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Old 05-02-2018, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'96 Civic Sedan Ecomodding and Streamlining Project (no 56k!)

My new car is a 1996 Honda Civic Sedan LX. I bought it for $700/USD.
I am the 6th owner.
She has 161K miles.
She has the original D16Y7 engine @106hp.
She has the original 5 speed transmission with a 4.058 final drive.
She has Cooper GLS Touring tires @ 185/65R/14
All recommenced maintenance has been mostly completed.
The following list of parts have been replaced within the last 5-8 years.
Timing Belt, Water Pump,Rear Axles, Tie Rod, Camshaft Seal, Crankshaft Seal, PCV Valve, Valve Cover Gaskets, Fuel Filter, Wheel Bearings, CV joints, Drive Belts, Alt belt, Power Steering Belt, Air Filter, Radiator, Brakes, Alignment, Headlights, Brake Lights.

As of now, She needs transmission fluid, oil change, AC recharge, headliner/sunvisor replacement. Some attention of the bondo/filer spots. Also the brakes need some help. I have a bit of a drag on the front and rear brakes.

Here, some pictures;


The headlights are discolored, different from each other but not nasty.


The interior is nice too.


One of the first thing i try to do is clean the throttle body, but it was already clean!


This fell off, along with the LX badge years ago.


This car also had a aftermarket alarm, removed.


This little box beeps at you when you leave the key in or you leave the lights on, removed.


I replaced the rear speakers and radio.




I removed the wind catchers near the tires.


In the coming months I am planning to modify this vehicle for better fuel economy with aeromods and more.

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Old 05-02-2018, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She has the original 5 speed transmission with a 4.058 final drive.
I assume that's stock? How does it compare to taller options that would work in this car?
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I assume that's stock? How does it compare to taller options that would work in this car?
Yes its stock. According to ( Honda Manual Transmission Specifications & Gear Ratios ) I could swap the transmission for a 96-00 Civic HX or CX. It might be worth it. The transmission feels clunky with a solid clunk sound, hopefully a fluid change brings it back to life for a while.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes. And you can swap in the fifth gen VX/CX trans too, as I did, if you want the SUPER tall FD. Noticed you put 300 watt speakers in back. Stock was like 30 watts, no? What is in the doors? You like them all? Would the stock radio be able to power them?
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is my first Honda so I don't know much about em, I'm learning.

I really enjoy having a nice radio in my car. The car had a aftermarket radio already. A JVC from ~2010. (sold for $20) The stock stereo probably pushes 25w to each speaker. This radio claims 52w. I was gifted this Sony radio and Polk speakers in 2007, It has mp3 CD support, HD radio, and 3.5mm input as well as RCA input. Top of the line even in 2018.
The front speakers are stock for now, I do plan on replacing them although the two I have are more then enough at 50% volume.
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First fill up:

456 miles on 9.481 gallons / $2.79 (US), for 48MPG

I kept it below 60mph, shifted to 5th gear at 35mph, turned the engine off at long lights, coasted in neutral downhill.
I filled her with 87 Sunoco at the same pump.

I think 70 MPG is possible at low speeds.



I'm happy with the MPG already!

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Old 05-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 05-09-2018, 01:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a upcoming smog test including a visual test. (Maryland is so strict!

After that, aero begins
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