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I Thought I'd Introduce Myself!

Discussion in '88-91 Honda Civic/CRX' started by jhmed, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. jhmed

    jhmed Member

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    Hello to everyone! I'm JHMED, and I just thought I'd intoduce myself to the fellow ED/EF/EE lovers here!

    My name's Andy, I live in Calgary, Canada.

    I was building an EF8 SiR replica from my ol' 88 CRX Si, and I got myself in over my head. I had all these cool JDM toys, but then I realized... wait, I actually have to INSTALL them all too!

    I found it was cheaper to import an SiR and restore it using all the shit I had accumulated over the years than it was to restore my 88 (bad rust problems) and THEN install all my JDM goodies.

    In the end, I am comfortable with my decision to import, however as you will find out eventually, I am somewhat tormented over the whole import it/built it debate...

    Sorry to babble on.... Anyways, I just wanted to introduce myself cuz this looks like a neat little corner of the internet for me to hang out in!
     
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  2. Daniel
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    Daniel Active Member

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    Andy will also be helping us Moderate here as well. Thank you for that!
     
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  3. jhmed

    jhmed Member

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    You're welcome, and thank YOU for having me! This should be a lot of fun!
     
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  4. middleklasskid

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    Go andy;) Ive seen the crx, very sick.
     
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  5. jdm b18c ek6

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    post up the rex..... i wanna see it
     
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  6. Specter

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    agreed :D

    and welcome, even though you were here one day before me
     
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  7. jhmed

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    Here's a couple pics:

    ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0011_small_2.jpg

    ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0086_small.jpg


    She's in storage right now until my garage can be built this summer....
    ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0021_edit_small.jpg
    ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0011_small_2.jpg ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0086_small.jpg ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0021_edit_small.jpg
     
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  8. g3teg97

    g3teg97 New Member

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    Welcome to JDMchat! Nice CRX.
     
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  9. cabezzzdb8

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    OMFG!! a glasstop CRX from the motherland, man I hate you, Welcome new mod, more spec's and info on this car PLEASE :cry: :D
    ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0011_small_2.jpg ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0086_small.jpg ai16.photobucket.com_albums_b50_jhmed_Exterior_PICT0021_edit_small.jpg
     
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  10. jhmed

    jhmed Member

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    Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

    I am in the midst of trying to restore this car, as it was in pretty rough shape when she came to me. I'm planning to do the Mugen PRO 2 kit on her (all I need is front/rear bumpers), a new suspension, brake upgrades (she has no ABS), installation of some other goodies I have and some cosmetic work, and she's all but done.

    SPECS:
    1990 Honda CR-X EF8 SiR (JDM, Right Hand Drive)
    B16A Engine w/Y1 Transmission (LSD, maybe - need to pull an axle to find out for sure...)
    Glass Roof
    Auto Air Conditioning
    Leather Steering Wheel
    Power Steering / Windows / Mirrors
    Factory Bronze-Tint Windows (All Except Windshield)
    Spoiler

    Engine Dress-up/Performance:
    JDM Civic Type R EK9 Valve Cover
    JDM Civic Type R EK9 Oil Cap
    Spoon Sports Tuned PW0 ECU
    Spoon Sports VTEC Controller
    Spoon Sports Thermostat
    K&N Filter
    SPAC Radiator Cap

    Interior:
    JDM Honda Access Gathers Rear Speaker Bass Tubes
    JDM Honda Access "Honda Super Sound" Rear Speaker Covers
    JDM Honda Access CR-X Floor Mats
    JDM Honda Access Parking Pole Switch
    JDM Honda Access Fog Light Switch
    JDM Honda Access Double Switch Plate (Dash)
    JDM Honda Access "Personal Box" Ashtray
    JDM Integra Type R DC2 Shift Boot
    Honda Accessory Armrest
    Spoon Sports Shift Knob
    B&M Short Throw Shifter
    Energy Suspension Shifter Bushings
    Broadway 240mm Wide Angle Mirror Attachment
    JDM Honda Access Dash Mat (w/cup holder)
    JDM Honda Access Trunk Mat
    JDM Honda Gathers Double DIN Stereo w/Band Expander
    "Powered By Honda" Tachometer Assembly (coupled w/below)
    JDM "Spoon Sports" Speedometer (Not functioning, using OEM until I can repair)

    Suspension:
    Spoon Sports Front Upper Strut Brace
    OBX Rear Upper Brace (Modified To Eliminate Cutting Rear Interior Panels)
    New SR Special (JDM KYB) Lowering Springs & Struts
    26mm Front Sway Bar & 21mm Rear Sway Bar (Brand Unknown)
    15" Mugen MR-5 w/Yokohama DNA Grand Prix (F) & ADVAN Neova (R) 195/55R15

    Exterior:
    Mugen Side Skirts w/Genuine Mugen Emblems
    Honda Accessory Rear Mud Flaps
    JDM Honda Access Door Visors
    JDM Honda Access Aero Mirror Covers (waiting repair & paint)
    JDM Honda Access License Plate Locks
    JDM Parking Decal
    JDM Inspection Decal
    Japanese "Premium" Front License Plate (Illuminating)
    Japanese License Plate 'Seal' (Not installed for daily driving)
    Mugen License Plate Bolts
    "I Love My Honda" Clingy - EVERYONE needs one of those! LOL

    Some Before and After pics of the car when it was in Japan, and at various stages last summer can be found here:
    http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/jhmed/Before And After/

    More pics can be found here:
    http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/jhmed/

    PS: A lot of my stuff came from shopresponse, too!
     
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    EJ1 Freak New Member

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    Wow...definately one of the cleanest!

    I love your mod list too! :rocks:
     
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  12. Mikey

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    Nice CRX
     
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  13. HONDASPANCHO

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    Your rex looks hot. I'm loving the Rhd i hope i can convert mine sometime soon.
     
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  14. jhmed

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    Thanks!

    Words of Wisdom:

    After your conversion, remember to pay special close attention to the center-line of the road, left turns and going thru drive-thru's by yourself!
     
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    very nice!!!

    how much it costs to get one imported in?...did you do it yourself or go thru a company?..and whats the breakdown of it...ie
    actual car cost?
    shipping cost?
    DMV Fees? etc

    ive been curious about doing this with a car or 2 in the future and was just wondering..i know you live in Canada but just to get a general idea....thanks a bunch :rocks:
     
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  16. CLUTCHONE
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    Welcome to JDM CHAT


    This is a Good Question what are some of your Experances with Importing what was Did you have the Hardest time with... :rocks:

    (or is that SiR a Complete Conversion)
     
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    No no, she's genuine alright.

    Well, funny you mention it, I'm having some problems right now over the importation of the car and shit. Funny how stuff can still surface even more than a year after it arrived... Looks like the shop who did the inspection didn't do it properly, and now there are issues. When I have more information I will share everything with y'all, but for now I have to get some shit straight.
     
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    i'm a bit late, but i just discovered your thread. gotta say that your Japanese CRX is very nice, especially after you restored it. did you actually go to japan when you were in the process of buying it and doing all the car paperwork. and did you also keep the white wheels that were on it in Japan (SSR's?)? anyways, sorry for all the questions, and once again, very nice/clean rex. aloha!:)
     
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    Thank you for the kind words... I wasn't in Japan when the car came available for purchase. The story goes something like this: I had a USDM 88 that I had literally torn apart, and was rebuilding from the ground up making a JDM replica to the last detail (minus RHD). I was putting on a glass roof, I was tearing the front bulkhead off to replace with a JDM unit. I wanted so complete, so GENUINE a replica I was even in the process of getting the front frame rails from an EF8 so that I wouldn't have to use aftermarket motor mounts for my B16 swap.

    In February 2005, money, my girlfriend, my residence, my whole situation in life was about to change. I had this stripped car in my garage and nothing could be done about it in time. Basically I was just too damned picky for my own good and that car would still be in pieces if I had it today.

    A JDM Si came into the Honda dealer where I work and it needed some repairs. Nothing major, just some maintenence and some little things. It was also for sale... I was so tempted. For about $5k US I could have a virtually comeplete car, and one in much better condition than the one I had in my garage. After much turmoil and sitting on the fence on the idea, I called the owner and told him I wanted to buy it. He told me that someone else was going to buy it and that weekend they were driving three hours to the city where the buyer lived to deliver the car. I asked him to reconsider. He said he'd think about it and he'd call me back.

    No sooner did I hang up that phone when another friend of mine, Dieter, called and said one of his contacts in Japan could get an SiR with all the options I wanted. How much? I asked. His answer was pretty close to the asking price of the Si. I said get pictures and you got a deal. The funny thing was, Dieter didn't know I was even looking. No one knew but my girlfriend and the guys at work.

    Dieter worked for a company called Custom Auto at the time, and they handled all the importation paperwork. All I had to do was get it inspected when it arrived. They used a company that specializes in exporting cars from Japan to Canada called World Car Link to get the car and put it on the boat.

    Three months later, I had my very own SiR. I used almost all the parts from my JDM Replica Project to restore the SiR, and I sold the rest to help fund the importation.

    Do I regret buying this one instead of finishing my old 88? Yeah, I do, sometimes. It was not an easy decision to make, but something had to be done about her. Am I happy with the SiR? Yes, very. Would I do it the same way again? Absolutely.

    People often spout the 'bought not built' rhetoric when they are hatin' on me or the car, but I come back with: "Bought then RE-built. That's more accurate."

    EDIT: No, I swapped the wheels for Mugen MR5s. I sold the SSRs.
     
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  20. JussHatched

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    Welcome! Oh yea, thats a very nice rex you have goin on there. I cant wait to see more pics.
     
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