QUOTE]

My door handles are colour coded so I've used it there. A friend in detailing said with the dye to apply it once then give it another good clean (britemax grime out) then apply again and I'll notice a better colour. I'll do it later in the week when I'm off.

Have you thought about getting the handles wrapped?

I think I'll change to the acuity bushings next month after I've booked in to get my clutch and gearbox fluids redone.

I'll collect the filter Wednesday and install immediately hopefully no issues. Even if it makes little difference the fact it's cleanable will make it cost efficient after a few services.

I've got quite a severe skirt dent since purchase. Currently wondering what to do with it. Looks like at the top it's starting to rust so I'm going to get prices for it to be filled and repainted.

Few scuffs and diesel stains (think the anti siphon thing leaks which is a pain)

Wheels are in for refurb next week just currently deciding what colour and finish I'll go for. I've done the previously grey trims black and I'm thinking black trims and black wheels will look good on the existing colour.

I've fixed the broken folding mirror so the list is getting shorter at least.

I'm hoping since they are hekos they'll fit nicely and securely and not impact visibility but just lessen the wind noise with the windows down. Don't think I'd be concerned at speeds over 50 as the air con would be on at that point.

I've changed all interior bulbs to LEDs and the rear number plate and glove box. Might do the side lights if I get time.

Brand new Honda OEM mats were installed straight away

Need to find some tires before next week however any suggestions
 

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All my trim has faded across the car. What are you using to bring it back to life? I was gonna grab some Simoniz Back To Black for a cheap fix, but would be keen to hear what would be better!

(Hope I haven't derailed your thread!)
 

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Not at all mate. I used britemax trim max. It's a long term fix. I'll post some pictures tonight of the difference before and after one application. My friend the detailer did say it will take more then one application if it's really oxidized. The hardest part was cleaning them of bits of brake dust. He said clean them again. I used a new paint brush and britemax grime out which is amazing stuff. Dry them well with a microfiber rotate. Apply once leave for 5 mins come back wipe all excess away until dry and apply again and leave for 4 hours.

I find most of the back to black car places use when cleaning lasts a few days at most. This stuff is apparently good for anything that is black plastic. I've done the windscreen plastic scoop looks much better than the trims so far
 

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My wheel arch trims are still looking as new. I suspect you're using a wax/polish that is affecting them ?

These waxes that dry to a white powdery finish are a nightmare on some finishes and I've avoided for many years. These detailing sprays that can be applied anywhere are the way to go IMO.
 

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Is that wheel really as bad as it looks in the pic?
Yeah the alloys are in terrible condition from purchase. I've been trying for months to find out what they actually are before either refurbishing them or buying others. Guy who sold the car said they were 17" which I knew was an option on these cars but when got home realised they're 18" got him to knock a considerable amount of money off the car just for the condition. That pics the worst wheel of the four but I can't handle them any longer. I'm booked in next week for full refurb. If I find wheels I like I'll just sell these as they should look good once done.
 

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My wheel arch trims are still looking as new. I suspect you're using a wax/polish that is affecting them ?
I've only had the car since Christmas time. The overall condition of the wheel arches was noticed at purchase. My friend said exactly the same thing that when car has been polished they're done the arch trims as well and it has affected the plastic said there was quite a bit of sun damage to them also.

Since purchase I've not really had time to do much other than minor changes. I wanted to test the britemax trim max before seeking other options such as the colour coded trims or even third party spraying.

I've essentially been keeping the car clean and just using fairly basic wax on the paintwork until it's in for paint correction and a dent removed.
 
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