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After the last BMW driver track day last year I've had a big itch to build a track car for a bit of fun.so I went out the weekend and bought this a em1 coupe civic now I wouldent be a big Honda fan but its hard to argue with what they can do with such a small cc engine.The car I've got is a good clean standard car with no rust ,smokey engine or been messed around with.The plan first is to get it to handle as good as I can so ill strip it,bang on a set of new bc coilovers,a set of 16" light weight wheels with track tyres, camber arms,2 bucket seats and roll cage.Engine wise I'll let it alone for the moment.Im looking for a 98 spec type r gearbox because of the gear ratios and the fact as standard it has a LSD.Ive also got a set of bigger front brakes with prelude calipers and type r anti roll bars that I got from the brother for free so that was a result.The plan is to have it ready around June.
 

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Bought these today from a friend of mine 16" forged wheels with kumo track tyres.also picked up a set of cobra bucket seats but I'm not sure if I like them so i might hold on to them for a few days and see what happens.ill start stripping the car tommorow.
 

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Don't put a bigger rear arb on without one of those subframe braces as it will rip the rear subframe to bits.
Check that your dizzy and leads are in good nick too.
Make sure u get a type r gearbox linkage and shifter too. The coupe one is like throwing a shovel at the gearbox to get the next gear lol...u can pick them up for around 50 euro and it's a very worthwhile investment ;)
I have a set of adjustable rear camber arms there which I used to have on my em1...give me a shout if u want them ;)
 

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That was a very cheap em1.. I was gonna take alook at her. was wondering why it was up so long.. Good luck with it. Hard ta beat a honda.. you might get bored of the b16 if your into racing and want a b18c or something but best a luck
 

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I've a buddy that does a bit of racing with a civic.He tells me if I get a 98 spec type r box he can use the 4th and 5th gear from my own box which should be the best of both worlds.ive been looking into a type r gear linkage today and I think Ive sorted one.I got the car stripped today all the interior is out now the hard part is taking out the sound deadening.I also got the aircon taken out its amazing the amount of weight you can take out in a few hours. I'll be getting the decat sorted tommorow and I'll be putting in a order for braided lines and front and rear pads.Then it's a brake for a few weeks as I'm waiting for my buddy to cage it and sort out the sunroof delete panel.
 

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Hi Bart there around 157 to 160 depends who you talk to.id say if you put it on a dyno anything around 145 to 150bhp I think would be good.The gearbox in the car at the moment has no LSD so I'd don't fancy spending good money on tyres and coilovers to go up and be spinning one front tyre out from under it.Ill wait till I find one and when it does come up I'll grab it.Ill do all the other work first ie cage,seats harness,coilovers camber arms and sort the brakes out. I've 2 or 3 friends that race them so there a great help as they have the hard work already done for me in regards to what works and dosent work so ill only have to spend money once on good parts that work.Ill be leaving the engine standard bar I will baffle the sump and I'm putting in a thicker core aluminium radiator. Mabey after a bit of time I'll go for more power and go for the b18c but at the moment I've a budget of 3000e to stick to and at the moment I think ill come in under it.
 

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Got hold of a set of 2.2 vtec prelude carriers and calipers today as the ones I had were from a non vtec car so they wouldent suit.Also I'm going to be using a set of 04 mini front discs to bring my brake size from 260mm to 280mm and with the combination of the bigger pistons and pads I should have plenty of stopping power.Ill be using ebc yellow stuff pads with braided lines and I'll change the fluid.Think I might have sorted it a type r box too it's about twice the price I taught I could get one for but there impossible to get.Ive a type r gear linkage and 1"master cylinder also being dropped off today so the bits are coming along bit by bit.Ill get the brakes done today and collect the box mabey next week.
 

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Got another bit done today.I collected my type r gear linkage last night so got that fitted this evening what a difference it made.Also the secondhand calipers I got I decided to open them up Friday just to check they were ok and low and behold they were shagged.So I ordered brand new ones and got them fitted this evening along with the braided lines.I dident want to take any chances with the brakes.Ive also changed my mind on the pads I'll use so I've ordered a set of ferodo ds2500 instead along with dot 5.1 brake fluid.Also I discovered today that the type r antiroll bars I got ill only have to use the rear one as my front antiroll bar is 26mm instead of the type r size 24mm but my rear one is only 15mm and the type r one is 22mm so a big difference there.There is a track day on the end of February so I'm going to try and have the coilovers on bucket seat and harness done along with a decat and baffled sump and a few more bits done to see if I can take it out.The gearbox and roll cage will have to take a back seat for a bit as I've decided if I'm going to cage it I might as well do it right so I'm thinking of putting in a full multipoint Sparco roll cage.looks like the budget is going to go out the window.
 

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Picked up a few more bits over the weekend.Carbon bonnet,second hand omp seat with bolt in rails to go along with the new one I bought a few weeks ago.Also got a 1" brake master cylinder to go along with my bigger front brakes.My front pads also came the weekend.Was also lucky enough to get a second hand harness for the passenger seat this evening for free.The sunroof is coming out tomorrow along with the heater as I've decided to ditch that too.Ill just be cutting a plate to cover the sunroof and ill bond and revit it down and I'm just going to vinyl wrap over it.Im doing the track day the 28 feb so I still have a few bits to do.Still on the list are the ebc rear pads,rear subframe brace,bc coilovers,rear antiroll bar to fit,baffled sump which I should have this week and a full service.
 

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My subframe brace came today so I'll be getting it fitted tommorow along with the type r antiroll bar.Also I've finally ordered the bc coilovers this evening from drift works so I should have them sometime next week.So the jobs for tommorow are fit the 1"master cylinder bleed the brakes all round,do the subframe brace and roll bar,remove the interior heater,and I got a free boot door spoiler from a older type civic so I'm going to try and get that to fit.Also this evening I collected my baffled sump but Ill wait till next week to fit it as I want to take down the exhaust and get the decat done.Cant beat a track day to put the pressure on and at the start of this I said I was in no rush:smile:
 

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I'd keep the heater if I wear you, at least the de mist anyway, how's the engine internly do ya know, b16's can be a cunt on shell bearings and stems etc, is be using 15/50 or a 60 to
 

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To be honest I haven't a clue what way it is I have very little driving done with it.There is a good pull through vtec.I fitted the baffled sump today and the decat pipe also done a oil and filter change.Engine wise I'd say its good no oil leaks no smoke and the engine is as quiet as a mouse.Im going to leave the engine standard for the moment if it blows up or starts giving any major problems I'll just get a type r engine for it.I am going to let the heater in for the moment.I got a set of brand new buddy club rear camber arms today for free which was a nice result.
 

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Small update.Went to fit my 1" prelude master cylinder the weekend but no joy it won't fit my servo.So I've just got hold of a ek9 1" master cylinder and servo today so that's going on tommorow.While I was at it I got a spare distributer just to keep as a spare.I was lucky enough last week to get a brand new set of buddy club rear camber arms for free from one of my customers so I'll fit them along with my bc coilovers which came today along with my ebc yellow stuff rear pads.I also ordered 2 new federal 595 rs for the front.once my 2 new tyres come during the week that's pretty much all the bits i need for the moment.Ive the baffled sump fitted a service done the decat is done the rear subframe brace and antiroll bar is done and the sunroof delete is done.And just to smarten up the front a bit I've ordered a rep spoon front splitter and a type r front grill as the standard grill is abit s*** looking.Im looking for a mugen style rear spoiler if anyone has one.I haven't fitted the new seat and harness yet but I should have it all done by the end of the week.
 

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Well today i got the splitter and grille fitted.Also i fitted the rear spoiler which i got a few weeks ago.The 2 front tyres also came today so there on aswell.the bad news bit is while driving the car today just tested everything out i noticed that the clutch is slightly slipping in third gear so that has to be changed aswell.Ive ordered a exedy organic clutch kit which i should have tommorow so that thats a job for next week.this is how it looks at the moment.
 

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Nice project, I bought a damaged ep3 type r on uk plates for track days, are you going to the otd on March 7th?
Hope to have ep3 ready, standard but ready all going well
 

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I built this for a bit of cheap fun but as with all things car related and me things get out of hand.I might do I'm going the 28th of feb.if the car goes ok Id like to try and make it because a few of my friends should have there cars finished for it.the ep3 should be a great car for it.at the last BMW driver track day I couldent pass a ep3 But still had great fun I was faster on the straight but he had me in the tight corners.
 

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Ya myself and friend had bought 350z and went to last otd with it, never done a thing with it, cheap tyres etc, was wet day so was black flag on 1st lap :D
After few laps cooked the brake fluid, there was a ep3 there and I got a pax lap with him, impressive car on the track, I hope to get better pads, tyres and brake fluid done for the day, any recommendations or anything else I should be trying to get ?
 
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