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  1. Today I finally fit the VTi 15s. A bit of confort is def gone, but it does feel more planted and solid.
    5 points
  2. @Aerokek This meet was nice. Still cold, but sunny. Felt like the opening of the season this year!
    5 points
  3. My MB2 at the monthly East coast Japanese meet.
    4 points
  4. Don't know what's happening to me but I'm quickly changing teams and have a new love for Toyota. Hilux surf joined the family last year and now have recently got an Alphard as a daily. I absolutely love it. However seems to have mixed opinions amongst my friends, obviously some of them don't get the JDM life. Gonna be a small project this one. Fixing niggles. And some maintenance. Few upgrades and some nice wheels at some point soon. Start with some pics of the beast.
    4 points
  5. Hi guys and gals I'm Joe and I am the proud owner of a 1995 Civic Ma8. I have been on the forum a few times looking for guidance to keep my old girl going well so thought I should get involved and introduce myself. I got my Civic from my friends Grandfather, who had kept the miles down low and the maintenance upto date. I've owned her for 3 years now, and she's my daily so her mileage is now sitting at a eye watering height of 66k lol. I really enjoy owning her but I do struggle to find the right parts when trying to source replacement bits!!! Online auto-factors "reg checks" are bloody useless, and the fleshy things behind the counters are not much better!! Although I'm convinced they made the early MA'S out of the 'left over parts' shelves in the Honda factories!!! I never know if I should be looking at bits listed for MB's or EJ's Anyhow I hope to learn more soon. Look forward to sharing more in the future. :D
    3 points
  6. Hope you'll get something useful out of my little essay. ;) I swapped a D16Z9 into my MA8 around two years ago, came out of a USDM EJ1 but was also used in the MB1. It even ran very well with the stock ECU, believe it or not... Regularly checked the sparkplugs' color and it didn't run too lean or anything. Used that setup for roughly 18 months, in combination with my own 'VTEC-Controller' that I built and programmed, using an Arduino. VTEC Wizardry galore! :P Then I finally got my grubby hands on a p28 this summer and it was a 'straight' swap again. Threw that self-built thing out the window the same moment. xD The only mods that needs is wire in VTEC (already done before) and remove a few little plastic keys/guides on the ECU plugs that otherwise prevented it from plugging into the ECU. Though, I checked every single wire with my trusty ol' multimeter beforehand and the pinout is 100% the same. Drop-in replacement, so to speak. My pops helped me with everything (car mechanic for 35+ years and an absolute magician) and even he was surprised just how easy an old Civic is to work on, really. The other big thing you'd have to look up is plugs, e.g. the distributor, and that's basically it. There are adaptors for everything. D-Series engine parts are so interchangeable it's ridiculous. Example: The coil on my D16 dizzy went *poof when I tried to crank it after an oil pump upgrade with all of the plugs not grounded (big dumb-dumb), but I actually got the D14 dizzy to work. Timing was a bit off above 4000 RPM and I had to mount it with a single screw and around five zipties, but it worked until I got a replacement coil... :D The only other issues you could encounter that I didn't would be immobilizer-related, just like @dan1 said. But that should solve itself by using an OBD1 ECU, like a p28 for example, because according to my research OBD1 ECUs don't really communicate with the immobilizer that much. It's more like a simple 'OK'-signal being sent, no real data transfers like with the OBD2 ECUs. And you could of course use certain methonds that I won't get into for multiple reasons to just ... get rid of your immobilizer and remove that factor from the equation. Racecar and all that. Long story short: Go for it, swapping D-Series egnines is about the easiest engine swap one can do. The swap itself is going to take 8-16 hours total, btw. d(^__^)
    3 points
  7. Hi guys, I guess just abit of a safety announcement? I've currently got a spare seat and noticed the below crack on its drivers seat base! (right next to the mounting bolt hole) Obviously I don't know if the seats were abused previously but thought i'd flag it up incase it was age/fatigue related: Note: It didnt affect my plans for this though : (apparently its not allowed in the house and must stay in the garage haha)
    3 points
  8. Finally!! Custom headgasket turned up. Couldn't wait to make some progress so soon as home from work got setup and fitted the ARP headstuds and the headgasket. Torqued in 3 stages to 80 ft lb. Recon can wrap this up over the weekend
    3 points
  9. The taillights have been in hold for a while, it's something I've got stuck on and is maybe a little bit above my knowledge and mastery. Also having to reorder parts and such is just kind of a pain. I'll finish them some day though. In the meantime I did something wild: I fitted a panoramic glass sun roof! AND IT'S THE TITS. It's been a long time since I've been this excited over a mod and it's a refreshing feeling. It fits great, works great and it passed the leak test. So far all that is left to do is tidy up the roofliner a little more and make a little cover for the motor that drives the glass panel back and forth. The process itself was surprisingly easy, it just takes some balls and faith haha. Super stoked with this, I can't wait for next summer ;)
    3 points
  10. Sorry I’ve been missing in action, just been so busy I knew the FR was going to cost me money to pass the MOT. I can’t complain 210,000 miles but was looking untidy. David kept on at me to get a Jazz. My response “there for old folk” well fast forward a few weeks and hey presto meet my 66 plate 1.3 Jazz EX Navi. I absolutely love it. Can get 3 kids in the back (not mine) and the seat system is brilliant how it folds. No mods yet! Got wind deflectors to go on, waiting on tailored mats and then need to sort the wheels as 1 is badly scuffed. Not sure on whether to have them refurbed or save up for black ones.
    3 points
  11. Next was a leather deck interior swap with armrest and door cards (I spent about half an hour writing this part out then deleted it by accident in one second so this will just be photos) This bracket on the rear deck needed a bit of dremel action Also, the rear seat restraining tabs are too big to hold the seats, guy sent me the aero deck ones the next day for free, top guy! Rear door cards were electric and I needed winders so put some holes in them, now they have winders! Might have broke the handle a bit too but threaded a tiny bolt on the end of the rod and now it works fine Got the full interior for £80 and I’d say it’s a huge upgrade from the beige cloth interior, the switches on the centre console don’t work as the connectors were too big for the plugs but I can bodge them at some point I’m sure
    3 points
  12. This 1981 4 door is on ebay at the moment. This one has the added bonus of being Tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt. No connection to the seller, I just thought it worth sharing. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/234592163877
    3 points
  13. Hello there, just picked up an mb2 last week! I currently own an fn2 type r but needed something a little more sensible for family outings. I've fell in love with how the old girl looks and although a few things need doing (body wise) everything is great! I'm hoping to throw on the vti kit at some point! I've attached an image of how she looks right now, previous owner added a few personal choices to the car. Currently I have the original tape player installed but I'd much rather use a cd player, does anyone know what type I would need? how difficult is removing the tape player and installing a cd player on the mb? I'm used to driving much younger cars so I don't want to mess anything up in the mb! Knowing the vti and civic sport models are so much more desirable, how does the mb2 stand? just a base spec civic of the era or anything special about the mb2? I really have no idea on this generation civic lol thank you for reading, look forward to meeting fellow mb folk!
    3 points
  14. Hi mate and welcome. The Civic M's get there model codes depending on year/body style/what engine is fitted. So all the MB2's are 1.4cc D series, but you can have base, LS, sport trim designations. Going by the black mirrors/handles, it looks like yours is the base model. But even these could be specced up when new, so you'll possibly have the electric pack (electric front windows, electric sunroof and electric mirrors). Good thing with these cars is it's easy to improve the spec so you can fit interiors from the sport/VTi or even go full leather and fit the seats etc from the ES model. Yours looks really clean and tidy, and love them in white. Linking your plans for the VTi/VTiS kit, it really does improve the looks. The rear spoiler from the MGZS Rover also fits, as does the Accord TypeR (slight modification needed if I remember rightly). I also had the FN2, fast as hell but in the end I couldn't keep up with the fuel bill and the suspension was way to hard for me personally. Stunning looking cars though, even today still look fresh! Enjoy the club mate and any Q's just ask
    3 points
  15. Thought this was yours jake,but glad its not , some nice mods on this though!! Honda Civic mb6 VTIS 700BHP/FORGED/SHOWROOM ENGINE BAY/100-200KPH 5.4SECS | eBay
    3 points
  16. Updates are few and far between now. Pretty happy with how things are set up at the minute. Engine build is temporarily on hold as funds have been diverted to other things as they have to sometimes. But running and driving well. Wil be getting a service in the next few days. I did purchase a set of the big fig lights though. Quite please with them. Proper Bosch lamps in excellent condition. Wasn't sure how much I'd like them, but now there on personally think look great.
    3 points
  17. Hi ya'll this is my "new" MB2 Civic. Just bought it two days ago, and it only got about 90.000 kilometres on it. It's still very stock aside from electric windows (that I wanna replace with Ganador mirrors). My first objective is to get new wheels/rims, like atleast 15 inch, and find the MB2 OEM spoiler (if that even exists), and if not find something else that would fit without looking too ''off''. Then I'm planning to get a shortshifter, perhaps some body work too like a lip kit (but don't know what will fit for sure... maybe anyone can help?). And as soon as it's looking clean, I want to perhaps replace d14 heads with d16 heads (maybe even turbo it afterwards), coilovers, and as last maybe wrap it or something. Cheers!
    3 points
  18. Thx mate. That was really helpful. Got the cover off, turns out it was only a connection issue. Got it working in no time. Thanks again
    3 points
  19. Honestly it's almost like they were ment to be in a civic, they hold you so well and at £80 for a mint condition set I recon it's a bit of a find. There was a set I hummed and hawed at and missed out for £60 so definitely a bargain seat without the big name tax. Bizarrely they have made the rear like a limo with the extra space
    3 points
  20. A few months ago, me and a couple M series acquintances got more into starting a real group for M series in The Netherlands. A whatsapp chatgroup has been set up and today we had the "first" "real" meeting! Got to see some nice M's from all over the country. Enough attendance for a car that is considered a dying breed here. It's a good feeling to know that these are being cared for well :)
    3 points
  21. Been to a local mx5 racecar specialist this week for fast road setup. Feels superb compared to previous setup actually. And MOT day. Needless to say it passed as only about 7 miles since last one. Well 800 odd iirc.
    3 points
  22. I expect she'll end up going to the breakers, but I'll hang on for now. Unfoutunately the bottom of the front wings are rusty, but the bonnet is fine, apart from the expected chips after 300k. The headlamps have always suffered from condensation inside the sealed units. I cleaned off as much oxidation as possible from the exterior plastic a while back, which helped, but I suspect they need a hole drilling to try and fix the condensation issue. Rear lights are good. Front bumper had a fight with a small deer many years ago which left it pushed back half a cm or so and a slight split in the rubber, but rear bumper is good. The pictures above show its best side !! I'll continue browsing the usual places facebk/Gumtree/Austotrader in case another suitable MA9 comes up. I do like its cruising ability on motorways, and the relatively big boot for clearing out garages etc. Pete
    3 points
  23. That's a neat solution is that Jake. Also, just noticed the foam tool/jack holder in the hatch is different to the deck - the deck one sits in the spare wheel. Quite like the one in the hatch there. Exciting stuff for the engine swap mate!
    2 points
  24. Really small update today.. My minidisc headunit had stopped reading discs, so I replaced it today. With another one exactly the same And why is there so little space behind the radio Also, the gritter was out early in the week, so that's that for the winter.. Battery disconnected... Goodnight.
    2 points
  25. haha, thats cool as! I did this years ago with the seat from a Civic MB1 SR, was comfy as hell! Mind you, that MB1 seat would probably be worth something now, was in mint condition too. Can't remember if I ever took photos of it or where it ended up! Interesting about the metal fatigue though, one to watch out for. Seat may also have been in a crashed civic? Hard to tell really but best to check ours to be on the safe said. Ta for the heads up mate and totally rocking that chair! (hehehe, see what I did just there!)
    2 points
  26. Haha it hasn't been going!! But now it is. It's been in my dining room for ages which isn't going down too well. So time to wrap it up and move it to the garage. It's been difficult to determine the correct clearance to the head. No one seems to know. There's no figures online or in manual. But I do know the heads been skimmed twice and the blocks been decked twice, so err'd on the side of caution and ordered a custom headgasket 10 thou thicker than standard. Now that's arrived and in, crack on again
    2 points
  27. That could work. I've done a little research and it seems like a d16z6 with a p28 ecu is the best way to go around it
    2 points
  28. It links pin A4 and D6 so ECU isn't looking for VTEC oil pressure sensor. A lot of engines don't have one.
    2 points
  29. My MB2 at the monthly East coast Japanese meet.
    2 points
  30. Sooooo, with DD off the road now for the past couple of months (MOT ran out and abs light has been on for a while) decided to get working on her. Used the Civic5 ABS guide and found it was throwing code 15 which is RR sensor. Funnily enough, this is the one I suspected as I had her at the garage a while back to get new rear discs/pads fitted that I'd bought. I couldn't get the caliper bracket bolts out on that side when I was fitting them myself so had to get garage to do it. When we got her back, all was fine until a week later the ABS light of doom came on, so guessing they had either disturbed something/poss damaged it while getting the bolts out. Anyhoo, moving forward I got the old one off (she fought me every step of the way! Most bolts holding the sensor cables in place either rounded off or sheared (or both!). Once off, tested it with my multimeter which showed zero resistance so indeed gubbed. ordered a new one, and got it fitted in place (Cable tied at one bit due to still needing to sort out the sheared bolts). Fired her up, bloody abs light still on! Did the whole code thing again, and now showing codes 15 and also 17 now which is RR sensor and LR sensor. Thought what the?? Tested both sensors in situ, both gave correct ohms readings. Looked at the fault codes again and it also states it could also be short/no power to sensors. Unplugged em at rear, checked with meter and 4.5 volts there. Not sure what it's meant to be, still trying to find that out. But least I know some kind of power getting there. Plugged it all back in then went and pulled the fuse for the ecu to make sure the memory is cleared. Ignition on, abs light went off!! Started her up, it stayed off for about a minute then came back on again!! Still same two codes. Decided to pull the ecu fuse again and leave it out for 10 mins. Fuse back in, ABS light now going off as normal and staying off. Not sure if it's fixed or not as need to get her back onto her wheels and test drive. If ok, think it may have been a dodgy connection for the second fault. No light on now so that'll do for me! Only pic I have is of comparing the old/new ABS sensor. Cost £44 delivered so well happy (even if it did take a week and a half to come). Big diff to the last one replaced (think it was £200 from Honda!) Old one And the old/new comparison
    2 points
  31. Yes mate on the old dog and bone.
    2 points
  32. Got A dash working now, plugged into the hondata. Pretty cool datalogs every time you plug in and is customisable. Will make it a bit nicer looking and change the units
    2 points
  33. I don't think it will be ready for October sadly. It needs a heck of a lot more work unfortunately, once the welding and painting is done etc, ill be moving onto refurbishing all the suspension and pretty much everything underneath will be getting either replaced or refurbished. ive got an estimate of probably early next year itll be done by. ill be posting regular updates and pictures on the forum. and i may even do a few videos too! :)
    2 points
  34. Glad to hear the weldings getting done mat, that'll be a big part of the resto done with that out of the way. If you have her ready for 2nd October (or even just on the road by then) should bring her to the civic5 st mary's loch meet, be a good run for her and nice to see you there if poss.
    2 points
  35. Progress being made. Slowly but surely. Piston rings are gapped. Horrible tedious job. Assembled the pistons and rods. Get some brake cleaner tomorrow to just go over the block once again then can start assembling it.
    2 points
  36. Amazing shiny clean,sticky tyres also Cleaned my black bmw today,very windy so covered in dust again,even before i have driven it !!
    2 points
  37. Lots of pic taking going on. Actually making an effort to drive it this summer. Definitely a car I look back at. Still loving the mb shape.
    2 points
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  39. Yeah it's a nice build that one. I think he paid nearly that. It was built by another guy then since Dan's had it has had the engine taken out and all tarted up smoothed and wire tucked. Very fancy
    2 points
  40. Have removed and re-installed vti-s side skirts on a vti-s but I dont know if the MB vti (if thats what you are installing onto ?) already has some of the fixings or mounting points. Have you got any clips and screws with your vtis skirts ? Should have 6 plastic button screws on the underside of the skirt. These button clips go into holes in the underside of the steel sills. Do you have those holes in the sill ? The vti-s skirts should also have a number (maybe 6 from memory?) of white plastic push-in clips that are mounted on the inside (centre) of the skirt. These clips push into holes in the side of the steel sills. Do you already have those holes ? If you dont have any of the above holes, you will have to drill holes of the correct size to fit the various clips. If you dont have any of the clips, there are copies of the genuine Honda clips on Ebay (I have used them). But if you dont have any of the clips, you will not know what to look for as often Ebay sellers dont have honda part number references. If that is the case, check out the genuine parts catalogue on parts-honda.uk. This has parts diagrams, part numbers and prices for British and euro (and others) versions. Check the vti-s version (sometimes listed as vti in their catalogue) of your car and see what the honda part numbers are for the clips. Either order them from honda dealer or the the parts-honda.uk website (they are about the same price- sometimes dealer is cheaper). Or use the Honda part number as a reference when searching Ebay, you might get some results. Anyway, once you have sorted all that out, the installation is quite easy. Ask again if you get that far. Best of luck !
    2 points
  41. Well I thought I’d update the thread, I’ve bought some cutouts for the other side and luckily they are in good condition so I’ve removed all the spotwelds to get the front panel off so that it can be used when it comes to replacing the old upper sill. Some small corrosion so I’ve just used hydrate 80 to convert that so it doesn’t get worse, the panel will be getting sandblasted to remove that surface rust so I have a nice fresh clean panel to weld back in. It’ll be zinc primed or epoxy primed not sure yet. The remaining panels will be used to take reference from. Things such as the lower extension sill and sill to arch join panel, oh and the stiffener too. As these looked far too rusty to use. They will come in handy though as I will be contacting someone regards to the remaking of these panels!!!
    2 points
  42. Think the rolling diameter is the same on them due to the profile, although with the 16's I put on a larger profile tyre so those ones deffo fill the arches better. The wee 14's are just the standard size profile. It's making my choice of new wheels (which is a long way down the line) for the MINI a bit easier, she really suits the dished wheels. Always wanted to see what she'd be like with 16's (has 17's as standard) and thought the 16's if dished might look too small? They look bob on I think!
    2 points
  43. Got the battery tray guard/heatshields all fitted back on. When we removed it, the bolts all sheared clean off with minimum pressure. So, had to cut of the remainder of the bolts that was sticking out with the grinder, then grind them flat. next, drilled all 4 of them out. Bought new bolts, nuts and washers then decided to clean the guard up before fitting it and getting the bends out if it so it was all nice and straight. I also painted the battery tray inside and out where I havd been with the grinder and drill so no exposed metal left to rust, sealed up nicely. Got it fitted up and then cut the bolts down so nice and short, then covered them with copper grease to protect them for future removal if needed. Copper greased all the exhaust clamp bolts too so basically finished at the back now. Will be stripping her down again when the winter comes to refurb the rear calipers and paint them, and will also be getting the grinder and drill with wire brush to clean up the subframes and get them treated and painted. Will future proof it as well as really making her tidy underneath. Also ordered up new coolant hoses so that will complete the refurb of the coolant system. They come on Tuesday so will get them fitted, then fit the new radiator while I'm waiting on the new air con radiator arriving. Once that's fitted, put the front end back together and get her booked in for MOT. Been time consuming and more work than I expected, but at least it's a job I shouldn't ever have to do again as these new parts should last a hella long time. Will look at getting her booked in for a service too and want to get the supercharger serviced too. Anyhoo, here's the pics of the finished exhaust/back end!
    2 points
  44. Yes the iabs are open until you turn the engine on and vacuum pulls them closed. What ecu are you using? Is it able to control iabs?
    2 points
  45. Was sent these too which was nice
    2 points
  46. Working on this but I'd fighting me every step of the way i only have a arc welder and the metal is way too thin but I'm going to persevere tho will have a lot of warping to try bodywork out lol I think the bolt on version looks good but I'm trying to make it look OEM without the overhanging sides and just using the one original plastic light and surround trim. Seen a few folks make drag type wings which look awesome so this if I don't loose the rag and Chuck it in the field (been very tempted) will be an in-between. Tho being totally honest it may end up in the bin
    2 points
  47. INSTAGRAM - @civic.mb3
    2 points
  48. Looks like a scene from cheech and chong MistyWeakHound-mobile.mp4
    2 points
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