2000 Civic SI Build
The quest to go
2013 - 2014
12/28/2014 - All
in all it has been a very good year for the Civic. Upgraded many parts,
made more power, made it to the track, and spent many an evening
hanging out at the Newark garage with people from the Newark Car Scene.
More parts to change, upgrades to make and passes down the track to
come. Stay tuned as I move the car to E85, install the LSD and build
more power. This year was fun.
12/25/2014 - What
better place to store your home made Cream Puffs and Yule Log than in
the Honda refrigerator in the garage, right next to the Nitrous Bottle
and new VictorX Manifold.
12/14/2014 - Clutch has been
acting up since I put the trans back in. **Note to self, when trans is
out, always check the clutch**. Got to the point where it wouldn't slip
when starting out unless you were at 2,500 rpm or higher. Driving
and shifting had no problem. Holds power fine and shifts smooth,
just the starting out on/off issue. Was planning on rebuilding the
Tilton Twin Disc in January, but it beat me to it. So took it out and
the disc closest to the flywheel is below spec at .264. The other disc
is at .272 (minimum thickness is .268). So, measured all my old clutch
discs and found two that were above spec (one was at .272 and the other
at .274). Put everything back together and bled the throwout bearing.
Clutch still fells good and starting out is fine when its cold. As soon
as it gets warm it goes back to the on/off situation. Still driveable,
just feel like a ricer reving it to start out at a stop light. New
clutch being ordered next month. This clutch issue messed up my
business trip to visit my car dealers. Not gonna take it and break down
12/06/2014 - Took
the Civic over to the shop yesterday to pull the GSR trans and put in
the LS 5th. Not a big deal. Had to pull 5th off of the B16 S4C trans I
started to build. Popped it in the GSR and off we went. Don't know
whether its good or bad that it only took me 2 1/2 hours.
11/16/2014 - In
the procession to deliver the Cruise For Tots toys to the local
childrens shelter. There were probably 75 to 100 cars. This was a good
cause, and I was happy to be part of it. FYI...the white marks on the
edge of my hood scoop are a reminder to always check your hood pins are
in. Learned that last summer. Being escorted by the police is a lot
more fun than being chased, well, maybe not.
10/18/2014 - An intersting look from inside the Old Licking County Jail during one of the public Ghost Hunts.
09/25/2014 - She is home.
09/17/2014 - What was supposed
to be a simple head gasket change became a major problem. Spent the
last 3 days trying to get the head off. Had everything disconnected and
just needed to remove the ARP head nuts. All went well until the very
last one in the center front decided to not cooperate. Spent 2 1/2 days
on it till I finally got it cut off. Tried welding a nut on, grinding
it off and drilling. Finally drilled down throught the allen bolt hole,
then used a porting burrto grind it real thin from the inside. A couple
smacks with a BFH and a cold chisel and it popped off. Only real
problem was that the burr put a grind mark in my new valve springs, so
had to replace it. Thank goodness for having extra ARP studs and nuts,
and Ferrea valve springs in stock.
09/07/2014 - Picked up another
GSR block. Brought it home in the back of the Civic. Found a good deal
and had to grab it. Not sure if I want to sleeve this one. or send out
for CSS. Time will tell.
09/03/2014 - Well,
head gasket again. Going to lower boost as per Pro-Car and add a boost
contoller. Found one that is controlled by my AEM EMS, so I can run
boost by gear. Also working out logistics of a secondary fuel system.
Want pump gas for daily driving and lower expense, but really need
higher octane when under high boost. Going to install a stand alone
secondary fuel system with E85. Will have the AEM drive the primary
ID1000's for the pump gas up to a predetermined boost level. Then shut
of the primary injectors and start injecting E85 using the secondary
ID2000's. Best of both worlds. Should be fun. Still need to get my
MFactory LSD, Speed Factory Shifter Assembly, DSS half shaft, and
Insane Shafts axles. When this thing comes together its going to be
08/31/2014 - At
the garage. Everyone heading to Mexico to see whose car runs the best.
Me, well sitting out. Having cooling issues and overflow from the tank.
08/23/2014 - Boo Boo All Gone. Back on the
road. Going to see Jamie Johnson with Ryan tonight. Hope I don't lose a
08/22/2014 - Guess what was wrong with the axles.
08/20/2014 - Made the first
trip to National Trails Raceway since 1994. Was a nice night. Had a lot
of fun and learned a lot. Got there an hour later than I wanted due to
phone issues at my office. Stopped and got some Turbo Blue race fuel
and headed to the track. This was the first time I have had the Civic
on the track.
The car sounds real different
with a helmet on. Had never really tried to launch the car on the
street, so there was some learning going on with this too.
First pass left the street
pressure in my tires (45 lb), spun off the line, then bogged a little,
then accelerated hard. Went to shift into second and missed the gear.
Have been having shifting problems with the synchros in this trans,
going to change trans fluid back to B&M Trick Shift, have always
had good luck with it. Anyway, double clutched it and was able to get
into 2nd gear, got back on throttle and finished run. Need to learn to
drive this on the track. Ran a 15.70 E/T, but ran a 101.39 mph trap
speed. The 101.39 equates to a low 13 second pass with 2.75 60
foot, and a missed shift. Once I get dialed in it will go into 12's
pretty easily without even running any of the nitrous.
Went back out for the second
round and had a bye. Had lowered tire pressure down to 25 lb and came
of line at 3000 rpm. Immediately broke aan axle. Had to be pushed off
track and had to be towed home.
08/19/2014 - Picked up my car
from Pro-Car on 8/16. Tune came out real good and drivability is much
improved. However, I am not happy with dyno numbers.
Had Chris from Pro-Car send me
a copy of the dyno sheet showing horsepower and torque. First, their
dyno will not give you an inflated number. They use the dyno for
maximizing the tune not to impress you. With that said, other dynos in
the area show a 25% to 30% higher number than Pro-Car. The question
becomes "Do you want a big number", or "Do you want an optimized tune"?
I love the service they provide and am very happy with the tunes I
receive from them. Now, with my dyno graph you can see the car made 225
hp at 6100 rpm and was running 19 lb boost. There was a big dip and
then hit high number of 229.2 hp at about 6900 rpm. They stoped the
pull because 19 lb of boost requires more octane than the Speedway pump
gas could handle. They notices some pinging about 6100 rpm and were not
happy with it . With all the head work, cams, and the T4, car isbuilt
to run strong in the 6000 to 9200 rpm range. Will put race gas in it
next time its tuned so they can do a full pull with it.
07/30/2014 - Well, this was a
cluster. Had head off the car and on the bench in about an hour.
Cleaned everything up and reinstalled. Apparently a head dowell got in
a little crooked and kept the back side of the head from sealing with
the gasket. Dumped about 2 quarts of oil on the floor in matter of a
minute. Had to take back apart and replace gasket. Checked everything,
new Mr Gasket head gasket and put her back together. Torqued down to 95
ft lb. and everything is fine. Now to get her up to Pro-Car for tune on
08/02/2014. Looking at old head it was way too rich.
This is the old head that came off the car. As you can see, was way too
07/19/2014 - Tomorrow is D
Day. Head is done and going on.
07/12/2014 - Just picked up
start of my fuel hanger set up from Kevin Ault. Gonna go big with fuel
system over next couple months. -10 feed, 08 return. Going with an
external Weldon pump soon. Hello race fuel, E85, or whatever the hell
else I want to run.
07/09/2014 - Here it is. All
done and ready to go on. New Ferrea valves, springs, retainers, seals
and locks, along with the new guides, seats, and port work. Can't wait
to get it on.
06/27/2014 - More cylinder
head goodness from John.
05/24/2014 - Just some pretty
pictures after she is all cleaned up.
05/08/2014 - Was over at
Loughman Automotive yesterday looking at the heads John is working on.
He has two of my heads there right now. Getting new bronze guides, 1mm
over seats, and major port work. Can't wait to see what they flow.
05/05/2014 - Yesterdays
at the shop - Get the clutch stop finished and set up. Bolted a steel
plate to the firewall, so no chance of pushing through. Got it
adjusted. I like the set up.
04/29/2014 - Well, must have
hurt head gasket with the timing issues and backfires, car runs good as
long as I stay below 12lb boost. If I go to full boost (16lb) it blows
compression into the coolant system and bubble out the over flow. John
at Loghman Automotive has been working on a couple heads for me.
Have to be gentle with her till they are done.
04/23/2014 - Drove
her home today. Finally got my Blackworks Pro Series LCA's and Camber
Kit this week. Handles real nice. Next thing will be new struts. Got
the COP Setup on. had some problems getting it started. Numerpus
backfires because of timing issues. After a couple calls to AEM tech
got it all figured out. Had been told by there first tech the wrong
place to hook power wire for the EPM. After we figured that out, fired
right up. Set timing and driving it.
04/11/2014 - On 02/15/2014 I
started on an adventure. Replaced all
suspension bushings with an Energy Suspension kit. Replaced the left
rear caliper that caused all the trouble. Ceramic painted all brake
parts. Repalced front wheel lugs with extended ARP wheel studs. Relaced
all four wheel bearings. Replacesd all upper and lower ball joints.
Replaced all tie rod end links. Replaced the rear compnsator arm
bushings with pieces from Prothane. Did I mention how many of the
freakin bolts broke and caused my headaches. Too many to count. I hate
suspension work. Also put in the replacement Tilton parts and replaced
two gears in my B16 S4c trans. Put a GSR 4th in it, and an LS 5th. Now
just need the LSD. Going with a MPower in near future and swapping back
to my S4C. But, have the GSR trans for now. Updates to the S4C will be
in future. While waiting for suspension parts I started working on
nitrous setup. Should be bad. 75 hp wet stage 1 and a 239 hp dry
stage 2. Alex welded the aluminum bungs onto the intake for me and then
tapped and installed the system with custom distribution manifold. Also
matched the intake to the throttle body. Ordered a Weldon fuel pressure
regulator to go on, and made a bulkhead adpter plate where my
fuel/return/nitrous lines can meet to separate the lines in the engine
compartment from the underside.
02/02/2014 - While this thing
is down bought a GSR trans to run it in.
Been working on the clutch stystem. When I took it apart and mic'd
everything the Tilton Twin Disc was out of spec. Ordered new floaters,
clutch discs, and a hydraulic throw out bearing kit. Didn't like the
set up. Wanted some way to seperate lines when trans needs to come out.
So, developed this. I think its pretty sweet.
01/20/2014 - Todays adventure
- make a clutch stop and get the pedal back in the car. Came out pretty
01-06-2014 - Things were goin
along well unitl I got stranded at 161
and Maple Canyon in Columbus. Was taking my son home December 30th and
car was running good. Had been having a problem with my left rear brake
hanging up, pumping the brakes, or just driving would cause it to break
loose. Except for this time. Stopped for gas at a Speedway near 161 and
Karl Ave. When pulling in the brakes were acting funny. After getting
gas the brakes were still grabbing when I pulled away. Got stopped by a
red light at the corner of Maple Canyon and 161. When the light turned
green I release the clutch on the car died. Did it a couple more times
same thing. Gave it a little gas and heard "snap". Now car won't even
try to move. Had to call tow truck to bring me home. After getting it
to the shop learned that I broke the passenger side CV Joint, snapped
the half shaft and tore a tooth of the spider gear in the diff. Another
weak link found. And the cause....the brake master cylinder locked,
pressure would not release this caused all the wheels to be completely
locked up. It would not release until I cracked open the lines. With
the brakes fully locked and engine torque applied, things snapped.
12/21/2013 - Got the new turbo
on. Decided to go with a GodSpeed 62mm.
Has a .68 hot / .70 cold. Still have the 15lb spring in the wastegate.
Real happy with set up. Fits a lot better than the smaller turbo.
12/10/2013 - Yes, this is a
daily driven street car. Fun in the snow.
11/12/2014 - Decided to rework
my exhaust. Trying some different ways
to keep it quiet. Settled on a couple different Car Chemistry in pipe
baffles. made a huge difference. Tried open pipe, on baffle and 3
baffle set ups. One baffle seems to give me the best performance /
sound trade off.
10/07/2013 - Spent the
majority of the summer rewiring all my
accessories and replacing the dash. Put in 18 additional circuits in 3
fuse blocks to control everything and wired a nice harness before
putting the dash back in. Between vacations, parties and
normal life, my car has been worked on randomly. All together and back
road now. First picture below is June 15th, second is October 7th. 2013.
06/12/2013 - Oops. Had a
little problem on 37 while taking Arika down
to SC for her graduation get away. Some idiot, no name mentioned,
forgot to put the hood pins in. Biggest problem is the dash got cut.
05/11/2013 - Went to Dayton
with my son to see Jamie Johnson. On way
home pushing a little harder than I should have and turbo destroyed
itselt. Back to N/A for a while.
04/19/2013 - Picked my car up
after having it tuned. Using my Rajay
turbo it pushed 16 lb of boost and made 176.4 hp and 149 lb/ft of
torque. Runs good. Not too
shabby for the first attempt at turbocharging.
04/11/2013 - Down pipe
made, down pipe and manifold ceramic
coated, blanket and filter on. Ready for 1st turbo tune at Pro-Car
03/23/2014 - More Manifold
03/10/2013 - Car
is running good N/A, but its time for some boost. Alex from BP
Autosports is using
my car as a proto-type for his B-Series manifolds. Manifold must retain
air and power sterring. Here is a look at the alignment of parts and
the mock up using my Rajay turbo from 1984
02/22/2013 - Had the Civic up
to Pro-Car Associates in Akron for the 1st tune. Gotta remember the car
is built with a high lift, short duration cam and 8.6:1 Wiseco pistons
running no boost at this point. Car made 110.4 hp and 108.1 lb ft
torque. Right in line with other B18C1's factory numbers according to
02/10/2013 - Finally got
everything back together. Faught this thing for six weeks. Three sets
of main and rod bearings later oil pressure is great and everything is
running fine. Problem with no oil pressure was user error. When I
installed the oil sandwich plate it spun on an aditional 180 degress.
This caused pressurized oil flowing backwards into the oil filter, and
the valve stopped oil circulation. Swapped lines around, another new
set of bearings, and all is good. Still have the turbo bypass
pipe on. Going to get it up for a tune next weekend. Will see
where the starting point is.
If you have Questions or comments feel
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