Endurance racing is my favorite style of motorsports. Driving back and forth from Sacramento to San Diego years ago, felt like an endurance race to me. I would leave my town at nightfall and arrive in the early morning in SD. Late night long driving is my Nirvāṇa.
Maintenance time. Replaced the timing belt and water pump.
I used to run a valve cover that had the cam gear section cut out for a long time. Thus making the outer part of the timing belt look used and abused. But the teeth where still in good shape. (Around 60k miles)
This cam gear lock tool comes in handy
I wanted to zoom in on the PHYSICAL difference between the GSR and Type R water pumps. Here is a GSR pump, notice the dowel pins:
Type R/ B16 have no dowel pins:
So if you’re stuck from choosing between a GSR or Type R/B16 pump, either will work fine, dowel pins or not. They all perform the same way.
Also, if you have a been using the hanger/flat head method, especially if you have a shaved head or decked block, keep using that method!
And invest on an AUX pulley. I vouche for the Endyn tensioner pulley.
The word kanjo/kanjozoku is now a house hold name. When I first seen what it was in an Option mag around 98/99 I was hooked. When JDM Insider dropped their video in the early 2000’s I was set; this is how Honda Civic’s should be hooked up.
Park Baker did a translation of one of the first articles of Kanjo racing from a 1983 issue of Option, found here.
For those who don’t know, way before Civic’s and other small Group A style cars ran the kanjo, it started off with older Japanese 70′ & 80’s cars and bikes. BOB Racing and Lupin to name a few teams. Late Riser as a bike crew, too.
After that era of new beginnings, newer cars came out to treat Loop 1 as an outlaw playground. The Civic (AH, EF, EG) paved the way for the weapon of choice on Loop 1 (respects to the AE86 & S13 as well). It serves well as a “short range fighter” due to it’s nimbleness and light weight.
Wangan/Cannonballing were more for rwd high horsepower vehicles. Cars of that stature would have a difficult time maneuvering Loop 1 due to it’s tight turns and most of all traffic. A kanjozoku stated that higher power cars would have a difficult time getting up to high speed and full power on the Loop and won’t be able to stop in time when traffic gets thick.
Now that kanjo is a household name, know about it’s beginnings. Many kanjozoku’s started off as bikers and would crowd the Loop, later they would move on to cars and treat the loop as a outlaw road course. Now it’s simply a place for them to have an adrenaline rush. As the article Option posted, the holidays were really a car holiday for them to go out when no one else was on the road. Perhaps you should do the same, a homage to the OG’s. Of course do it in a safe manner, go cruising. Peace.
Shout out to all blue-collar workers out there. The end of the year is coming up, make that hard work pay off; raises, bonuses, etc. I have been busy lately. My job is in the manufacturing field. By viewing these pictures, I can sense the hard work these folks put in. I know where y’all coming from. Peace world.
Kei Miura’s job is considered blue-collar as well…