So What

It’s Saturday night. You just got off of work from a 6 day work week and you’re walking toward an alley way in Japan that’s full of little bars. You’re looking for a spot that has a nice atmosphere and chill music, maybe even have a drink, but that’s not a priority. Amidst the glowing lights of all the bars you faintly hear some Jazz music playing… you walk towards it and stumble upon a cozy spot playing Miles Davis… it’s a listening bar.

You ask the owner what’s the name of this place? He responds “TANTRA”

As the song fades, it’s almost like it starts over. You’re thinking “is it on repeat?” But no, it’s not…

Time slips by as if you were in a tantric daze. You completely forget about all your problems and have a self realization. Keep places like this close in your heart and memories. Visit again when you need to let go. ✌️

Stay Cool

Owning a car without A/C can be hectic for some. When I used to live in Sacramento, this is how I cooled off. 🍧🥤

Speaking of cooling off, did y’all get your free slurpees this past Thursday?

I remember waiting for the temperature to drop to tolerable levels in Sacramento, then I would pick up a slurpee and cruise around. Vivid-bright colors, like the ones you see in slurpees, always sets off that summer time vibe, and Thrilla Krew does just that with their clothing. Peep out this Thrilla Krew x Slushcult collaboration:

This also brings back nostalgia for me. Gas stations served as sanctuaries during the hot days and nights. Though, us Runners never trashed anything, the way the characters are acting resembled how we acted on the highway. Steve Nazar is the man behind the drawings. If some of you don’t know his artwork, look up T&C (Town and Country) Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage. I remember playing the NES game as a kid, I used to suck at the surf level 😅.

Since moving to San Diego, beach life is second nature out here. It’s another reason why I like Steve Nazar’s work. It’s the cool color combinations that’s easy on the eyes, and the way he draws his pictures puts you in a beach party realm, which is something you will see out here. I’m glad the weather hasn’t been too hot lately, unlike my home town in the state capital. Temperatures have been getting rather cool at night, making it good kickback and beer chugging weather lol

Stay cool y’all. Remember to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the little things. Peace.

P S., did you know JHPUSA sells Thrilla Krew gear?

New project/new maintenance

Picked this up recently. Still debating what I want to do with it…!

It’s a know fact that suspension parts are hard to find for this chassis… Lemme rephrase that, it’s hard to find basic suspension parts for this chassis. You can find name brand-top of the line coilovers, but that’s not what I’m looking for.

After purchasing this RA1, I did what everyone should do after purchasing a used car; maintenance!

What a chill night, I hope everyone had a chill Friday yo. Cheers 🍺🍻

P.S.

Coming soon:

New look for my EG… Project Kanjo-zaku

How’s your week going?

Hope y’all having a good one. I start a new job on Monday.

Over the weekend I did some well needed maintenance on the daily. Some of the Runners came by to keep me company and throw back some beers.

Wrenching and bullshitting. Even talked about plans for this spring and summer: go fishing more! And from garage talk I relayed some info I found out through some research that’s hard to find even on Honda-Tech about which Brake Master Cylinders come on which cars when it comes to EG chassis’s as well as their proportional valve.

Note: do not use this blog post as a definitive guide for BMC’s and prop valves. I am simply stating my findings. These findings apply to the EG chassis.

The Findings:

The EG6 SiR comes with a 15/16 BMC. All other EG’s model comes with the 13/16 BMC like my VX seen here:

The only Civic in the USA that came with a 15/16 BMC is the EF EX sedan and Si. A lot of people swap over the 15/16 from the EF to their EG to have more brake pressure. The folks who upgraded to a rear disk on their EG’s opt for this swap as well, while others leave the 13/16 BMC on; it works. Especially if they can’t source the 1″ ITR BMC. From a source who has access to EG6 SiR’s and other model EG’s in their country (i.e., VTi) he stated that the EG’s that have the 15/16 BMC’s have a 30/40 proportional valve. Only the top model EG2 came with a 40/40 proportional valve along with some EK’s. So there you have it. Vital information.

My set up is DC2 GSR rear discs, 13/16 BMC (Stock USA EG BMC) with a 30/40 prop valve. I used to run a 40/40 with no problems, but it started leaking so I replaced it with a new 30/40. I felt no difference when I did go from 30/40 to 40/40 and back to 30/40. So in conclusion if you have a set up like mine, the 15/16 BMC it’s ok to use with a 30/40 proportional valve.

Theory:

There are other factors that come into play such as if you upgrade to bigger front discs/calipers etc., that you will have to research. Especially the 1″ BMC. Many would match it with a 40/40 proportional valve. I have no experience with that set up, perhaps you can still use the 30/40 if you only upgraded the rear to a DC2 rear calipers/disc setup and leave the fronts stock on a EG chassis. The difference from the 1″ to 15/16 is a 1/16 difference, so I don’t know if there will be any slop or gain. But if the 15/16 already increases pressure, I would assume the 1″ will also increase pressure as well. Non-ITR DC2 non abs has a 40/40 prop valve with a 15/16 BMC. If you upgrade the front calipers on the EG to a DC caliper, you need to match it with a 40/40 prop valve because the calipers are bigger.

Final Thoughts:

If myself and my source is wrong or if someone would like to add any other info please chime in because I would like to know as well, I am always a student. Many people have felt a significant difference when adding the 15/16 BMC to their EG. Since the 15/16 BMC & 30/40 prop valve come in that set up on the EG6 SiR, you know it works. Once you start upgrading to bigger discs and calipers, that’s when research comes in. I.e., 40/40 prop valve, ITR 1″ BMC.

Thank you to my buddy in France who sent me this BMC, you know who you are 😊 I plan to install the 15/16 BMC onto my EG some time this year, probably once the weather warms up.

Merci.

Progress, Kinda

Last month I posted that I needed to change out my intake manifold gasket (hoping that is the problem…) because I noticed a coolant leak. Well, I have yet to dissemble that shit haha! In a matter of about 3 weeks this is how far I got:

GET TO WORK DAMN IT!
I was going to finish it but PVT Ian got tired of driving around without front lower motor mounts, so we installed them with ES inserts

😆

A hammer fixes anything hahahah

Anyway, here is a little bonus from my friend S. Hirokazu. He attended the Osaka Hunters car meet last weekend which got broken up by the police. If you follow some kanjozoku’s on social media, I am sure you can see better pics, but I love the raw un-edited pictures. S. Hirokazu, If you’re reading this, THANK YOU! I appreciate you always sending me pics of the events/meets you go to!

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