First swiss ek9 and modding story

JDMjunkies.ch

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No big news, but i realized after installing my New windshield, i had never put the EK9.org sticker back on the new screen. Then i found out that my 8 Year old-spare sticker from guatemala hat dried-out glue and was brittly. After asking on the EK9.org site i found that now another guy in UK makes and sells those and ordered a set, which showed up a few days later:


Had the leftovers from my attempt to install the aged stickers removed with a surgical scalpel:


And the new one on. Great quality and worth the bucks:


Here we go.


Then got the other HyperRev magazine for the EK9 civic, since i only had version two of it:


Both together. Lots of cool stuff which i haven't seen before inside, from a time when the car was brand new :)
 

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I know, updates are a bit rare these days, mainly because of the garage/house/Workshop build, which has highest priority at the moment. Nevertheless, things are coming along nicely:


But since you're here for the cars, i thought i'd share some pictures from a recend EK9 photoshoot for the Hondaholics Calendar 2019.
Pictures are not the best i ever made, but i still like them and had some first experiments with the poliarizing filters:




 

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Since our holidays got cancelled we decided to take the EK9 to the swiss mountains instead:

Furkapass, Grimselpass, Brünig, Jaunpass, Col du Pillon, Saanenmöser and the french speaking lake area... beautifull



























Check out the Video of my EK9 on the grimselpass :)
The EK9 is just such a blast on those twisty mounain roads.


On my blog www.JDMjunkies.ch you can read part 1 and 2 of the full story now including a lot more pics.
Part 3 and 4 follow soon.
 
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Great road there, great car . Love driving the passes in my EK9. Not this year unfortunately, Scotland will have to do but it is pretty good
 

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Great road there, great car . Love driving the passes in my EK9. Not this year unfortunately, Scotland will have to do but it is pretty good
Thanks mate, next time you're here let me know. maybe we can meet for a coffee and i can show you around a bit :)

The video link does not seem to work btw.
Thanks for the input, updated the link - now it should work :)
 

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Thanks mate, next time you're here let me know. maybe we can meet for a coffee and i can show you around a bit :)
Thank you will be back next year for sure after watching the video and remembering how much fun it is. I saw your motorway vignette I have kept a couple of old ones on the car 2010 and 2011 I think just to remind me how great it is.

When stopped on some of the passes it always amazes me the people who come over and chat about the EK9 and some of the machinery parked up..
 

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Thank you will be back next year for sure after watching the video and remembering how much fun it is. I saw your motorway vignette I have kept a couple of old ones on the car 2010 and 2011 I think just to remind me how great it is.

When stopped on some of the passes it always amazes me the people who come over and chat about the EK9 and some of the machinery parked up..
great! Let's meet when you're here. i can arrange something nice :)

Yeah that's really fun. saw some great machinery there as well, like the older gentleman driving his original porsche 356 speedster hard over the Grimsel pass. Lovely guy, and a lot of car nerds enjoying the route. Still hope to be able to make the Stilfzer Joch / Stelvia Pass (from top gear fame) soon... and then there is still the Albula, St. bernhard, and many more... here's a full list of all passes btw :)
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Pässe_in_der_Schweiz
 

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Got a bit of decoration for the EK9 Parking spot from Japan today. Will of course end up at the wall, when i find some time :)
DSC_2309-Kopie[1].jpg
 

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With the rising of the EK9 value lately, i decided to finally ask my Insurrance if they can insure my car as a "collector" car. I know it's not exactly a multi-million dollar collectors item, but it brings you some advantage to have it insured like this. For example oldtimer-races are partially included, and it covers rare spare-parts from Japan, etc... For this i had to list all the prices of the car and the modification parts. Luckily i'm a hoarder and kept all the old documents and all the parts-catalogues from back in the day when JDMjunkies was an import business for japanese parts. I think meanwhile even the catalogues have quite some value. but that's another story.
So here we go. Original service manual, HyperRev Magazines, sales brochure and price list. Civic Options price list and a little flyer.

Here's the original price list:

And here the one for the Option parts. Kind of hilarious that you could have bought golden "H" emblems, or put a standard roof spoiler on the TypeR cars, if you think about it today...


And then went through all the parts catalogues to check the original catalogue price for all the parts i've installed. I still love these and almost forgot i still have all of them in my shelve. Especially the spoon and Mugen catalogues are a piece of art, if you ask me :)
 

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Always fun to see brochures! What's the little black one next to your Civic Accessories?
It's a cool leaflet with some brief Civic history overview. it says "greatest car Japan collection vol. 4".
Not sure if it came from Honda or anyone else. I got it together with the sales brochure and price list as a set...
 

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Soo, after a long wait, this week a sea-freight pallete straight from Japan finally arrived at my doorstep.
My EK9 didn't pass the swiss MOT (MFK) this summer, but only a few minor things weren't good. Thinking about fixing them, and at the same time having a pallete in japan reserved because of some bigger Datsun part shipment, i thought it would make sense to give the humble TypeR a bigger overhaul and fix a few other flaws as well. So i filled the pallete with all kind of parts, which should get installed on the car whenever i find some time:


Can you guess the parts?


First: My radiator has a minimal leak, so i thought i should order a new one to fix that for the next decades. However Honda Japan doesn't have them in stock anymore and not produce them either.
So what to do? look for an improved alternative. I ended up with the Greddy / Trust Aluminum radiator, which is the same size as the original one but with a 50mm core thikness, and much lighter:


I thought if i have a big shipment anyway, i should add some big parts, so i added a Laile / Beatrush / ARP sports under panel (here still covered in the protective blue foil).


Laile / beatrush is one of those japanese brands that barely anybody knows, but they make amazing nice products and i love to have these "special" parts on my car, that are different to what everybody else has.
this one is to improve the air flow and protect the engine from the underside and it's installed at the OEM installation points:



When talking to my mechanic i realized i've never changed the timing belt since i own the car. I didn't make many miles, to be honest, but with an engine like this, you better be safe. so i got myself one from Honda


One of the flaws my car has is that the mirror-foil of my room mirror is oxidating in the corners, so i asked honda about a new one. This was (what they said) the last one in stock. so i HAD to get it:


I thought if i give my car an overhaul anyway, why not change the brakepads too? i decided to go for a "street" sports setup with Endless Y-sports pads front and rear:


Another flaw of the car is that the rear axle rubbers are cracking slightly and this needs to be fixed to get the MOT approval. Honda doesn't sell them individually, but only the complete arms, from what i understoud, therefore i decided to go for a full spoon kit instead. this should solve the bushing problem on the complete car for another one or two decades i hope :)


And with increasing collectors values of these cars, i thought i do something for the value, and ordered a bit of additional documentation which completes my collection which i've already got
From top left to bottm right:
- Original Parts catalogue.
- Original Japanese Civic Facelift sales brochure
- Original Civic TypeR facelift sales brochure
- Mugen Civic Facelift (incl. TypeR) parts catalogue
- Honda accessory catalogue with price list
- Type Rx parts manual add-on
- Honda Civic facelift Wiring diagram / electrical diagnostics book
- Honda Service manual facelift addon


Next i have to install all the parts and i have som additional work planned on the car, so for summer season 2022 it should be absolutely mint again.
 

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nice upgrades ,if you can post a photo later with the under panel installed.
 

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great haul of parts.

Any chance of some closer photos of the price list and of the internal pages of the mugen add ons catalogue?
 

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As mentioned earlier, my humble TypeR needs a little brush-up here and there. The first thing i adressed was the room mirror. If you look closely, you can see how the edges of the miror glass started to oxidate. You won't notice it if you don't know, but since i look into this mirror everytime i drive the car, it always hurt me.


When i asked Honda in japan, they said they had exactly one piece left in stock, so i absolutely had to get it. Luckily i once also bought a set of interieur plastic removal tools, so to take the cover (with the sensor) off was a piece of cake:

Next step was the removal of the miror itself, which is mounted with 3 screws:


There we go: Left is the new one (witht he old rubber spacer), right the old one, and top the feel's carbon miror cover, which i had installed on the old one.


Here you can see the edges oxidated (especially on the bottom). in real life it looks even worse:


The rubber piece started to age and you can see white marks from the softener slowly going out (looks like white dust). In this picture i had already cleaned it with warm water and an old tooth brush. two pictures up, you can see how it looked before.


One thing i learned from my Datsun project is that Petroleum Oil (best known as vaseline) is great for preserving slightly aged rubber pieces. so after i gently greased the whole thing it looks and feels like new. excellent:


And everything installed back again. This surely makes more fun to drive now, even if it's only for myself. it was something that really wasn't nice to look at :)
Another thing i noticed is that the Feels carbon cover was never installed 100% to fit on the old mirror, due to a little installation mistake. Now it fit's much better and doesn't look like a cheap tuning part anymore, but more like a proper carbon mirror. excellent :)


Oh, and since it's a new year, i decided to install the 2022 toll sticker for the swiss Autobahn usage in the same go. Hopefully the car gets on the road this year again, so the money wasn't wasted:


If you got the right tools it's a fairly easy job to get the old one removed and the new one installed. so here we go:


More updates coming soon, hopefully - stay tuned...
 

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nice tip with the vaseline i will try it!
If the rubber is not brittle yet, then this works very well. I've used this to restore many of my old datsun parts. Use a bit only though and massage it nicely into the rubber. If you use too much you have a nasty and hard to remove grease layer on it at the end...
 
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