General Tech Articles

Articles not necessarily pertaining to swaps or forced induction. Suspension, brakes, engine building, general how-to's and so forth.
 
How to Install an Aftermarket Steering Wheel Ok before I begin, I know that there are already plenty writeups on this but I've found most of them to be incomplete and only cover the actual installation of the wheel. In this write up, I intend to give you as complete guidelines as possible to remove the stock steering wheel, install the new hub, quick release, and steering wheel, wire the horn, jump your SRS system so that your other airbags still work, and how to relocate your cruise...
 
This is something that I see come up, and sometimes people get confused by the written instructions, so here's one with pics. This can also be used for wiring just about anything you need, like a knock sensor, IABs, o2 sensor, whatever. I HIGHLY suggest have a manual with a wiring diagram and the pinouts, for your ECU, you don't want to screw up now that your motors in right? Ok, assuming you have a vtec motor in a non vtec car and you need to wire in vtec y0! here it is... Our...
 
How to Remove a Steering Wheel with an SRS Airbag Ok, so today I started my intermittent wiper project. I have read threads about it being a plug and play deal, but IT IS NOT. Ones without the intermitent wipers, do not have the plug in the back of the switch. Now, chances are that it is taped up under the dash, with the power mirror and sunroof switchs, I have seen them, but in my time constraints, I couldn't look around for it. So I will update this when I find it.... This how to can be...
 
How to install a 99-00 civic Si EM1 Cluster in your EF Civic I installed it in my 91 CRX si. All the wiring is done for a 90-91 Crx. The wiring is the same for 90-91 civic hatches. The fitment may be a little different in hatches but should work. I am getting mixed feedback about the wiring for 88-89 models, I am not 100% positive if the wiring is the same but I will have it figured out shortly and will add the 88-89 wiring when finished. OK 88-89 wiring is added. The wire colors are the...
 
editors note: Originally posted by Adam P and edited for cleanliness.. How to Chip a Honda OBD1 ECU Saved here in the forums for preservation USDM OBD1 ECU Chipping So, you want to chip your obd1 usdm ecu. You didn't listen to me tell you to get a Hondata, or if you did listen and you are reading this... good job. On a scale of 1-10, the difficulty of chipping an ECU is a 3. Just follow these simple instructions and you should be revving past your stock rev limiter using your stock valve...
 
I take no credit for this... but i built mine own according to this article. https://www.autospeed.com/cms/a_0353/article.html bought my materials at rad shack for $20 open it up. the microphone was cut off of the circuit board. take care to not forget the polarity. i wired up 6ft of wire and soldered it to the mic, then stuffed it into the alligator clip and secured it. repeat on the other side. i used green for negative and red for positive. put it back together and test...
 
alright.. i just got a spare valve cover off ebay and its getting sandblasted this afternoon.. not really sure on what color i should do.. no, i dont want wrinkle red... i was thinking of a gold color.. or an olive green or something.. .. what do you think?? i'll be doing the letters and the spark plug cover black here is a pic of it now.. i will post pics of the progress ok, here it is after being sandblasted got the spark plug holes taped up so no paint hits them and i got the...
 
Heres a step-by-step walk-through of how to change a Head Gasket on your Honda's D-series motor. And btw, sorry for some of the blurry pics... I'm not a photographer :p 1. Start unplugging wires and hoses. Everything attached to the head from the car's body or the block MUST be disconnected. 2. Unbolt your header. I had to pull out my A/C fan to get it to clear the studs on the block. 3. IMPORTANT STEP! Set your motor to TDC (Top Dead Center), where the #1 cyl. is on the Intake...
 
How to Solder In these photos I'm changing the plug connector and replacing a missing bulb socket on a taillight I got at the junkyard. That's not the point though. The point here is to show you guys how to solder. I see a lot of crap wiring out there. It's scary, it's just bad and there's no reason for it. Soldering doesn't require any expensive equipment or any great skill. It takes less than $50 for tools and supplies and maybe a couple hours practice. Tools Required: *100 Watt...
How to Change a Fuel Filter on an Accord I just got done changing the fuel filter on my 1994 Honda Accord, and it was a real pain. So, I thought that I would take a few minutes to write up a thread giving recommendations on how to make the job easier based on what I went through. I promise you, if you follow my advice, this job will be a lot easier. This is not a job that you want to embark on without sufficient knowledge and the right tools for the job. So, take a few minutes and read...
 
Soldering is the best way to connect wires most of the time; but some circumstances call for crimping. Crimping is pretty straightforward, but it is so often done wrong that I think it warrants a tutorial. Even if you've been crimping for a long time, you can end up with 1 in 10 bad crimps. I find that unacceptable, so I developed a strategy for getting nearly all crimps perfect. The most critical effect on the outcome is from your choice of tools and supplies. I've found that Channel Lock...
 
I put this guide together because I'm tired of seeing the SAME threads over and over of simple questions that can be answered in one simple post like this one. This thread is designed to be an end-all, tell-all type thread. Please keep in mind though, that this is still just a general guide. Lsvtec/b20vtec engines are not honda manufactured engines. With that said, there are hundreds of combinations you can build. Also, please be aware that this guide is assembled on an intermediate level...
 
heres the deal. filling a stock sleeve block to handle mucho boost for under 50 dollars. the supplies. 1. DEVCON LIQUID ALUMINUM F-2 (1 lb ) for b series ( 3/4) lb for d series 2. BOX OF TABLE SALT. 3. 80 GRIT SAND PAPER. 4. CONTACT CLEANER 5. HACKSAW BLADE ( for measuring) 6. SHARPIE 7. 19MM WRENCH 8 BEER ( optional) 9. funnel 10. level HERE ARE THE STEPS 1. gather all supplies, listed above. 2. put block on a level surface, make sure its level. if on a stand level the stand...
http://www.animatedengines.com/ Great site with information about how common internal combustion engine cycles work, along with animation illustrations demonstrating the different cycles.
How to change your axle(s): 88-00 Civic, 90-01 Integra The axle swap only takes about half an hour (for me). If it's your first time, budget out about 1-2 hours. You'll need a 14mm socket, 17mm socket, 32mm socket and breaker bar (for the spindle nut), ratchet and torque wrench, hammer/mallet, pipe wrench (my preference). Get some cotter pins to replace the old crusty ones from your castle nuts too (two total if you take EVERYTHING apart). What I basically do is: Remove center cap from...
There are two basic types of injectors that work on Honda and acura cars. How they operate are totally different. Let's take a look. Peak and Hold: Peak/hold injectors are low impedence, usually in the 1-4 ohm range. When the ecu calls for fuel to be injected, it sends out voltage via the wire clips until a certain current level is reached (the peak part) (varies by injector size, company). For the duration of 1 pulse width, that current is slightly reduced and held (the hold part)...
 
How many valve reliefs are in D15B6 pistons? Q: Why does anyone care? A: If you're going to swap the head on an HF engine to a 16 valve D series head, you might need a set of pistons with 4 valve reliefs each. So here we go- courtesy of ryan89crx, who pulled the head on his 89 CRX HF just to see how many valve reliefs he had in his pistons. There are only 2 reliefs per piston. Thanks Ryan!
 
Lost motion assemblies are basically valve springs for the VTEC followers in your valvetrain. The normal intake/exhaust followers have valves and valve springs to press against so they're not flopping around all the time, but the VTEC followers don't. The LMAs help to control their movement. I took some pictures a year ago when I was swapping out my LMAs. I went ahead and marked one of them up real quick so you can see exactly where the LMAs sit and what they look like: The picture...
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The axle swap only takes about half an hour (for me). If it's your first time, budget out about 1-2 hours. You'll need a 14mm socket, 17mm socket, 32mm socket and breaker bar (for the spindle nut), ratchet and torque wrench, hammer/mallet, pipe wrench (my preference). Get some cotter pins to replace the old crusty ones from your castle nuts too (two total if you take EVERYTHING apart). What I basically do is: Remove center cap from wheel or remove hubcap- this may require wheel removal...
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