Daily Driver 2004 Accord Tourer

7th Generation (2003-2008) vehicle added by PeteMM, Wednesday 12th Mar, 2014

  1. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Bought back in February after the untimely demise of my beloved Vivaro

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    So that was how I got her and as far as aesthetics go, I have done very little with her aside from a little company branding

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    Spent a small fortune on her prior to this:

    HAMP oil filter
    Millers XF 5w30 Fully Synthetic Oil
    Millers CR-X 75w90 Gearbox Oil
    MFactory Magnetic Drain plug in engine and box
    Pipercross Drop in filter
    Removed resonator box in the bumper
    4x GoodYear Asymetric 2's
    Mintex 1144's on the front
    Brembo blank discs all round
    Mintex pads on the back
    Mintex Handbrake Shoes
    4x Honda Wheel Bearings
    2x Front lower arms
    Cat-Back Stainless Steel Exhaust
    All M6 bolts in engine bay replaced with my own countersunk jobbies
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    And to bring you right up to date. The poor K24 went pop.

    Well, I say it went pop, it was entirely my own fault. Having owned in excess of 100 Hondas in various shapes and sizes I still took it for granted that it was a more modern car and that 5000 miles wasn't a massive amount between services. A light ticking noise came into the engine and upon inspection I came to the conclusion there was a little oil starvation that had ruined one of the LMA's.

    Not to worry, I had a complete K20 sitting I could rob parts off, so drove on as I couldn't have the car off the road until the weekend. Well that light ticking noise was NOT in the head at all, it was infact a spun bearing which went from being a light ticking to a terminal knocking. So thats dead!!!

    New K24a3 with 65k on the clock and a fresh gearbag with 51k on it should be landing here tomorrow, so we'll get that thrown back in and hopefully have my nice reliable Honda back.

    bit gutted, I bought a Honda again thinking reliability and initial purchase price would have kept my costs to a minimum. Well I am now £6500 total into the car so I guess I will be keeping it for some years to come.
     
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    Thanks.

    Slowly getting there. Unfortunately other projects and work are filling the garage at home, so I have had to farm out the work to local specialists Momentum Motorsport, which is costing me a fortune, but my customers come to me for peace of mind and that's why I took the car there.

    Engine and box didn't arrive yesterday, fingers, toes, testicles all crossed it arrives today
     
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  4. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    So the engine and box arrived :Grin:

    Unfortunately not as advertised, I just got the bare engine, nothing attached to it at all. :Frown:

    So, onto Lings (thanks to the link on here) and blew a couple of hundred quid on seals, gaskets, and silly bits and pieces.

    Turns out I also need a clutch, so there goes another £200

    Sure, whilst I have the fist in my rectum I went and bought 4 new plugs, timing chain, tensioner, oil pump, Heko wind deflectors, couple of HAMP filters, more expensive Millers Oils for the engine and box and dragged some spare magnetic sump plugs out of storage.

    So far expenditure is at £4152 to get her where she is today, that does not include the nice big labour bill thats en route for the refitting of the engine.

    Wasn't a bad guess at £6500 all in, I am guessing it will be closer to £7k when we're done. However, It should be like a brand new car. Just need to redo the foam in the drivers bolster to bring it back to life and we'll be good for another few years yet.
     
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  5. intruder Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    :Niceone: such a nice Type-S!! :Wink: and you do a great job looking after her :Thumbup:
     
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    So with thanks to some threads on here, I spunked a few quid tonight on the LED upgrade for the car. As I don't currently have the car here to double check bulbs and fitment I just went ahead and bought a variety of different bulbs, but the information below is as true as as I could find and remember.

    There is quite a bit of info, but none of it contained in one thread alone as far as I could see.

    So here goes:

    Headlights -
    Low Beam - H1 (LED SMD bulbs will NOT fit in the hole)
    High Beam -

    Foglights -
    Front - H11
    Rear - 7440 Orange T20 x2

    Indicators -
    Front - 7440 Orange T20
    Rear - 7440 Orange T20

    Stop/Tail - 7443 Red T20 (x4 for the tourer)

    Reverse - 7440 White T20 x2

    Number Plate - T10 capless x2

    Map Light - 31mm Festoon x2

    Main Interior Light - 31mm Festoon

    Rear Load Lights -
    T10 (confirmed)

    Puddle Lights -
    T10 (confirmed)

    All came from various sources on ebay (generally the cheapest so as to determine the correct bulbs before spending money on the best I can)
     
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    Well gathered info Sir ! Top job ! Very handy.

    Pictures before and after when you do your bulb swaps please :Smile:
     
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  8. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Providing I remember I will do a full How-To, not that it's difficult, but I understand not everyone is willing to start tearing their cars apart of an evening.
     
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  9. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Very happy chappy today.

    picked the Accord up this morning, pulls beautifully, is virtually silent, no synchro issues, no more rattles or vibrations, just a really nice solid car again.

    Finally I can relax and enjoy Honda ownership once more :Grin:
     
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    Of course I forgot to do the before pics on the bulb changes :Frown:

    Will get pics of the LED's in place once I have a working camera again
     
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    few pics from the Production Car Trial on Saturday

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    And a wee video

     
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  12. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Someone's having fun there :Smile::Thumbup:

    The Accord seemed to handled well. How well did it do ?
     
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    Round the slalom i was less than 2 seconds off the fastest time of the day. I was third in the queue to do the run, so every time I came back in I had done an FTD, that subsequently got destroyed as others quite substantially picked up the pace.

    Great great car that soaked up everything I could throw at it. Although she was a little big for some of the manoeuvres through the pylons on the PCT trials, one in particular where the pylons were placed in such a way I would have had to go and do a lap of the field to get the right line to make it through without hitting anything. Rest of the field were MX5's and Starlets
     
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    next time get some ballast on top of the fuel tank one bag of cement strapped will be good. I can see the rear a bit down did you use ballast?

    The tail is still happy but loved the video mate, good job
     
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  15. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

    Northern Ireland Pete Belfast, UK
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    No ballast dude

    As I have described it before, it is just like driving a much more refined EF Civic (only much bigger)

    I enjoy the rear end being loose whether on grass or on the road, its a very natural way to drive and allows the front to maintain maximum grip with minimal understeer. The lack of willingness to damage the car was the only limiting factor when it came down to the outright times.
     
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    fair enough bud, I would have wanted more traction than sliding , sliding wastes time but looks good. :Wink:
     
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  17. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    Sliding wastes time yes

    But sliding to maintain momentum and point you in the right direction without having to deal with understeer is much much quicker.

    There is always a gain to be had by allowing an element of slip into the equation. This is what we normally do.









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    Had my good friend and ace photographer Reinis B Photography photograph the MGB and Mini today.

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    Well, having driven the absolute bollocks off the car since getting it back, I am glad to report that aside from one droplink rattling it is virtually flawless.

    No oil usage, handling well, going well and I even got it up to a mate who runs a local detailing business - www.pmgautocare.co.uk

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    Then more recently I obviously got all excited about seeing Honda bringing a tourer back to BTCC

    So naturally Photoshop was opened once again

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  20. Phil1978 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Stunning looking car :Thumbup:

    Where did you get the wind deflectors, are they team heko?
     
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