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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:29 pm    Post subject: Grifty's JDM EF5 RT-SI  Reply with quote

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!








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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one! I can only dream of owning one of those one day.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing is amazing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice dude!  Can't wait to see what you make of this sexy AWD sedan.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maintenance for the win!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super jelly dude! Such a shame i couldn't jump on it. Good to see it get its own build thread.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel like I've got a bunch of nuts at home, lmk if you need me to check.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely needs to be lower...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it does but it looks really good from that angle
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Not your everyday sedan , good luck with the build!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool car.
but you have a lot of work before you bring them to the ideal state.
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The original one was bronze, yes?  I assume this one has a blueish tint to it?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...


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They tinted over the bronze?!?!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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Good stuff dude.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They tinted over the bronze?!?!


Mine is tinted over bronze, you still notice the bronze, especially from inside.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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Lookin great in that last pic!
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...


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