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Old 11-01-2018, 04:08 PM   #1
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Burst Craft's Time Attack DC5 Build - THE BEGINNING - @burst_craft

I figured it was time to give back to the community that helped me start this RSX addiction all those years ago. I took a break from these forums a few years ago as life got busy starting my shop and going to college so my original account was lost to my memories. Figured it was also appropriate to have an account to match my business now (no promoting anything obviously, I know you admins are watching).

Anyway, a little background on myself, my shop, and what all has brought me to where I am today and why this thread is getting started.

2011: Young punk me got a 21k mile 2006 NHBP Type S as a first car and I went on and modified and improved it from its OEM form, only doing mods that could be reversible if need be. Still kept the miles low as it's just how I am. I'm not one to randomly drive. I like to see purpose in my destination.


2014: Opened up shop here in the Bay Area and the RSX became a bit of our shop demo car. I got a pickup truck to use as a daily and the RSX really got to become the garage queen I wanted it to be after it took me to and from high school for 3 years.


2017: Car was roughly where I wanted it. Interior was simplified, suspension dialed in well enough for me to enjoy it to its fullest. Halo bucket seat, 6pt harness, etc. Basically a nice dual duty car. 2 days after Christmas, it all got totaled by a 70+ old man crossing 3 lanes of oncoming traffic. 34.4k miles and the car was dead. I was uninjured physically, but emotionally it took some time.


2018: And now, this is where our new forum journey now begins. We ended up keeping the car since the mileage was so low and the insurance wouldn't give us much extra for letting them take the car. Everything mechanically is perfect from the old Type S but the frame is trashed. It would have to be replaced from the firewall forward, so we began to search for a new shell.

A good friend of ours in southern California just so happened to have a 2006 NHBP base shell as he blew his 314whp k20/24 Frankenstein for a second time and wanted to focus on racing his Miatas instead of investing money back into the motor. We made a deal and he trailered the shell all the way up from Santa Ana to our shop in Fremont and the build began.

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Old 11-04-2018, 06:51 PM   #2
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Now to into more detail now that I've set aside some time to really get this thread rolling.

Day 1:
Car was pulled off the trailer and rolled right into the shop.
Obviously at this point (about early/mid July) I'd been without a driving RSX for 7 months already and the itch to work on my own again was really kicking in. In the span of about 3 hours we pulled every piece of interior minus the door cars and dash.


We ended with a nice pile! You'd be surprised how much all the little pieces add up to a good chunk of weight if you're willing to go without an interior.



Again a special thanks to the friends that helped me knock out that chunk of work in a matter of hours to get the ball rolling on all this.

Day 2: Out with the dash! One of the things I've learned over the years of putting together performance oriented cars is that sound deadening is HEAVY. RSX and most other modern cars have sound insulation between the dash and firewall to keep heat and noise to a minimum. This always comes out whenever I pull a dash on a car I know will be a dedicated track car. I've yet to weigh it but it fills a whole trash bag and my guestimate would be about 10-15lbs (~5.5kg) of useless weight.




With the dash out of the car, it was also time to start on another part of the weight reduction process and that was simplifying the entire wiring harness in this car. With this being a dedicated track car, we wanted to simply the electrical system as much as possible so HVAC, SRS, and ABS are all being removed. In regards to those components on the dash, this meant removing the SRS brain from the chassis and all the wiring integrated into the dash harness along with all the wiring for the audio system and climate control. This is how the entire dash harness looks outside of its frame. Not too insane until you pull all the plastic casings and electrical tape away and see all the individual wires.



In addition, we also went ahead and removed the airbag, although we're keeping the airbag cover on the dash for now, just for the sake of aesthetics.




I'll be posting another update tomorrow to show more of the process and slowly catch everyone up but I hope you all enjoy this update and a bit of a deeper look into the project. I'm also always happy to answer any questions that anyone may have!
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Already been checking out your youtube channel and IG thanks to ego_death around here and there.

Looking forward to following it!
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Thanks! Yeah my whole life and business sort of revolves around function with some form, so I guess it just reflects in a lot of what I do. I've never really been someone that's into the whole "slam it to the ground!" or -10ļ of camber kind of thing although I do appreciate nice ride height and wheel fitment when it's done right.
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Thanks for supporting man! Guess you've already seen a bit more of this than the thread shows if you've hopped around on Youtube haha.
Ego_death has been a friend of mine for awhile now and we've been chatting a fair bit more now especially that I've gotten neck deep into this project. Loved (and still love) his RSX especially all the nice noises it makes on track.
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Continuing where we left off yesterday, the dash progress continued. I went ahead and completely resprayed the dash frame a black similar enough to NHBP that it wouldn't clash later down the line when the cage is installed and the interior is resprayed.


While the paint dried on the frame, I also went ahead and got some carbon fiber pieces I've had sitting around for a year or two installed into the car. I purchased these some time ago from Josh at Anointed Aero and it was good to finally see them in what I hope to be their permanent home.


Remember what I said about the plastic casings being less intimidating than seeing all the wiring inside them? Here's just a look into that.


Fun bit of info though, the dash SRS harness is entirely independent from the rest of the wiring. I assume it's supposed to be that way to be easily replaceable versus the rest of the system in case of SRS faults.



And for the final bit of today's catching-up update, here's one of the first goodies I got to order for the car. Waited about 2 weeks for these to ship in from Singapore. You'll see them mounted in tomorrow's update.


As always, thanks to those that helped along the way and I hope you all enjoy this update!
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I hope so! That's been the plan since Day 1 really. Hope you're ready to do a bit of extra work though to make it blend with my non-OEM fenders 😅

And maybe we need to work on the "grill" area again since I started thinking about intake air again.
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This all looks incredible - every time I think I'm starting to get bored of my DC5 someone like you has to go and do something like this

Keep it up man
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Thanks man! Plenty of updates still to go before I'm caught up with where the car is in the state as it sits today, so you've got plenty more updates to enjoy. Plus of course the updates after we're all caught up too.
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Keep it up man
Haha I feel like we all tend to feed off little things from everyones' builds and tweak it a bit to make it our own. Whether it's a mod that takes a day to do or a week, go for it. And if you need help, myself and plenty of others are always happy to lend a hand, whether it be with advice or even physical assistance.

Plus, I tend to be a bit weird so some people like to watch the weird things that I end up building. Lots of function with still some consideration of form. Probably a bit of OCD? Maybe? Not too sure but who knows lmao. I think Spray2020 can attest to how much I care about function with form while still being entirely unique.
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I've had my car for 8 years now and still have never made a build thread lmao. I feel like I missed out on that one. T_T
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So I think this update will be a bit long but should just about catch up everyone to where the car is currently at. As promised, here's how the headlight covers look mounted on the car. Fitment was pretty good for the most part, about as good as you can expect for a $175 pair of covers. The fitment of body lines vs the light covers is actually pretty good. The chassis mounting tabs are decent too albeit you need to make slotted holes in order to allow for adjustment similar to the OEM units, but overall, very little work for a cool result!


And surprise! I managed to score a Seibon OEM style carbon fiber hood. It'll more than likely have some venting added and get painted NHBP to match the car since the clear is failing.




In addition to working on all the wiring (which is still a pain in my side as I absolutely hate depinning these connectors), I went ahead and started piecing together an EP3 EPS system along with doing a full ABS system delete. The non-ABS setup utilizes all OEM Honda components and requires 0 modifications to any of your systems. It all bolts right in place. I do still need to get one hard-line mount to hold the passenger side line to mount to the chassis but outside of that, the ABS delete is complete.


The lovely EPS rack that's getting an SHG rack slider and Tegiwa rack riser. We're also adding Davinci tie rods to make sure we have all the adjustment we need. (Not seen in the pic since I don't seem to have an updated pic at the moment. We're still waiting on a few parts for this so it's not installed just yet either).



Also have these I've been holding onto for probably two years at this point as they were supposed to go into the old chassis. DC5R Brembos painted Stratto Blue, although I'm considering going a more tradition black now just for sake of being less flashy. We'll see, plenty of time to refinish these before they'll need to go on. Braking system will be Stoptech stainless lines, Type S rears, DC5R fronts w/ S2000 rotors on Type S hubs.

My gorgeous hands (SIKE) for size reference.


Caliper and such are going to stay off until we're ready to have the braking system operational so it was just a test fit for the time being.

And finally, a little teaser, and what should be the final piece of the update as we wait for more OEM parts and aftermarket goodies to arrive and continue this project.



I think plenty of you know what mismatched fenders mean when it comes to building a time attack car and needing extra room for grip. 😉

As always, thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read more about the project. I really hope you'll enjoy all the updates as they come in throughout both the near and distant future. Feel free to check out our other accounts as I may have missed adding something to here that I haven't added in other places but I'll do my best to keep this as updated as all the other places to keep both the admins and you all happy.
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It's never too late to start. If anything, see it as you documenting the history of it all. Look back at how the car was then and how much both you and the car have change in the near decade of ownership.
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I was just in hayward this week for some work training. Wish i would have seen this sooner to check it out
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We're at the shop on the weekends too, basically all day. If you've ever got some free time and feel like heading out to Fremont, you're more than welcome to swing by and kill some time. Always happy to chat race car haha
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