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Old 07-11-2018, 10:22 AM   #1
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Just bought my RSX last week. It’s a 2006 type s in silver with 112k miles. I’ve had several Hondas including a few integras in the past and 3 years ago i switched sides and bought my first new car, a 2015 Ford Mustang GT but found myself missing the Honda i traded in for it. Don’t get me wrong, the mustang is hands down a better performance vehicle, it just isn’t as practical for daily use or for inclimate weather, not to mention I break the law any time i lay into the gas. After months of searching for another 8th gen si sedan, i settled on this bone stock rsx type s. So here i am!

Future plans:
-just noticed a very slight bit of vibration on the highway that isn’t very consistent. Not sure if it’s a wheel out of balance or a suspension component that’s worn out.
-upgrade the engine mounts
-Steering wheel is peeling, so I’m going to need a fix for that.
-Shift knob is f****d up, probably going to replace all the shifter and cable bushings and maybe do a short shifter so a weighted knob doesn’t feel out of place
-Kpro and FBOs
-Suspension and wheels

Nothing too crazy as it will be used as a daily. I have no idea where to look for parts or what to watch for on these cars so any feed back would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:23 PM   #2
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welp, there is a lot one could say, but first, welcome!

-Motor mounts you could just do ESMM inserts, or go elite with Vibratechnics, or a happy medium like HardRace street mounts (not race... I have those... I put the oem passenger mount back in)
-I've seen people wrap their steering wheels but man I would just find a new one for sale and save the hassle
-There's a lot of shifting components that are rubber, because... Acura. I'd upgrade the shifter cable bushings, and the shifter mounts/bushings. There's also transmission return spring upgrades from MTEC, and K-Tuned has some shifter upgrade kits as well
-So if you haven't discovered yet, Kpro is expensive for the 05-06, but you could make it an investment and resell it later. Or, you can look into KTuner
-The A-spec coilovers are a nice happy medium if you want oem, or you can try to find the superior Mugen ones but I'm pretty sure those only available used not new (but I could be wrong)
-17x8 seems to be the sweet spot if you want to upgrade but not go crazy. +40 offset, give or take 5mm. I got the Enkei PF01's myself, even though the RPF1's are lighter

While we're here, let me apologize for this forum. lol, not a good start, huh? Well, for years now people have criticized the noobs for asking age-old questions, but that's not what an online community is about -- everyone will have the same questions at some point, and all the threads are clouded with, well, people bashing people for asking the same questions! It's gotten better in recent years, but yes, please search if you can. Even try Google, like type site:clusbrsx.com then your search terms (all of this in the Google search bar) and you may find better hits than within the forum search alone.

And I say, if you find a good old thread, bump it with a question or comment. Who cares. People can hardly find the good threads any more so why not resurrect good content.

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Thanks for the info irongumpy! I’m planning to keep the car simplistic as it’s a daily driver so i need it to be reliable. I already started research on the shifter springs as you suggested. I definitely think I’ll be doing that along with a short shifter and appropriate solid bushings. I just had a headlight go out so looks like I’m going to upgrade to LED. I’m not trying to spend an astronomical amount of retrofits nor blind oncoming traffic with typical HID kits so LED looks to be a happy medium. I also think an intake is going to be on top of the list of priorities to get that vtec pop i miss from my previous hondas. This should be a fun car to drive every day.
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Welcome to the forum bro, there is a lot of really great and helpful content on here but like others have mentioned there's always those who like to be assholes to the new guys. The search bar is your best friend. What part of PA are you from? Im in Allentown, it'd be cool to meet up with locals and do car shit
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I’m from emmaus. Literally right next door lol.

Just to clarify for everyone before i get flamed to a crisp, i do know how to search, i just took the opportunity to post my plans and ask generalized questions since i was already making an intro post. Feel free to gloss over my questions. I’ve already got a list compiled and thanks to irongumpy, i got good leads to stuff to cut down my search time. I had no idea about the shifter springs with my si so I’m really glad he told me about them. Another thing i found here is that the injen seems to be one of the best cais for these cars. In the 8th gen si’s that was definitely not the case.
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It's cool man! Yeah they say the loudest VTEC pop is the AEM dual chamber, but it pulls the intake air from within the engine bay, so that is not ideal. Most people opt for the Injen CAI which is routed down behind your bumper and even requires a replacement washer fluid reservoir to allow the piping to get through. I upgraded from the Comptech Icebox to it and never looked back. Never tried the SRI route but I think the Injen MegaRam one is bigger than AEM dual chamber.

However, before buying the Injen CAI, I almost went with the CXRacing one that requires no special routing and might be a great happy medium! I might suggest getting your own filter though, like an AEM/Amsoil DryFlow one. https://www.cxracing.com/AI-K20-RSX-L (note this is the long tube one, not their short ram). Longer intake tubes increase your low rpm torque. It also might sound nice because it's right in front of your steering column!

Also, are you retrofitting your headlights with LED, or buying new? I didn't think there were any new whole LED units out there, so was just wondering
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Irongumpy, I’m currently searching for some used intakes just to hold me over for awhile as i plan to go for the 8th gen si intake manifold, PRC if i recall correctly? And from there a 70mm tb coupled with the hybrid racing cai. I had that intake on my old si with toda header back exhaust, nst pulleys, tb spacer, and a tune and made about 230whp, that thing was a riot.

As far as headlights, i bought just the led bulbs that directly plug into the factory headlights. I got them from the retrofit source. As much as I’d like to do a retrofit, it’s just not in the cards at the moment as i have some other stuff i want to do first.
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Well did you see how cheap that CXRacing one costs brand new? $69! Although buying your own filter can be like $40-50 for a good one IIRC.

Anyways, can't argue with that plan! It's the RBC you speak of. The PRC is the Type R intake mani, which I have in my garage yet to install... :/. So if you do all those mods, will you have any low-end at all? I love me some torque in the mid-band... experience the whole i-VTEC surge!

Wow I didn't think plug-in LED's were bright enough for headlights but I guess things have changed!
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Irongumpy, i did not know about the cxracing intake. I’ll have to look into that. As far as low to mid range, you may want to look into an rbc as last i knew that manifold optimized flow for midrange while still maintains decent low and top end. Back when i had my si i remember most ppl didn’t want to swap to the type r manifold as it was meant for the top end with the type r cams or equivalent. In the si with stock internals it was virtually useless and even lost some power down low. Granted that may be a different story with these cars. I’m not sure how much different the Fd2 is from the dc5r either.
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How are the LED's in the factory housing? I stayed clear myself after reading about how the light isn't focused but spread out all over the place.

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I haven’t gotten the leds yet. I just ordered them a few days ago. I’ve had hids in factory housing before and while they made the road significantly easier to see, they light did just go everywhere. Having said that, hids are typically much brighter than halogen. Leds, based on what ive read, are not as bright as hid and don’t have all that cumbersome wiring. The only down side is they produce a bit more heat which is why i went with trs and spent a little more money. They tend to carry higher quality products they’ll stand behind. I’ll let you know more when they come in and i get a chance to try them out.
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Irongumpy, i did not know about the cxracing intake. I’ll have to look into that. As far as low to mid range, you may want to look into an rbc as last i knew that manifold optimized flow for midrange while still maintains decent low and top end. Back when i had my si i remember most ppl didn’t want to swap to the type r manifold as it was meant for the top end with the type r cams or equivalent. In the si with stock internals it was virtually useless and even lost some power down low. Granted that may be a different story with these cars. I’m not sure how much different the Fd2 is from the dc5r either.
The RBC from everything I've read on here has better/higher peak flow rate at higher rpms. Idk why but the K20Z1/A2 is different from the Z3 in that regard. The PRC Type R intake mani is better or as good at all lower rpms. It all really depends on the tune I suppose, and intake, and TB, and how much throttle you are applying. I got the gist that the RBC is better for all or nothing but the PRC is more well rounded for partial throttle? Maybe I am conjecturing or making bad conclusions, but I picked a PRC so I wouldn't need to get a custom tune.

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I’ve read the rbc doesn’t need a tune either. However it would be ideal to extract maximum effiency and power of course. I’ll have to do more research. I could be mixing up the dc5r and fd2r. I thought they used the same intake manifold but there’s a chance they don’t. Everything I’ve read on the factory IMs, the rbc was the one to have if you wanted the best from oem. Again, I’ll have to reread, maybe things changed over the years.
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PRC is indeed the dc5r whereas RRC is the fd2r. I wonder if there’s comparisons of the three on an otherwise factory k20z1.
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Just a quick update for the one asking about the LED head lights. Got them put in. They do pretty much plug right in but i needed an adapter for the bulbs that cost $5 and about 10 minutes of minor dremeling to make them fit my specific LED bulbs. They are a lot brighter than i anticipated. We’ll see how long i can go with getting flashed constantly before i get annoyed and change them out.
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Havenít posted in awhile figured Iíd just make an update.

I went straight into doing kind of a restomod to this car, replacing all rubber up front with new stuff. Also did a knock off ktuned shifter and it feels wonderful! Not a single gripe. Brakes are in the process of being swapped out and upgraded (on the fence for going Brembo calipers or just stock upgrades).

Anywho the motor got an rbc, cai, toda rh, rdx injectors, ktuned cat back, and a kpro v4. I figured this was the standard stuff for making half decent power. Picked nearly everything up used. Got it tuned down in Harrisburg and thatís where disaster struck. It made damn good power on the dyno, but 5 days later the z1 decided to make knock knock jokes. Long story short, the injectors were cheapo knock offs that ruined the block and i went k20a full swap from a type r, swapped everything over and retuned at Evans tuning. Made 225/167 which was nearly identical to what it made before but i needed direct drop in for a quick turnaround because i was in school and didnít have time to build something during the semester for a car that was needed to get me around.

So for the future, Iím looking to open up the intake side a little more and do a 70mm throttle body, port match my rbc, 3Ē intake and a quiet catback because this thing is way too loud. Later on after Iím done school, i might do a k24 bottom end. I also have a set of Mugen gpís Iím in the process of fixing up and having powdercoated but not sure what color to go with. Iíd also like to get some more suspension stuff done, (rear rubber and shock/struts upgrades).
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Great thread! Thanks for keeping us updated. Keep it up.


Thanks will do! Forgot to add, i got some free tsx retrofitted headlights this week. Theyíre roughhhhh. Been sitting for a few years in a shed so Iím in the process of cleaning them up.


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Invidia Q300 catback is quiet , thatís what I have , but you have a toda RH. Itís gonna be loud. I have the type R catted exhaust manifold so my shit is real close to stock except for when it opens up. California laws are strict and I donít feel like $1000 exhaust ticket anytime soo. (Ever).


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Completely understandable. I had an 8th gen si before this with a full toda header back exhaust. That sounded like sex with minimal drone. This exhaust is just loud and obscene with massive amounts of drove. I’m pretty confident a q300 would fix the issue and make it bearable. I also had a full invidia set up on my 8th and that was great too.

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Wow, you've done a lot in less than a year! I know not all of it was welcome (timing, money, time, etc.) but man you seemed to have taken it in stride!

One thing that helps with drone with a race header is to use a stock passenger motor mount, especially when it's cold out.

Man idk if I could let myself frank a K20A and limit the revs! You've got an extra 0.5 of CR than a Type S now...

So you are running an RBC on a Type R then? Cool deal
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Wow, you've done a lot in less than a year! I know not all of it was welcome (timing, money, time, etc.) but man you seemed to have taken it in stride!

One thing that helps with drone with a race header is to use a stock passenger motor mount, especially when it's cold out.

Man idk if I could let myself frank a K20A and limit the revs! You've got an extra 0.5 of CR than a Type S now...

So you are running an RBC on a Type R then? Cool deal


Yea i definitely didnít plan to do as much as i have but thatís what happens with these cars lol.

Iím gonna try a different exhaust such as a tanabe touring or q300 first. Then maybe Iíll try popping the passenger insert out.

The frank swap wonít happen for awhile if it does happen. I had the car dynoed at Evans tuning and he seemed to cut it at 8300. Not sure why. Thatís exactly where the z1 peaked so idk if he forgot mine was k20a swapped? I might ask him about it as i expected to make 230ish, not exactly the same numbers as the z1 before it packed its bags. Could be a lot of variables there as well.

If i do the frank swap, Iím gonna bring the oil pump over from the k20 with the head and trans. Should still be able to rev to around 8k rpm still. Maybe Iíll keep a k24 intake cam in the frank swap as well as Iíve read it is a little better.

And finally, yes i am running an rbc on the k20a. Aside from the RRC which makes marginal gains from the rbc for 3-4x the cost, itís the best flowing oem manifold for k series. I think it i do anything else to make more power on this car with the k20a, Iíll port match the rbc to a 70mm throttle body and run a 3Ē intake. Iíve read thatís good for another 5-10whp. Iím actually trying to pick up an HR throttle body as we speak so i can retain cc.


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