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Sam's Honda Civic EK3 | Project Rated or Hated |

Hi everyone,

As the March has gone to a new home, I thought it was time to introduce my new project to you all. I've been wanting a civic for quite a long time and after a lot of searching I found and bought this.

It's a '97 Civic EK3, only 68k miles, 2 previous owners and a full service history from new.
It needs a little bit of tlc on the bodywork, there's a few small marks here and there but mechanically and inside it's in great condition.

I have a few big plans for it, and I shall keep this updated as it progresses. In the meantime, here's some pictures of it from when I picked it up..





 

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Oooohhhh yes. I'll be keeping a close eye on this.


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skymera

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Thanks mate :)

I thought you would be, I think you'll like what i've got planned too!

I didn't really want a B16 tbh, the D15 was a lot cheaper to buy, less than half the insurance and really good mpg. Money savingz :')
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The first things I did were give it a quick clean, fit my Rota Grid V's from the March and a new cd player.









It really needs to be lowered though, so next on the list are coilovers and chassis bits.
 
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I haven't updated this in a little while.

I bought some MeisterR Zeta-S Super Low coilovers from Aaron's EK Civic, (Last months Fast Car cover car)



And some neo-chrome Skunk2 lower control arms and a neo-chrome ASR subframe brace.

 

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Mmmm Skunk2 anything is just amazing. Top buy!


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Coilovers fitted.





They were put on the highest setting just to fit them as I wasn't sure how much it was going to lower it by but it'll definitely be coming down soon!
 

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Pfffft. If the sills aren't scraping, you're not doing it right. ;)


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These updates are a bit behind atm, wait 'til you see the ones coming soon ;)
*waits patiently*
Mind you... Notice how quickly I reply to this thread...?


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*waits patiently*
Mind you... Notice how quickly I reply to this thread...?


'Sent from my bed using paper planes'
I did indeed, almost instantly! Not surprised though tbh haha. Have you got this thread on watch or something? :')
 

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I did indeed, almost instantly! Not surprised though tbh haha. Have you got this thread on watch or something? :')
I just don't really have a life


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skymera

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No definitely not those ones. Other end of the scale, they're MeisterR SuperLow's.


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Awesome, good man.

i'm looking at MeisterR for my VTi.

Can't stretch to £769 at the moment!
 

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"Backbox a bit big" it's a Honda. It's never big enough!


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looking good,i had one of these as a first car..get that rear spoiler tilted ;) will make a big difference i had it done to mines looked like this..
 
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looking good,i had one of these as a first car..get that rear spoiler tilted ;) will make a big difference i had it done to mine
Thank you. I've already got mine tilted, I just haven't got around to updating it on here. It does look a lot better :) I'm thinking of getting a carbon Spoon spoiler soon.


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A few little things for now.

Fitted my spoiler tilt kit, looks so much better than standard.



Got some D2 Racing rear camber arms.



And US Racing front camber arms.



Bigger & better update coming soon!
 
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Apologies for the lack of updates, didn't think it had been so long.

Got a nice delivery of some new wheels. Rota Grid V's. 15x8J et0 & 9J et0.









And also fresh tyres for them, 185/45 & 195/45.

 

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Those wheels are just perfect. This build is great, keep it up.


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Test fit of the new wheels.

Front:





Also tried one of the 9J et0's on the front too. I think it'll work at some point..



Rear:





A rough idea of how much camber will be needed on the rears.

 
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Wheels on. How they sat without any added camber.

Front:



Rear:



Lowered the coilovers down a bit and adjusted the camber to get the wheels fitting right.





 
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Apologies for the lack of updates again, better ones to come soon!

For now here's some photos I got of it with a friends mk2 Golf as he was trying on my old Rota wheels.







Also decided to go lower the coilovers more, but as I found out, it was pretty much undrivable as it dragged constantly. I'll get it to work after some adjustments though.
(excuse the state of the car, the bodywork is to be done next)











 
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Got myself some new bits & pieces ready to get her looking a bit more presentable.

Backyard special front lip & Type R rear lip.



New US size reg plates.



Skunk2 neo-chrome gearknob.



US Racing dual bend short shifter.



Kode dished suede steering wheel & NRG thin quick release hub.

 

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Got myself some new bits & pieces ready to get her looking a bit more presentable.

Backyard special front lip & Type R rear lip.

New US size reg plates.

Skunk2 neo-chrome gearknob.

US Racing dual bend short shifter.

Kode dished suede steering wheel & NRG thin quick release hub.
Just got myself one of those Skunk2 knobs for my civic, having to send it back and re-order though as I ordered a brand new gunmetal 6 speed one, and got sent a black, used, 5 speed one... bloody ebay!

But I will say, they are pretty good - didn't realise how something as simple as a new gear knob could encourage you to drive like a lout!
 
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Just got myself one of those Skunk2 knobs for my civic, having to send it back and re-order though as I ordered a brand new gunmetal 6 speed one, and got sent a black, used, 5 speed one... bloody ebay!

But I will say, they are pretty good - didn't realise how something as simple as a new gear knob could encourage you to drive like a lout!
Ah that's bad luck, I looked around at quite a few before I bought mine.
Yeah the weight and shape of them makes changing gears feel so much better!
 
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It was time to get the bodywork sorted and looking better.

Removed the bumpers ready to get them smoothed and sprayed.





Had a play around with spacers to see what possible future fitment I could get. This was 9J et-18!



As the arches needed doing anyway, I flared & smoothed them for a more clearance/a better look.





One side repaired and prepped for paint.

 
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A few last pictures of the prep work and the fitment with the new flared arches.

Front:







Rear:





I had to drive it about 10 miles to the garage like this, it got some interesting looks on the way.





 
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Just after the paint went on, before the final coat of lacquer.





Spraying all done and after it had been flatted and polished. Really pleased with how it came out.



 
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