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Old 03-19-2013   #1
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Bryan's 05 em2

I've decided to share my slow progress of my 2005 Civic. My build is really slow so.. just bare with me. I only work on it once a week.

Here is my car, just minor stuff on it. Date 6/25/2011
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I like beefy tires, that tire size is ridiculous for the car.

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On that date, I put on Crower Stage 1 Camshaft, DC Sport Ceramic Header 4-2-1, Apexi Cat-Back Exhaust, injectors, wheels, fogs, high output alternator, trans cooler, lowered just the front, and stuff just to make it look nice.

I also did a wire tuck on the engine bay chassis, did a rear disk conversion, DIY OEM black out headlights.

I bought some crappy 16" Rota GT3. I fixed the ugliness.
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I had fun with my civic even though its an automatic.. =(

Sooo... I'm going to pursue what I want.
Manual swap.. $400 for the transmission w/ <70k miles and subframe
I've spend about like $550 for the whole swap items.

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I started in November 2012. I'm gonna do a lot more since I'm already here.
This it how it looks now.
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That's it for now...
Any advice or comments are helpful. Thanks
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Awesome... ever consider k20?
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Awesome... ever consider k20?
Yes. All the time, but I rather put it in my EK.
For me, its the experience of working on my em2. Turbocharging the D17 is what I set for a goal and after that, the K-swap is still possible.
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Looks like a good build.

any plans on shaving all the holes as well?
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Looks like a good build.

any plans on shaving all the holes as well?

I would love to shave the bay, but i have no idea how to weld..
I'll just paint it so it looks nicer. right now its ready for paint but i havent touch the car since two weeks ago. I didnt even buy paint yet.
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I traded my hood and front bumper for a ACT Stage 3 Clutch Set..
And then I couldn't pass up when a saw an eBay listing for a VIS Carbon Fiber Hood..
I won the bidding for $315. It looks nice even if it was used.

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Looks very clean
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This EM2 looks menacing. It must be those tires!

Can't wait to see it with that CF hood. This thing looks killer.
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Looks great, can't wait for the updates!
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I've been busy working on my truck, rebuilt the transmission and transfer case since it blew, a lot of steering and suspension service. Tie rods, idler arm, upper and lower ball joints, hub bearings, axles ans such. I need to finish it ASAP since I drive it most of the time. If you ever serviced a GM truck, you know what I'm talking about. Original ball joints have rivets!! Pain and time consuming to take out.

But here's a small update. I got a deal for a Supertech valvetrain kit for $300. Consisting of Valve Springs, Exhaust & Intake Valves, Tatanium Retainers, Valve Seals. Awesome shiny parts, haha.

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Here it is installed and I left the Stage 1 Camshaft there for now, until I can get a Stage 2. I probably sell it to get funds for the Stage 2.

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By the way, how do you edit pictures on the image code? It comes up too big.
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Man those parts are beefy.
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Very nice dude!
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looks like things are coming together
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Re: Bryan's 05 em2

SMALL UPDATE:

I've been calling and emailing machine shop to get Darton Sleeves installed in the D17, but I came across CSS (cylinder support system) by CNCWerx.

I called him and he said he never did a D17 block before so I told him to give it a try, its very similar to the D16 block.
He said I may have to wait because he has to take measurements and stuff.

Better than a block guard from what they describe. People swore by it and till this date, he never had a failure. Guaranteed and money back up to 500hp. So I'll give it a try.

http://www.b20vtec.com/forums/engine...rt-system.html
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Keep us updated to see how it goes.
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Haven't done much lately. Started to tear down block to send to CNCWerx for the CSS. Took off some rust in the engine bay and sprayed with bare metal primer.
I still haven't bought paint.

Here's some sneak peek of some on going plans.


D17Y8 Intake Manifold. Lol.
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Mock-up ABS/Brake Lines that I started before prepping the bay.

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Interesting place to put ABS
Wonder if I can stuff the cruise control box in there
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Interesting place to put ABS
Yea, but its functional. The only place I can think of that will be easy to reach. ABS is always helpful so I want to keep it.

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Wonder if I can stuff the cruise control box in there
Cruise control will probably fit there. It's about the same size as the ABS Module.
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I was browsing around and saw this. LOL! You're welcome. ( a year later)

I never even tried it. My wife was mad when I sold it, but at least it went to some good use.
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Quick question. Does anybody know if the 7th gen came with a manual rack and pinion?

I run on non-power steering, with the loop. I've searched but couldn't find any info for manual steering rack. Thanks for any help.
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I was browsing around and saw this. LOL! You're welcome. ( a year later)

I never even tried it. My wife was mad when I sold it, but at least it went to some good use.
Haha yea they work great! And look good too I had one hell of a time converting my drums though. The brake lines were rusted to all hell to I had to cut them and add fresh line on to it, without ever having flared brake line before....good times lol.
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Things are going very slow.. block is torn down but haven't sent it out yet.

I was a little bored so I decided to clean up the Type-S suspension that I got a long while ago. It has about 5000 miles and I picked it up for $80. It has minor rust but after sitting in a shed for a while, it got worst than I thought.
I'll change the bushings when I order new ones.

Only did the rears for now. I apologize for the phone pics. I don't have that great of a camera.


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Haven't done anything for a while.. and I will not be doing updates for a while.

Focusing on this badboy..


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SMALL UPDATE:

I finally painted the bay. I went with black since I got the carbon fiber hood to go along with and extra from the Bel Air. BC/CC paint job.

AFTER THE THIRD COAT OF BASE:

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Wow, nice work.
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Thanks! I can finally start doing my brake lines.
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