Project EJ8… Introduction

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This is a post I’m not quite sure where to begin but here it goes; those of you who follow TDSAutoMag Instagram would be aware that I own a Honda Civic EJ8. Since the car was painted and assembled some years ago I’ve never been 100% satisfied with it. Throughout the time of ownership, I finally decided on a few changes that would lead to my ultimate satisfaction. I’ve been working on the car for a little while now and taking photos of every stage I complete. Initially this was for my personal use, to have a reminder as to where it came from. I really didn’t think people would take a huge interest in it, but I was wrong. And at the request of many, I’ve decided to finally do a write up on the build.

The end goal in mind for the project is to have a fun, reliable street car; that when the mood hits, I can head to the track and enjoy it on another level.

I suppose a back story is necessary; A few years ago the motor gave out and being frustrated at the time, the car sat until I made a decision on the direction in which I would be taking the project. With no real set date of completion I had time on my side, which led me to get to work on a few ideas I’ve toyed around with in my head.

Being a big fan of the simplicity associated with the JDM way of styling mixed with the intricate attention to detail from USDM styling. There were a few things that inspired me to start working, namely a painted and gutted interior and I’ve always liked the concept behind a tucked engine bay. Even though this was my project car, it will still remain a daily so I was trying not to go overboard with it. At that time, I hadn’t yet made a decision where the motor was concerned so I started some work on the body.

Lets get started with some previous photos and work our way forward…

 

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After the car was painted I made an effort to get the car on the road even though it wasn’t complete…

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I decided to switch things up and purchased some SiR bumpers and had them painted just in time for the JDM Squared So Trendy event…

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So Trendy prep complete sitting on a set of Advan RG wheels; shoutout to Wrecka for helping out with the wheels. The Advans really brought together the car.

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A shot from the So Trendy event…

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The last photo taken on the road before I ran into engine trouble…

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Dropping the motor after realizing the crankshaft pulley damaged the keyway on the crank…

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The car was parked for quite some time while I made a decision on what I was going to do. The day had finally came to get cracking after a long hiatus.

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I got some styling cues from paying attention to the USDM scene. One of which is two tone paint schemes, and when it was time to decide on a colour for the bay I selected a custom grey mix.

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The bay was covered in layers of dust as a result of being dormant for over a year plus…

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Close up of the bay where I definitely had my work cut out for me as it would need to be completely stripped and prepared for paint…

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After prepping the bay, Chris made sure to give it a thorough wash down…

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The bay masked up and ready for Chris to start laying down some primer…

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A look at the fully primed bay…

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Preparation is key, after laying down the primer Chris scuffed and cleaned up the bay one more time before moving to the next step.

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Hard at work trying to make a miracle happen…

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Blown!!…

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The custom grey concept a few moments after Chris was finish laying down some clear…

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A closer look at the right side after the paint was laid down…

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I was really impressed with how everything turned out especially given the conditions which Chris had to work under being exposed to the elements. We ended up rigging up a damaged tent to help cut down on some of the excess wind interference haha. It was crazy but it worked out in the end, big shout out to Chris for coming through on the paint job.

 

That was a first look at my budget built Honda Civic EJ8, stay tuned for more updates as the build progresses.

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CT9A Drag Build… Part 3

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It has been a while since I gave you guys an update on this build, so I’ll just dive right in where I left off. As key components started to arrive, the guys raised the bar and put in some late nights to get the car finished. We’ll be taking a look at the parts list and the progress made.

 

For those of you who have missed the previous posts, I have provided the links below:-

CT9A Drag Build… Introduction

CT9A Drag Build… Part 1

CT9A Drag Build… Part 2

 

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Having competed at Bushy Park prior to this build, Robert knew of the lack of traction the surface provides and decided to go with a set of 26″ Hoosiers. Hopefully these will get him off the line and down the straight to set his targeted time…

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Close up of the wheel and tyre combo…

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A Magnus V5 intake manifold is what Robert chose to deliver the top end performance he is chasing after…

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Full Blown 70mm throttle body is an upgrade from the stock 60mm unit…

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Magnus fuel rail and Fuel Injector Clinic 2150cc injectors fitted to the manifold…

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The team at work trying to get the Stanford Industries custom subframe mounted to the gearbox…

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Once that was completed Jimmy tightened up the front end…

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Front end and subframe securely bolted in place…

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Side profile where you get a better look at the framing that makes up the front end…

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A full view of the work space, where there was much going on…

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Mocking up the intercooler piping while determining the exact location for the blowoff valve flange…

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It’s clear to see why a Fuelab fuel pressure regulator was chosen…

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I don’t believe I mentioned this in a previous post; however, the radiator was modified from a hose fitting to AN and Robert had the filler location blanked…

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Close up of the work ReWeld put down…

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12″ Flex-a-lite high CFM fan mocked up against the half sized Koyo radiator…

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An assortment of Russell AN fittings in black and purple to go with the theme of this build…

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ReWeld finished up a portion of the intercooler piping so the guys can test fit and finalize everything where that is concerned…

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When the time came to choosing a camshaft for the build, a custom grind cam was selected…

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The painstaking attention to detail even was showed when it came the the lid on the fuel cell. On the topic of fuel, the car will be running a Fuelab inline pump and filter.

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The OEM shifter and cables remained in their stock locations…

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Torque Solutions gearbox mount in a fresh coat of the signature purple…

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Seat bracket with slider for the Kirkey drag seat being fabricated…

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Another angle of the Stanford Industries custom made front end…

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The motor as it sat in the bay awaiting the addition of the necessary auxiliaries… Note the colour matched strut tower nuts…

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Checking the clearance between the wheels and STM Wilwood brake kit…

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A view from either side showing the forward facing turbo setup and the Magnus intake manifold installed…

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Tial 44mm wastegate in a very similar hue to the signature purple…

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I just cant get enough of this forward facing turbo setup…

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Reudon from ReWeld taking some final measurements to complete the intercooler piping…

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As Robert lends a hand to help determine exactly how much pipe needs to be cut…

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With the necessary measurements and markings acquired, Reudon will get to work on making the adjustments needed to both the intercooler and piping…

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Magnus intake with Full Blown TB and fuel rail. The next step is to run the fuel lines and get the injectors clip wiring completed…

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A preview of the front end as it begins to takes shape, with the oil cooler and Koyo radiator mounted…

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Meanwhile, the interior starts to come together…

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Hydraulic handbrake mounted with the lines ready to be connected…

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A Link + Fury ECU will be the brains behind this build; after working with a Link ECU on a Mark IV Supra Robert previously owned, it was an easy decision to make especially since they are powerful, have a wide range of controls and are very user friendly. Due to the power goals and type of fuel that will be used, a M&W ignition system was necessary.

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Several wiring harnesses that were removed from the CT9A chassis…

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3″ downpipe with flex pipe heat wrapped; for the moment, the guys have no intentions to run a full exhaust on the car…

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300M coil on plug setup with a custom plate…

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Previously I mentioned the filler location on the radiator had to be blanked; due to the re-positioning of the radiator, this was necessary as it won’t be possible to fill from its new position. To solve this issue, ReWeld made some modifications to the thermostat housing to accommodate the filler neck.

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Given that all of the OEM harnesses were removed, the guys had to build an entire chassis and engine harness from scratch…

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This task was left at the hands of Fabian to execute…

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Robert as he lends Fabian a hand…

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This was the sight while he ran the necessary wires through the bay…

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Where he quickly made some headway in completing the engine harness; some of the wires have been wrapped with fire resistant sheathing and the appropriate connectors attached…

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That’s a wrap for today’s post on the Jostech / RB Performance build, I hope you guys enjoyed.

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