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NickQ engine bay Cleanup. Full write-up.

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  1. Ryan Autry

    Ryan Autry Member

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    By popular demand, I have Made a list of what I did to clean-up my engine bay. Hope it helps you out. =)

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    Besides the obvious swap from LS turbo to stock GSR

    Removed

    * AC (ALL components, wires, and lines)
    * PS (ALL components, wires, and lines)
    * Drag 3 turbo (and ALL components, wires, and lines) from the LS
    * ITR radiator (replaced w/ stock civic radiator, and single Fal slimline fan)
    * Washer fluid resivior
    * Stereo circuit breaker


    Relocated

    * ALL wiring from wiring harness
    -Wiring moved from on top and across fender well, to underneath chassis, and outside of the engine bay. Between the fender and engine bay.
    * Headlight wiring
    -For both sides, I cut the headlight wiring, and ran it through a little hole in the chassis behind the headlamp assembly. Then I connected the wiring using solderless butt connectors, then heat wrapped it with black heat wrap.
    * Radiator catch can
    -I took off the front facia, and attached the can to the center radiator support, on the passenger side in front of the radiator, using black gardener's plastic coated wire. All that was needed after that was a hose long enough to reach it.This will not affect cooling enough to even matter. I have not seen ANY rise in tempature.
    * Brake booster vaccume hose and check valve
    -I bought a line of hose long enough to run underneath the booster and up to the intake manifold (approx 24"). I then used a pair of pliers to rotate the fitting on the top of the intake manifold to face down to better hide the hose. Be careful while doing this as not to break it off. I have noticed that on some engines, it is almost impossible to move without breaking.
    * ALL battery wiring
    -I removed the battery and all mounting hardware. I moved all wiring behind the battery and underneath the mount. I ran the negative wire behind, and around the passenger side to the fender wall. I moved the positive power wire behind and underneath the battery. Then up to the fuse block. I moved the positive starter wire behind and underneath the battery, under the chassis, and to the starter. (see Replaced section for new wire treatment)
    * ALL misc. motor wiring (including; distributor, O2 sensor, VTEC, and GSR intake secondary wiring)
    -Heat wrapped, and moved as close to the motor, and under the intake manifold, as possible, using black zip-ties.
    * Fuel injector wiring
    -While fuel rail was off (see Painted section) I disconnected the injector wiring. I removed all of the stock heat wrap from the injector wiring, pulled out as much as I could through the harness, and re-wrapped it with heat wrap. This lengthened the wiring just enough. I then ran each wire and connector as follows: I ran the wire for cylinder #1 (going from left to right) through the 1 & 2 runner. #2 through the 2 & 3 runner. #3 through the 3 & 4 runner. #4 on the outside of the #4 runner.I put back on the fuel rail, leaving the wiring underneath, and plugged the injectors back in. You will have to spin the injectors so that the connector is pointing at the driver (kinda diagonal-right).


    Replaced

    * ITR radiator for smaller, stock radiator
    * Top radiator bracket
    -I removed the stock radiator bracket. I cut a short length of metal plumbers tape and bent it to shape. This is a lot smaller and, in my opinion, looks much better. Then I attached it in place of the original.
    * STR oil cap for stock oil cap
    * Battery terminals (my little secret ;). If you really want to know what terminals I used, PM me)
    * ALL battery wiring
    -I used 0 gauge, Stinger ground wire (completley covered in heat wrap) with stinger gold connectors on everything.
    * ALL ground wires
    -I used 0-4 gauge stinger ground wire, completley heat wrapped in black, with stinger gold conectors.
    * Red 8mm spark plug wires for stock black wires


    Painted

    * Engine bay
    * Valve cover
    (Complete Write-up: http://www.honda-tech.com/zerothread?id=622687 )
    * Spark plug wire cover
    * Fuel Rail
    * Fuel pressure regulator
    * Cap on the passenger side of fuel rail
    * VTEC solenoid
    * Battery
    * Battery hold down
    * Master cylinder
    * Clutch resivior bracket
    * Intake manifold diaphram (top left)
    * ALL motor mounts
    * Exaust heat shield
    * Radiator
    * Radiator cap
    * Radiator hold down bracket
    (see Replaced section)
    * Hood latch (will not affect functionality)
    * Tranny fluid line bracket (lower left)
    * ALL brake lines
    * ALL fuel lines


    Materials used

    * Paint
    -Duplicolor 1200 degree engine enamel (satin black)
    -Duplicolor black textureized paint (valve cover)
    -Any Primer


    * Paint stripping
    -Aircraft paint remover (spray)
    -GOOD pair of anti-corrosion gloves
    -Fine grit wet sanding paper


    * Wiring
    -0 to 4 gauge Stinger ground wire
    -Stinger gold wire connectors
    -Black heat wrap
    -Black electrical tape
    -Black zip ties


    * Misc.
    -Metal plumbers tape
    -Any masking tape for painting
    -Simple Green spray for degreasing
    -Hose from any auto parts store
    -I replaced all nuts and bolts that I could with new, black ones from the hardware store



    If you have any questions, feel free to PM me or email me @ NickQuisenberry@yahoo.com
     
  2. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    Holy shit. This needs to be pinned...somewhere... :)

    :worthy:
     
  3. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    that is great man, good for you itt looks awesome but shit all that must have taken you some serious time i imagine
     
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    So, did you do this when the engine and everything was out? You must have... I guess I'm jsut stupid.
     
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    now only I can print this out. hmm (project for tomorrow)

    This should a link on www.hondaswap.com home page.



    ChRiS
     
  8. K2e2vin

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    looks nice man. now i need to do the same(cleanup), but for my room.
     
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    :worthy: nice engine bay .wish mine looked like that.
     
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    Really good job. I have a feeling that you're going to be one of the Hondaswap go-to guys.


    -> Steve
     
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    Painted the bay while it was out, the rest was done w/ the motor in.



    Took about 3 months off and on.



    hahaha



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  12. TurboMirage

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    looks like a great plan before i go turbo......

    but i already dont have as much stuff under the hood as most hondas.

    im still contemplating pulling the engine and doing this over a week while i drive the secret weapon or the s'coupe.
     
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    I finally figured out why there's so much room.. where's the rest of your intake =P
     
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    thats looks really awesome.....love what youv done with the engine bay, the write up is excellant....good job man!!
     
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    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    :drool: Super Clean...ya got my :thumbsup:
     
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    NOW THAT! is something else, your bay looks great, where did all your ligquids go???

    let em know caus i need to do that cleanup, the core support and everything is out of my new hatch right now so i want to clean it up as much before i put the teg front end on...
     
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    am i the only one who noticed that the engine bay is a different color than the car?
    not a big fan of that, but otherwise looks hella clean
     
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    Yeah, a lot of people aren't. It must be my "hot rod" side that likes the blacked out engine compartment. :D
     
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  20. Ryan Autry

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    Yep, that's what I did on my Camaro years ago. B)
     
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