Rewind

Rewind.

“Learn the language, stick to the code.This will be forever it’s an open road.You’re in control for the very first time.Bit by bit you will totally… Unwind.Are you proud of your new name?Do you love the rules of the game?Do you feel happy or sad inside?Do you miss the things that you did?What about the things that you were?Are you having the time of your life today?”

Something Different part 3

Let’s try this again.

No damages!

Note: the first compressor I ordered was a Delphi brand. I didn’t take detailed pictures of it (only of the damage) but the pulley was significantly bigger than the OE pulley. Something to pay attention to if you’re ordering aftermarket replacement parts.

Here is a pic of the Delphi from online:

Here is the Denso:

Denso’s slogan is “First Time Fit” and they weren’t kidding!

๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค™What a nice way to start your Sunday morning ๐ŸŒ„

By the way, this is me waiting for Shark Week to start later tonight.

What will they do this year? ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿฆˆ

Retirement goals

In the early 1900’s when Japan still occupied Taiwan, the Japanese would go out fishing using ancient Ryukyu style harpoon techniques, which some call it dart fishing. The Japanese would not pass down this style to anyone else, however the Taiwanese would secretly study their methods and teach themselves this ancient traditional art.

Liuqiu Island has many names in Taiwan, one of them is called Little Ryukyu. This style of fishing is still being used this very day to catch Sailfish and Marlin. Those types of fish will mostly appear in bad weather. Because of the wind and waves, the fast water sweep bait fish up towards the surface. Sailfish would chase the food near the surface making it easy for the fisherman to spot.

This style of fishing does no damage to the ocean. Many fishermen opt for calmer waters, bigger catches, bigger ships, large amount of horsepower, and bigger nets. But this old method of fishing only suits the few and the dedicated (kinda like owning a Civic), it takes skills and experience. With a small crew and big catch, you can cash out a whole lot of money and feed your family while you’re at it.

Definitely something I wouldn’t mind doing when I retire… I wouldn’t mind doing that now. There’s something about fishing that’s just as relaxing and exciting as cars. Find your peace on the water the same way you find peace on the street. It’s just as dangerous on the water than it is when you’re at high speed. It’s a lifestyle that only some can relate to, and some are able to live. Peace.

Something Different part 2

I made a rookie mistake. I had everything taken out to replace the old AC compressor on the Odyssey…

Just to find out the new compressor arrived damaged. ๐Ÿ˜ 

Always check your parts when it arrives and prior to install! ๐Ÿ˜…

I wanted to post this failure, because I’m not ashamed of it. I would rather learn from mistakes and have others learn from it as well. When you accept yourself with all your flaws and imperfections, you become powerful. You are embracing who you are, you realize that you don’t lack anything. You appreciate yourself for what you are. We are all unique and authentic in our own way, but ego makes us forget all of that. Ego makes us seek acceptance from outside of ourselves. When you accept who and what you are, you gain power and freedom. Welp, time to order another part and it better not arrive damaged lol โ˜ฎ๏ธ

Something Different

“Something Different” is right. When it comes to owning a Honda, an image of a EG or EF comes to my mind; with the interior gutted and stripped, coilovers, engine swap, and a grocery list of mods. You already know this. Especially if you own a modified car. But this one is a whole different approach than what I’m used to.

When I initially bought the van, I had plans to drop the height and maybe a motor swap. But after cruising around, I actually like the higher ground clearance (this car is soo easy to drive btw, I love it!) I had the stock SOHC in my EG only for a few months back in 2004. So, I didn’t really have much of an experience with that type of motor. This 2.2L SOHC serves as a good platform. My new goal is to get it running as if brand new. Or at least close to new. Just like the one in the Motor Week video.

It’s going to be an “Odyssey” though… (Pun intended.) You don’t even wanna know what kind of things I found wrong with this van. But as always, anything can be repaired. The interior was filthy but everything else was in tact and in good condition. Here are some before and after pics of the OEM mats:

Before ๐Ÿคฎ

After ๐Ÿ˜

Next step is to get the AC running properly and definitely some tires before wet weather comes back. But overall, I am happy that I bought it. I had a moment this past weekend. It was a cool evening in San Diego. I had the windows down, music bumping while I reached over and grabbed a French fry… I felt like a champ. Words can’t really explain it lol. But it was an ill moment for me. I’ll leave this as a part 1 of perhaps many. Peace y’all, I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Reflecting Back

Man, we used to do some crazy wild shit.

Me and @Tougel1 did a lot of Highway Loop runs in our home town of Sacramento. No one was doing that shit at that time. Though we would mock a kanjozoku highway course, we had to play it safe. Not only because we were doing something that was dangerous and illegal, but because our cultures and laws are different, as I mentioned before in a blog post years ago. To touch more on that post, I mentioned sometimes cars would follow us a few laps. Reminiscing about that made me think of this:

Exactly. Code of ethics is key when it comes to us looping the highways. At no point were any of us wreckless nor drove like a douchebag. The legendary Team Mid Night main code of ethics was not top speed and skill, it was the safety of other drivers. We followed that code as well. If anyone decided to participate in a run, we would to make sure to be smart about it. There were many times I paid no mind to someone trying to flex on me because of the way they were driving. It came off like they would just run me off the road. I had a few encounters like that and the funniest was when I would decide to run them. I would end up getting the jump on them and they couldn’t keep up, even if they had a more powerful engine.

But as you know, us Runners never cared about winning or losing. As a matter of fact we just cruised the highway majority of the time because we enjoyed how the city looked from that view. When mashing, we were wildin’; when cruising, we were free; when roaming the streets, we were ghosts.

Sacramento at Night

Sacramento at Night

Back then I would say “Live like you’re already dead. Haunt the streets.” but as of lately I have been saying “Live like you don’t exist. Bless the streets.” And indeed do so, especially if you left humble memories and a foundation there for others to remember. Peace.

[1:05AM]

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š I plan to install the 15/16 BMC onto my EG some time this year, probably once the weather warms up.

Merci.