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  • Birthday 07/07/1970

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    Hi, I'm Dave, the founder and owner of Civic5.com. I have been into cars my whole life, spending time restoring classic 70's fords then moving into the Honda scene. Have now been a fan of Honda's for years.

    So, bit more about me. I'm an old git, and was with Dawn (aka Civic5 Moderator crazzzydawn in the forum) for 21 years, married to her for 17 of those years. She helped me set up and run the club and site from the start, and it was Dawn that got me into Honda's! Sadly, she passed away after a very brave fight with cancer (Jan 2013) and is very much missed by myself and a lot of the members here. Her spirit in the club lives on in her car, her beloved Civic Aerodeck ES known as "DD" in the forum (Dawns Deck). It's a car that's been tastefully modded, and one I will keep for ever.

    Recently, I met my new partner Gayle (aka Gayle in the forum) and she has been amazing! She's totally turned my life around, and makes me happy. Luckily, she's a petrol head too! She's also become a big part of Civic5, and loves the Honda scene now too! We got married in June 2017.
    Anyways, enough about me! Thanks for taking the time to read my profile, and welcome to Civic5

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  1. Dave

    ABS sensor bolts

    Does anyone know what size (MM), what size length and what thread the wee bolts are that hold the rear ABS sensor inplace at the rear of the brake disc and along the length of the cable? Every single bolt on mine is gubbed so don't want to reuse them.
  2. Deffo do this mate! There are hardly any resto's/how to guide videos on Youtube for these Civic's so if you can try and log your progress/how you do it on video/pics. I'm in the middle of replacing the rear ABS sensor on DD, and she's needing a hella good rub down, then rust treatment before getting her undersealed. Suspension arms etc all rusty so really looks crap! They're still solid, but need to get it done otherwise they will eventually rot. Seeing first signs of surface rust on the floor at the rear too (not bad for her age!) so going to get that all wire brushed down with the grinder before treating and then sealing it. It's a thankless task, and not one I'm sure I've got in me but I'll either need to do it or ship it out to be done. Looking forward to following your progress on this mate!
  3. It could very well be due to the heat mate. Know at the moment when we have the occasional really hot day (yes, has been happening in Scotland believe it or not! lol) our wee MINI Cooper S convertible has started doing an odd thing. The doors open and close without any noise under normal temps, but when its really hot the hinges ect are creaking and cracking like crazy. I've got them all greased, but just seems to be with the metal expanding with the the heat it's causing them to creak. So could be there's maybe something in that that's causing the issue with your abs.
  4. 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.
  5. It's hard to say mate as any fault with the ABS should throw a code so the fact there is not code is strange. How long was the car standing for before you did the test for abs code? It may be worth driving it till the light comes on then stop and do the test there and then. Does the parking brake light come on when the abs light is on every time?
  6. That TKY performance has broke some bloody mint condition Civic M's, really Pee's me off. Why break cars with perfect shells, there's plenty of ones where the shells are shot but panels/engine etc are fine. Got a feeling that at some point it's only going to be D series Civic M's that are left as they tend to not want them from breaking as there's no B series engine to be had. Sad you decided to sell her Andrew, cracking Aerodeck that.
  7. Fair play to the Seat, she did you proud! Love the Jazz, had a slightly older model as a courtesy car when Roxy was in at Honda to get the gearbox done. Was an awesome wee car! Yours looks tidy and loving the interior, dash reminds me of the FN1/FN2. So big Civic5 welcome to Jessie!
  8. Loving your work so far mate, transformed what was a clean wee civic into a sweet looking Civic. Tidy!
  9. Did the exhaust hanger etc line up at the rear ok? Thats a bonus if all you need to do is add length to the tailpipe! Love Powerflow systems, thats what we've got on DD. Very quiet/subtle on tickover and driving normally, but give her beans and she has a nice deep tone. Looks nice on the fans, I'd keep em although it depends on what alloys you were thinking of buying.
  10. Mega worrying mate. Recently, due to being absolutely skint with the cost of oil for our oil fired heating and the leccy bill trebling in price, I've had to run DD on E10 as well as Poppy. If there does end up being a trend of injectors failing due to E10, then the drivers of this country need to make a stand against the oil companies and also our poxy gov. if the e10 is destroying injectors, then the fuel companies can be sued for selling a product which is not fit for purpose.
  11. nah.......................that means yours is worth 24K! lol
  12. That looks decent, nice finish on them. Yeah have to agree, back to black leaves them looking like they've had oil sprayed on them!
  13. Is the latch receiver bolted tightly to the tailgate/hatch lid? When you close it, does it make a loud metallic thump sound like metal hitting metal? If so it could be the receiver is stuck in the closed position. Try the key in the lock, and see if the latch moves.
  14. No masking required although I was initially going to mask it. Just got to be carefull, don't keep the gun concentrated on one area for too long. I used the flat narrow tip for the gun so more controlable where the heat goes, and had the gun around 10cm's away from the panel. Basically start at one end, pointing the heat gun at the one section for no more than 2 to 5 seconds then move along the part slowly, so it's spending 2 to 5 seconds heating the bit that's in front of it. I had the tip horizontal, so it was only really heating the plastic, not the paint (although some heat obviously transfers as it's blown over the plastic). I moved the gun slightly up and down towards the edges of the trim as I moved along it. I did 3 passes over the trim like this, then stopped to let the trim cool down and also let the gun cool down. Once gun has cooled down, move to next bit of trim. Once all are done, go back to the start and do it again. Think in total I did 9 passes over the trim (with the stops as mentioned above) and it came out really well. Like I say, just got to be careful and methodical with the movement. And your spot on mate, the theory from what I've read/watched is that the natural oils and dyes in the plastic move from within it back to the surface, which leaves it looking like new again. Highly recommend it! Going to give DD's one final pass, then might do poppy's arches/kit (although it's still pretty black tbh).
  15. Did a little bit of resto work on DD recently. Her plastic door trims and sills were looking faded and patchy (as all car trim goes over time) so decided it was time to do something about it. Normally just put back to black on them once shes been washed, but the effect only lasts a few days so wanted a more permanent solution. Had seen videos of folk using heat guns/blow torches and it's meant to make them like new again. Thought, right, lets give it a bash! Had the heat gun on a low heat and took my time with it... Heat gun at the ready! Drivers door trim done, can see the difference compared to the wee bit trim on the front wing which hasn't been done. And after.. Drivers door (done) compared to rear door (not done) All done including the sills Wee photo of DD and Poppy together Really impressed with how they turned out. A week later, and they still look like that so going to give them another wee go over with the gun then maybe seal it with silicon spray. Has made a big difference to how she looks as she's now dirty again but trims look good!
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