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I've found soooooo much helpful info on this site, I thought I'd create my own build thread to give a little back :)

Been looking for a clean stock FN2 for a little while and finally found a cracker (albeit its 'nightmare' black). It's done 29k, had a Honda service every 12 months and been garaged most of its life I believe. It's not without its issues, but on the whole its really clean.

I sold my EP3 Cosmic Premier Edt going on 10 years ago and missed it ever since. It was immaculate and I literally gave it away :(

I'm looking to keep it as close to stock looking and sounding as possible, but want to 'restore and improve' as much as possible.

A few pics to start with, hope you like ...







 

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Thanks, I've got a few jobs done already, just need to write them up with some piccies!
 

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Nice find, looking forward to the progress :)
 

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Only had the car a few weeks but there are a few jobs complete already.

First up, rear shocks. I bought some adjustable Koni Yellows from Larkspeed for £256.00 delivered ... https://www.larkspeed.com/shopper/i/879L80411360SPORT



*On closer inspection these are actually slightly shorter than the Sachs OEM unit but they did fit OK. I think the top mounts needed drilling out slightly too. I saw that someone else had fitted these so assumed they were OK.

To keep in with the OEM feel they had to have a colour change ...

1. Removed stickers and rubbed down first with 2000/1500 wet and dry so they had a matt finish ...



*Note the bottom of the shocks ... the yellow paint was actually cracked fresh out the box ...



2. Masked up ...





https://www.screwfix.com/p/3m-4251-maintenance-free-organic-vapour-particulate-respirator-ffa1p2rd/13038?tc=RT3&ds_kid=92700024696252629&ds_rl=1241687&ds_rl=1245250&ds_rl=1244069&ds_rl=1247848&ds_rl=1245250&gclid=Cj0KCQjwuLPnBRDjARIsACDzGL25fUizun8uxNq2tC2c_sOt7Do_1c-GBEz0wKIfbTKiNAr7mHQMHqoaAiPEEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

3. Wiped down with paint prep wipes and into the spray booth! ... :)

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After (2 coats, 20 mins between each other) ...



For the paint, I used 'Plasti-kote 1284 400ml Metal Protekt - Matt Black'

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LLOSNE/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1

4. Left for 24 hours drying, masking removed ...





5. A few days after painting, out with the old ...



in with the new ...



Thanks to Stevie and the team at Grinspeed for installing them! It would have been a mission just getting those back wheels off on the driveway as they were well and truly stuck on there. Given the low mileage, they could have been on there for around 6-7 years!

Paint finish looked great to me, but open to any advice on the painting technique as i'm just a beginner.
 

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Welcome along. Ironically I went Black FN2 to Cosmic Grey EP3 Prem :laugh2:
 

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I've also just bought these shocks (fronts as well). How is the back-end now?
On install i think it was set to 2 full turns back from firm which felt very similar to stock but less 'crashy'. I've turned them to full soft for the moment and it feels pretty good to me for normal road driving. I don't know if new shocks need time to 'bed in' though? ... maybe they will get a touch softer over time then will need firming up?

For me they are ideal and I'll probably leave them on full soft for road use and then full firm for the track.

The only issue I have is the adjustment. The white Koni adjusters for the top don't fit under the arch lining ... and none of my sockets or spanners are small enough to grip the top (smallest is 6mm). Just had to use pliers for the moment but need to find something better.
 

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Thanks, that's good to hear. I'm also planning on leaving them on full soft. So long as they soften the clonks I'll be happy. [smilie=happydance.:
 

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Just tried a 6 sided 3.5mm/4mm/4.5mm socket from a PC toolkit I have and no joy. I think I'm just going to dremel one of these koni adjusters.
 

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Adjusters modified! :) ...

Before ...



Bits left over ...



In the car ...



As you can see its a really tight space and you cant get enough purchase with your fingers even when its cut down. So I just cut a slot in the top for a large flat head bit to fit in. Works a treat now!
 

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New delivery this morning :) ...






^ not on the car so look a touch bigger in the pic

Plan is to refurb these in the gunmetal grey used on the EP3 alloys and get some new pilot sport 4 boots on them. Not sure what grey they are at the moment but thinking a little bit lighter ... could do with putting one up against an EP3 wheel really to see the difference.
 

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Identical ... one set the road, one set for the track. Got some Brembo's going on it so I know both sets will fit no problem.
 

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New battery installed.

The turnover with the old one felt a little lazy so when I checked it I was getting readings of between 11.9 to 12.2 in a morning with the ignition on. Disconnected it and popped the charger on it and it said fully charged within a few mins, so a good sign it was on its way out. Found the receipt for Aug 15 and the old one was a Bosch S1 021 which has a 3 year guarantee/life i think. The cold crank rating on the Bosch was 330A so went for the Yuasa YBX3053 which has a rating of 400A (only deciding factor really) ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JGMECTS/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1

I recall my EP3 having a Yuasa battery from the factory, don't know if Honda still use them?

 

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An I thought I found a clean one last year when I got my 2010 Champ white with 37K...


Unreal find buddy, looks like a cracking unabused example, well done!


Love the painted shocks, great idea.
 

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An I thought I found a clean one last year when I got my 2010 Champ white with 37K...


Unreal find buddy, looks like a cracking unabused example, well done!


Love the painted shocks, great idea.
A champ white was on my shopping list as well as a 200. They would have been my first choice but couldn't pass this up for the price and the fact it was untouched and it's got the LSD.

It's going for a detail and ceramic coating at the end of June as it's marred everywhere. Should see the crystal black pearl in all its glory then :)

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Cleaned up the Brembo's that should be going on the car next week all being well. Still need a bit of work as they have been scuffed in a few places. The whole set is from a 2013 Renault Megane 265



Used 'Bilt Hamber Auto Wheel' (https://www.bilthamber.com/auto-wheel) to clean most of the caked on grime off ... then plugged the main brake line hole and gave them a good wash down with warm soapy water. Took a couple of hours but they came up really well.

The rears are actually TRW single pot like the ones on the FN2. Mine are looking pretty rough so going to see if these will fit with the FN2 carriers and the rear fixings. No idea if they will fit until its stripped down, but will update the thread once I know. If anyone else has tried let me know!

This is the comparison from the TRW site (top is FN2, bottom is the Renault) ...

 

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New delivery this morning :) ...



^ not on the car so look a touch bigger in the pic

Plan is to refurb these in the gunmetal grey used on the EP3 alloys and get some new pilot sport 4 boots on them. Not sure what grey they are at the moment but thinking a little bit lighter ... could do with putting one up against an EP3 wheel really to see the difference.
Sorry my mistake they are different again. I'll never work out what these wheels are.
 
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