Daily Driver 2004 Civic Type-S "EV Roller"

7th Generation (2001-2005) vehicle added by BB Baboonface, Tuesday 17th Nov, 2015

  1. BB Baboonface Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Haha! Hope it is not too tiresome to read, seems some folks in the modifying community just state that they have fitted a part, rather than how they did it. Better to leave at least a few hints for others who might be researching the same thing as to what the job involves IMO :Smile:

    Rather amusing grammatical errors in my last post lol. testament to being pretty bushed i reckon, still, a bit damp today but will have to take the rugby approach and get stuck in! :biceps:

    Apologies to the HK community as a whole for not getting more involved with the rest of the forum, just have to stay on point and get the car on the road.
     
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    Absolutely, agree ! You document your adventures well :Thumbup:
     
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    Much appreciated Speedy, don't want to wear peoples eyeballs out, but shall continue in the same vein if it is not too fatiguing to read :Niceone:

    Speaking of which, more adventures today...

    Hooked up the track rod ends so as to be able to shift the car and get into the garage.
    The passenger side looks pretty close in alignment terms, but the driver side has a ton of toe out, will attempt to get it a little closer before getting things aligned by the professionals.

    With the EV on axle stands i set to work removing the lower drop link nut. These Meyle links are funky for having a flat spot to get a wrench on to, rather than the OEM arrangement with the hex key:

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    With that done (i love copper grease! :Grin:) the next step was removing the split pin from the ball joint, going to get a new one as this has seen better days:

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    Considering a career as a hand model :lol:

    Got the ball joint splitter on the go, and after feverish ratcheting the thing went with a bang:

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    Got the breaker bar onto the compliance bushing bolt:

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    All those folks recommending using 6 point sockets were damn right, took a bit of force, but there was no rounded bolt head :OTT:

    Access to the rearward fixing was a bit more tricky:

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    Once again there were no issues though :mosh:
    (Also, you can see the wear on the compliance bushing with the small split)

    With everything disconnected, a rubber tent peg mallet came in handy to persuade the arm out of the subframe.
    Out with the old:

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    After cleaning the ball joint seat, in with the new(ish):

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    In hindsight, it would have been more sensible to locate the compliance bushing first, but managed to get both in place without too much trouble.
    Daubed copper grease on the bolts and cleaned the ball joint shank, then did the everything back up lightly before loading the arm with a jack and torquing everything to spec:

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    Just need to get a new split pin for the ball joint.

    After the steering rack this job seemed like a breeze, but i'd guessed it would be less of a headache, hence the reason for doing the rack first.
    Not sure about access to the rack guide screw, but will have a look into that over the weekend.

    Obviously the second side will be a complete pig in contrast, but one down, one to go :Happy:
     
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    mate good work rubber camping mallet has a good few uses, I enjoy all the detail your putting in to the log mate..
    thanks
    andy
     
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    Hey man! Thanks very much! :Smile:

    Trusty rubber mallet is definitely a useful tool in the armoury, didn't damage the paint on the new arm either :Grin:
     
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    impact with out damage that best way I take it hammerite on the arm ...
     
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    :Blushing: Yes lol. Smooth though, not crunchy haha!

    Think the other side might have to wait until tomorrow.
    Also been giving the coilies a spray of Plusgas every so often, getting them moving is vital to fitting the next bits...
     
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    all sounds good mate..
     
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    It's been fun man, really happy with the progress so far :Smile:
     
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    you seem to be making progress mate the EV1 future beast...
     
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    Hoping so dude, the rust is getting around a bit, but may end up getting a JDM shell to put everything in to.

    Looking forward to having these current mods done and dusted, but would like to get at that rack guide screw...
     
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    mate if you wanted you can underseal the body shell :Thumbup:
     
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    May do just that, have to see...

    Good thinking though :Smile:
     
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    it can be cost affective I want get the underside of the stream done, mate I know you will do the best you can..
    Thanks
    Andy
     
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    As will you bud i'm sure :Smile:
     
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    I'm lucky I got a big air compressor (well actually two) and a hefty air impact gun, it makes light work of loosening off bolts.

    I cringe at the thought of doing jobs like suspension work without my compressed air tool. Once again good going man !
     
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    Oosh! Sounds like some nice kit fo sho :Smile:

    Actually got an electric impact, but really need the exercise! lol.
    Thanks again man :Niceone:
     
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    Great work. I've been discoing today.
     
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    Cheers dude, minor confusion over discoing though. Good exercise if you mean disco discoing :Smile:
     
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    Land Rover Discoing.....my daughter picked hers up today
     
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