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Old 01-02-2013, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK guys, I have been lurking around the forms for almost a year now, I think it is about time for me to start my own project thread. I have a 185K mi. purple 1994 Honda civic DX! Some of you may have seen my introduction post a few weeks ago, but if you haven't this is my storm chasing car! 40 plus MPG is really really nice compared to 16-18 that I got out of my land rover and F150, while nowhere near as nice, I am absolutely in love with this car! sorry its dirty

I ordered an MPGuino 2 1/2 weeks ago, but it is not in yet I also have an MSD A6 to install, just need the time. When I get around to it I will do a write up on this thread with tons of pictures.

My ultimate goal is to get at least 55 MPG while driving the speed limit, and have a fast sporty little car.

With my two days off for new year I removed my grill block and installed some extremely bright HID "fog lights" they only draw about 6 amps, so better for MPG . Also, I've replaced my overly worn upper control arms with some nice tubular adjustable upper control arms. Lastly, I reinstalled my pizza hubcaps.


Unfinished light covers, they will be painted black as to blend in with the grill. And I already have the Plexiglas to fill the hole. They also work as a partial grill block!

This picture was taken by my friend last night on my cell phone. These are only the fog lights!


Here are some pictures of the control arm swap. The rubber bushings actually fell out when I took it apart! While I had the suspension apart I went ahead and installed the lower control arms and a sway bar from a 93 civic SI (only 60K mi). As some of you might or might not know, the DX did not come with a sway bar, and different lower control arms are used on the cars with sway bars. Sorry, I really don't have any pictures of that part of the swap.... You have to remove the exhaust and shift linkage to install a sway bar on this car. It is a nightmare!





Here are a few other pictures.
My front bumper with my home made inner fender liners, and a partial airdam prior to adding the fog lights, and removing the crappie ones that were on there.



I think it could be possible that my car has the transmission out of a CX or VX!! But I am not certain... Look at the picture below (taken by the passenger, not me..) And tell me what you think.

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Old 01-02-2013, 03:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you do some nice creative work!
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you do some nice creative work!
Thank you I grew up in a body shop, so fabrication is Something I have done for years.
Everything on this car was just recycled scrap material. I could have made it look factory"ish" but that takes more time and $.

If any one is in the Lubbock area PM me and I am always willing to help on any projects!
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks nice. What do you use for your front license plate bracket? I tried to make one for the pass side but there was no good place to bolt into.

Also, how'd you make the rear skirts? Everything looks so professional
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually all that I did was drill holes in the bumper while I had it off and bolt it on with washers. It's not exactly the best way to do it, but since I already had it off I decided I might as well block off another turbulent hole!

I do plan on making a curved license plate frame, just so it looks like it's supposed to be there.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just a real quick question. Do you think my car has the original Trans? at 60 mph I am somewhere around 2200 rpm.

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice work, but looking at the bottom 4?" of the rear wheel skirt, doesnt the rear have quite a sharp angle to it back to the original body? Wouldnt that create drag?

Like the hids!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, there is about a 2" lip at the back bottom edge. I was hoping for a clean seperation to get around the curvy rear bumper, which creates horrible turbulence. I have some huge improvements to make to the rear of this car.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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little monster - '91 Honda Civic Si
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Project update!, well sort of... tomorrow night, i will be driving back down to my home town of Brownwood, Tx. From Lubbock. The trip is 462 miles there and back. I plan on doing this on one tank!

I am going down there to install my mpguino, and rebuild my stereo system. I know I will do a write up on the mpguino, I don't know about the other though... This dsnt seem like the right forum for that. lol If I did, all of you guys here would more than likely say "you could save 200lbs by taking out the subs and amp!"

I know I can nudge 46mpg... My goal is to only use ~9 U.S. gallons just at 51 mpg!! however, without an mpguino, at least on the way down there, I don't know what speed will yield the best mileage... Time is not really an issue, what speed would be best? 45, 50, 55? idk... You have seen my slight arrow improvements. What do you guys think?

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