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Title: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: PRF on October 25, 2005, 02:12:02 PM
Hello all,

Its been a longtime coming.
But finally I have taken pictures of my EF9 Civic SiR II.
Apologies for the image quality.
But it's the first time I have used my digital camera.
The first camera I have ever owned.  

I am 37, and work as a freelance Videotape Editor in Television Production.
I have been a fan of Honda since my early teens helping my father who was a Mechanic for Alfa Romeo, Honda, Jaguar, Triumph, and Rover.
Prepare first generation Civic and Accord for the showroom, for sale.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00044.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00046.JPG)
I currently own a JDM 1989 EF9 Civic SiR II.
It is the fourth Honda I have owned.
Previous Honda's were NZDM 1991 Civic GTi (D16A7), JDM 1984 Prelude XX, and JDM 1994 CD6 Accord SiR.

Since its introduction in 1989, I have been an avid fan of the EE/F9.
Collecting road test's, and Mugen Power brochures featuring it.
For those of you unaware, there are two JDM grades of EF9: SiR, SiR II.
There are also two series of EF9: EF9-100, EF9-110.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00070.JPG)
Last July I was offered my current EF9-100 SiR II for a paltry NZ$1000/587 Euro/US$704.
So I bought it.  :love:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00045.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00047.JPG)
It was far from showroom condition as you can expect for such a low price.
But as a fan of the EF9, I was keen to restore it to showroom condition.
It suffers from both mechanical and panel damage from years of neglect.
I have decided to repair the mechanical damage first.
Before tackling the panel damage.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00068.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00069.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00071.JPG)
Here you can see I have replaced both original front headlamps.
And front corner lamps/parking lights with new genuine items.
The original units were badly oxidised, as JDM EF headlamps are plastic.
Not glass like the EDM EE glass headlamps.

The Vision Technica Sport Strut Brace I added.
Which clears the ALB system, and fits perfectly accomodating all the anciliary cables that are normally in the area where the brace is secured.
My thanks to toda and babi hutan on helping me locate this.
I expect to pick up a matching rear Strut Brace when I am next in Japan.

Just two weeks ago I had my local Honda NZ dealer perform a Cambelt Change, and Valve Clearance Adjustment.
Which required a new Rocker Cover Gasket, and Spark Plug Tube Seals.
But the Water Pump was fine.
As my EF9 is now fifteen years old.
I also had them fit a new genuine Right Front Inner Liner Guard which I damaged when I removed the resonator.  :embara:
Plus flush and bleed the entire brake system using Motul RBF600.

The Radiator Cap had to be replaced as the original had rust on the inside.
Oil Cap was replaced as the original was cracked, and the rubber perished from age.
The Manual Transmission Fluid/MTF had not been changed regularly, nor the correct MTF used.
As such the synchros are well worn, which I plan to replace.
I intend to use the EF9 for casual circuit days.
Til then I change the MTF at half the service interval recommended.
And nurse the transmission when driving it to ensure it lasts til I am ready to repair it.

I have had problems with the Main Fuel Relay, a well known problem with EF9.
So replaced it with a genuine item.
I have ordered a new genuine Oxygen Sensor, another well known problem with EF9.
And look forward to it being fitted once it arrives.

The Left Front Hub Assembly is damaged from wear.
Thanks to the previous owner driving on a worn wheel bearing for sometime.
With so much play that you would think the wheel nuts were not on, let alone tightened.
A new genuine item as been ordered, which I await.
 
This damaged the Left Front ALB Sensor Wire which I am disappointed to find I can no longer order new from Honda NZ, via Honda JPN.
So it is on my list of deleted items that I will take with me to Japan, and hopefully order over the counter.  

The car had a damaged rear parcel tray.
Full size aftermarket 14x5.5 195/60R14 spare wheel.
No tool kit.
No Complete Spare Tyre Lid.
I have replaced these with genuine new items.
Including the 15 inch Space Saver.
Took Kit with Bag.
Correct Jack for EF9.
And Complete Spare Tyre Lid that fits around the rear ALB unit.

Currently my EF9 has 184,000km on its odometer.
While it is my restoration project, it is also my daily driver.
Currently I am able to reliably get 550km per 45 litre tank of 98 Unleaded Petrol in day to day city driving.
On a strict diet of 10W30 and genuine Oil Filters, the oil consumption is negligible.
Again, changed at half the service interval recommended.

There's more of what I have been up to.
But I can see that what I have written may already be too long for some of you.
So here are more pictures, and less words from me.
To ensure I don't bore you all.  :angel:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00051.JPG)
Paint, panel and trim damage the result of previous owners using aftermarket Fuel Cap which not only did not retain pressure.
But also leaked fuel!?  :shocked:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00042.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00043.JPG)
My Mugen alloy wheel collection:
NR-10 15x6 ET45
Gunmetal MR-5 Final Version 15x6.5 ET45
Silver MR-5 15x6 ET38
Black MR-5 15x6 ET38.
Silver MR-5 14x6 ET38 (not pictured)
Complete with all Center Caps, and MR-5/MR-5 FV Bolt Hole Covers.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00049.JPG)
Left rear C pillar paint damage

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00053.JPG)
Bonnet and left front wing paint and panel damage
Even the right front wing has panel damage (not pictured)

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00055.JPG)
Worn A.L.B. LSD decal on bottom left of rear hatch.
Sadly no longer available brand new.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00048.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00054.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00056.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00057.JPG)
Rear spoiler and roof damage.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00058.JPG)
Driver's side door damage to handle, lock, and door finish.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00059.JPG)
Rust spot at base of rear window, on right rear guard.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00052.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00060.JPG)
Currently my EF9 is fiited with 15x6 ET38 Black Mugen MR-5.
Shod with BAR Honda F1 technical partner Michelin Pilot Preceda in 205/50R15.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00061.JPG)
Driver seat worn, and center horn pad on steering wheel damaged.
You wouldn't believe the price of brand new genuine EE/F9 front seats!?  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00062.JPG)
Damaged center horn pad which I have a new genuine replacement for.
But upon hearing the Mugen Momo Sports wheel is nearing end of production.
I am more keen on replacing it with that!

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00063.JPG)
Lack of rear inertia belts confirm my EF9 is EF9-100 series.
I have removed the rear headrests as I prefer the clean view in the rear view mirror.
Likewise the clean view externally.
Note the mismatch of brand new rear parcel shelf, and weathered interior.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00064.JPG)
The center console containing my favourite addition to my EF9 so far.
The genuine Honda Radio Panel.
Less is more.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00065.JPG)
Close up of my favourite addition to my EF9 so far, the genuine Honda Radio Panel.
And No, I don't smoke.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00066.JPG)
Genuine JDM EF series floor mats front and rear, sourced secondhand.
Sadly unavailable brand new.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00067.JPG)
Out of focus JDM tyre placard... a good test for your eyes - Not.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00050.JPG)
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00072.JPG)
Note the damaged rear bumper finish.
And both rear taillights which are suffering from moisture/condensation from age.
Hatch struts are also lacking in pressure, so will have them reconditioned.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: -Gerry- on October 25, 2005, 05:16:50 PM
 :love: i like EF9  :love: I think you will do something nice from it.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on October 25, 2005, 05:50:17 PM
Well finally Pasene.... A big welcome to you and your ride!

I must say that I'm really pleased to see your EF9, it needs work but hey so did mine :wink:
That paint is really in bad shape, but not something a paint job couldn't fix.
What went over that roof and hood? looks like liquid stains of some sort. :huh?:
But man i have to tell you..... you paid very little money for this EF9 that's for sure!
It looks like the damages on your car were caused by seriously abuse over many years....
Apart from the damages and paint your car looks clean and original :up:
Those MUGEN MR5's you got under there look really good on the car, any plans for lowering? :wink:
About that ALB.LSD decal... i saw it a few weeks ago on Ebay offered by: Projectmonkey
Speaking of decals... do you plan to put on the "SiR" and "Honda" decal back on the rear hatch?

Oh yeah one more thing... why this love for the 4th gen Civic VTEC??

I think your car has allot of perspective! :up:

Grtzz

TeamVTEC
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: buggs on October 25, 2005, 07:53:46 PM
Hey Pasene,

congratulation for this good deal. This is a very fair price for that car. Unfortunately it has some bad damages I saw. But man, you love this car like we do - so repair it and it will get a new glamour :up:

Rims look sweet, indeed. Do you know their weight?

Why do you look for OEM EF9 seats? Any possibilities on the aftermarket? I guess there are a few ones :angel:

I LOVE THAT CAR :love:

Keep me updated with the meeting. SoI can tell lots of EE9 enthusiasts...

gruz

Marc
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Roaring_VTEC on October 25, 2005, 08:31:24 PM
So this is your EF9  :eyes:

It took some time but the wait was worth it.  :up:
A bargin for a EF9, but like everybody else said, it sure needs some T.L.C.  :love:

Just love your Mugen wheels collection, if I had the space here I just might start collecting them to  :rolleyes:

Anyway, when do think you will start on the restoration of the outside of the car?
I mean what has to been done on the mechanical side of the car to get all that fixed?
Title: My restoration in progress: EF9 Civic SiR II
Post by: PRF on October 26, 2005, 12:26:03 PM
Indeed, my EF9 has plenty of signs of a hard life.
From a lack of regular servicing.
And basic car care from previous owners.
I look forward to restoring it to its full original showroom condition.
Where all fans of EE/F9 would be proud to see it in the metal, or online.

Next year I will begin my search for Mugen M7 15x6.5 ET45.
And Silver/Gunmetal/Black Chrome Cut CF-48 15x6 ET38.
I will also keep you informed on M7 as I find them.
Should you be still interested come the day.
Then I should stop.
As already I am spoilt for choice.

Already I have sought advice on repairing all the panel damage.
And respraying the complete car to showroom condition.
This includes repairing all the damage I photographed.
As well as the leaking Sunroof.
And water gathering in the Space Saver area.
I have been recommended to fix all the mechanical issues first.
Followed then by repairing panel and paint second.

Mechanically there are the following to replace, or revive:
- Left Front Hub Assembly ordered
- Oxygen Sensor ordered
- Left Front ALB Sensor Wire needed (no longer available according to Honda NZ via Honda JPN)
- ALB not working
- ALB Warning Light not working
- Broken Engine Mount/s
- Power Steering Rack leaking

These are my foremost issues mechanically to deal with.
As this is a longterm restoration project.
I will not try to achieve everything at once.
But instead, slowly but surely.
Reach my goal over time.
There is no prize for completing it.
Just the satisfaction of the journey.
And seeing what I started with and where I'll take it.  :up:

buggs -
My Mugen wheel collection is not overly light compared to today's light weight wheels.
I like them because they reflect the EF9 period in Honda History.
Even though strictly speaking the NR-10, and MR-5 Final Version are EG generation alloys. :sly:

MR-5 15x6 ET38 = 6.8kg
MR-5 Final Version 15x6.5 ET45 = 7.0kg
NR-10 15x6 ET45 = 6.5kg.

I have yet to weigh my MR-5 14x6 ET38.

I am only interested in genuine EE/F9 seats for my EF9, in the same finish.
Mainly because they don't attract attention.
And because they were original to the car I am trying to restore.  

TeamVTEC -
Thanks for your patience, and your original invitation to join SiR FH.
Come the day I have the EF9 completely resprayed it'll be most ironic.
In that it'll cost more to respray the complete car.
And repair all the panel damage, than it did to purchase it.  
Well worth it IMHO.
And it'll be a great day for me and my EF9 restoration project.

Yes, like you I am a fan of the 'less is more' look, and my EF9 will reflect this.
Even after two weeks, I am still growing comfortable with the Black MR-5's fitted to my EF9.
IMHO they are louder (i.e. attract more attention) than I expected.
Definitely more so than the Silver MR-5 of the same dimension.
Maybe I am just growing old.  :tong:

I do plan to make changes to the suspension of my EF9.
But only after I have finished fixing all the mechanical issues I mentioned much earlier.
And once I have completed collecting the full Mugen Hard Bush Kit I have been collecting over time.
My goal is to fit the Mugen Showa EF9 suspension kit... whether it's still available is another thing altogether.
Otherwise I'll be forced to fit brand new genuine EF9 suspension.
We'll see when I reach this crossroad.

I will try again and order the A.L.B LSD decal over the counter.
When I return to Japan this weekend for three weeks.
As well as a few other EF9 genuine parts that turned up as 'deleted/no longer available'.
When I enquired with Honda JPN via Honda NZ.
As you well know, the JDM is well known for keeping certain items strictly JDM Only.
I am hoping this is the case with these deleted items.
No doubt I will find out.  

I have already collected the missing genuine front Honda badge, rear Honda badge, and SiR badge.
But my panelbeater recommended to only fit them once the complete respray and panel damage has been completed.
Otherwise he will have to remove them when her performs the respray.
A pity, as currently IMHO aesthetically my EF9 gives the impression it is not cared for.
Far from it as you can all feel.
But I will follow his advice, and not give in.  

Why the fascination with the EF9?
For me, the fourth generation is Honda's finest Civic.
And the EE/EF9 the finest fourth generation model grade.
(http://www.honda.co.jp/factbook/auto/CIVIC/19870909/image/009-001.gif)
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The low wedge design, the low window line inside and out.
Super visibility, with clean, unclutered interior, and simple but effective instrument design.
Double wishbone suspension.
And particularly the EE/EF9 with its B16A , steering and gearbox combination.

IMHO when you first saw this fourth generation Civic.
You could not mistake it for anything else.
It looked, and felt well made.
It drove well, and finally was uniquely Honda.
And then came the EE/F9...

Since its introduction I have followed the EE9 with reviews in Autocar UK, and Car UK magazines.
As well as its startling success in the Group N classes racing in the UK back in its heyday.
Where it not only trounced rivals in its class.
But would be found beating rivals in the higher cubic capacity classes above it in the UK racing scene.
Not to mention its success through the JDM/Asia racing scene.

A decade ago I seriously considered buying a Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6.
The steering was fantastic, but the brakes were IMHO appalling.
I tried the Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9, much better than the 205 GTI 1.6.
But it didn't have the change in character I liked in the EF9 with its willing to rev B16A.
It lacked the EF9 short throw, mechanical feel gearshift.
The build quality was not comparable to the EF9.
And the engine note was nowhere as intoxicating, and stirring.

I also tried the Fiat Turbo i.e.
But I've never been a fan of turbo chargers.
Nor did I like what felt like its high center of gravity, top heavy design.

I ended up buying a NZDM 1991 Civic GTi (D16A7) instead.
As used import EF9 had not arrived on our shores here in NZ by then.
But that never stopped my from my passion for EF9.
And I know if EF9 were available back then.
I would have bought it brand new, no question.

It is for these reasons, and many more I have accumulated over the years that I am a fan of EF9.
As things have turned out the number of EF9's here in NZ are dwindling.
As young owners are destroying them in accidents.
Because of their cheap, but powerful performance value.

Thanks to this cheap deal to buy my EF9.
I have been united with my passion for EF9.
And will do my best to ensure a showroom example of a classic Honda EF9 will remain.
Driven daily, and meticulously maintained.
Reflecting the owner in the light of a Honda Classic enthusiast.

Which is why I am here.  :smiley:
Title: Re: My restoration in progress: EF9 Civic SiR II
Post by: Roaring_VTEC on October 26, 2005, 11:06:17 PM
Next year I will begin my search for Mugen M7 15x6.5 ET45
I will also keep you informed on M7 as I find them, should you be still interested come the day.
Title: Re: My restoration in progress: EF9 Civic SiR II
Post by: Roaring_VTEC on December 02, 2005, 10:59:50 PM
Next year I will begin my search for Mugen M7 15x6.5 ET45
I will also keep you informed on M7 as I find them, should you be still interested come the day.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on December 21, 2005, 12:07:42 AM
I just heared that you got hold of a rare Mugen steering wheel?
Please share some pics Pasene :grin:
Title: Mugen SW3, and SWB L203 items...
Post by: PRF on December 21, 2005, 07:19:21 AM
 :sly: My, how quickly news travels throughout the Honda powered globe.  :wink:
I viewed the used Mugen SW3 Sports Steering Wheel.
And I hope the SWB-L203 Steering Boss during the weekend:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/NLSite/Steering_wheel_[page1].jpg)
(http://www.civicvtec.org/galleries/albums/userpics/10001/civic-6%7E0.jpg)

They appear in good condition.
And the SW3 even has its original SW3 Horn Button.
I haven't picked them up yet, but hope to before week end.

I sure hope the Steering Boss fits my EF9.
As I can't find documentation that the DA6/8 Integra uses the same EF Civic Steering Boss.
Anyone know?

Will take photos regardless in the new year.
Be it fitted to my EF9... or not.
Title: SW3 Sports Type Steering Wheel, SW3 Horn Button, SWB-L203 Steering Boss
Post by: PRF on December 28, 2005, 01:40:58 AM
Unfortunately the SW3 Sports Steering Wheel was damaged.  :sad:
I hope to keep the SW3 Horn Button, and SWB L203 Steering Boss.
Which I'm pleased to confirm fits both DA and EF.  :coolsm:
I will suprise you all with photos by the end of next month when I return to NZ.
Meanwhile, the search continues...  :angel:
Title: Finally! - SW3 Sports Steering Wheel
Post by: PRF on January 16, 2006, 07:41:01 PM
I stand corrected.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on March 19, 2006, 02:06:14 AM
Now, what's next...

Well..... the photos and update you promissed ages ago :eyes:
I hope to see something soon :wink:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: HwyStar on April 02, 2006, 04:09:34 AM
PRF,
Excellent write up.
I'm in exactly the same boat with my EF8...

Also, i absolutely :love: your wheel collection...


Title: Long overdue Photo Update
Post by: PRF on August 09, 2006, 05:16:24 PM
Hello all,

I'm embarrassed to see that it's almost twelve months since I posted images of updates to my SiR II.  
So here's a brief update with images.
Which is the beginning of a concerted effort on my part to keep this updated, at least once monthly.
And typically with lots more photos too for all to enjoy.
As there's been much I've been up to, even though so far in this thread you'd be easily misled to think not.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00154.JPG)
Finally had the Left Front Hub Assemly replaced: 44600-SK7-000
Along with a new NTN Front Wheel Bearing fitted: 44300-SF1-008NZ
Pictured is one fo the two genuine, brand new Front Disc Rotors that I had fitted: 45251-SK7-A10
Plus new set's of Nissin Brake Pads front and rear:  45022-SG0-G133 and 43022-S04-E03
With this setup I am able to experience how well my SiR II braked when it was new.  

(http://www.pasene.eswcnz.com/EF9/DSC00155.JPG)
I'll eventually change the Right Front Hub Assembly too.
And its Wheel Bearing hopefully later this year.
Its amazing how quickly the new rotors attract a fine coating of rust.

Not long after I've also had to change both Rear Hub Bearings: 42200-SH3-973
As just my luck that once I had changed the left front Wheel Bearing.
Then all I could hear and feel was how worn the rear Wheel bearings were.  
This gives you an idea on how worn the left front Wheel Bearing was.
And how loud it was too
As I could not even hear the problem with the Rear Wheel Bearings.
Until I fitted a new left front Wheel Bearing.  :funny:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00156.JPG)
Here's the SW3 Sports Steering Wheel that I sourced from Strong Honda.
Thankfully it was complete so far in that it had the original Horn Button, and Horn Ring.
I had to source a genuine Momo Boss Kit for it: 12112114905 Mozzi
Nice to see it listed by Momo as for 'EE9'.  

This is my second SW3, and while not in showroom condition.
I feel it reflects the current state of my SiR II's exterior condition at the moment.
My other SW3 is very much in showroom condition.
But I won't fit it til my SiR II's exterior is in equal condition.
And approaches the stunning 1.6i-VT examples of TeamVTEC's and RoaringVTEC's.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00166.JPG)
Also while you can't see it from the exterior of the Gear Lever.
While the Gear Lever and the Gear Lever Cover are not new.
Underneath I have fitted a new three piece Mugen Change Lever Bush Set: 54300-XG5-S0N0

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00168.JPG)
I also felt it was important to renew the other bushes in this area:
Gear Lever Boot   54108-SB2-000
Gear Lever Bush  54109-SA7-000
Gear Lever Seat  54110-SH3-003.
Its nice to know that my SiR II changes gear better than new now.  

Another hidden from view item fitted is a new Clutch Pedal Spring: 46907-SH3-010.
I find the Clutch Pedal sticks on release.
But having replaced it.
I now think its because I have my Cable Clutch setting very low.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00157.JPG)
Here you can see another angle of the SW3 Sports Steering Wheel.
And also the very messey cables behind the centre console.  
These will be bound and tidily hidden behind the console eventually.
I have no intention of fitting a sound system to the SiR II.
But it does not mean I will remove the cabling throughout the car, nor the aerial.

You can see the Honda Access floor mats I have.
Since taking this photo I've managed to pick up another full set of EF Honda Access floor mats.
So including the floor mats pictured, I now have three complete sets.
Overkill I know, but I felt it my duty to buy them when they turned up for sale.  

The centre Dash Vent pictured is brand new: 77615-SH3-G03ZE
I replaced the original centre Dash Vents.
As the left side Vent slider to adjust for pan no longer worked.
At first I was puzzled by how exactly to remove the original item.
But after patiently, and carefully wiggling it about.
Found out that it was simply held firmly in place by clips.
And could be removed, and refitted with ease.
Thankfully no damage to the surrounding area too.  

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00158.JPG)
A new Sump Plug as the original was worn.
And its edges were becoming rounded: 90009-PH1-000
Fitted with crushable 14mm Sump Plug Washer: 94109-14000.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00159.JPG)
At first when I saw the damage to the Sump.
I thought it was a good reason to invest in a Mugen Baffled Sump.
But sanity prevailed and I know the damage is simply superficial.
And there's other areas that need my attention first.

In the background of the above image, is the new Steering Rack Boot:  53534-SE0-A52.
Since buying the car, tha rack had a small leak from the left side.
Thankfully it was simply a split Rack Boot.
I'm relieved the Steering Rack only required a Rack Boot change.
Rather than a complete Steering Rack overhaul.  

I also had a five piece Mugen Steering Gear Box Bush Set fitted: 53434-XE5-S0N0
As this was designed for non assisted rack, I could only fit four of the five pieces.
And had to fit a genuine Steering Rack Bush: 53436-SH3-950.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00165.JPG)
These are now fitted, a Mugen Engine Mount Bush Set:  50800-XE9-S0N0
Note the production date:  23.03.06
When I first ordered these in Feburary this year.
I was disappointed to find out they were unavailable...  :sad:
...til the next batch was produced in late March this year!  :up:
Its so good to know Mugen are still producing these!!!!  :coolsm:

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00161.JPG)
Fresh Box!

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00162.JPG)
Fresh Engine Mounts!!!!

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00167.JPG)
I used to use Motul Racing Brake Fluid 600 (DBP 312C, WBP 216C).
No suprise to see that I now use Mugen Hi-Performance Brake Fluid (DBP 327C, WBP 202C):  90000-XYB-B0000

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00153.JPG)
Likewise to see that I also use Mugen's Hi-Performance Oil Filter: 15400-XK5B-0000

The above is only a selection of what I've been up to since my last photographic update last year.
Will take more photos this weekend of what else I've been repairing.
As well as the other work being performed this weekend.
To celebrate my SiR II clocking up 200,000km.  
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: EhWaLD on August 09, 2006, 06:43:33 PM
Nice and extended story!   :up: .

Do you have some more pictures of the Acces floor mats?

I loved it when someone is so dedicated to his car. Are the mugen products easely to get over there in New Zealand?

Those Dash Vent's are always teribble to replace. I broke several of them! :angry: (no patience...)

btw , I always enjoyed the gallery's posted on this forum! Keep going on :up:

Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Roaring_VTEC on August 09, 2006, 06:45:39 PM
WOW Pasene, you have been very busy with your car :up:

Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: buggs on August 09, 2006, 10:11:26 PM
Nice to see the progress on your car. And all those niiiiiiiiice parts :cool:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on August 09, 2006, 11:32:37 PM
Well finally.... the very long awaited update :rolleyes:
Glad to read and see all of the progress on your EF9 since last year, may it be a little sooner in the future
I have to say, those are really some very nice parts you gathered throughout the year my friend.
So it is really noticeable in shifting gears before installing these and after???

Mugen Change Lever Bush Set: 54300-XG5-S0N0
Gear Lever Boot   54108-SB2-000
Gear Lever Bush  54109-SA7-000
Gear Lever Seat  54110-SH3-003

Quote from: PRF
My other SW3 is very much in showroom condition.
But I won't fit it til my SiR II's exterior is in equal condition.
And approaches the stunning 1.6i-VT examples of TeamVTEC's and RoaringVTEC's.

Thanks for the compliments :up:

Quote from: PRF
I have no intention of fitting a sound system to the SiR II.
But it does not mean I will remove the cabling throughout the car.
Nor the aerial.

What happened to your aerial BTW??? looks like vandalism :angry:
(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/EF9/DSC00171.JPG)

Quote from: PRF
Overkill I know, but I felt it my duty to buy them when they turned up for sale.

I know exactly how you feel... i have this all the time :funny:

Keep us posted
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on August 10, 2006, 07:47:07 AM
A big thumbs up for you Pasene!!!! :up: :up: :up:

Very, very nice work!!!!

I'll be sending you another PM in a short while... ;)
Title: Thanks for your compliments
Post by: PRF on August 29, 2006, 11:23:33 PM
I appreciate all your supportive feedback.
And glad to read your all enjoying the improved coverage on my part.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on August 30, 2006, 11:55:31 AM
Can't wait buddy!  :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: keeweelogger on October 01, 2006, 05:46:14 AM
After reading through your thread here Pasene I am convinced that you are the definiteve EF9 Specialist for New Zealand. Your knowledge is amazing and your commitment to the little EF9 is stunning. When I have finished the first stage of my modifications on my EF9 I will be sure to make the trip to see you!! You are an asset to all EF9 owners around the world and I am so very honoured to know you :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Roaring_VTEC on October 01, 2006, 05:04:01 PM
After reading through your thread here Pasene I am convinced that you are the definiteve EF9 Specialist for New Zealand. Your knowledge is amazing and your commitment to the little EF9 is stunning. When I have finished the first stage of my modifications on my EF9 I will be sure to make the trip to see you!! You are an asset to all EF9 owners around the world and I am so very honoured to know you :up:

Spoken like a true SiR Fanatic :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: djzaldana on October 16, 2006, 07:12:45 AM
 :sad:  :sad:    :sad:    :sad:   :sad:   :sad:
Come on , please share with us more of your greats POST's
Still waiting for new lectures.

i really like your mugen steering wheel .   :love:

DZ
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on June 03, 2007, 01:25:42 AM
:welcome:

Everyone please welcome back one of our sites and forums biggest contributors....
Mister Pasene Faifua!
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on June 03, 2007, 02:58:06 PM
Woooooooooooooooooot!

WB Pasene, can't wait to read some of those great posts of you!
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: EhWaLD on June 03, 2007, 04:57:07 PM
Woooooooooooooooooot!

WB Pasene, can't wait to read some of those great posts of you!

I Agree!  Always lovely Honda info and galeries. :up:
Title: Finally relinked images...
Post by: PRF on September 13, 2007, 05:34:40 PM
Thank you all for your supportive post's.
Particularly keeweelogger.
I'm both flattered and humbled by what you've posted.
To the point I'm lost for words...   :lipsseal:

Extra large and in charge thanks to our glorious leader TeamVTEC.
Who's always looking out for me.
With friendly reminder's that I haven't returned to CV.org to update this thread.
He knows me very well, and that I haven't stopped restoring my SiR II.  :angel:

So just to update you all.
Finally I have relinked all but a few of my images in this thread.
Will fix the others.
Plus update you all on what my SiR II and I have been up to.
As we've been up to heaps together!!!!  :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on September 16, 2007, 08:13:42 PM
WB dude, keep us posted! :)
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: sard76 on September 18, 2007, 06:35:56 AM
Welcome dude. Lucky u get a nice car n also nice Mugen sets. :)
Title: 2008 Update - My has time flown by...
Post by: PRF on May 31, 2008, 12:57:10 PM
Greetings all,

Its thanks to the impressive efforts of Joe Racer (http://www.civicvtec.org/forums/index.php?topic=2357.0) with his splendid online diary of his EF9-100 SiR II race car.
And the feeling of guilt on my part of how long its been since I've updated this thread.
Combined with the arrival, and soon to be fitted, Complete Distributor, that have motivated me to finally update this thread. 

Rather than jump straight to the present day.
I now present a series of post's and images to bring you all up to date on what I've been up to since.
And eventually where I am now with my restoration in progress...

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/images/DCSPPR070727.jpg)
June 2007
Here I am, pictured competing in my first competition circuit event with my SiR II.
The circuit is Pukekohe Park Raceway (http://www.motorsport.org.nz/circuits/pukekohe.htm).
I am pictured on the section between the left hand turn after the hairpin.
And the notorious right hand turn following, which leads to the Start/Finish Line straight.
This would be one of the last few events that I would be using my Michelin Pilot Preceda (http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/michelin/mi_pilot_preceda_1000.jpg) tyres.
As they were nearing their 1.5mm Tread Wear Indicators.

This event started in heavy, wet conditions.  :coolsm:
I knew I had to be careful, stay on the circuit, and bide my time hoping the weather would improve.
Allowing the circuit to dry, before I could push harder.
And get to grips with the balance and handling traits of my SiR II on this very high speed layout.

It was at this event I discovered not only has my SiR II still got the JDM 180km/h speed cut still fitted, and working.
But braking from 180km/h to 50km/h within 200m each lap generates enough heat into the front wheels.
That both front Centre Caps become dislodged due to expansion from heat in the MR-5 Final Version wheels.
I would eventually learn this is not a good idea, as I would lose the front two Centre Caps by the end of the day at each circuit event.
Knowing too that MR-5 Final Version Centre Caps differ from MR-5 Centre Caps.
And both are No Longer Available from Mugen also sent shockwaves through me.  :cry:
You'll notice later in this thread, more current photos show my SiR II racing without Centre Caps fitted front and rear for this very reason.
And you'll understand why I have always removed the Bolt Hole Covers, after losing too many of those for the same reasons previously.  :banghead:

My SiR II at this stage has 225,000km on its odometer.
I race it in the same specification I drive it daily.
That being with full interior, OE suspension, and high performance street tyres.
Since fitting the Mugen Engine Mount Set, and Change Lever Bush Set detailed previously.
I had fitted intime for this event:

Bride
Right Hand Seat Rail
HO29RO

Genuine Honda
Front Stabiliser Bush Set
(part number coming) 

Mugen
Rear Trailing Arm Bush Set
52385-XE9-S0N0
Rear Stabiliser Linkage Set
52314-XE5-S0N0
Steering Gear Box Cushion Set
53434-XE5-S0N0

Recaro
Black SR3 Right Hand Reclining Bucket Seat from DC2/DB8 Integra Type R
(part number coming)

Spoon Sports
Front Brake Pads
(part number coming)
Rear Brake Pads
(part number coming)

Vision Technica Sport
Rear Strut Brace
(part number coming)
Circuit Converter
H-1 (http://www.technicasport.co.jp/jp/muffl.htm)

The Recaro Seat and Bride Seat Rail I would only fit during race day.
As I prefer the standard appearance of the original equipment seats fitted for daily driving.
To avoid attracting unwanted attention.
All the while I must admit it does not provide anywhere near the support, and feel of the Recaro and Bride combination.  :up:

Now I know we all love images here, and as I'm short of them as I write this I shall stop here for now.
I will upload more images tomorrow, update this post with missing part numbers.
And post mode details of what I have been up to.
To bring this thread up to date.

(http://www.theman-s.designdesktop.com/images/PTMP070714.jpg)
I leave you then with another image from last year.
But this time taken at Taupo Motorsport Park (http://www.tauporacetrack.co.nz/) on Track 2 (http://www.tauporacetrack.co.nz/pdf/track_2.pdf).
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: buggs on May 31, 2008, 12:59:32 PM
Finally some news Pasene! Nice to see the progress on your car and what parts you
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on May 31, 2008, 02:55:08 PM
How's life on the other side of the globe Pasene?, since your last reply dates from 13-09-07 :azn:
I'm glad to read you're still 100% dedicated to your civic, and it's nice to see the circuit action pictures you posted.

Wasn't there an option to ask someone to get on the track when the races were finished and search for those center caps?

Keep us posted with more recent footage, great to hear from you again :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on May 31, 2008, 06:14:03 PM


Keep us posted with more recent footage, great to hear from you again :up:
Please do so! :)
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: EhWaLD on May 31, 2008, 06:41:26 PM
Good to see you still having fun with your civic , only too bad that you losse the 2 centre caps. :embara: .

Beautifeul pictures of a EF in action on the track :up:
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: HaRdCoRe-WeZ on June 03, 2008, 10:41:40 AM
Nice ride, good pics! Loosing centre caps is a common problem @ the track, i also lost the front 2. Everyone who will run their car hard at the track, remove the caps before you leave the pits.
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on June 08, 2008, 07:31:28 PM
Any updates to your post Pasene?
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: TeamVTEC on April 06, 2018, 09:36:58 AM
Sadly a great member of our Honda community has passed a way at the age of 49. He'd taken up cycling as his main pass time/hobby and was out on a bike ride with his riding friends last Wednesday night and collapsed and had a heart attack. There was nothing anyone could do. Pasene has helped us allot in the glory days of Civicvtec.org, with digging up Honda related brochures and providing our community with insights. Even though our life paths strayed over the last few years, he's always been a friend.

He will be missed! Era i roto i te rangimarie (rest in peace) Pasene R Faifua
Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: buggs on April 06, 2018, 11:43:41 AM
RIP Pasene :-/

Title: Re: PRF from New Zealand
Post by: Knite Force on April 20, 2018, 09:39:14 PM
Damn.... rest in peace.