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Mugenised CR-Z GT
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Here is the project thread for my Honda CR-Z.
I bought the car brand new in July 2010, the spec of the car from factory is :
CR-Z GT 1.5ltr IMA (intergrated motor assist) Hybrid
Dynamic pack
Glow Pack
17" Electra Alloys
Premium White Pearl Paint
The first mods that happened to the car was to change the interior yellow bulbs to LED lights to give the lovely white glow, I also changed the rear number plate lights to LED aswell for the high end look.
I also got hold of some silvertec indicator bulbs to get rid of the egg fried look, alot of the standard lights are LEDs which means less bulbs to buy lol.
The first time I owned it

This is the Hybrid system batteries

Once I got the car home I started to fit all my electronic gadgets, such as my iphone cradle, Road angel with laser detector and my DAB radio, I have now removed the DAB radio as I wasn't really using it as I tend to use the iPod.
I hid a 12v multi-socket behind the dash so that I didn't have to cut into the vehicles wiring and run the risk of any electrical problems later along.
I have also bought a few little things for the car such as a spare tyre kit as it only came with an inflation kit aswell as a boot liner.
I have also recently bought some Password:JDM goodies for the car such as PW:JDM gearknob, numberplate surrounds and my Rock Paper Shocker t-shirt lol.
When the goodies arrived from the USA


My new gear knob, following the blue theme for the interior of the CR-Z

Fitted to the car:

Next on my list was to replace the boring standard reflectors on the back of the car with LED light units, a company in Japan makes replacement light units that forfil my need for light, the great thing with them is that they have a sidelight function and a brake light function so are really cool, the only un cool bit was the wiring in to CR-Z, I printed off the diagrams from Honda and the colours wernt as straight forward as i thought that it would be; but I tackled through it, shown below are various pictures through the build, from custom making of the looms and fitment into the bumper.
Removal of parts:


Naked Bum:

1 light unit installed:

Making of the loom for the rear bumper:

Loom finished on the bumper:

Time to fit the loom to the CR-Z, I decided to use the grommet that has the loom for the rear parking sensors and the number plate lights.

Test Time (in these pics it only shows the side lights):
In the workshop:

At night:

Next came time to fit the "Shiney" parts, this consisted of a HKS suction reload kit - Goodbye standard air filter.
The engine bay prior to HKS:

First of all was removal of all the Honda parts, to get the resonance chamber off the vehicle, i had to do a lot of swearing as it was buried the wrong side of a chassis leg, so this mean half the bumper was off and the N/S/F arch liner was adjusted via a lever bar, then it came out.
The parts surplus to requirement:

Also in the process of removing the front bumper I decided to loose the front number plate to clean the look of the car up.
Now with the shiney parts installed:

The only part I am missing is the engine plate that unfortunatly was damaged in transit, so HKS are sending another one over. Finally the plate arrived so without any wait it was fitted :)

After the Suction Reload was fitted I decided to fit the Mugen side skirts.
Before:

As you can see the standard skirts are very rounded and have a "soft" look
Now with the old skirts removed

They were a little filthy lol
Now the naked car all cleaned as some minor mods were needed

The black circles are stickers that come in the kit to cover the original locating holes

Side skirts fitted

As well as upgrading the side skirts I decided the wheels could do with a change, so I found a set of nearly new Championship White alloys off the FN2 Civic Type R, these were only fitted to a limited range of civic type r's as these were the first civic to feature a LSD as standard, most of the new generation of civics feature the LSD as standard now. I also fitted some tyre pressure warning sensors which monitor temp of the tyre and the pressure, yes it's a gimmick but I like it.

After these I had the Mugen bug lol so I got another sweat band for the brake fluid and I got the front spoiler, Mugen had 1 in White in stock so I treated my self also I was fitting it to a brand new front bumper as mum managed to scrape mine when parking her car.
It arrived, it was so hot it needed venterlation

On the way home, who said the crz was small inside, the day before it had the new front bumper in there

I borrowed my Nan and Grandads lounge to assemble the new addition, the food service is great they supply me with bacon sarnies and cups of tea

Front with out the bumper

Spot the difference

Good bye old bumper - my Grandad had great fun in using his cutter on this

This is the front grills that are intergrated in the Mugen front lip

This is it fitted with the lights on and off


Now I had some extra Mugen goodies turn up at work, I had ordered the rear diffuser to finish off the kit, aswell as 2 metal Mugen badges and a carbon fibre mirror cover.


As work finished it was time to open my presents

This shows the detail in the grills


Now it was time to take the bum off the CR-Z again (I'm getting quite good at this now)

Old lined up against the new

Now was the worring bit i had to drill the diffuser to fit my extra lights (was kinda dreading this bit)

Now fitted and relax

Current bumper with the old diffuser removed, the 2 white bits that stick down i had to cut off the bumper so the new bit would fit

Before:

and after:

The side profile

Fully fitted

And with the extra lights


These are the other Mugen extras i bought, 2 Mugen badges (yes they are real)


Aligning on the car


Fully fitted


My Mugen Carbon Fibre interior mirror cover


The weave







Now comes the decision of who do I choose for the Exhaust? I am tempted to go HKS, but Spoon do the very popular N1, choices choices.....................
To aid my decision I imported a copy of Hyper Rev just for the CR-Z, this book is the tuning bible for cars, it lists every mod you can do to the car and where you can buy the parts, the only issue is that it is all in Jap - owell it has pretty pictures of shiney things
 

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aka Colin
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nice write up matey and a fantastic job all round, bet that lot cost a pretty penny, but its well worth it when you see the finished article. really really like what you done :D
 

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The CR-Z needs these kinds of upgrades, they just don't come cheap! I too like the new look very much and hope to see yet more additions!
 

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Amazing project you have completed there Rob, looks amazing, and super writeup too. :cool:
 

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The Guru
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Looks fantastic Rob, Im sure I've seen this at the ACE CAFE before?

Perhaps it would be worthwhile asking the mods to move this thread to the build threads section...
 

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I really like your CR-Z! Keep up the good work
 
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Schweet as schweet as well done
 
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Mugenised CR-Z GT
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Discussion Starter #12
nice car mate.. i like them lights in the bumper :D:D
Thanks the extra lights are brake lights aswell as side lights, normally they are only reflectors
 

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looks superb mate! Get some pics of it all done and in the metal.

Is it just me or does the CR-Z look the natural successor to the EP3?
 
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Replica man
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cracking car buddy!!i guess with all that money your saving on petrol you can put towards mugen parts,lucky man
 
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Always wanted to see what the reflector lights were like on, look well!

keep the mods going
 

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Mugenised CR-Z GT
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Discussion Starter #17
cracking car buddy!!i guess with all that money your saving on petrol you can put towards mugen parts,lucky man
lol that all depends if i drive it like a Hybrid ;)
 

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Thats one great looking car with all the mugen bits on. Well Done.
 
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