This past weekend

I’ve witnessed divine Grace. Not for me, but for another Runner. This godly out of this world experience brought tears of happiness to my eyes. With that being said I want to see everyone like this. I know not all can have this experience, but know that it’s in all of us. You’re best friend, your family members, enemies, and foes can experience this. It will be a step closer to… Well, whatever spiritual experience you want to believe. But whatever you call that experience, it is an AWAKENING. We’ve all been asleep for too long. Let’s all wake up. Peace.

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.

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From Loop 1 to Mt. Hiei

That’s how I have been feeling lately. I went from a life style of a “kanjozoku” with an addiction for speed, turns and law breaking highway driving

To a practicing monk of the Enryaku-ji temple on Mt. Hiei.

I can’t say I am completely changed but from what I have experienced, I wonder if I’ve had some type of preliminary satori (or at least I hope). It was like any other feeling you get when you experience something new, except about a foot off the ground… And I will add this, the moment I experienced that feeling, it went out the door within seconds. There’s a saying that the student who has obtained satori can still go to hell as straight and as fast as an arrow. Because anybody who has a spiritual experience; if you try to make it a living thing, it’s like catching a handful of water, the harder you clutch, the faster it squirts through your fingers. There’s nothing to get hold of, because you don’t NEED to get hold of anything. You had it from the beginning.

I am a student, and I will always be one. High understanding comes from not understanding at all. You know it best when you say “I don’t know it.” When it comes to Eastern views of a monk, they are referred to as a student because they’re more like a student in a theological seminary. They may stay much longer than the usual three years; they may stay thirty years or so, but it’s always possible for them to leave with dignity, to graduate, go into lay life, or get married and have a family. And that’s the beauty of it, I can leave my temple at any time to enjoy outside regular life. But as of lately I have been taking care of my family and focusing on spiritual awakening. For that, to raise my child right, I have to be righteous, I have to be good, I have to be what I want my child to be. Spiritual awakening is not a religion, it is just simply AWAKENING. It is the art of understanding this universe. My only “religion” is turning anxiety into laughter.

At the end of last year I Resurrected my temple (remember the body is a temple). I walked into the 36 Chambers and looked at my car, where it’s been locked up for quite some time now… I started having these crazy thoughts of what to do with it next, but then I remember an old Zen phrase “don’t draw legs on a snake” because it moves just fine without them. Keep it simple.

I got into my car and I felt like… Well, like this:

Talk about art imitating life (more like based on real life events). I laughed so hard when I saw this scene, because it’s like a prediction of the future lol

You see, all of these stories resemble jokes in this sense, or at least in my point of view, whether it’s my stories or Zen stories, etc. When you get the point of a joke, you laugh spontaneously. But if the point has to be explained to you, you don’t laugh so well; you force a laugh. There is some kind of sudden impact between the punchline and the laugh, and so in exactly the same way with these stories, there is expected to be something else than laughter, which is sudden insight into the nature of being. Don’t take life seriously. Life will come to an end eventually. But we don’t listen to a song to hear the end. We listen to enjoy the experience.

– Run The Monk

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.

Garage Days

Words and pics by PVT Ian.

Sometimes, you just need to get shit done.

Been making some plans with Private Runner Mel(Baaambol) to bust out a clutch job on the EK. Since I was about to do all this work, I decided now is the time to switch out the LS trans for something with shorter gears. I struck a deal with Mel (homie hookup fasho) to take the trans off the B16A swap he recently picked up. He’s working on something for his EF and plans to use the funds on a cable trans while I make use out of the hydro one.

The time finally came to get down and do the work. I came up to Mel’s pad, he had cleared some space in his garage so we had some work room. This meant that his immaculate and freshly painted EF hatch had to come out and see the light of day. I brought all my tools that I thought we’d need and laid them all out. Mel’s homie Ozzy came by to join us. He’s rocking Mel’s old white EF on some Mugens. Pretty cool car, I remember admiring it the first time I saw it without even knowing who it belonged to.

The surgery finally begins on the EK. Immediately out the gate we run into issues with the axle nuts. Ended up making a tool run and buying an Impact gun. This impact gun proved to be very helpful through the rest of the process.

We worked til late, or til we were frozen over since it was a cold night. At one point, we lost all power! Circuit breaker decided to call it a night. No light, no heat, we decided to call it a night as well.

Ozzy left not long after everything went AWOL in the garage. He probably didn’t realize what he was in for when he came over. Mel told him to cruise by so he can hear his exhaust lol. One thing led to another and he was under the car hammering out the bitch pin, among other things. Guess you never know how a night can go when you kick it with some runners.

Oh and for the record, after 3 long nights of work, a few homies coming through to lend a hand and one really shitty tow situation, we got that shit done!

Side note, by PVT Runner:

I too put in some work today, which I feel very accomplished. Did an oil change on the PVT Support Vehicle and changed the suspension on the daily Yaris. No pics, I felt like that isn’t exciting nor interesting as Ian and Mel’s experience. But we share the same aftermath of feeling accomplished at the end. As PVT Ian said, sometimes you just need to get shit done.