Welcome to my first ever build thread, I've just bought a NHB CTR GT.
This is my second 8th Gen Civic, my first was a Vivid Blue CTS 1.8. I had great fun owning, driving and modding the car however, the time has now come to upgrade to something a bit more powerfull
After some searching on popular car sales sites I found the perfect car.
She had covered just over 30,000 miles and had one lady owner after a test drive I knew she was the one, the dealer took my car as part ex and I was really pleased with the deal I got, I even got to keep my wheels as the rages fitted where scratched to bits and I kept my parcel shelf as it was missing from the CTR.
So anyway after picking her up the first thing I did was Fit some Team heko's and give her a good detailing as she was covered in swirls,
After a wash and a polishing just waiting for the polish to dry before buffing.
After a good waxing.
The second thing to be looked at was the exhaust trims as they were filthy, the flash on the camera picks up on the chrome underneath the soot but they were pretty much black to the naked eye. After complaining about this my girlfriend bought me a tube of this as it was recommended on the forum as the best stuff for the job
After a lot of elbow grease I managed to get them into a state I was happy with they will need some more work at some point though,
After the cleaning session I was very happy with how the car was looking. This didn't last for long as I was back on the internet that evening looking at other bits, the only thing on the car that wasn't perfect was the gear gaitor as it had a large worn patch on the front of it, a new one was ordered.
Yesterday morning the postman bought some goodies,
D1 Spec Earthing Kit,
A new Tax Disc Holder to replace the ghastly dealer branded one,
A new gear gaitor to replace the worn one,
I didn't take a picture of the wear on the old one before starting to fit the new one but this is the 2 side by side while I was fitting them,
New one fitted,
While I was waiting for the parts to be delivered I started work on cleaning up the engine bay as it was grubby when I got the car, I've been doing a little each day through the week still need to get the steam cleaner on it but its looking very respectable at the moment,
I fitted the earthing kit today and I'm really happy with how it looks. I'm still not 100% sure on how effective or necessary they are but the logic seems correct so its not going to do any harm.
The battery terminal was really tight to get on.
I plan to move the connection on the front of the engine block at some point, to one out of the way over the back I just ran out of time and daylight today.
My future plans for the car start with brakes as they are really poor imo,
I plan to change to Cosworth streetmaster pads Sumopower do these at a good price,
I'm Still open to suggestions for Discs, I would like to keep to original size for insurance purposes but I like the look of grooved and dimpled,
I'm going for the do-luck braided hoses from Sumopower, and 5.1 Fluid.
After sorting the Brakes I will be looking at Induction.
I think I will probably go for a HKS RSK I know its not the best for pure gains but my god the sound is awesome, I have considered the gruppe M but its a bit pricey and nothing else really takes my fancy the only other option for me would be a driven crazy scoop in and a panel filter if I required more gains from induction in the furture.
After that It would be a new exhaust system, I really like the sound of the Martelius, I'm going to meet Nat tomorrow and he has one fitted also paired with a RSK I will have a listen to his and see if its too loud for me before I get one though.
After the winter is over I will be looking at some new wheels, I really like the new wheels Rota just launched, Rota GR6
I'm thinking a Bronze colour would look good with the black and may compliment a slight yellow theme, possibly calipers and some accents in the engine bay maybe a yellow towing eye.
I think the Mugen wing is gorgeous but its way out of my price range and a lot of people seem to have one nowadays so I think I would like to go for the seeker wing once I get back to cosmetic modding. Its very subtle I would defiantly have it black on the black spoiler.
Inbetween the major mods, there will be lots of little bits going on, various bulb upgrades and footwell lights, calipers painted, maybe some floor bars and braces added as and when I find ones I like (the ultra-racing range is looking good).
I would also like to address the issue of the suspension soon but I can't decide If I should splash out on some coil-overs or take the lowering spring route that has worked for a lot of others.
Thanks for reading hopefully I will have more updates soon.
As I said before I'm looking for suggestions for brake upgrades, If anyone has any Ideas please post a link for me.
Also if anyone has any comments or opinions I'd love to hear them :worms: