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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2009, 12:34:57 am »
Then I layed the dynamat.

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2009, 12:38:42 am »
After that, I painted the trans,attached it and dropped the motor in.

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2009, 12:39:47 am »
more.

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2009, 12:41:14 am »
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2009, 01:14:16 am »
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2009, 04:20:12 am »
Very nice dude.  Makes me quite jealous.  Btw, I don't know much about cars, especially modification wise, so what is dynamat?  Some kind of fire retardant matting or something?

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2009, 07:20:41 am »
What headers you got?


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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2009, 10:06:10 am »
The header is a comptech 4-2-1.   Its not the header I want to use, It came on the blown LS....So I just used it.

Dynamat is sound deading material.
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2009, 11:06:28 am »
I had dynamat all over my pontiac's trunk. It's just my guess, but whoever owed the car before me had woofers

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2009, 06:19:28 pm »
Gas please continue on your project thread! I want to see more! :smt003


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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2009, 10:23:42 pm »
Gas please continue on your project thread! I want to see more! :smt003
As do I.

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #31 on: March 21, 2009, 12:44:30 am »
(00:29:00) Adi: i hate how this damn site times you out now like a freakin bank..

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2009, 10:44:34 am »
It looks great, post more!

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2009, 10:18:54 pm »
Ok....Here's where shit starts to turn into a real mess.  This was in late october '08

So I needed to put 500 miles on the motor (Break in) before I put it on the dyno and tune it.

I start driving it to work everyday which is 40 miles one way, I made it for a few days and then I left work one night and for no apparent reason my transmission exploded right after I had gotten on to i-75 and hit 80mph in 5th gear, It was the loudest sound I have ever heard a car make.  Sounded like a bomb went off.

I believe it was a chipped tooth that caused the eventual destruction of the trans, Expensive fix.
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2009, 10:36:47 pm »
Sooooooo, after that happened I went and spent another 550 bucks on a S4C (non LSD) trans out of a 00' civic si.

I got the old trans off and cleaned up the new one and put it on.  I took it out and everything seemed to be great, Besides I was still leaking coolant into the cab from the heater core.

I took it upon myself to decide that the heater core was bad....Before really doing some investigating.

And this is what you have to do to change a heater core kids. I also took this time to change out my gauge cluster and install the hub and quick release for the steering wheel.
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2009, 10:41:41 pm »
Dayum that sucks man!
only 550 for a transmission?
I thought those were a lot more than that. That's cool though..

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2009, 10:49:09 pm »
Yep...Parts for B series motors really are not that bad Tex.

So, It was mid november at this point and I gave up on tuning it in 08'.  I just got the storage shed and put the car in it for the winter.

I would go to the shed every week or so and start the car and let it come up to temperature, It was getting into the teens during the day and around zero at night...So I started going there even more often.

We got a decent day in december when it was like 50 out, Which is really weird here in Michigan...So I took that day to go to the car and try to work out the IACV (Idle Control) code the ECU was throwing since the motor was first started.

I figured out the problem and had to re-wire the IACV to the ECU because when you do an OBD conversion it never works out perfectly...Theres always little shit you have to fix.  So I started the car and was happy to see that the motor's idle was finally responding to changes I was making in hondata.

Yep and about 5 minutes later is when the car fu#%in smoked me out of the unit...Thick blue smoke!  I was now burning oil....BAD.
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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2009, 11:01:39 pm »
I let the car sit without starting it until mid Febuary.   I got a decent day and I pulled the car out and took it back to the garage...With a smoke screen behind me the whole way.

I pulled the intake manifold and header first, To see if the leak into the chambers was coming from up top....I found major evidence on the intake side of the head that was a dead give away. 

I did a compression test on all cylinders anyways before pulling the head, Just to make sure it wasent the rings.  The compression test's were good across all cylinders, So I pulled the head off.

I took it down to the machine shop and gave it to them and had them tell me what was wrong with it. I got a call back a day later "Your valve stems seals are wasted and your valve guides need to be replaced"  At this point I got the valve job done and almost replaced the whole valve train.

 Installed supertech dual valve springs and titanium retainers, Valve seals, Valve guides, hot tanked it and got 10 thousanths milled off.   Head done!  What!

You can see the Koni yellows and ground control coilovers in the back of one of these pics....I was getting ready for the suspension overhaul at this point also.

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2009, 11:16:30 pm »
Whew...ok.  Now were getting closer to where we are right now with this car.

I put the head back on with a new head gasket, adjusted the valve lash, Set timing and got the car started back up.  Took her for a 20 mile drive annnnddddd. STILL burning oil...W   T   F.

Im thinking to myself, These f$%@ing jackass's didnt install the seals and guides right.  So I was pretty pissed at them out the gate.

Then I did my investigation...Again.   Pulled the intake and header and this time the header side was trashed...Which made me think bottom end.   I did another compression test and it was good on all cylinders...confusing me and making me think it wasent the rings.

In any case I had to pull the head back off again anyways and when I did, This is what I found.

A small piece of the ring had broken on #2 and a badly scored cylinder wall was the result.  I just cant catch a break on this car....Its fighting me to the bitter end.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2009, 11:21:41 pm by Gas »

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Re: Project: 97 EK LS/VTEC Hatchback.
« Reply #39 on: March 31, 2009, 12:14:41 am »
It was the loudest sound I have ever heard a car make.  Sounded like a bomb went off.
the dynamat didn't help...lol :smt005
       
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