from coffee & cars this morning. This thing is so much fun to drive now.
Could you comment on the coilovers? How are they on compression? You change the ride height only? Opinion on when there's 4 adults in there?
I went with the Yonaka coilovers. This is my first car I've ever put coilovers on, so it's been a learning experience. I left the spring settings as they were when they arrived and only changed the ride height. They are much more firm than the stock suspension they replaced, but not bouncy at all which is was I wanted to avoid. By comparison (if this helps) they ride about as firm as my wife's 07 4Runner with the X-REAS suspension, but not as firm as the stock suspension on the S2000 we used to own, or the Bilstein HDs I had on my Volvo wagon.
Overall I'm really happy with the ride quality. I really have no plans to mess with the compression rate because I want to avoid a bouncy ride.
As for having 4 adults in her car, I can't answer, and if I did it wouldn't be a fair answer. My daughter is 5' and weighs 100lbs. I only weigh 125 and my wife only weighs about 90, so the 3 of us may only add up to 2 'normal' adults. If I were to guess, under normal load with 4 regular adults, I would probably set the ride height slightly higher, but I doubt the ride quality would be any different.
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I have to admit I miss the picnic table.
Originally Posted by schaff70
I was able to mask off the door again, then wet sanded what I initially painted. After another good cleaning, I applied better coverage with the clear coat. I still wasn't happy with the results. I had quite a bit of orange peel in the clear coat, but the coverage was better as I put down 3-4 good coats. After letting it dry for a couple days, I began wet sanding the finish. I started with 1000 grit and finished with 5000 grit before polishing with the 7" polisher and a polishing compound. It finally looks presentable, although the color is off just slightly, but I'm OK with that.
I had enough of the base coat leftover, so I pulled the grille, scuffed the unpainted plastic center with a red scotch brite pad. I then cleaned and masked off the center and used the last of the black paint to color match the center of the grille. Topped it off with several coats of clear. I also sanded and primed the center emblem before painting it red. Only after painting it did I finally figure out what size red emblems will fit.
Grille looks so much better in glossy black instead of the chalky dull unfinished plastic.
I took advantage of LKQ's 40% off sale this weekend and picked up another black hood. The hood on there now is dented and has a bad repair job by the previous owner. The replacement hood needs fresh paint as the clear coat is gone, but the bottom of the hood will match the black that is on there now and that cuts down on 50% of the work. I was really holding out for an undamaged black hood from a pick n pull, but I don't think I'm ever going to find one close to home.
Once it warms up again I'll get working on stripping the finish off the replacement hood and getting it repainted. I'll post up a photo of the repainted door later this week. I'm still researching how to properly paint the plastic bumpers black to match.
The list :
- EP3 Civic SI front seats (waiting in the garage)
- upper strut bar
- red/clear tail lights
- rear spoiler
- black painted SE front and rear bumper covers
- black SE painted door handles
- window tint
- headers & exhaust
- powered subwoofer
- slotted front rotors
- powder coated calipers
- stainless brake lines
- JDM front bumper guard
- oil pressure gauge & water temperature gauge
Last edited by schaff70; 11-26-2018 at 01:03 PM.
Nice job on the restoration! Keep up with the progress
Its looking great. I've been able to get every led bulb needed from super bright less dot com.
Not the cheapest but quality.