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Hi guys, thought I may as well make a thread for my little MB2 seeing as I'm here!

 
Backstory - The car has been in the family from new. It belonged to my Great-Grandad to start with who then gave it to his son in law (my Grandad) who passed the car on to me in 2016 when he became very ill before he passed away. I've only had my test passed for the last 14 months and so this is my first car! Therefore I'm trying to look after it the best I can and because there's so much that can be done modding wise, especially with it being the base model, it gives a lot of options. The car really hasn't done much mileage at all. I got the car on 80,000 and only sitting at just under 84,000 now. It's pretty standard, still on original steel wheels & ride height, got its fair share of scratches and slight dents but it shines up pretty well. 
 
The car has been reliable as hell for as long as I remember, so I'm going to just keep it going for as long as possible. I've really fallen in love with these MB Civic's and always had an admiration for Honda/older Civic's before this. 
 
In my ownership it has had the following repairs/slight mods with a lot more planned!
- New standard exhaust back box because it completely blew through a couple months into driving it.
- Full service in January this year, coolant etc last replaced in 2015 but low miles like I said
- New Pioneer radio/CD player (went for CD not Bluetooth.. Yes I'm old fashioned!) 
- New wipers all round
- New number plates
- Original floor mats 
- VTI front lip (first thing I've ever sprayed up myself)
- De-Chromed front grille (Vinyl wrapped)
- Colour matched wing mirrors & door handles (One electric mirror wasn't working so took the chance to get rid of the black plastic all round) 
- VTI Carbon dash trim & gear stick surround
- VTI Gear knob
- VTI door tweeters (not wired in yet, got replacement door looms but can't unplug main connection so will have to cut into wires) 
- Wind deflectors
- OEM mud guards/flaps fitted 
 
In the coming weeks/months things I should have done include front fog lights and something I've only seen one or two guys do, a Rover 45/MGZS boot lip spoiler. I'm just going to 3M tape this on once painted silver, because I also have a spoiler from a 1.4 sport that I need to finish painting and eventually get on. And I'm not really sure about having 2 spoilers haha! Also after a set of alloys, even the original 4x100 MB ones will do. Wouldn't mind getting a rear ARB on too eventually but need to mod/change lower control arms for that so it's a bigger job for down the line. Going to scrub away some rust and stone chip or underseal underneath & wheel arches in time for winter too. Seen some de-chromed headlights again recently and very tempted to buy some and do this myself! 
 
Thoughts and suggestions are very welcome & I'm glad to be on here! 
 
First couple pics are standard, last pic is how it looks now and one to show the test fit of the boot lip.
 

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I'll get a new pic uploaded soon, it looks so much better with full colour matched handles/mirrors. I think it really looks a bit more upmarket etc - less cheap looking maybe? 

 

Spent last night vinyl wrapping some front fog light surrounds that I bought to replace the blanking plates when I get the lights installed. They were stonechipped and faded and it's totally bringing them back to life! 

 

Anybody still active on here who's put fogs on an mb2/3/4 without them? I'm currently waiting on some eBay ones to come back in stock. :-|

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I did on my old MA8 civic, but it was OEM ones. I bought the oem wiring harness that goes from the fogs to the inner wing and the one that goes up inside the dash and replaces one that is already there that goes to standard fog light switch. Replaced the switch with the double fog light one. Also fitted the relay to the fuse box etc. Was a pain in the butt to do but resulted in a nice oem install. If your fiting aftermarket ones, it should be a lot easier! Less wiring to do, although youll need to fit a switch for them. Does look nicer with the fogs fitted though!

Agree mate, the little colour coding seems to make them feel more modern and more up market. Looking forward to the pics 8-)

And nice to see a car that has sentimental reasons for keeping too. Im the same with the aerodeck, belonged to my late wife who really looked after it and loved the car. Can never part with it as so many memories tied up in it, and love it as much as she did now.

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looks loads better with the colour coded handles and mirrors mate, looks a real clean car aswel!

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Yeah I wanted front fogs to be one of the first mods I did but using original wiring looked really hard so I went off the idea. Some good info there though! First time I've ever seen somebody say how exactly to do it. Not to mention OEM fogs, brackets and wiring are almost impossible to come by now though.. Came across an old post here about somebody who wired aftermarket ones in a fairly simple way but by using the original switch, getting the switch and wiring from another car and connecting the existing rear ones and then the front one you've added. Sounds like it should work..? 

 

Thanks for for the comments Dave, yeah every time I'm doing anything on the car/looking after it I am also thinking in the back of my mind it's good that the car's been in the family for 18 years, so it's nice to keep that going! Your Aerodeck is a beauty yeah and what a great story behind it. 

 

Thanks Chandler, I think it looks better too, more higher-spec than what it actually is! :-D Combined with the carbon effect interior and no more fake wood, that was a must have mod. A lot more modern. As for it being clean, has a slight dent on Nearside wing with some paint flaking & rusting, some damaged spots on front bumper & a big load of scratches on bonnet where a garage door scraped it :( Just don't want to fix that myself as it would be patchy aha

 

 

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If you need the double foglight switch I have plenty in stock here mate. Don't have the wiring though, which you'll need as the plugs for single/double switches are different size/shape. It is easy getting the OEM fogs wired in though, so be a nice mod on the car.

 

Looking forward to following this one 8-)

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As said it looks like a good clean base bud... Nice that you are keeping it in the family as well :)

 

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Thanks for the offer Dave, I do have a double fog light switch but it's a bit worn so may take you up on that if no luck. :) struggling to find the plug & wiring for the back of it as well as a set of clear lense fog lights but I'll keep looking. 

 

Thanks dr_broon, looking forward to seeing what the coming months and years bring :) 

 

Just been planning a load of engine bay dress up stuff as well. Going to go for mainly red I think. Got some blue Spoon socks coming (cheap & cheerful to decide if I like & can't find many red ones) Oil/radiator caps, battery clamp, heat proof paint for the rocker cover writing etc. Eventually I'll take the rocker cover off as well as the exhaust heat shield and give them both a respray. 

 

My radiator clamp/bracket is badly rusted/flaking though, anybody know where you can get a replacement for the MB's? They look different to most other Civic's but could be wrong?

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On 7/16/2018 at 2:05 PM, AJCivic said:

My radiator clamp/bracket is badly rusted/flaking though, anybody know where you can get a replacement for the MB's? They look different to most other Civic's but could be wrong?

You can get nice anodized aftermarket ones mate in a variety of colours. I replaced the ones on the aerodeck (check the link in my sig ;-) ) with blue anodized, same with all the fender bolts/washers. Cleans up the bay nicely.Do a search on ebay or google for passowrd jdm radiator stay brackets and fender bolts.

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There ya go mate, shows the brackets and fender bolts etc

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13 hours ago, Craig aerodeck said:

looks nice. i just got my hands on a low miles mb2 aswell lol 

 

Nice one pal! Make sure you keep us updated on it aha :) 

 

2 hours ago, Dave said:

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There ya go mate, shows the brackets and fender bolts etc

 

Cheers Dave! Looking great by the way! Been eyeing those up but didn't think they'd fit the MB's because the radiator sits quite flush. Good to see that they do however, I'll definitely get on it. Saves buying some paint to redo the original. Replacing bolts could be on the list as well, get it all matching slightly more! 

 

Got a cheapo universal rubber bumper lip coming in the post to try on the back bumper in the next few days, not sure how well it will work but I've given up trying to find a VTi-S rear lip and just wanted something there. Will probably keep it black to avoid messing around so hoping it will be subtle instead of sticking out against the silver. Not sure what to do with the exhaust area, would the heat from the exhaust tip affect rubber that much? 

 

Might just be be me being thick also, but can anybody tell me the size of the original steel wheels? 14" right? And the size of the MB2/3/4 OEM alloys, are they 14 or 15? Thanks!

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On 7/16/2018 at 2:05 PM, AJCivic said:

Just been planning a load of engine bay dress up stuff as well. Going to go for mainly red I think. Got some blue Spoon socks coming (cheap & cheerful to decide if I like & can't find many red ones) Oil/radiator caps, battery clamp, heat proof paint for the rocker cover writing etc. Eventually I'll take the rocker cover off as well as the exhaust heat shield and give them both a respray. 

 

My radiator clamp/bracket is badly rusted/flaking though, anybody know where you can get a replacement for the MB's? They look different to most other Civic's but could be wrong?

i've just used normal paint for my rocker.

also s2000 EK civic rad stay will fit mate.

here's my bay

 

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Lovely straight looking car :cool:

 

As the custodian you're duty bound to improve the car.

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Originals were 14' steels, alloys were 14's as standard although 15's were available as an option.

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12 minutes ago, Dave said:

Originals were 14' steels, alloys were 14's as standard although 15's were available as an option.

 

Cheers, what did the 15's look like? I see the same alloys on the mb2 sports, mb3's etc, were the 15" a different style?

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Nice mate. Look for to seeing how this progresses. U should have a look at @ammarbm old mb2 tread. Was silver too and looked amazing 

 

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17 hours ago, powerofdreams said:

Nice mate. Look for to seeing how this progresses. U should have a look at @ammarbm old mb2 tread. Was silver too and looked amazing 

 

Totally agree! Really loved the look of Ammars mb!

Have a look at the brochure in our downloads section mate, shows you some of the alloys on the accessories pages 8-)

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There's actually alot of really nice mb2 on here mate. 2 to mention would b trinity d which is a very extreme mb2( if u can even class it as that anymore. Have a look you'll c what I mean.) And mikefotos mb2 which again is amazing. 

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11 hours ago, powerofdreams said:

There's actually alot of really nice mb2 on here mate. 2 to mention would b trinity d which is a very extreme mb2( if u can even class it as that anymore. Have a look you'll c what I mean.) And mikefotos mb2 which again is amazing. 

Yes! Two very different and very cool civic m's!

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Looks good mate. Nice clean base to start with. Here is the link to my Mb2 thread if you wanna have a look. I learned everything from that car. Was the first time ever I modified a car. Loved it to bits and still miss it. 

 

 

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On 19 July 2018 at 2:22 PM, powerofdreams said:

Nice mate. Look for to seeing how this progresses. U should have a look at @ammarbm old mb2 tread. Was silver too and looked amazing 

 

 

Thanks mate, got some minor stuff coming up but a lot more planned B) Thanks for the suggestion, started reading that thread and you're right! Though it's slightly making me regret all the red engine bay dress up stuff I've ordered haha! 

 

3 hours ago, ammarbm said:

Looks good mate. Nice clean base to start with. Here is the link to my Mb2 thread if you wanna have a look. I learned everything from that car. Was the first time ever I modified a car. Loved it to bits and still miss it. 

 

 

Thanks Maz! Started reading your build thread and absolutely loving it so far, sure I will get lots of inspiration from it! As I said, making me regret ordering red stuff and not going blue on my engine bay, matches the silver well.

 

Off work next week so going to get a couple things done to the back of the car, boot lip spoiler, rubber bumper lip (once I get the Tar buildup removed.. That will be messy) and dechromed, was hoping to get front fog lights wired in too but the eBay ones that fit direct aren't in stock unless I buy a wiring kit with them, and I'm messaging Civic/MG/Rover breakers trying to get the switch & dash wiring and not had a reply yet. :-? 

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So far this week I have dechromed the rear number plate strip and wrapped it in the same Matt black as the front grille, also got rid of the tar buildup behind the back wheels for when I attach the bumper lip. 

 

Haven't put the bumper lip or the Rover boot lip on yet though (partially because repainting the boot lip isn't working well at all) because I did some motorway driving yesterday and today and didn't want them to fly off! 

 

Hopefully get that stuff done towards the end of the week along with some engine bay dress up! 

 

Had some cheap eBay fog lights come which fit the recesses pretty well, how do I go about making the brackets for them? Struggling to get them central etc with L brackets. 

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Well I've just about given up with installing fog lights, tried everything to get them put in but without the original brackets I just can't do it, every L bracket and way of putting them in just doesn't work. They're all far too long so it just sticks out to one side and the black surrounds won't fit, either that or they stick out a full couple inches too far. banghead.gif1

 

Anybody got any experience installing with no brackets? 

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In better (and non-ranting!) news, made an okay start on the engine bay. Here it is fresh after some painting on the rocker cover. Painted over some rusted parts on the AC fan unit and Still a good clean up to be had, radiator cap in the post, etc. Tried wrapping the fuse box lid, but it was really really hard so I went for a rough covering of the most raised bit instead. Next time I'm at the breaker's I'll try get a spare that I can toy about with and possibly spray red.

 

Eyeing up some red ignition leads too, will it be good practice to replace these anyway seeing as mine are now 19 years old? 

 

(I know the radiator stay is upside down in this pic, I couldn't figure out which way up to put it as my socket was slightly the wrong size so wouldn't tighten it all the way!)

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