2004 Honda Civic DX VP
Owner: Matt (AmbulanceMonkee)
Date Added: 03/06/2006
Date Updated: 12/03/2006
Ride Specs
Engine

AEM Short-Ram Intake
Denso iridium plugs

Interior

Honda OEM silver dash kit
Tachometer
Generic shift knob

Exterior

Window tint - 30% front and 15% rear
Ventshades on windows
Lip on trunk
Drums/Calipers painted black

Wheels/Tires

17" Kobe K5s in black
Hankook K106 215/45/17 tires

Supension/Braking

stock at this time.

Audio/Electronics

Stock am/fm/cd. I probably won't upgrade, as the stereo got ripped out of my last car while i was parked at work.

Future Mods

Brake upgrade - Brembo rotors, Hawk HPS pads and shoes.

Eventually a lip kit.

Maybe lower it when the warranty's up.

Comments
Posted By: xviii1
Date: 08/24/2006
yeah, the hyper ground kit did make my headlights a bit brighter. Overall gains especially in the spark plugs and transmission areas was segnificant. If i could find more things to ground I would, but i cant find anything else to ground. I'm thinking of nology wires for my ride do you know any one that has noticed any difference??

Posted By: Ian77
Date: 08/09/2006
Thanks for the comment. You have a great car to work with! Keep up the good work and let us know how it's coming. Good luck in the future. Later.

Posted By: xviii1
Date: 08/07/2006
LOOKS LIKE YOU GOT A SINGLE PUMP. DROP YOUR RIDE. WHEN YOU INSTALLED THE IRIDIUM DID IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Posted By: phixion
Date: 07/29/2006
Awesome, sounds good on the wheels, I'll be looking forward to that!! As for strut bars, they are pretty much like 95% eyecandy and 5% function. While they DO brace the unibody together to make it move more as one, they will not help with body roll, or even much with any handling. For that you'll want a nice decent set of swaybars. Or at the least a good rear swaybar. That will make a big differance even if you don't upgrade any other part of the suspension. With my experience having run 3 different rear swaybars on my car at different time, I would say that is one of the best things and most noticeable mod you can do to your suspension, and in most cases it shouldn't void your warranty, but I'd inquire about that just to be sure. Progress makes a nice swaybar/tiebar combo for about $150, and they also make nice sway only bars too. Suspension Techniques also makes great swaybar sets. But save the money on strutbars and apply that towards swaybars instead. :) Good luck!!

Posted By: xviii1
Date: 07/22/2006
I'm from Manhattan. Wow you're not fealing the civic emblem on the dash??

You do have a unique idea for the glowing eblem.

Thanks for the post.

Posted By: xviii1
Date: 07/18/2006
Great looking civic. please somt touch the outside. It's perfect. Keep up the good work with the engine uprades. I'm surprised the dash kit kooks stock on this. Slap on an HID kit and some 17" silver rims and you'll be set.

Posted By: g35ExGt
Date: 07/05/2006
i would call the dealership with every mod i wanted to do. even if the mod is allowed according to infiniti it mite have to be also installed by them or if it fails later its a problem. its clean have fun tuning.

Posted By: Redhtch92
Date: 06/09/2006
u have the right idea about the whole concept of ur own creation.People around my way (Raleigh NC ) look fast but are no faster that my little D-series stock engine....lol..

Money can hender anyone from doing what they want with their car, i have lots of budget plans for my car....lol.....

Keep up the good work and keep us posted.........#1

Posted By: CivicDuty
Date: 06/02/2006
looking good bro, you have the right path, just the money part that is tight on us.haha

Posted By: phixion
Date: 04/10/2006
Thanks for the comments as well! :) It's funny though, now I actually have the budget (I could afford probably like 4-5 Jackson Supercharger kits now) yet I'm too lazy to get it, well saving for other things now though in terms of apartment, and getting setted in life. =\ But at the height of my modding days was when I had to least money. So much easier to do when you aren't tied down with a signif. other, lol! But anyways back like 4 years ago I had the whole rice mentality. Then before I could afford any of that stuff my ideas changed for the better and cleaner. Now that I road race I understand the concept of less is more and why all that body kit stuff, huge wings and all that is no good and hinders a car. Most don't understand it's much more than just astetics, but it's also functionality.



Thanks for the VP info, that all totally makes sense. it's like an SE or Limited Edition model, but not quite. Or rather like the Jungle package on an RS model Evolution which is the power windows, radio, A/C and all that good stuff. Well good luck and shoot any other ?'s you might have my way and I'll do my best to answer.

Posted By: pata 078
Date: 04/06/2006
Have you Bought the wheels?? You should,,, Nice choice. For your Ride, It'll look good. I painted my Front brake shield and Rear Brake Drum with Krylon paint to match my Interior. It all depends,,, If they look ugly and dull, paint them Black. If you get Black Rims, paint them Silver to Match your color. OR, you could paint them a bright @ss yellow so they can stand out(ha ha ha ha) J/K Dawg.... Don't use Cheap Paint cause they do heat up and it'll eat the cheap paint up. You have a nice Ride, Don't mess it up!!! >>>Later<<<

Posted By: phixion
Date: 04/06/2006
Oh yes, a wonderful pad/rotor combo is either Brembo blanks, or PowerSlot rotors, and then Hawk HPS pads. Very low noise if any, and better initial bite for stopping and also quicker stops with virtually no fade. This is the setup I use on my Civic, and even use that combo on the track when road racing too, still no fade. Also upgrading or rather flushing your brake fluid and bleeding the system will definitely help a lot too and give your pedal a firmer feel. Since you're under warranty I wouldn't go with a fluid like ATE Superblue (which I use) which is blue in color as when they see it they might say it voids warranty or some BS crap like that. But I think Motul's DOT 5.1 fluid is pretty close to stock fluid color, but it's a much higher rated DOT4 fluid that withstands higher temps making it more resistant to breaking down as well as helping you stop better. don't let the DOT 5.1 in it's name fool you, it's really a DOT4 fluid, so it's fine for the brake system. :) In all honesty though your tires are half of your braking. Without good sticky tires, a brake upgrade won't be nearly as worthwhile. The general rule of thumb is if you can lock the wheels, you don't have enough tire and if you can't lock the wheels then you don't have a good enough pad. It's an endless cycle really lol!



As for paint, I've seen drum specific paint sold, but really any ceramic coated paint should work as it can usually withstand anywhere from 800F - 1500F temps and shouldn't flake off from the heat. Good luck!!

Posted By: phixion
Date: 04/06/2006
What is a VP model anyways? I know they made them for 6th gens and 5th as well, can't remember... But i thought VP was only on 4drs.... I thought it meant "Vanden Plas" but that's a Jaguar thing, lol!

Posted By: rock
Date: 03/31/2006
thanks for the comments, any questions about upgrdes without void the warranty let me know. i have some friends at honda

Posted By: AmbulanceMonkee
Date: 03/30/2006
I'm thinking of upgrading my brakes, does anyone have any suggestions for pads and rotors?? I don't wanna do calipers or anything right now, just looking for something that won't heat up as fast and will stop better on hills and in city driving. Also, if I get rims, should I paint the calipers and drums?? If so, with what kind of paint??

Posted By: rock
Date: 03/27/2006
thanks for the comments, you have a good project in your hands any ? just ask have a good day

Posted By: "00"turbo_teg
Date: 03/07/2006
I'd go all out if I were you. lower it, add an exhaust, save up and

swap an ivtec k20, and show your car some love. Good luck.

Check out my teg. Late

Posted By: Got2GruV
Date: 03/07/2006
definitely if u mod ur engine, electrical system, suspension ur warranty will get void. just get a new rims for it. . . . and wait till ur warranty expires. . .



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Posted By: CivicDuty
Date: 03/07/2006
You can go pepboys for the wheels, probably find some lowering springs for sale online. I just bought some coilovers fo $100. Actually dont do any suspension work or engine work (turbos, swaps, big ass exhausts, etc.) or it will void the warranty, but rims can slide. I am actually a tech at my local honda dealership and that is our rules. Very nice looking 7 gen, very aggressive look at stock.

Posted By: phixion
Date: 03/06/2006
Well not much you can do that won't void warranty. You can swap out the factory air filter for a K&N drop-in filter that goes into the airbox, and you can add a body kit and such. But ultimately the dealership is the final say if you've voided warranty or not. of course should something go wrong, by law they have to prove that the modification actually caused the damage/failure of whatever it is, but there's loopholes around that for dealerships. So in a nutshell, the answer is not really much you can do that won't void things.