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Justin Fox
18-12-11, 07:44 PM
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The Golf was sold last week. I was VERY close to buying an EVO TME (again) but didn’t trust any of the cars on carsales (all of which had 40,000kms, yeah right). I was also very close to buying Zi’s Jazz, which would have been my 4th Honda Jazz, but luckily I stepped sideways and bought Papz’s crazy clean DC2R. It’s done a lot of km’s (170k), but hey, it’s a Honda! I love the black seats especially (red ones never did it for me). All paid for. I pick her up next week!

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Mah new plates :)

Modifications (all bought and fitted by JDMyard (http://www.jdmyard.com/)):
- ALPINE Flagship CD/MP3/WMA/AAC head unit
- JDM OEM Honda DC2R 16" wheels
- JDM OEM DC2R Visors
- JDM OEM DC2R Type R Shift Boot
- Factory Optional OEM DC2R Pedals
- OEM Honda S2000 Antenna
- JDMyard HID

- Exedy sports organic clutch kit
- Exedy lightened flywheel
- Honda OEM clutch master cylinder
- Motul Gearbox oil
- Buddy club short shifter

- Hardrace engine mounts
- Hardrace shifter bushing
- Hardrace front lower control arms
- Hardrace front compliance bushing set
- Hardrace front sway bar bushing set
- Hardrace front upper arm bushing set
- Hardrace rear camber kit
- Hardrace rear lower control arms
- Hardrace rear sway bar bushing set
- Hardrace rear sway bar end links
- Hardrace rear sway bar collar bushing set

plAythiNG
18-12-11, 07:46 PM
Nice pickup. Whats the plans / goal for this?

Build thread going on ClubItr too?

SSSKid
18-12-11, 07:50 PM
Great ITR. Hope you keep it stock, but I betcha you'll mod it in a couple weeks!

mig
18-12-11, 07:50 PM
Clean!

Looks like showroom condition except for the driver side seat :P

Justin Fox
18-12-11, 07:51 PM
Tempted to return to ClubITR, but I'm just SO stretched for time as it is with Zen Garage, and running everything else I do. Right now I just plan to daily drive this car. I'm not looking forward to peak hour traffic in a manual, the DSG gearbox really has spoilt me rotten. I am however looking forward to going over speed humps without scraping the shit out of my front lip!

PS: Plates are already on order. I actually bought the plates BEFORE I bought the car HAHAHA.

4tune
18-12-11, 08:02 PM
seen this on facebook , couldn't stop miring hahaha

very clean an tidy , nice purchase

platesb4carwin

046
18-12-11, 08:28 PM
paintwork is immac, definitely doesn't look like its done 170k!

nice buy!

-EGA.2.90-
18-12-11, 08:36 PM
paintwork is immac, definitely doesn't look like its done 170k!

nice buy!

Odometer wound forward? :lol:

plAythiNG
18-12-11, 08:44 PM
Exterior looks Amazing. Optional lip kit to finish it off.

Evaded
18-12-11, 09:16 PM
I love DC2s a whole heap.

InspectHerGadget
18-12-11, 09:36 PM
Wow! So clean! Nice buy dude.

DC2-PWR
18-12-11, 09:39 PM
I love how the seats and the leather shift boot matches together, works well.

Great buy btw, is this a daily or will there be plans for it?

Kazzae
18-12-11, 10:24 PM
Cant believe this. But i know that it will turn out awesome. Sad to see the Golf go but i know that the best part is building the car

Congratz and have Fun

touge crx
18-12-11, 10:47 PM
WOW thats one clean car.

Manny
19-12-11, 12:06 AM
Definitely an exceptionally clean DC2R Justin, awesome pick up. One critic, the red claps need to be painted back to the original goldish colour IMO.

ekx105
19-12-11, 12:06 AM
Very immac. Love DC2R's!! Congrats man!

fullmetal
19-12-11, 01:30 AM
once u own one of these u will always have a soft spot for them!

look forward to see how this one turns out :)

13BWAT
19-12-11, 09:59 AM
nice clean car JF.... hard to believe it has done 170,000 literally looks immac :)

Justin Fox
19-12-11, 10:28 AM
Cheers guys. Picking her up tonight! Just for reference, here's my old DC2R:

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Hieu Nguyen
19-12-11, 10:54 AM
Very clean ride, just need some side skirts and rear pods like your old DC2r :)

Total Monkey Kaos
19-12-11, 11:17 AM
Nice choice! Looking forward to seeing the build on this.

Cheers

Dave

sileighty
19-12-11, 11:58 AM
N/A is best!

DW CUZ
19-12-11, 08:03 PM
love it

-EGA.2.90-
19-12-11, 10:31 PM
Strap a 35/40 on it?

Justin Fox
20-12-11, 03:57 PM
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Just an update:

Last night, with John's help (he's a fellow Zen Garage staffer) I picked up the car from Papz out at Cecil Hills (whoop whoop to me). Always nice to catch up with Papz, nice to gawk at his EK9 too. John and I were starving so we smashed some Pho and then I was on my way home.

I thought I'd chime in with some initial thoughts, both positive and negative.


Positives:

- It's nice to be driving a manual again. DSG really has spoilt me rotten. Before the Golf I had an Auto V35 Skyline too and in the past week Ive been driving my Mum's SLK, so it's been a while since I've had a manual daily driver. Gear shift is really nice, clutch is light and feeling vibration through the gear knob is a good thing!

- Visibility is awesome, all around. I hate changing lanes in the SLK, though a small car, feels very big and heavy and it has horrible blind spots everywhere.

- I can't hear the exhaust at all, intake is making that signature DC2R whistle on WOT which brought a smile to my face :)

- Tyres are great in the wet.

- Spending some time going through the logbooks was great, it's been serviced very well, all major servicing has been done, full log books, all receipts for servicing from Hanny's too.


Negatives:

- No torque! It shocked me right away. The Golf had tonnes of low-down torque, even the SLK felt meatier... I was caught out in 3rd gear often, WOT, no power at all. So gutless!

- Seating position feels like I'm sitting on top of the car, not inside it (in comparison to the SLK which has infinite adjustment up down, in, out, whatever you like and my Recaro buckets in the GTI). Not being able to adjust the steering wheel towards me puts me in a really frustrating compromised position where one click back on the seat rail and the gear shifter feels a tiny bit too far away from me, but I can heel-to-toe nicely, one click forward and the gear shifter feels like it's in the perfect position but my legs are a little cramped up making it harder to heel-toe.

- Headlights are crazy weak. They're blue too so I assume there's some ricey bulbs in there. I might either go back to OEM bulbs (I love old school yellow in any case!) or I might try to find an HID kit which should work well with the projectors (but I wouldn't want a high kelvin/blue tinge, white might be OK though).

- Red paint is coming off calipers.

- Drivers side seatbelt is fraying a little, and doesn't retract as fast as it should.

Bradd
20-12-11, 05:51 PM
So god damn clean. It's un-real! I couldn't bring myself to modify anything this perfectly OEM and clean...

Pr0ph3cy
20-12-11, 06:40 PM
My jaw dropped, gorgeous. A great buy.

ATMOSR
20-12-11, 08:02 PM
Whilst the GTi was a great car, it's good to see you back in a Japanese machine. :)

Car looks real neat, love the Nighthawk Black on DC2R's; just wouldn't buy one as a daily cause of the constant cleaning required! haha

I haven't seen the JDM DC2R wheels in the gunmetal before(always white); they look real nice on the car!

Interesting that you were considering a TME, given your previous comments on their suitability as a daily driver.

Look forward to seeing what you do to this one.

jko
20-12-11, 08:23 PM
Cant wait to see how this thing turns to be :D

JDM front end is a must!

Justin Fox
20-12-11, 08:35 PM
I am seriously considering a JDM front end, always have wanted to do it, never have been a fan of the bug eye like design and tub like bonnet on this model!

Pr0ph3cy
20-12-11, 08:43 PM
Yes JDM front end is a necessity lol.

A'PEXi
20-12-11, 11:48 PM
put the recaros from the gti in? first mod, go :)

clutch-monkey
20-12-11, 11:56 PM
cut up such a mint example to stick a jdm front end on it? no way.. would lose value to boot

MXEMUP
21-12-11, 12:25 AM
cut up such a mint example to stick a jdm front end on it? no way.. would lose value to boot

Agreed.

tonieez
21-12-11, 12:36 AM
either way people will still buy it lol

Justin Fox
21-12-11, 05:49 PM
I was under the impression that nothing had to be cut up? If so, OK, that's changed my mind.

Pr0ph3cy
21-12-11, 05:57 PM
Yeah wouldnt everything mount up the same way as the non-jdm front?

clutch-monkey
21-12-11, 06:13 PM
I was under the impression that nothing had to be cut up? If so, OK, that's changed my mind.

Yeah wouldnt everything mount up the same way as the non-jdm front?
i was always told it's not a simple case of unbolt one and bolt on the other, like it's not easily reversible?
edit: don't really want to risk ozhonda.com to find out :lol:

MAD828
21-12-11, 06:22 PM
You have to weld on a new front member to bolt the jdm front on, thats why they all come as a front cut. Its a cut and weld job.

DW CUZ
21-12-11, 07:00 PM
you can just unpick the top of the radiator support and use the top radiator support from the jdm front if your picky about cutting into your car..
then all it needs is a few spot welds and nek minute jdm front.

SLOEG4
21-12-11, 07:40 PM
sooo jealous, very nice car mate. sensible exhaust and reasonable intake coming up? Would work very nice and make it sound a little beefier too. makes me wanna get into my EG with a B18CR... sad part is i cant :(

SSR
21-12-11, 07:43 PM
I love it, looks like a clean car. I reckon JDM front looks nice but I still prefer the bullet lights!
Brown is the new black so maybe a respray with some BBS RS wheels could be on the menu? That is if you decide to slap the JDM front on it, because you'll have to respray the front to match anyway.
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saad
21-12-11, 07:50 PM
I love it, looks like a clean car. I reckon JDM front looks nice but I still prefer the bullet lights!
Brown is the new black so maybe a respray with some BBS RS wheels could be on the menu? That is if you decide to slap the JDM front on it, because you'll have to respray the front to match anyway.
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WTF you on crack? Why would you respray a mint DC2R? If it were going be done, it would have to a bare metal job, which woudl cost around 10k, so again, why would you respray a black DC2R shiny pooh brown?

SSR
21-12-11, 08:01 PM
WTF you on crack? Why would you respray a mint DC2R? If it were going be done, it would have to a bare metal job, which woudl cost around 10k, so again, why would you respray a black DC2R shiny pooh brown?

Nope definately not on crack! Do you need a tissue? You seem to be very emotional.. If he's putting a JDM front on then he will have to paint it anyway, which already puts a flaw in your argument. If he just paints the front and not the whole car then it won't match 100% and won't be mint anymore irrespective of anything else. 10K is RRP for a paint job, depends who you know ;) I still don't understand how painting a car de-mints* it?
(*not a word but going on your level)

autechlol
21-12-11, 08:21 PM
IMO fix the things that are broken and leave it stock! what a beautiful example.

saad
21-12-11, 08:26 PM
Nope definately not on crack! Do you need a tissue? You seem to be very emotional.. If he's putting a JDM front on then he will have to paint it anyway, which already puts a flaw in your argument. If he just paints the front and not the whole car then it won't match 100% and won't be mint anymore irrespective of anything else. 10K is RRP for a paint job, depends who you know ;) I still don't understand how painting a car de-mints* it?
(*not a word but going on your level)

If you wanted to keep it mint, then you would do a proper bare metal respray, ie strip all the old paint off, which is a LOT of money. Not just spray over the top which is pretty cheap, and can also look good, but this would definitely devalue the car.

If you have a decent painter, you can match the JDM front to 99%, such that you cant tell a difference at all.

MA44AL
21-12-11, 08:36 PM
yeh im with Saad and autechlol on that. If it isn't broken don't fix it.

I prefer the bugeye front anyway. The jdm front isn't really all that special. Its just the hype surrounding it cause its "jdm" that makes it appealing to most.

clutch-monkey
21-12-11, 10:22 PM
wtf @ cutting up a perfect example to put jdmasfuckyo front on and painting poo brown

saad
21-12-11, 10:27 PM
Thankyou

SSR
21-12-11, 10:39 PM
Haha I think people need to learn how to read. Go back and RE READ my first post (assuming you read it the first time), you'll notice, I mentioned that I prefer the ADM front (bullet lights). The owner of the car suggested the JDM front and I merely replied stating if he did go down that path, that he might as well respray the whole car.
I hate how most people on forums are like sheep, they follow the herd and are a lot like cheap whores who tag along at rock concerts = groupies who will say and do anything to be a part of something.
I wasn’t going to reply to any more comments but since no one actually bothered to read my post and just backed up their mate, I feel it’s needed. Stop posting shit in this guys thread, we aren’t in kindy!

stephen8512
22-12-11, 02:59 AM
Ive always loved the JDM DC2R front. I also like the look of that Brown DC2. But personally I can't picture Justin driving a car which has been resprayed in a non OEM colour, dumped on BBS RS (or any other similar sort of wheels). Though it may look nice and though theres a few people who do mod their cars in this manner, i've just never known Justin to mod a car in that fashion (i.e respray over a perfectly a-okay paintjob to a non-OEM colour, slammed on BBS RS/Work Equip/other). Its always been function over form whilst keeping the integrity of the car intact.

I do love that colour though....

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Ive heard it can cost a few grand for a JDM conversion? Is a front cut really necessary or can you bolt on with minimal modification? Because as far as I see it, you need :

JDM ITR front quarter panels left and right
JDM ITR headlights
JDM ITR front bumper
JDM ITR grille
JDM ITR bonnet
JDM ITR radiator support.

Anything else? How much stuff needs to be chopped up and how hard is it to get a JDM front end done without going down the half cut road?

WAN94N
22-12-11, 03:15 AM
keep it adm Justin..car looks great the way it is

12Lead
22-12-11, 07:57 AM
But how are you going to transport your bikes around now Justin?
Cheers Todd

Bodgy Racing Developments
22-12-11, 09:00 AM
you still need to weld up the radiator support for the jdm front.

wilch
22-12-11, 09:16 AM
Nice buy Justin :). You broke your rule about getting the same car twice though! Ah well...

Looks great.

Pmk
22-12-11, 01:20 PM
Keep it clean ! Saw this when it was for sale. Picture looked crazy mint ! Great Choice !

.Dave
22-12-11, 01:31 PM
super clean, love it

Kazzae
22-12-11, 01:55 PM
Just add mods to make its a better daily.

Justin Fox
22-12-11, 05:37 PM
Nice buy Justin :). You broke your rule about getting the same car twice though! Ah well...

Will be getting an NA again sometime then, now that I've broken my own rule hehe.

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3AM blat... loving it.

Loving the car more and more. Steering is telepathic, turn hard, turn it a bit more and it just points where you want it to, so impressive for factory set-up!

dlai
22-12-11, 07:00 PM
Go for a stock K24 swap. Keep it simple, and leave everything else as it is! lol.

plAythiNG
22-12-11, 07:38 PM
Why if the engine aint broke?

tiksie
22-12-11, 08:01 PM
If you wanted to keep it mint, then you would do a proper bare metal respray, ie strip all the old paint off, which is a LOT of money. Not just spray over the top which is pretty cheap, and can also look good, but this would definitely devalue the car.

If you have a decent painter, you can match the JDM front to 99%, such that you cant tell a difference at all.

Just because you do a bare metal respray, it doesn't mean it keeps the car 'mint'.

A bare metal respray is a lot of money if you go to Queen ST Smash Repairs, but you will get a show car finish.

A bare metal respray at any other reputable shop won't be anywhere near 10K with all the sandblasting technology and what not. It's not as lengthy as people make it out to be. If the car however is full of rust and damage, than that will make the quote go up more; In this scenario, the DC2R is really clean, so a lengthy process with repairs wouldn't be required.


Anyway; Car is a clean example and they are a joy to drive stock standard. Modifications on the performance side aren't exactly a necessity as the engineering behind the DC2R was to reflect the 'performance' side of Honda, in which they achieved perfectly with a very well balanced car off the get go.

New bolsters, detail, factory options (pods, etc) will make this car look like it just rolled off the production line and that's all it really requires (if anything at all).

wilch
22-12-11, 08:22 PM
Will be getting an NA again sometime then, now that I've broken my own rule hehe.


w00t! :D

Now *that* I can understand. lol

DW CUZ
22-12-11, 08:51 PM
Just because you do a bare metal respray, it doesn't mean it keeps the car 'mint'.

A bare metal respray is a lot of money if you go to Queen ST Smash Repairs, but you will get a show car finish.

A bare metal respray at any other reputable shop won't be anywhere near 10K with all the sandblasting technology and what not. It's not as lengthy as people make it out to be. If the car however is full of rust and damage, than that will make the quote go up more; In this scenario, the DC2R is really clean, so a lengthy process with repairs wouldn't be required.


Anyway; Car is a clean example and they are a joy to drive stock standard. Modifications on the performance side aren't exactly a necessity as the engineering behind the DC2R was to reflect the 'performance' side of Honda, in which they achieved perfectly with a very well balanced car off the get go.

New bolsters, detail, factory options (pods, etc) will make this car look like it just rolled off the production line and that's all it really requires (if anything at all).

what he said

Kelezzay
23-12-11, 12:25 AM
What are the new plates? Haha eager to see what you got!

dlai
23-12-11, 12:48 AM
Why if the engine aint broke?

just so he can have a bit of fun + more power I guess.

Alexx
23-12-11, 12:07 PM
b18c is perfect no need to change it.

Looks good JF!

JDM-20L
23-12-11, 12:47 PM
I love it, looks like a clean car. I reckon JDM front looks nice but I still prefer the bullet lights!
Brown is the new black so maybe a respray with some BBS RS wheels could be on the menu? That is if you decide to slap the JDM front on it, because you'll have to respray the front to match anyway.
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL767/13355069/23777671/396565024.jpg


That makes me like these cars even more so ^^

I really do not see what is to be upset about, the DC2R is surely a desirable car but for gods sake its not wearing a limited build # tag so relax...imo do whatever you want to it at your own expense of poor resale, there's nothing to be precious about. I'm sure whatever happens to this car mod wise will be nice anyhow.. its in good hands.

Bodgy Racing Developments
23-12-11, 12:56 PM
^ agreed. Honda have had some great cars but the only one that has really appreciated in value is the S200. Its no 300SL.

Justin Fox
26-12-11, 09:24 PM
A few things that I want to sort out right away:

- AUDIO: Car came with an Alpine head unit. I can see cables in the passenger side footwell, they look ugly. I also have an AMP attached behind the rear seat in the boot. When I lift the rear boot floor I can see 2 cables going to nowhere. I assume someone before me had a sub woofer in the boot. I hate fancy Audio gear, extra weight, doesn't look OEM. I'd love to put the OEM stereo back in there if possible and remove the AMP from the boot and all wiring. Any suggestions?

And now for an insight into what I've been dealing with (at war with myself) over the past few days of ownership:

Option #1:
Restore the car. Keep it stock, refresh the entire suspension set-up. There's a bit of play in the steering wheel, car feels a little old, not as sharp as it perhaps should be. Sure she handles great but I think she'll be amazing if I was to refresh the suspension. I'm talking LCA's, all bushes, shocks and springs even, all brand new OEM from Honda. Also to hunt down and buy genuine OEM optional side skirts and rear pods, repair them if necessary, paint and fit.

Option #2:
Re-inspire the new kids who are rocking crazy stance on fake wheels, fake lips, cheap coilovers and heaps of USDM crap to go JDM again. We're talking the full Spoon catalog, or Mugen or a mix of quality JDM parts - Spoon headers, callipers, Mugen Intake, Fujitsubo RM01 Exhaust, 16inch Forged Wheels... throw some good old quality rice in too: Spoon socks, carbon plug cover, wiper blades and even having fun with radiator/oil caps,

Option #3:
Turbo it or K20 swap (though I'd MUCH rather turbo the B18C with a turbo kit - HKS perhaps as I LOVE HKS). I couldn't get over the lack of torque for the first 3 days. The GTI was so much faster than this, both on the street and on the track. This car is so gutless it's nuts!

EGG80X
26-12-11, 09:27 PM
all of the above?

Justin Fox
26-12-11, 09:29 PM
LOL Kelvin, sounds like a good (albeit expensive) plan to me HAHAHAH.

clutch-monkey
26-12-11, 09:33 PM
if it's mainly lack of torque is there anything wrong with the supercharger kits for these?

edit: imo the second part of option two and mainly option one sounds like a go! a sort of OEM+ approach.

-EGA.2.90-
26-12-11, 09:38 PM
. I'd love to put the OEM stereo back in there if possible and remove the AMP from the boot and all wiring. Any suggestions?


Remove H/U and put in a OEM unit ;)



And turbo it, don't be a softc*ck :lol: as you have found out na is not best :lol:
Years ago I used to watch dc2's with a bolt on turbo running low boost getting tuned and easily putting out 170fwkw's on stock internals.

Clutch, a s/c would probably choke the top end on such a high revving motor

12Lead
26-12-11, 10:41 PM
Go the OEM look with a turbo kit, sleeper FTW
Cheers Todd

dlai
26-12-11, 10:58 PM
NA street/track weapon! You're typical I/h/e and then some good coilovers and tyres like: tein SRC's and Dunlop direzza star specs!

apparition
27-12-11, 12:30 AM
Hey Justin, congrats on the purchase of the DC2R. It'd go option 2 and 3! :) Do a JDM Front conversion and use JDM aftermarket parts to replace the worn OEM parts on the car, such as suspension, engine mounts, suspension bushes etc.
For the engine work to give it more power, use parts from well known JDM brands such as TODA, Spoon etc to work the B18C. Lots of potential to work the B18C such as aftermarket camshaft, headwork and aftermarket ECU. You can go all out and rebuild the bottom end and run high comp pistons to increase the power. A JDM front conversion would look nice on a black DC2R :) Would be interesting to see which direction you go with this car. I'm sure it'll come out great as with your past cars/projects :)

DC2-PWR
27-12-11, 02:31 AM
A few things that I want to sort out right away:

- AUDIO: Car came with an Alpine head unit. I can see cables in the passenger side footwell, they look ugly. I also have an AMP attached behind the rear seat in the boot. When I lift the rear boot floor I can see 2 cables going to nowhere. I assume someone before me had a sub woofer in the boot. I hate fancy Audio gear, extra weight, doesn't look OEM. I'd love to put the OEM stereo back in there if possible and remove the AMP from the boot and all wiring. Any suggestions?

And now for an insight into what I've been dealing with (at war with myself) over the past few days of ownership:

Option #1:
Restore the car. Keep it stock, refresh the entire suspension set-up. There's a bit of play in the steering wheel, car feels a little old, not as sharp as it perhaps should be. Sure she handles great but I think she'll be amazing if I was to refresh the suspension. I'm talking LCA's, all bushes, shocks and springs even, all brand new OEM from Honda. Also to hunt down and buy genuine OEM optional side skirts and rear pods, repair them if necessary, paint and fit.

Option #2:
Re-inspire the new kids who are rocking crazy stance on fake wheels, fake lips, cheap coilovers and heaps of USDM crap to go JDM again. We're talking the full Spoon catalog, or Mugen or a mix of quality JDM parts - Spoon headers, callipers, Mugen Intake, Fujitsubo RM01 Exhaust, 16inch Forged Wheels... throw some good old quality rice in too: Spoon socks, carbon plug cover, wiper blades and even having fun with radiator/oil caps,

Option #3:
Turbo it or K20 swap (though I'd MUCH rather turbo the B18C with a turbo kit - HKS perhaps as I LOVE HKS). I couldn't get over the lack of torque for the first 3 days. The GTI was so much faster than this, both on the street and on the track. This car is so gutless it's nuts!

Hey man,

Option 1 - it will cost you more than aftermarket parts that will give you a better preformance. You know that :p. So really not worth it imo.

Option 2 - great option. These brands are all proven to win.

Option 3 - You need most of option 2 to go complete your option 3. So this maybe the bigger budget option?


However, what do you love most about the Integra's that brought you back? Did you really want something that was faster than the GTI?

SVD115
27-12-11, 02:51 AM
option 4: both option 2 and 3 together to make it uber spec...


i vote option 4

one more chance
27-12-11, 11:23 AM
not option 1. If you go stock, the lack of torque is just gonna drive you even more insane.
I'd go Option 2 with a SC.

A'PEXi
27-12-11, 11:27 AM
option 2

Kazzae
27-12-11, 12:23 PM
Either way just have fun with it.


A full spoon spec with some other JDM parts would be pretty awesome. But i would leave the front AUDM.


Investing in JDM Yard.

justinspiderholden
27-12-11, 12:50 PM
Option 2: With Spoon crate motor

Thank-You

Awesome Integra

autechlol
27-12-11, 12:53 PM
option 1 + boost

.Dave
27-12-11, 01:28 PM
option 2 i reckon, teach everyone how it should be done... good coilovers, good wheels, good parts, quality parts and quality mod/tune, turbo if your that sick of na power* haha

JDM_ST
27-12-11, 04:30 PM
It is been a long while since I've seen a real JDM or JDM race spec modified ride with full Japanese catalogues. (Everyone seems to be converted to Euros these days or as you said using USDM cheap parts) So Option 2 gets my vote + the turbo route instead of a K20A swap.

MR R32
27-12-11, 04:35 PM
I say save your money and buy an R34 GTR for your daily driver.

*DAN*
27-12-11, 06:03 PM
Combination of both option 1+2 :D

jko
27-12-11, 06:20 PM
I'd say option 2, since you have the GTR for track (although the honda is much more fun tho)

dlai
27-12-11, 08:42 PM
Fix the torque by changing the final drive. But keep the B18C7 and give those k-swaps a run for their money on the track with awesome suspension!

philz
27-12-11, 08:52 PM
Option 2: Spoon refresh tune.

CelicaZR
27-12-11, 10:41 PM
sell it and get a classic celica :)

Snoop G
27-12-11, 11:30 PM
U got a Honda
YAy!

uknowsergio
27-12-11, 11:53 PM
Option #1:
Restore the car. Keep it stock, refresh the entire suspension set-up. There's a bit of play in the steering wheel, car feels a little old, not as sharp as it perhaps should be. Sure she handles great but I think she'll be amazing if I was to refresh the suspension. I'm talking LCA's, all bushes, shocks and springs even, all brand new OEM from Honda. Also to hunt down and buy genuine OEM optional side skirts and rear pods, repair them if necessary, paint and fit.

Option #2:
Re-inspire the new kids who are rocking crazy stance on fake wheels, fake lips, cheap coilovers and heaps of USDM crap to go JDM again. We're talking the full Spoon catalog, or Mugen or a mix of quality JDM parts - Spoon headers, callipers, Mugen Intake, Fujitsubo RM01 Exhaust, 16inch Forged Wheels... throw some good old quality rice in too: Spoon socks, carbon plug cover, wiper blades and even having fun with radiator/oil caps,

Both these options = You being able to keep the car; apart of a collection. Option 3, you will sell it within weeks haha.

I think option 1 would presumably be 50% cheaper than option 2, but could easily go more... with the perfect i know you will chase.

you got me stumped lol, 1 or 2... up to you! ;)

Just think though, you might finally be in the right place and time to add another car to your 'keeper' list.

Justin Fox
03-01-12, 12:17 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6623997495_5ab8b23fff_o.jpg
Mah new plates :)

Snoop G
03-01-12, 12:22 PM
how is it that no one has these plates each and every time you manage to get em.
:S

13BWAT
03-01-12, 12:22 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6623997495_5ab8b23fff_o.jpg
Mah new plates :)

im surprised these were avaliable!! noticing a bit of a theme with your plates justin :)

Justin Fox
03-01-12, 12:24 PM
SO many good plates available:
AW11
EG6
PR0N

Bodgy Racing Developments
03-01-12, 12:54 PM
It is been a long while since I've seen a real JDM or JDM race spec modified ride with full Japanese catalogues. (Everyone seems to be converted to Euros these days or as you said using USDM cheap parts)

i think calling the USDM parts being cheap parts is bit of a big call dude. There are about 3 hondas in my club thats been getting built and are running alot of USDM built gear because they are a better product then alot of the JDM equivilents.

The americans know how to build hondas! not the hella flushed bs but proper race hondas.

Flippit
03-01-12, 01:38 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6623997495_5ab8b23fff_o.jpg
Mah new plates :)



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2074/2505384252_f1f81d1a28_b.jpg



http://images.wikia.com/random-ness/images/b/b1/I_See_What_You_Did_There.jpg[

Snoop G
03-01-12, 03:11 PM
i think calling the USDM parts being cheap parts is bit of a big call dude. There are about 3 hondas in my club thats been getting built and are running alot of USDM built gear because they are a better product then alot of the JDM equivilents.

The americans know how to build hondas! not the hella flushed bs but proper race hondas.
x2 those who say USDM probably have never owned a honda.

Sure its cheaper than buying in Oz thats why most if not all parts i look for is from the US of A.

If it comes to a percentage i would think 80% -90% comes from the states.
Ranging from suspension go fast bits etc.

Pato
03-01-12, 05:14 PM
Top buy dude, I am sure you will get use to the torque once you drive it more. Won't really help if you drive the gtr though haha.. Will also be keen on seeing where this will go.


Fix the torque by changing the final drive. But keep the B18C7 and give those k-swaps a run for their money on the track with awesome suspension!

I'm not sure if changing the final drive from 4.7 to 4.9 would make a massive difference in torque and would cost a fair bit for such small gains. Also being his daily he would be sitting on 4000rpm or so at 110kph.

Everyone is doing k swaps, have you thought about doing a b20 conversion and super charging it? If you do it properly it should still rev and have bottom end torque.

I also have the same problem as you with the seating arrangments, I bought a nardi deepcorn and it fixed the situation cause it comes out just that little bit more haha, now the seating is perfect but the wheel is illegal...

p.s I have stock dc2r struts bought from vtecmachine travelled 40 thou or so kms mated with eibach springs which travelled 5 thou or so kms if you're interested =D

Pato
03-01-12, 05:21 PM
I just realised if you were to go b20 your plates would be redundant..

J_HUI
04-01-12, 01:27 PM
Dropped in to Zen yesterday to check out the shop, saw this in the back and had to get a snap.
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5599/img3129p.jpg

It's so damn clean!!

EKferio
04-01-12, 01:42 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4073/4787932452_71274901b0.jpg
J series swap + supercharger

juichi
04-01-12, 02:08 PM
SO many good plates available:
AW11
EG6
PR0N

Would like the aw11 plates but fuck paying 400 dorra a year for them


If you love it, Keep on doing it if not, SCRAM

markie
04-01-12, 02:56 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7005/6623997495_5ab8b23fff_o.jpg
Mah new plates :)

Very nice sir.

anfo2gig
04-01-12, 04:16 PM
hey! that my old ITR! good to see it is still in top conditions :)

Good luck with it Justin! Very reliable.

Justin Fox
04-01-12, 06:00 PM
Nice!

Bang A Dang
04-01-12, 06:27 PM
just got the plates and already modding it... ;)
http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/9773/jfoxt.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/265/jfoxt.jpg/)

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8905/b18c.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/444/b18c.jpg/)

Justin Fox
04-01-12, 06:32 PM
HAHA - Billet bolts (http://zengarage.com.au/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=64) FTW!!!

phatty
04-01-12, 11:53 PM
Love the plates and car JF. Nice simple and short.

J
05-01-12, 03:28 AM
If someone bought the AW11 plates, they would be of even value with the car :lol:


I love DC2R's, but I just get so torn between what to do with it. I can understand the situation.

.:JDM/Dave:.
05-01-12, 03:40 AM
With the new plates on.. I think this calls for a GTR - DC2R Photoshoot asap! Before you sell the DC2 :P

dave2221
12-01-12, 06:20 PM
JDM front end.

Then just do what you did with the golf..... spice it up, without going too overboard..... the GTR is for that.

Something sensible for the streets of Sydney, that can handle a track session and hard park all on the same day.

szymonsta
17-01-12, 02:46 AM
nice car justin! a second DC2R was on my shortlist not long ago as well, they have a certain je ne sais quoi dont they!
i would love to see it light-tuned with premium japanese parts! a suspension refresh with bushings and good coilovers, wheels, intake, mugen n1 ecu, full exhaust..if the engine feels tired after a while i'd go for another b-series crate engine from spoon, j's, feel's or seeker-sure its not quite as powerful as an equivalent K20, but the balance of the car will be as standard, and its cooler :P

i much prefer the jdm front to the round headlights too-the jdm lights tie it in more with the previous generation integras and give the front a little more weight visually, which i think balances the appearance better.
personally i hate US-style tuning, so i'd steer clear of that, but each to their own. Also I'd keep the car n/a, and so avoid trying to change the car into something its not. embrace the lack of low down torque - it wants to be driven agressively, that's part of the car's character!
i look forward to seeing the progress!

jazzXrules234
17-01-12, 05:21 PM
nice integra! i always wanted this car, but honda indonesia doesn't have it.. :( btw nice car

1nzfe
17-01-12, 05:45 PM
Awesome car!

Justin Fox
17-01-12, 06:10 PM
It's staying stock guys, modding bug will be saved for the Honda Monkey I just bought :)

TGW92
17-01-12, 06:25 PM
I'm not sure if changing the final drive from 4.7 to 4.9 would make a massive difference in torque and would cost a fair bit for such small gains. Also being his daily he would be sitting on 4000rpm or so at 110kph.



Lol that's what a stock AUDM dc2r sits at :P would get very tiring with a loud exhaust :(

OT, awesome buy! So clean!!! Definitely wouldn't feel torquey compared to your other cars but such enjoyable handling :)

I hope you enjoy it, nice to see another one being looked after :D

egb16b
18-01-12, 03:59 PM
damn thats clean.. so you're the one that bought it.

JDM front dude! original or not JDM front owns..

MR2QIK
18-01-12, 04:29 PM
Nice buy. I'd have preferred a TME though :p THAT would be an awesome collector to put alongside your R32. There are nice ones for sale (absolutely love my mates one) & know of a AU delivered one with legitimately very low kms for sale.

Keep the DC2R stock. Great cars, love them but not THAT much. K motor would be a waste of your new plates & chasing B18C power/torque would be expensive or playing with fire given the motor's mileage. Enhance/refresh the suspension a bit, fix the tidbits you don't like & grab HID's & leave it that. Not much outlay & leaves you open to going back to a TME, whilst enjoying one of the greatest cars of the 90's era which may or may not leave a lasting impression on you.

Jacko
18-01-12, 06:23 PM
Another Honda? :) What is itt? :D

Justin Fox
30-01-12, 09:23 AM
9 pages, still no mods :)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7170/6774709781_27c4375e2a_b.jpg
In my boot, hehe.

Bludger
30-01-12, 09:36 AM
A few things that I want to sort out right away:

- AUDIO: Car came with an Alpine head unit. I can see cables in the passenger side footwell, they look ugly. I also have an AMP attached behind the rear seat in the boot. When I lift the rear boot floor I can see 2 cables going to nowhere. I assume someone before me had a sub woofer in the boot. I hate fancy Audio gear, extra weight, doesn't look OEM. I'd love to put the OEM stereo back in there if possible and remove the AMP from the boot and all wiring. Any suggestions?

And now for an insight into what I've been dealing with (at war with myself) over the past few days of ownership:

Option #1:
Restore the car. Keep it stock, refresh the entire suspension set-up. There's a bit of play in the steering wheel, car feels a little old, not as sharp as it perhaps should be. Sure she handles great but I think she'll be amazing if I was to refresh the suspension. I'm talking LCA's, all bushes, shocks and springs even, all brand new OEM from Honda. Also to hunt down and buy genuine OEM optional side skirts and rear pods, repair them if necessary, paint and fit.

Option #2:
Re-inspire the new kids who are rocking crazy stance on fake wheels, fake lips, cheap coilovers and heaps of USDM crap to go JDM again. We're talking the full Spoon catalog, or Mugen or a mix of quality JDM parts - Spoon headers, callipers, Mugen Intake, Fujitsubo RM01 Exhaust, 16inch Forged Wheels... throw some good old quality rice in too: Spoon socks, carbon plug cover, wiper blades and even having fun with radiator/oil caps,

Option #3:
Turbo it or K20 swap (though I'd MUCH rather turbo the B18C with a turbo kit - HKS perhaps as I LOVE HKS). I couldn't get over the lack of torque for the first 3 days. The GTI was so much faster than this, both on the street and on the track. This car is so gutless it's nuts!
My dc2r has stock audio with stacker. car has done 80k.

wanna swap audio?

Justin Fox
30-01-12, 10:17 AM
Tempting!

Biggie
30-01-12, 12:03 PM
so no shiny braces everywhere and giant tow hooks?

UNLEASH THE INNER HONDA RICER!!!

Snoop G
08-02-12, 12:44 AM
damn thats clean.. so you're the one that bought it.

JDM front dude! original or not JDM front owns..

ye i reackon


http://vimeo.com/35994455

funnyfi
31-03-12, 08:14 PM
Any updates?? :D

Justin Fox
14-06-12, 04:19 PM
Finally an update!

The car has been my trusty daily driver since I bought it, and whilst I was initially upset with the lack of torque (given that I came from owning a Golf GTI) I'm finding myself liking the car more and more.

Last week the car had it's 175,000KM service at TOP ONE AUTO (http://toponeauto.com.au/). Dedy found that there was water in the boot due to leaking seals, he's got these on order from Honda. I'll fit them as soon as they get in. He also found a broken rear engine mount. That got me thinking about replacing all the engine mounts, and basically started the whole - should I mod it, or should I just freshen it up state of thinking all over again.

After doing my head in (as I do) I've decided to just to freshen up the car and keep it stock. I've always felt that the steering isn't as sharp as a DC2R should be so bushings had to be replaced, the clutch pedal is so wussy you could put it down with your pinky, it takes up a bit late too which I gate so I wanted to change that too. I also felt the shifter wasn't as notchy and tight as it should be. I did think it could be because of the broken rear engine mount, but I was up for a shifter bushing replacement too.

I dropped in to visit Zi, Yonas and David at the new JDMyard (http://www.jdmyard.com/). Damn it's massive! I love it! They've got a workshop now too, so I just left the car with them overnight. This is what I ended up buying:

Exedy sports organic clutch kit
Exedy lightened flywheel
Honda OEM clutch master cylinder
Hardrace engine mounts
Hardrace shifter bushing
Hardrace front lower control arms
Hardrace front compliance bushing set
Hardrace front sway bar bushing set
Hardrace front upper arm bushing set
Hardrace rear lower control arms
Hardrace rear sway bar bushing set
Hardrace rear sway bar end links
Hardrace rear sway bar collar bushing set
Motul Gearbox oil

Here's how it went down:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5339/7185554035_15786026c2_c.jpg
JDMyard have 2 hoists now.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7077/7370785472_8f2dd6d2a4_c.jpg
Exedy lightened flywheel and sports organic clutch kit.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7185554435_f93af95b38_c.jpg
Hardrace goods.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7185555165_f940ab5b19_c.jpg
More Hardrace goods!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/7370785954_1ee45eff8b_c.jpg
Broken rear engine mount.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7092/7370786062_bbe0b5ac56_c.jpg
Honda OEM clutch master cylinder.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7241/7185554565_9945b08da7_c.jpg
Gearbox out.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7235/7185554989_8d96eec807_c.jpg
Flywheel installed.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7216/7370786296_40680ddc53_c.jpg
Clutch installed.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7219/7185555279_608197c55c_c.jpg
Hardrace front upper arm bushing set.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8162/7370786900_2c57bb22c8_c.jpg
Hardrace front compliance bushing set.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7370786658_21707ae416_c.jpg
Control arms, you can see the old stuff was off centre already.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/7185555691_7793d3024d_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8017/7370786782_3f59ffa45f_c.jpg
Old vs New sway bar bushings.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/7185555775_78dbde5ed4_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8163/7370787194_679baee8ef_c.jpg


REVIEW:

Note: I've not yet had a wheel alignment, but of-course there were some major differences instantly apparent.

Engine mounts: First thing I noticed when turning the key was the extra vibration from the engine mounts. Unlike a DC5R, there's definitely no doubt at all that your car is on! The steering wheel visually shakes! I can understand how some people would absolutely hate this (shakes even more when A/C is on), but I've always upgraded engine mounts for more feel, especially the feeling of more response when accelerating. One thing I didn't count on was a lot of extra engine noise. The sound literally fills the cabin now and I love it!

Clutch/Flywheel: The clutch was the next thing I noticed, it's meaty and punchy now (where it was crazy soft and sticky before), what's best is that it takes up very early making the car much easier to drive both smoothly, and more aggressively. The lightened flywheel is instantly apparent as well when clutching in from high revs.

Hardrace bushings: Strangely the first thing I noticed with the upgraded bushings was more braking power. The brake pedal is a lot grabbier now. I put this down to less movement in the suspension. The vague "play" in the steering wheel is gone, where before I could move the steering wheel a little left and right and have the car not move at all, it's now connected. The shifter bushing kit has given me back that nice notchy feel when slotting into gear, still doesn't feel as tight as a really fresh DC2R though, perhaps my gearbox is just a little tired.

So as I write this I'd much rather be out there driving what feels like my brand new DC2R. I'll book in for a wheel alignment and report back ASAP.

RB_LOVE
14-06-12, 04:32 PM
Option #2:
Re-inspire the new kids who are rocking crazy stance on fake wheels, fake lips, cheap coilovers and heaps of USDM crap to go JDM again. We're talking the full Spoon catalog, or Mugen or a mix of quality JDM parts - Spoon headers, callipers, Mugen Intake, Fujitsubo RM01 Exhaust, 16inch Forged Wheels... throw some good old quality rice in too: Spoon socks, carbon plug cover, wiper blades and even having fun with radiator/oil caps,


That would be very nice to see and quite refreshing! (well, since Vtecmachine got rid of his dc2r).

Prancer
14-06-12, 04:40 PM
That would be very nice to see and quite refreshing! (well, since Vtecmachine got rid of his dc2r).

nice update!

i agree also with option 2

schoona
14-06-12, 04:42 PM
Sounds the goods JF :)

PTRAN
14-06-12, 04:51 PM
saw you car at jdmyard couple of days ago when i was picking up stuff
looks good mr. fox!

Fr4n
14-06-12, 04:57 PM
wow

didnt know jdmyard sold the small stuff like bushes and that
dropping by soon for sure

justinspiderholden
14-06-12, 05:43 PM
do you mind if I ask what they charged you for fitting of bushes?

Justin Fox
14-06-12, 06:05 PM
I got the one lump sum labour fee for all the work done so your best bet is to pick up the phone and call JDmyard: 0297572364

Alexx
14-06-12, 07:06 PM
let us know how you go with that motul gearbox fluid, as my gearbox hated it :) OEM fluid is all you should ever need in a standard box.

I believe papz had the same issues

Justin Fox
14-06-12, 10:05 PM
Interesting, what issues?

plAythiNG
14-06-12, 10:06 PM
alot of ppl have tried different brands and all have come back to honda MTF. i will only use the honda mtf.

People experience crunching of gears, notchy when shifting.

z10
14-06-12, 10:15 PM
We've been using Motul engine and gearbox oil on all our cars for years with no issues...

Mind you we abuse the fck out of our boxes too

Justin Fox
14-06-12, 10:58 PM
Funny how people mention notchy as being a bad thing! I love a good direct notchy gearbox!!!!!! Miss the notchiness of a TRD shoft shifter on my old 86 lots.

Alexx
14-06-12, 11:21 PM
I had a grind in 5th at high revs and, was in a rush before a track day to change tranny fluid and I couldnt get cusco oil in time (i have a clutch type lsd and was using that). So I used motul ff lsd type 2 oil, unfortunately it was no good, and almost all gears grinded over 7000rpm, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5. That is just my personal experience though.

I switched back to oem fluid to see if it was any better on the synchros as a test but it seemed the damage had been done and was still no good at the next track day I went to. It was better, but the crunches were still there >7k.

All I know is that it went from a slight crunch in 5th to crunching everything.

Currently stripping down the tranny and rebuilding it. If honda mtf has been working for you i'd stick with it. Notchy is good! Crunchy is not :p

Justin Fox
15-06-12, 01:56 PM
Hardcore Alexx. I will be hitting the track again later this month. Will report if I have any crunching issues.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/7188407465_65310618bf_b.jpg

PS: Wheel alignment done, still loving the extra engine noise in-cabin, not loving the vibrating rear view mirror so much though, has me a little paranoid about whether that's a cop car behind me, or just another commodore!!!

Fr4n
15-06-12, 02:07 PM
Hardcore Alexx. I will be hitting the track again later this month. Will report if I have any crunching issues.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7078/7188407465_65310618bf_b.jpg

PS: Wheel alignment done, still loving the extra engine noise in-cabin, not loving the vibrating rear view mirror so much though, has me a little paranoid about whether that's a cop car behind me, or just another commodore!!!

quoted for empathy and truth

RB_LOVE
15-06-12, 02:57 PM
going to circuit club July 28th?

g
15-06-12, 06:30 PM
where do you get your alignment done, mr fox?

Justin Fox
16-06-12, 02:32 PM
Doug Heasman at Heasmans does all my cars, but this time I went for Stu at Spinning Wheel as he had a slot for me before work yesterday.

FAllenAngel
16-06-12, 02:54 PM
I feel for you justin with those engine mounts, however luckily you haven't gotten hasport ones which i do in mine. Cabin noise and vibrations are much more apparent lol

Justin Fox
16-06-12, 03:57 PM
Tempted to swap the front ones back to OEM and keep just the rear one, we'll see if I get sick of the vibrations over the next few months. Next: HID's as the stock headlights are shocking at night, especially when raining and maaaaybe a short shifter as I want more notchiness!

justinspiderholden
16-06-12, 04:26 PM
Bring it down to Huntley and run it in the Hillclimb :)

Justin Fox
19-06-12, 12:14 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7094/7392517646_c5bd81d80f_c.jpg
Lucky cats @ JDMyard.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5343/7392518124_f64862ff51_c.jpg
Couldn't get my eyes off these amazing 15inch TE37Vs, love the step lip design, so aggressive!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5032/7392519626_e13764669b_c.jpg
JDMyard HID kit.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5032/7392519626_e13764669b_c.jpg
JDMyard HID.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7392520926_a7ca362232_c.jpg
HID ballast, expertly tucked out of sight by the crew at JDMyard.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5031/7392521402_18362ff5a7_c.jpg
All done. Not too blue, just a tinge, more a bright white.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5447/7392522014_a39f2d2c81_c.jpg
The boys were way too quick installing a Buddy Club short shifter. Pictured here the OEM shifter in the Buddy Club shifter box (for me to take away).

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5272/7392522424_972c480448_c.jpg
A Hardrace camber kit was installed too in case I want to dial in more negative camber in the rear.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/7392523016_0d5ea66a22_c.jpg
I couldn't resist buying this Honda Access Aroma Moment air freshener. What an awesome little gizmo. It plugs into your cigarette lighter and emits a fresh fragrance (there's a switch to turn it off, on, and there's a super strong mode too). I got the 'pure herb' scent, it's awesome.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/7392523576_ae163d82b4_c.jpg
In situ.

I'm thinking I want to take Mondays off now that I work Saturdays @ Zen Garage. I don't mind Mondays, people tend to be a little less furious on the roads which seem quieter, maybe because a lot of people take the day off or leave work earlier.

Strangely though, Monday's are one of the busiest days for me. Heaps of emails to go through and lots of weekend online orders to pack and send so this morning I ended up getting to work just to pack and send orders made over the weekend. After that was done I dropped in to JDMyard again to do a few more things to the Type R.

In keeping with the 'freshen it up' theme I installed a JDMyard HID kit, a Buddy Club short shifter kit, Hardrace rear camber kit and I bought an air freshener too.

JDMyard HID kit:
The OEM lights are crazy weak, especially at night with all this rain we're getting. I went for the JDMyard HID kit. It's cheap, and comes with a massive 2 year replacement warranty (major deciding factor for me as I've had an aftermarket HID kit die on me before) and damn it's bright!!!

Buddy Club short shifter:
A guy with a DC2 came in to Zen last Saturday, he had a Buddy Club short shifter installed. I had a go and loved it instantly. Super notchy, reminds me a lot of the S2K shift feel so I had to have it.

Hardrace camber kit:
Rears are pretty upright at stock height. I got these installed in case I want to adjust rear camber down the line.

Honda Access air freshener:
Old car, not quite old smells, but I couldn't resist this gadget!

EM16A
19-06-12, 12:31 AM
Nice clean car!

I've always been a fan of the DC2R, great classic and would love a stock one as a fun weekend car

Just the thought of other Hondas or p platers assuming your some boy racer and always wanting to race and another factor is I always think the car is prone to vandalism, is this the case?

I'm sure you felt the same way? How has it been with the DC2R since you've had it?

dlai
19-06-12, 06:03 AM
Could get your eyes of the TE37Vs ay? NEK MINUT, they're in your garage? lol

Justin Fox
19-06-12, 08:56 AM
Just the thought of other Hondas or p platers assuming your some boy racer and always wanting to race and another factor is I always think the car is prone to vandalism, is this the case?

I'm sure you felt the same way? How has it been with the DC2R since you've had it?

The night I picked the car up I had a bunch of guys in a commodore try to race me, and an EP3R blast past me on the M5. I thought to myself then and there, OMFG... I'm back in boy racer land again! But to be honest, since then, there hasn't been one single case of someone wanting to race me.

The plate seems to get a bit of attention, but apart from that, it's all good. In regards to vandalism, there hasn't been any intentional vandalism, but there are some dents and scrapes from people who can't park in the city. Pretty pissed off about this, but it is a daily driver after-all.



Could get your eyes of the TE37Vs ay? NEK MINUT, they're in your garage? lol

I wish! They don't make these 5x114, they're so nice I'd buy them then find the right car to fit them to later!

bluesprinter
19-06-12, 10:35 AM
I wish! They don't make these 5x114, they're so nice I'd buy them then find the right car to fit them to later!

so your getting an AE86? lol

15x8.5 -13 and 15x9-25 or something stupid for AE86 because you know you can:P

Justin Fox
22-06-12, 11:15 AM
Since getting a few bits and pieces done on the DC2R I’m all of a sudden finding myself dedicating a few hours a day googling around for images of other DC2Rs, prowling eBay and classifieds sections of forums for parts and generally speaking; doing my head in.

I haven’t modified anything since the Golf GTI, the DC2R’s been a great daily driver and I’ve done well to avoid going down the (expensive) route of turning it into a track inspired car but yesterday day I committed to installing an intake, headers, high flow cat and cat-back exhaust from JDMyard. Cha-ching, do I really want to be spending all this money on this car?! I thought that if I thought about it too much I wouldn’t end up spending it, so I just made the call.

Later that afternoon on the way home from work I was pulled over by the police for a random breath test. Man, the feeling of being pulled over in a stock car absolutely rocks as I had nothing to fear in regards to defects. I didn’t even need to take my sunnies off, or brown nose Mr. Officer. He checked out my license, I counted to 10 then he wished me a nice day.

When I got home I called Zi to cancel the order I put in for parts. It’s amazing how doing a few little things has given me the mod bug again… must hold it at bay, at least until my Toyota 86 gets here on the 10th of next month!

PS: Loving the HID's, so damn bright, they're awesome. Also loving the short shifter. Not 100% sure about the engine mounts. The vibrations are annoying at times/ I'm thinking about leaving the rear one in and replacing the others with OEM ones again, we'll see.

fullmetal
22-06-12, 11:32 AM
That Honda air freshener looks interesting! Didn't get a chance to check it out on wednesday when my mate and I dropped into zen >< Like I was saying the other day I reckon dc2r's are pretty fun to drive even when stock. Once u start modding though.. u it doesn't stop there... I know how u feel about police, i'm paranoid as hell about them too! Which means my cars end up looking fairly stock...

whiteballz
22-06-12, 11:45 AM
Interesting to see you rate the HIDS, would you go down the same path for headlights in your GTR?

My headlights aren't that good at night and I'm tempted.

justinspiderholden
22-06-12, 11:49 AM
You engine mount experence has jsut convinced me to replace mine with OEM mounts

Justin Fox
22-06-12, 11:59 AM
I had aftermarket HIDs in the GT-R. Loved how bright they were but one side stopped working only a year in so I went back to stock. These have a 2 year replacement warranty so I'm pretty happy with that.

--drew--
22-06-12, 01:24 PM
Love your type r Justin and how you take care of her.

The HID's from jdmyard. Were they just for the low beam as I'm pretty sure the high beam takes a different bulb type. You just going to leave high beam as is?
I'm pretty keen on getting a pair because yea as you said, the low beam sucks in dc2's.

Justin Fox
22-06-12, 02:14 PM
Yup just low beam.

clutch-monkey
22-06-12, 02:18 PM
why are you worried about doing an exhaust and intake? pretty easy to revert back to stock etc and not really defectible unless super loud i'd have thought? though if it's a lot of $$$ and you were planning more mods, i get it.

g
22-06-12, 02:22 PM
keep it clean, keep it stock, keep it foxy.

Kyon
22-06-12, 03:09 PM
why are you worried about doing an exhaust and intake? pretty easy to revert back to stock etc and not really defectible unless super loud i'd have thought? though if it's a lot of $$$ and you were planning more mods, i get it.

Saving money to mod his 86 probably ;)

ATMOSR
23-06-12, 05:13 AM
When I got home I called Zi to cancel the order I put in for parts. It’s amazing how doing a few little things has given me the mod bug again… must hold it at bay, at least until my Toyota 86 gets here on the 10th of next month!

Wait ... What!? :D Didn't know you were keen on the 86 man? Haven't seen you post in the 86 thread. lol

Will await your review in the next 2 months! :D

Sorry to get off-topic.

Good to hear you haven't been getting race invitations from P-platers since picking up the car. That air freshener looks interesting!

Justin Fox
26-06-12, 08:08 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7446490472_1521dbb495_b.jpg
More than a second quicker than my last outing. I’m happy with that.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8163/7446490226_24e43a9570_b.jpg
My DC2R still blows my mind. 177,000kms and still hitting redline like there’s no tomorrow. She did break down though, wouldn’t start from the pits. Thanks to the boys we push started her for one more session (didn't want to spin out and stall though lol) and on the way home I dropped in to Top One for a new battery (since we all thought it was a flat battery). It turned out to be a loose alternator cable (thanks Dedy at TOP ONE AUTO for the quick fix, what a legend!).

Yessss I fucking love Private Track Days. Many more pics: http://zengarage.com.au/2012/06/private-track-day-2/

Gok jones
26-06-12, 08:50 PM
Which top one auto??
The one off paramatta rd??

MAD828
26-06-12, 08:59 PM
Top One in Arncliffe, Dedy is a legend.

Will
26-06-12, 09:08 PM
amazing.

DW CUZ
27-06-12, 02:32 AM
hey justin, arent your HID's a defect since they are required to be in a projector housing and have headlight washers installed as per ADR rules.

shit son, now you might aswell go all out with the mods

:)

Justin Fox
27-06-12, 10:07 AM
Which top one auto??
http://toponeauto.com.au/
http://www.facebook.com/toponeauto
9 Argyle St, Wolli Creek, NSW 2205


hey justin, arent your HID's a defect since they are required to be in a projector housing and have headlight washers installed as per ADR rules.

shit son, now you might aswell go all out with the mods

:)
Ha! BTW, DC2R's do have projector housings.

CaptainColen
27-06-12, 01:18 PM
Having flicked through this thread and seeing a lot of the recommended modification I started to think that a DC2R may be one of the harder cars to modify!

With a lot of imports its tried and proven common practise to simply slap on a bunch of bolt on modifications to achieve a faster, more entertaining ride. Whereas, with the DC2R you really have to ask yourself what you want from the modifications...
Basically if I had a DC2R I would definately consider it more of a tuner car, focusing on balance and setup rather then an outright modifyers vehicle of choice.
By paying due respect to type R performance credibility and orientating the build around the way you like to drive, you are doing a favour to the Honda community in general! Nice WorK!

FlowMo
28-06-12, 05:23 PM
Just read through the whole thread. Great choice of car. Coming from the UK and being very much so into Hondas, the lack of good Hondas here breaks my heart !

Personally I'd say that if the lack of torque hurts you, I'd help your engine breathing. Intake/exhaust and/or remap. Car transformed, and you'd love it even more. If you're interested I can point you to a few people (in uk).

Doing all the chassis mods first was a very good call. 170k km is a fair distance travelled, she deserves a bit of TLC :)

Justin Fox
07-07-12, 02:56 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7518354332_8211401e18_c.jpg
Back at JDMyard to remove 2 of the 3 Hardrace engine mounts. The vibrations were getting to me, she's perfect now!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7133/7518354496_c93dc87920_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7114/7518354678_2884e07982_c.jpg
Beast!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7518354108_720fe7b15c_c.jpg
Zi's new toy.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7261/7518353940_4624625f12_c.jpg
Damn impressive I must say! :)

type-x
07-07-12, 07:01 PM
did u swap it back in with new oem mounts ? and which one did u keep ?

Justin Fox
09-07-12, 01:22 AM
I re-used the old OEM mounts and kept the back hardrace mount.

Justin Fox
12-07-12, 03:35 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8148/7554012814_54a9a36e54_c.jpg
Bought these wedge LED lights from eBay.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8153/7554013236_6112dab58b_c.jpg
LED left - Bulb right.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8287/7554013468_0eb8ac9da6_c.jpg
As expected, they don't match my HID's. A bit too blue. If it smells like rice, it most likely is. Back to stock I go (makes me want to use stock headlights too, yellow FTW!).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/7554013698_bfbb45b781_c.jpg
I do however like this Garage Defend Ti knob. I prefer a ball shifter, it makes for a much shorter and notchier throw than the OEM shifter too.

wilch
12-07-12, 07:53 PM
agree, yellow ftw!

Justin Fox
23-07-12, 06:45 PM
Car has gone to a good home. Was really starting to like it, you know... looking over your shoulder to take a glance at it once parked... but in reality it's just too slow for a daily driver. I miss the urgency of the Golf GTI, it's ability to dart in and out of traffic gaps on the way to and from work. New car is with me as of today, build thread coming soon.

Bronald McDonald
23-07-12, 07:19 PM
I expect to see it tomorrow / have a go in it

autechlol
23-07-12, 08:14 PM
ITR to slow for a daily? that's a first. Maybe you mean the torque curve is horrid

Justin Fox
23-07-12, 08:23 PM
^ 100%. Struggles to overtake Grandma in her Corolla in 3rd gear (when cruising in 5th gear @ 60km/hr). Too much work to drop it into 2nd!

Fr4n
23-07-12, 08:48 PM
Long gears is bad.

ATMOSR
23-07-12, 09:09 PM
I didn't realise the DC2R was that bad! I bet you miss the low down torque of the GTi.

Will be interesting to check out what the new ride is! Im thinking it must be turbocharged to provide that low to mid range grunt.... Hmmm. S15?

autechlol
23-07-12, 11:50 PM
^ 100%. Struggles to overtake Grandma in her Corolla in 3rd gear (when cruising in 5th gear @ 60km/hr). Too much work to drop it into 2nd!

I feel your pain, the Autech was like that, its even worse with an exhaust because you make heaps of noise but don't move lol