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Grifty

Grifty's JDM EF5 RT-SI

So i just picked up this car yesterday afternoon Very Happy

Some people here may know me as I own a JDM MA3 RT4WD Concerto.

Build thread for that is here: http://www.d-series.org/forums/sh.../167332-concerto-rt4wd-build.html


I've been wanting this for a while, I bugged my friend for 2-3 years to get the owners to sell it to me. The previous owner was my friends partners cousin. He owned it for 19 years after importing it from Japan and decided to sell it after the windscreen cracked.

The body is pretty beat so a full respray is on the cards.

Plan is to fix it up mechanically first then get the body fixed up.

Currently the ABS and 4WD lights are illuminated so I need to read those codes first. It drives fine but it needs a full service and the brakes looked at.

I'll let the pictures do the talking. More to come soon!








89 LX SOHC ZC

Nice.
K3Nguru

Very Happy It's nice to see more 4wd Civics here! Your EF5 is in much better condition than my EE5. I may buy another, though. We don't have 4wd Civics with ALB or air conditioning in Europe.
89civicracer

Nice one! I can only dream of owning one of those one day.
5N4FU

Thing is amazing
EF Sedan Enthusiast

Nice dude!  Can't wait to see what you make of this sexy AWD sedan.
Grifty

I have been able to do a few small things to the car over the past few days. I've just been focusing on getting it running right first.

Soldered the main relay after it cut out on me for 20 mins at a petrol station today.

Changed the gearbox oil, diff oil, engine oil and filter, spark plugs, leads and fuel filter. the old fuel filter was the original one before it left Japan some 19 years ago, that was interesting haha.

Got rid of the 4WD and ALB error lights but the ALB modulator needs new o-rings. Good to know that the ALB works properly as it should apart from the leak.






New front filler and a facelift front bar will be on the way soon!
EF Sedan Enthusiast

Maintenance for the win!
~Sp33~

Super jelly dude! Such a shame i couldn't jump on it. Good to see it get its own build thread.
Grifty

I heaven't really had a chance to do much on this lately. but I did purchase a set of wheels from a DC2. They came with good tread, all I need now is to get a set of oem wheel nuts to get them on.

I also plan on upgrading the front brakes to 262mm and a bigger master cylinder. The EF5 uses a 12mm rear BMC fitting so i'll need to buy a adaptor for that.

Other list of things to be done soon are

Respray - closed door
New winscreen
New exhaust

EF Sedan Enthusiast

Nice!
~Sp33~

I feel like I've got a bunch of nuts at home, lmk if you need me to check.
Grifty

Thanks Steve, If I can't find any locally I'll let you know!

I just got this in the mail, unfortunately it had to be cut in half otherwise postage would've been astronomical.

I'll get it welded back together during the respray.

Grifty

Definitely needs to be lower...

89 LX SOHC ZC

Yes it does but it looks really good from that angle
Jerseys_fyn3st

Wow Not your everyday sedan , good luck with the build!!!!
Grifty

Thanks guys!

I got around to replacing the CV boots today & re-grease the joints, took the chance to check out the condition of all the joints while I was at it as well. These boots should last another 5+ years now.

New windscreen has been booked for Monday and hopefully I can replace the BMC tomorrow.




Thought I'd also share some photos of my concerto while I'm at it.


Grifty

Had the windscreen replaced today, the old one was beyond salvaging...



vhs

cool car.
but you have a lot of work before you bring them to the ideal state.
EF Sedan Enthusiast

The original one was bronze, yes?  I assume this one has a blueish tint to it?
Grifty

EF Sedan Enthusiast wrote:
The original one was bronze, yes?  I assume this one has a blueish tint to it?


Yep that's correct. the blue isn't that noticeable as the side/back windows are tinted in black.
Grifty

Today I swapped out the master cylinder for one that a friend donated.

I also calibrated the TPS but didn't take any photos of that.

The original is a 7/8 and the one I installed is a 15/16.

You can see the adaptor that I had to use to make the 12mm line fitting work.

Before removal, as you can see there isn't a prop valve.



Installed, yet to bleed the system though.



The old one...


EF Sedan Enthusiast

They tinted over the bronze?!?!
Grifty

I don't mind it, would prefer bronze tint though.

I just look at my Concerto if I wan't to see bronze glass haha

Tested out the 4WD on a random grass patch, confirmed the rear LSD works good Smile




Picked these up for a steal, just need EG/DC front forks and fork type rear LCA



Polished up the headlights and sorta fixed the front bar a little. Removed the headlight washer system, might re-install at a later date.

EF Sedan Enthusiast

Good stuff dude.
~Sp33~

EF Sedan Enthusiast wrote:
They tinted over the bronze?!?!


Mine is tinted over bronze, you still notice the bronze, especially from inside.
mr.$ed@n$ki

Nice sedan bro, really love them JDM EF2. Cool
And your rare Concerto sedan looks mint man!
Grifty

mr.$ed@n$ki wrote:
Nice sedan bro, really love them JDM EF2. Cool
And your rare Concerto sedan looks mint man!


Thanks bud, appreciate it Smile




This past Friday started with me picking up a full Hardrace bushing kit



Next step was to remove all the arms from the car apart from the RTA. I didn't want to remove the RTA as it would've meant bleeding the brakes again which isnt fun.

Got under way pressing the bushes out, the only bush i had to burn & cut out was the front outer LCA bush, that wouldn't even budge on a 20T press.





made sure to grease em up before pressing in



RTA bush was hammered in and out



I ended up replacing all of these parts as well, I had all new spares laying around apart from the rack boots.



How she sits now with the suspension installed, feels very nice and firm. The bushes have made a huge difference as the old ones were very worn.

~Sp33~

Lookin great in that last pic!
mr.$ed@n$ki

Very nice upgrade.
I know about that irritation when it won't come out.
Once before, one bolt snapped in a bush, during lowering my sedan.
Had to be pressed out as well, man that really sucks when things snap...
Grifty

mr.$ed@n$ki wrote:
Very nice upgrade.
I know about that irritation when it won't come out.
Once before, one bolt snapped in a bush, during lowering my sedan.
Had to be pressed out as well, man that really sucks when things snap...


I feel your pain, hate it when things don't quite work out...



I got a wheel alignment on Friday and man does the car feel great! Considering all it has is springs and shocks it handles very well and it's still a very comfy ride!

Bushes is one thing i'd never overlook again, worthwhile to any old car.
mr.$ed@n$ki

Any other new updates or pix?
Grifty

Nothing new as of yet.

I ordered a new blower motor resistor from Honda Japan, 2 weeks later and I'm still waiting for it Sad. My #1 fan setting doesnt work haha

Hoping to get the exhaust on it towards mid June.

Will also clean up the engine bay a bit around the same time, have a few tricks to get the bay looking cleaner.
mr.$ed@n$ki

Grifty wrote:
Will also clean up the engine bay a bit around the same time, have a few tricks to get the bay looking cleaner.


Yeah i did that also man,
first sprayed dasty (degreaser) all over the place,
then i used a high pressure water cleaner,
and let it dry for like 3 days in the hot sun, like new again! Cool

89civicracer

That's a clean engine bay!  Shocked
Grifty

Very tidy bay!

I got my blower motor resistor, for those of you with auto climate control I'd take a note of the part number. was $36 AUD delivered to my door from Japan.

Got it installed and it works a charm!


mr.$ed@n$ki

Grifty wrote:
Very tidy bay!

I got my blower motor resistor, for those of you with auto climate control I'd take a note of the part number. was $36 AUD delivered to my door from Japan.

Got it installed and it works a charm!



Thnx 89civicracer and Grifty.

Nice that your blower works good again Smile
EF Sedan Enthusiast

Nice!
Grifty

So I purchased a brand new facelift front bar to suit a hatch off a bloke from FB

What a epic fail that was, I didn't realise the hatch and sedan facelift bumpers varied... face palm

First signs of trouble, the lip wouldn't fit



I also managed to score a set of OEM headlight washer nozzles for a great price, time to reinstall the system Smile

mr.$ed@n$ki

Grifty wrote:
So I purchased a brand new facelift front bar to suit a hatch off a bloke from FB

What a epic fail that was, I didn't realise the hatch and sedan facelift bumpers varied... face palm

First signs of trouble, the lip wouldn't fit


I also learned about the differents between hatch and sedan front bumpers and lips.
I found a hatch lip at the yunkjard and maked it fit on my sedan.
I didn't fit perfectly but i looks good enough.

Is this the same lip you've got?



Grifty

The problem isn't actually with the lip, the hatch front bar is actually shorter than the sedan one (on the sides) so it wouldn't even fit. The lip shows the difference between the lengths.

I may have a clean OEM front bar lined up so fingers crossed I get it.

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