Quick Cruise and CRX Fall Photo

Posted: 28th October 2017 by Paul in Car Talk

One change I made to the CRX recently is cutting a hole in the hood and slapping on a scoop from an old 300zx. Why? I noticed that in warmer temperatures, the engagement point in my hydraulic clutch system magically moves if the engine bay is running hot. I’m not quite sure why it happens, though perhaps something to do with the master cylinder being mounted to the transmission and close to the engine where it might get more heat than on a normal setup. Basically I just throw air in the general vicinity of the hydraulic system and somehow this helps.

We’ve still got decent weather out in BC so I’m taking every opportunity to cruise the highways before the snow hits. Today included some back roads around Princeton and Merritt, including Highway 8 which is a favorite of mine for a fun winding road. There’s a few more trips I want to get to before the winter but the status of some of the higher elevation passes may limit where I go.

CRX/EF Clutch Pedal Squeaking

Posted: 20th August 2017 by Paul in Car Talk
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If you’re hearing a squeaking or creaking noise from the clutch pedal assembly in an 88-91 CRX or Civic, you may be looking at either a fairly painless fix or a replacement of your entire pedal assembly. The 88-89 model had a weaker design and with age comes the chance the weld point will break causing the pedal to be useless:

This is more likely to happen if you’re running a heavier clutch, or perhaps the clutch cable is binding causing more force to be placed on the pedal in order to shift. The 90-91 model had extra reinforcement in this area on the assembly, but you still may encounter a squeaking noise from the bushings. This was the case in my 91 CRX either caused by age or one winter where my clutch cable was oddly stiff and the pedal became heavy to use.

Once you start hearing noise coming from the assembly, you might as well take the time to investigate as having the pedal break will likely leave you stranded somewhere. In my case my first step was to remove the pedal from the assembly, swap in some spare bushings and coat pretty much everything in white lithium grease.

I circled the parts which I swapped and/or greased up before re-installing the pedal. I do also have an entire spare pedal assembly in my stock just in case. After the pedal was installed I noticed it had less play from side to side (before the spring was connected again). I also took this moment to apply more white lithium grease to the inside of the clutch cable. After re-assembly, the pedal movement was completely silent and also seemed a bit smoother. My guess is the squeaking caused by the bushings was also impeding smooth movement.

So if you’re hearing noise coming from your clutch pedal, take a look at the pedal bushings and grease everything down. If you’re running an 88-89 pedal assembly, you should also take a close look at the welds to see if you can spot any cracks. If you suspect your welds might be weakening, I’d recommend swapping in a 90-91 assembly to give yourself ease of mind.

CRX Night Cruise and B-Swap Talk

Posted: 21st June 2017 by Paul in Car Talk, Videos
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Discussing My 91 CRX’s B18C1 Swap

Posted: 1st June 2017 by Paul in Car Talk
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CRX B-Swap Finally Done

Posted: 22nd October 2016 by Paul in Car Talk
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After owning my second CRX for about a year, I finally got around to performing a B swap. The stock motor was just too slow for me and I was getting tired of the oil burning, plus the transmission started making some bad bearing noise so I moved up my swap schedule. Here’s a breakdown of the build:

  • B18C1 bottom end with B16A head, Eagle crank, Mahle pistons, Crower rods. After not having any luck sourcing a motor local to me, this fresh rebuild popped up nearby so I impulse bought it.
  • 2001 Integra LS hydraulic transmission, Hasport CMA conversion kit, Exedy OEM clutch, ACT 12lb flywheel. I had the transmission sitting in my shop for a number of years as I bought it for my original B swap plans. Wanted to run with longer gears as most of my driving is on the highway. Axles and half-shaft to match this generation of transmission.
  • Hasport motor mounts and shift linkage for B series motor with hydraulic transmission. Had the linkage sitting around for years but ended up buying the mounts new as I didn’t want to run the old no-name type mounts I already had.
  • P28 OBD1 ECU with custom basemap from Xenocron. I had the OBD1 conversion harness from around 5 years ago, no idea what brand (if any) it is. Instructions were clear enough though.
  • B16A intake manifold, some junk eBay exhaust manifold, distributor from a 99 Civic SiR along with the instrument cluster as the CRX one wouldn’t work with an electronic VSS.
  • 90-93 Integra radiator which people claim “drops right in” which I suppose is true when you hack things apart… The stock fan also doesn’t fit with my hydro kit so I ghetto rigged the thinner AC fan as the sole radiator fan.
  • Injectors and fuel rail came from the original GSR motor I was piecing together, so I deleted the CRX’s factory resistor box. Throttle cable I believe might be the original CRX one and I rigged a mounting bracket to fit the intake manifold. Throttle body ended up being from a newer B18B1 in order to get rid of FITV, and my original one had a defective TPS.
  • Some custom work was needed for the actual swap process. I was using a del sol alternator belt on a B18A1 crank pulley but still had to hammer out inside the engine bay to help with clearance. Also had to go nuts with the angle grinder to make more room for the rear T-mount and the exhaust manifold. Also had to relocate the battery as the hydraulic conversion kit is in the way.

So far everything is working decently, though I more than likely will be ditching the eBay exhaust for something that fits properly. You can check out the photos I took during this swap.

B40 A118 Novatek Dashcam

Posted: 27th January 2016 by Paul in Videos
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Some time ago I picked up a B40 A118 Novatek dashcam on eBay for something like $50-60 but never got around to installing it in any of my vehicles. Having been using my CRX as a daily driver during this last winter season, I’ve found that numerous drivers in my city are deeply stupid and try to drive into me. I decided to install the dashcam in the CRX for my own protection and to see if I can pick up some bad driving on camera. The video below is some sample clips I put together to demo the camera quality.

CRX Trip – Highway 6/31A

Posted: 17th October 2015 by Paul in Road Trips, Videos

After getting most of my critical work complete on the new CRX, I headed into the BC Kootenays for a day cruise. Here’s a video with a few clips from that drive.

Honda CRX Hesitation/Stutter Under 3k RPMs

Posted: 7th October 2015 by Paul in Car Talk

Finally managed to track down the issue where I would get occasional hesitation/stuttering under 3k RPMs when the car had warmed up. This issue affected the car both when doing average acceleration from a stop and also when cruising say in 3rd or 4th gear.

Solution? Swapped the ignition control module in my distributor with a spare. I didn’t initially suspect the distributor components since it had low miles and looks brand new on the inside. It was one of the components moved from my old CRX, and if memory serves I may have had this issue on the old car.

New CRX Update

Posted: 5th October 2015 by Paul in Car Talk

Earlier this year I picked up a 1991 CRX Si as a highway cruiser. These cars are getting hard to find in half decent condition so I ended up impulse buying the first one I came across. I’ve discovered that I should have passed on this one… Quick look at the work being done so far:

  • Swapped my old distributor on as the one on the car was in terrible shape
  • New clutch cable as a precaution as the old one seemed a bit worn
  • Swapped on my old car’s rear wiper assembly since for some reason the new car had just an open hole there
  • Valve cover gasket to fix the issue of spark plugs sitting in puddles of oil
  • New thermostat as I noticed the radiator fan was running non-stop even in the cold
  • Swapped my old car’s side mirrors on (new car had them painted which was fading, plus one mirror was broken)
  • Replaced the broken resistor which controls the blower motor as fan speeds 1-2 weren’t working

I’ve also discovered that the stock motor likely burns oil at high RPMs when I checking the oil level after a few days of hard driving. The body also has surface rust in a few places, and I’ve found poorly attempted rust repair jobs in a few other places. Considering the overall condition of the car, I’m not going to bother dealing with that too much. I’ll probably end up completing my B18C swap at some point and drive it for a few years until I find a better condition shell or move to another chassis.

2015 A Better Year?

Posted: 22nd March 2015 by Paul in Car Talk

2014 didn’t end up being a great year for hitting the highways. My daily driver Cadillac needed an overhaul of the rear brake system which also brought to light an issue with the axles being worn by bad bearings. Finding the parts turned out to be near impossible but the local shop handling this work managed to locate a compatible match from a Caprice, though the car loses traction control and ABS due to a special ring missing from the new axles. By the time all the work had been completed, I only had enough time to hit a few local highways before parking it for the winter. I also found that the driving experience wasn’t nearly as fun compared to my old Honda CRX.

To help kick-start 2015, I picked up some new equipment including another Honda CRX highway cruiser. Upgraded my primary video camera to a Canon XH-A1 and picked up a GoPro Hero4 Black. Deciding that I would never get around to fixing my 89 Honda CRX, I located a 91 in a nearby city and will be moving my parts over to it.