So. Got a bunch done. Shortblock is as put together as it can be until I get the head and transmission on it. I got an upgraded oil pump, but it turned out to be the wrong one, so yeah. Ate that one.
I got a line on an Si cluster, so I picked that up.
I picked up a bunch of transmission parts, including a full m-factory 3.086 first, and their close ratio 3&5. It puts 5th at 1.0 ratio, so I may elect to not use that and keep an overdrive gear for highway cruising.
I got a full synchrotech rebuilt s40, ex, b000 transmission, a trans with a blown 2nd, a spare gear set, a spare set of synchros, freshly machined head with new valves, guides, springs, and valve seats, block with a crank with a bad #4 rod journal, good crank, two good girdles, 3 speed factory no-notch rods, 3 ycp Vitara pistons, a few final drives, a box of Honda gaskets, distributor parts, axles, pulleys, etc, etc.
I cracked open the already opened transmission just to see what's inside, and here it is.
Now I just have to learn how to assemble/rebuild Honda transmissions now... Lol
Yeah, not concerned about it, I printed out the manual pages, I'll go through those and figure out what's up.
I just threw down some serious coin and got an m-factory LSD, and various other speedfactory d-series transmission detents and springs, so hopefully this transmission will be nice when I'm done with it.
Remember how I only had 3300 into this car? Looking more like 5k now.
So, got some stuff done. Installed the shift forks, fixed the synchros on 2nd gear with a small file, because it looked like someone had been a little hard on the gearbox. Rest assured, there will be no Granny Shifting on this gearbox and instead Double Clutching like you should.
mFactory helical LSD has the bearings on, I'm going to have to figure out something on the ring gear... I can't get it off even with my 450ft/lb 1/2 impact gun. I may just buy new bolts and use one of the 4.25 spares I have, lol.
And, got it all buttoned up, checked clearance, and it's all good. Now I just have to buy another tube of RTV that isn't all dried up, lol.
So, to recap:
mFactory Helical LSD
mFactory 3.083 First
Honda 1.909 Second
mFactory 1.565 Third
Honda 1.250 factory 3rd in Fourth (moved from third position)
mFactory 1.000 Fifth
Speedfactory shift spring
Speedfactory detent springs
I may, in the future, swap the factory 4th for the mFactory 5th gear. But we'll have to see how it drives. I don't recall any issues cruising in fourth, and this now has basically 4th as the top gear, but who knows if noise will become an issue with an additional resonator in the exhaust.
It's gonna be slower than it was before on the strip, mainly because I'm effectively adding two gears between 2 and 3, but it should be a blast to drive. No more 160mph+ runs on the highway, but that'll keep me from dying on the street/highway I suppose. Also means traction is probably going to be an issue for a while. I may wind up swapping out all of these short-ratio gears back to factory length, and leave the long first, but we'll have to see how motivated I am to pull the transmission again once everything is all back together.
I'm getting really excited to drive it when it gets warm.
It's going to be interesting when I take it to a Honda dealership to get the airbag replaced under the recall... I think I might bring a friend to witness.