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    Sh4d0w's 87 LX-i Build Thread

    Well, its been over a year since I joined here, and I wanted to share what the invaluable advice from this site has helped me accomplish.

    I started out with a 86 LX-i, champagne in color (that my wife somehow named "Little Red"), with some random aftermarket exhaust and dropped it 2", put in a camber kit, and a short air ram. Then the engine blew. OK, so rebuilt the engine, put in new front axles, got some 15" AR rims, tinted the windows (15%), replaced the radiator (that I broke while leaning on it while scrubbing the 20+ years worth of crap that built up in the engine bay), put in a reman'd tranny, replaced the alt, got some ngk plugs, spiro 8mm wires, new EGR valve (wow those are a bitch to get off), some "Angel-eyes" headlights, indiglow gauge cluster, and a set off JDM corners.

    Then, I rear-ended a ford F-Huge-50 pulling a trailer on the off-ramp. The bumper crushed my hood and headlights but miraculously spared the corners. The engine was all ok, minus the radiator, so I pulled it all out and swapped it into another shell I picked up for $300. The shell car is an 87 LXi, dark grey, and has a blown head gasket, so the original owner (a cop) said. He said that his daughter was the driver, and didn't take very good care of it.

    So, I swap into "Sh4d0w" my engine, tranny, axles, air ram, suspension, rims, corners, and got 15% tint all around, with 5% on the sunroof. I had to pull out the little cover that slides over the sunroof, because it was just trashed. Cigarette burns, stains, ya.. it had to go.

    Later I installed a pacesetter header, and a pacesetter monza exhaust.

    That is where I am at right now. Just basic maintenance, and not too much hard-driving, and it runs amazingly.

    So, now my future projects are:

    • SE-i brake conversion
    • B16a Intake Manifold w/Over-bored Throttle Body
    • JDM tails
    • JDM eyelids
    • JDM hood piece
    • DSM 450cc injectors
    • OBD-1 conversion
    • Bisimoto stage 2 regrind on cam
    • Bisimoto spring kit
    • Bisimoto MLS intake mani gasket (group buy)
    • Bisimoto Cam Gear (group buy)
    • A-Pillar gauge pod
    • SE-i armrest
    • swapping over the indiglow gauge cluster


    Any thoughts on what else I can/should do to this car? I'm staying NA.

    I'll post some pics when I get some decent ones, now that I have a working camera again.
    Last edited by Sh4d0w; 11-04-2009 at 06:10 AM. Reason: fixed another 3am typo lol
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Yup, this thread needs pics...
    Also the gasket in the group buy is not a head gasket, it's an intake manifold gasket. And hasn't it been almost 3 years since you joined?

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    yeah.. i ment the mani gasket - thats what I get for typing at 3am

    and according to this my Join Date is Dec 2006

    I was just a troller for a while, not really posting anything, but reading, reading, reading

    lets see what I've got for pix...





    -=-

    my original 3g - "Little Red"




    preaty much how the engine bay looks now in sh4d0w except its gray of course








    -=-

    I'll take some new pics of Sh4d0w when I get home from work today... in about an hour or so
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    I forgot to mention my JDM Momo stearing wheel. From my understanding this was only available as a dealer installed option if you where in Japan and I'm sure it was not for the 3G - but its the sex, so I got it, and put it in.



    Drivers & Passenger door custom panels for the speakers




    pacesetter header - unfortunately I didn't wrap it b4 it was installed - going to have to pull it and do it right.



    Short air ram, and Optima Red Top



    Engine overview



    Front view





    Rear view

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    It looks real good.. Like that dark gray color.

    Its prttey fnuny how you can raed tihs eintre snetnece with all tehse ellters out of palce...

    My Build Thread

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    looks good! the chrome flairs look good on that color

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    car looks mint mate.

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    And i love that st.wheel. sell it to me

    Its prttey fnuny how you can raed tihs eintre snetnece with all tehse ellters out of palce...

    My Build Thread

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomisimo View Post
    It looks real good.. Like that dark gray color.
    Thank you, I prefer the Dark Grey to the Champagne that was on my first one. I like the dark gray much more, but it shows the dust (thank God for california dusters), rain (good wax job ftw) few minor dents (only in the bright sun, which I rarely see since I work nights) and rock chips (the car lived in Mountain Home, which is an Air Force Base in the middle of the Desert here... lots of rock chips on the hood. I'm going to get it repainted eventually, but I want to get it built first - no sense in screwing up the new paint with other work being done to it...

    Quote Originally Posted by Civic Accord Honda View Post
    looks good! the chrome flairs look good on that color
    Thanks! I know quite a few people have put them on just about every car & color imaginable, but I think this particular color 3G actually pulls it off well.


    Quote Originally Posted by AccordB20A View Post
    car looks mint mate.
    Thanks mate. Not quite mint, but at 286xxx mi on the body, its doing quite well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomisimo View Post
    And i love that st.wheel. sell it to me
    Thanks man! It really is the sex. Hand-wrapped leather just feels sooooooo nice. Soft, supple Momo love everytime I get in <3

    On that note, I had it just direct wired with the horn in the middle, and the 2 side thumb buttons (very hard to see in pics - I'll post better ones when I take them) set up for my cruise. Basically, the 2 buttons on the left side of the stock wheel are controlled by the one left button, and same on the right. Unfortunately I didn't get a cord real adapter with it, so after hard-wiring it, and having it work for about 2 months, the wires evenntually go tangled up inside, and I yanked them all out making a hard turn. So, no horn and no cruise for now.

    I know, I know... everyone takes out their Crusie Control and AC... well, I like my Cruise - it keeps me from getting too many tickets ;-) since its been out, i've been pulled over twice - warnings both times since the cop was going the other direction and couldn't get an accurate read on my speed.

    And I want to FIX my AC - so to all you guys that ripped out yours, I may need some parts if you have them still. Once I find out whats wrong exactly with it. I know it won't hold vaccum. I don't know where the leak is coming from.
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    nice car man liking the rims

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    ^^ Thanks man! They've got a bit of the ol curb rash on 2 of em, but I really like them too. They are light (so I've been told...) and I dig the style and color - seems better on a dark colored car named SH4D0W then bright chrome ones lol
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    Updated list of mods

    COMPLETE


    Engine / Performance

    • Rebuilt stock a20
    • NGK plugs
    • 8mm Spiro plug wires
    • Short air ram
    • New Front Axels
    • Reman'd Auto tranny
    • Pacesetter Headers
    • Pacesetter Monza Exhaust



    Exterior
    • lowered 2" - I'll find out exactly what was used and post it
    • 15" AR rims
    • 195/50/R15 Toyo Proxis4's
    • 15% tint all around
    • 5% tint on sunroof
    • JDM Front Corners
    • Aftermarket Schucks Fog/driving lights
    • Chrome fender flares



    Interior
    • JDM Honda MOMO stearing wheel
    • Red dome light
    • Aftermarket Ebay shift knob
    • Undisclosed Audio Components
    • Undisclosed Security Components


    NEED TO DO

    • Find Cord Real Adapter for steering wheel
    • Weld in Flexi-pipe to eliminate vibration from solid exhaust



    WANT TO DO

    • SE-i brake conversion
    • B16a Intake Manifold w/Over-bored Throttle Body
    • JDM tails
    • JDM eyelids
    • JDM hood piece
    • DSM 450cc injectors
    • OBD-1 conversion
    • Bisimoto stage 2 regrind on cam
    • Bisimoto spring kit
    • Bisimoto MLS intake mani gasket (group buy)
    • Bisimoto Cam Gear (group buy)
    • A-Pillar gauge pod
    • SE-i armrest
    • swapping over the indiglow gauge cluster
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    I don't care if your car is fast, making it look like a dirty hookers butthole is not right.

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Looks clean man! loving that steering wheel and door panels... It's always nice to see a good 3gee (it gives me ideas for mine :P)
    "You may have beat me by .2 seconds but i only spent $2000 on my car, hope that extra $25000 was worth it" My famous last words

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Awesome! Hope your ideas pan out well!
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    nice looking project..any plan on making it a 5 speed

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MessyHonda View Post
    nice looking project..any plan on making it a 5 speed
    Unfortunatly, this one will be staying an automatic. My wife has a plate and pins in her ankle, and can't drive a stick.

    I've been kicking around an idea of turning my OLD (slightly wrecked...) 3G into a auto-x beast tho. Ive got a complete engine sitting in my garage, and a shell with a smashed front end and no tranny. I was thinking on fixing up the engine in my garage, pairing it with a nice 5-speed (I'll be researching which ones to use with the write-ups on here...), and gutting it for max weight reduction.

    It would be an epic journey seeings how I have a tendency to break things that are more expensive then what I was trying to fix...

    Let's just say at this point, my mechanical skills need help. I'm more of a computer repair guy. Like I said, I break things that cost more then what I'm fixing...

    But, this would give me a chance to learn as much as possible about the 3g, and give me a helluva goal.

    Yea, I think I will. I'll rebuild that engine in the garage, and rebuild Little Red into a auto-x beast.

    Project Little Red is born....



    I'm going to be needing a bit off help from the gurus on here...
    Last edited by Sh4d0w; 03-23-2010 at 01:15 PM.
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    yeah...then why put performance parts on a auto? just save it for the 5 speed

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MessyHonda View Post
    yeah...then why put performance parts on a auto? just save it for the 5 speed
    becuase a nice Daily driver auto with balls pwns a slow one :P

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Hey shadow, will you do me a favor and take side shots of your steering wheel? I'm very interested in what it looks like on the sides.
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    misposted... then screwed up the edit, and made new post... sry...
    Last edited by Sh4d0w; 11-09-2009 at 10:43 PM.
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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MessyHonda View Post
    yeah...then why put performance parts on a auto? just save it for the 5 speed
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    becuase a nice Daily driver auto with balls pwns a slow one :P
    exactly.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2drSE-i View Post
    Hey shadow, will you do me a favor and take side shots of your steering wheel? I'm very interested in what it looks like on the sides.
    sure, I'll have them up in the morning. I left my connection for the camera at home, but I got some good side shots for you.
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    Re: Side views

    As promised ;-)












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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    one more, just for good measure.

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    i want that steering wheel~!!!!

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    Re: Sh4d0w's Built Thread

    Well, SH4D0W was hesitating really badly today, and died on me and wouldn't restart for about 10 minutes. It cranked over fine, but wouldn't catch. The last place I had it (for its 30k flushes) mentioned that the dizzy is going... I've got it in at the shop right now.

    I know I have pending orders with some of you on here, but I'm sure you'll understand if I wait to buy extra goodies till next paycheck, and focus on getting it running again.
    Quote Originally Posted by Some guy on another forum
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    I don't care if your car is fast, making it look like a dirty hookers butthole is not right.

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