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Unread 06-05-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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I made this thread because I will have alot of questions with my new civic. I don't want to keep making new threads. All questions I have will be posted here instead.

I would like recommendations for any upgrades.
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  • 97' Honda Civic DX
  • 4 DR Sedan
  • Standard 5 Speed
  • Engine Model D16Y7
  • 4 Cyl
  • 1.6L

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Issues (Major - Inspection failing)
  • Catalytic Converter Manifold

Issues (Minor)
  • Replaced all the speakers but turns out a wire is broken inside my dash. I have 1 speaker that wont work so, I'm saving up the will power to pull everything apart.
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Unread 06-13-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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kbump, I doubt anyone is actively wanted to follow this but if they are. I changed the headlights out for some new ones that pass inspection. I fixed all but one of the speakers, saving up some free time (and waiting for a dry day) to pull apart my dash and find the break in my wires. I swapped over to some 17'' rims my brother gave me. They were pretty much free so figured why not. To be honest they kinda look a bit weird. When we pulled off the tires we noticed the brakes on the bake were starting to look a little bad, my brother asked if I wanted the expensive brakes or the cheap ones. What would you guys recommend? Which actually help more.

I also added photos. All changes made to first post will be documented by another post explaining.

I know I have a pretty crappy motor and probably should buy a bigger one but until I get a little more money I'm sticking with my 1.6 D16Y7. I will eventually have more money for a different engine. So if you know of anywhere I can buy a b18 variant let me know.

I'm sure you've read my posts and that I do want to add all those little "ricer type mods" however I do also want to add things that actually help aswell. My car before this was a 96 mazda b2300 series pickup with 352k, that was so rusted the struts on the back fell off. Finally can afford something that doesnt look like a rust bucket, and doesnt drive like one.

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First off, a little advice. Don't say you want to rice your car on this forum...some members might be tempted to drive out to your house with a 12-gauge. lol

But seriously, as far as brakes, you get what your pay for. I haven't really noticed any huge difference in braking distance (the ads say there's a big difference...I'm not saying there isn't, I'm just saying I never noticed any). However, nicer pads are much less likely to squeak, will last longer, are less likely to develop problems such as cracking (though that's uncommon regardless) and unlike some of the cheaper pads, the more expensive ones almost always come with the shims (salvaging old shims off crapped out pads is not fun).
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Well this is a Maine car, so I suppose be best buying the expensive ones. For the first time changing brakes, (My first car) I can clearly see that they are rusted pretty badly so trying to salvage some shims doesn't seem worth it. I'll be starting college soon, so buying the expensive parts now will save me from having to change them as quickly. Once I start college I wont have much for income so might as well try to get the best to put off having to change right away.

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get the ceramic pads they are slightly better but if ya wanna get some good stuff get some ebc crossdrilled and slotted rotors and some ebc pads thats what i am eventually going to do
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