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Old 20-Apr-2010, 11:06 PM
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I hate the wheels on it :/

Shopping list is :

Honda Civic SiR OEM 15" Rims - Love the 5 spoke look.
Lips and Side Skirts
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Headlight & Rearlight tint.
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Old 20-Apr-2010, 11:08 PM
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Oops. Meant 6 spoke. Can you not edit posts on this forum?
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nice pick!

It looks really nice !!
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 02:37 AM
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I hope you drove a vts before you came here!

Welcome btw i moved from ireland in october

where abouts are you living?
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I hope you drove a vts before you came here!

Welcome btw i moved from ireland in october

where abouts are you living?
Afraid not, the only Hondas I've driven were a tricked out Prelude and a stock CRX. I've always had classic minis and VW's before now.
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 11:07 AM
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I'm living out in cobourg as I have family here
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 12:14 PM
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Welcome! nice pick up,looks clean. If i owned this Gen civic id go for a Kswap.
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 02:24 PM
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Welcome to the club, bron. And welcome to Canada.

Few things to suggest:

-Keep your current rims (15"?) and put some snow tires on them for when winter rolls around (you'll be glad to have them).

-Pick up a set of oem 15" or light-weight 15 or 16" aftermarket rims (any larger will only hurt performance) (can find some good deals out there) and put a good set of all-season/performance tires on. That will help performance to a degree.

-A cold air intake on that motor will mostly just change the sound, but is a nice cheap enhancement. Dresses up the engine bay a bit too.

-Install a set of eibach sport line lowering springs with a set of ride height adjustable collars. With this setup you don't have to change the whole struts/dampers, just the springs. Will give you a nice drop for the summer and a bit tighter handling, and you can raise it back up for winter driving (can be done when switching to the snow tires/wheels with simple hand tools).

Hope that helps to point you in the right direction.
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 04:56 PM
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Pics are nice, car looks good.
If you get the chance (and haven't already done so), it would be great to see them in the Car-Related Media section:
http://www.torontocivics.com/f19/em-01-05-picture-post-62548/index31.html.
Nice to see some really great suggestions for your Civic.
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Old 21-Apr-2010, 06:54 PM
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Welcome to the club, bron. And welcome to Canada.

Few things to suggest:

-Keep your current rims (15"?) and put some snow tires on them for when winter rolls around (you'll be glad to have them).

-Pick up a set of oem 15" or light-weight 15 or 16" aftermarket rims (any larger will only hurt performance) (can find some good deals out there) and put a good set of all-season/performance tires on. That will help performance to a degree.

-A cold air intake on that motor will mostly just change the sound, but is a nice cheap enhancement. Dresses up the engine bay a bit too.

-Install a set of eibach sport line lowering springs with a set of ride height adjustable collars. With this setup you don't have to change the whole struts/dampers, just the springs. Will give you a nice drop for the summer and a bit tighter handling, and you can raise it back up for winter driving (can be done when switching to the snow tires/wheels with simple hand tools).

Hope that helps to point you in the right direction.
Thanks for the informative post.

I'm only looking at 15"-16" wheels. I've had past problems with wheels being too large and following road imperfections too much.

Those are my exact reasons for even considering a CAI. No point trying to push this engine harder, not with this **** poor speed limit you guys have!

Can you point me to some of those springs and collars?
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Old 22-Apr-2010, 03:46 PM
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I've taken a look around and I assume I'm looking at the eibach sportline code 4.5140. Will these just fit onto the oem struts? What ride height collars should I be looking at?
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Old 22-Apr-2010, 04:14 PM
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I'm a new guy to Canada from the UK (moved over in January) and I just picked up my first Japanese marquee car, a very clean 2001 2DR LX. It's a manual with 137k on the clock with a recent timing belt change!

I've been into modding in the past with Mini's and Volkswagen's in the past, so I'm looking forward to throwing money at this thing.

So, with a completely fresh '01, what are the first considerations for modifying? I'm looking for a decent price to improvement ratio. The paintwork isn't the greatest, so I'll be going at it with some high grade wax and polish to try and buff out the little marks all over the thing.

After that I'll give the engine bay a toothbrush clean!

I'm thinking strut bar, a tuneup (spark plugs, fuel filter, oil change) and cold air intake to start with? Whats the recommended oil around these parts?

I'm so glad there is a local forum to talk about this stuff on, I'm in Cobourg

Welcome to Canada!

Welcome new 7thgen owner. Unfortunately, our cars (01-05) got the short end of the stick in regards to our powerplant. With Our D17's you wont see alot of gains or improvement with just plain bolt ons Unless you are willing to dish out the money for the high end parts and have yourself a built motor. If not, a K series engine swap is your best bet for more gains and play with parts.

Strut Bars, if you look around ebay, you'll find different strut bars ranging from the cheap generic strut bars to the Megan Racing, and Tanabe strut bars. From $20 - $150. Now most of these strut bars wont clear any SRI or CAI you put on your car. The only one would clear the SRI and the CAI is the Neuspeed strut bar which are hard to find from a local sale.

CAI -> AEM V2 is the best CAI we can have on our cars.

Get your hands on a OEM lip kit, drop the car and get wheels and you'll be good. Or if you ebay it and spend the extra $50 ($100 for a Polyurethane lip) is much more durable than the regular ABS plastic.

www.ddmtuning.com is your place to go for HID's for chaep prices that you can install yourself.

There are some knowledgable people regarding our cars on this site and also if you check out

www.7thgenhonda.com there are alot of canadians on that site and alot of experts with our year of cars.

Also, www.honda-tech.com has lots of experts also.

Any other questions?
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Old 24-Apr-2010, 12:57 AM
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Afraid not, the only Hondas I've driven were a tricked out Prelude and a stock CRX. I've always had classic minis and VW's before now.
Yeah i used to have a saxo vtr, loads of my mates had vts's and one had a clio 172. All great cars. Welcome anyway!
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Old 24-Apr-2010, 10:58 AM
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btw, bron, tinted headlights are illegal in canada...better off blacking them out from the inside..
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Old 28-Apr-2010, 04:05 PM
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not with this **** poor speed limit you guys have!
welcome to TCC. which part of England are you from?

lol, traffic in UK is far more horrible then here. yes speed limit is bit higher but whats the point when there are speed cameras everywhere, even on motorway. now they even have smart cameras that average your speed, time and distance traveled from camera 1 to camera 2 and you get ticket if you are higher then the posted speed

I can not say in the country side areas, but it is pretty bad where i go, when i am in UK.
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