One of my little winglets flew off during this dumb Portland floods we had so that's why there's 2 screws popping out if you were wondering... I actually still need to remove my passenger side one now that I think of it
A little photoshoot we got bored one night and had. Same friend with the eg hatch ended up picking up this Poor Man's Type R Red EM1! And another good friend of mine in the Blue EM1. And before you say it, no I'm not gonna get an EM1. Lol, I love my Integgy too much
Here's another shot of me and my buddy Sam with a nice little Oregon background.
And here's a couple nice shots showing the EVO spikes off after my rear visor broke off from the wind at Crown Point.. lol.
A quick shot of the front before I got rid of the fogs from cracking.. This was my 2nd set btw. Shoutout to ebay for paying twice as much... but not twice as much as OEM Raybrigs, I got my total of $60 from 2 sets of these. Lmao
At this point I wasn't working at the Korean BBQ place anymore and was just coasting through life. Wondering what I was gonna do with the rest of my life. You know, the usual life contemplating stuff. Lol, this is the last pic I have of the car sitting on the CR Lies. A little snow out at Crown Point but #yolo
, nice car pic place. Haha
So after months of being on those I posted them up on the local Facebook classifieds again and ended up finding a guy that was willing to trade me for plastidipped white blades with cash on my end. The only reason I agreed to cash on my end was because my tread was low. Now if you remember my remarks on these wheels much earlier in the post, the tread was garbage. And after months of burning the rubber off these babies I traded them for the blades. The plastidip job is complete sh*t.. but I didn't really care at the time since my tires were superrrr bald. So $70 on top I put and 80% tread white blades I came out with. Not too bad if you ask me, once again. Lol, and here the car sits... ish.
If you've made it this far and were actually following along I salute to you!
So now onto the main course. The last couple weeks has kind been a turn of events for my family.. especially for myself. I'm currently still 19, and I have a younger sister that's 17. A couple years ago my dad purchased this '99 CRV which was basically a rolling shell, the motor was no good at all. But I believe he picked it up for less than a grand, clean title and all. So we went out to Corvallis to get it (1.5ish hours away). Towed it back home and him and Bo went to work on it. They had a JDM B20b shipped in and swapped it in and everything was gravy. This was going to be my sisters car when she got her license. So she had it and was driving for over a year. But just a couple weeks ago she ended up wrecking it. Right into a ditch. The airbags deployed and the front end was completely done. Luckily she was alright aside from being sore and having a seatbelt rash. But she was fine. The next week I did a little 40 roll showing off to my co-worker, and oh yeah btw I have a job rn delivering pizza's. I know it's very typical but we youngin's gotta afford car parts somehow!
Anywho, I did that pull and all of a sudden my car felt... different. While turning it made this weird almost clunking sound and felt like something was holding it back. I delivered my pizza that route and leaving the parking lot it seemed normal, so I figured it was just me, well it wasn't. The next turn I took was all bad too. And it was in both directions. I thought maybe my steering rack and pinion had gone bad. Or maybe even both axles. I told my dad and he said to have Bo look at it once again. I am no mechanic by any means, just a car enthusiast, but that doesn't mean I don't know my way around a wrench. Just that when there's about 10 tools at home and 100 at the shop for minimal labor price or sometimes even free, I just tend to lean towards that route. Haha. But the next day I still had to work, so I took the next day easy and tried not cranking the wheel all the way as that was the only time it really started happening. Lately my gears also felt like they were grinding more and more as well, usually it'd just be going from 2nd-3rd, but it was doing it in other gears sometimes now too. After dropping my car off at Bo's and taking my dad's Nissan Titan home (v8 is life btw, except the gas
lol). My dad has me on snapchat, for any of you that don't know it's this app on your smartphone that basically lets you send messages or pictures with messages on them or even videos with messages. And later that day I'm in class and my dad sends me this Snapchat video of them draining the tranny oil and there was only about 2 CUPS of oil in that thing. I was aware that the tranny leaked, but by no means that it was leaking as much to empty the thing in only 2-3 months time. I guess I asked for it.. and apparently I'm a very bad maintainer, eh.. oh well. I checked my oil all the time after the rod knock, so I guess I'll be watching tranny fluid now too. Which brings me to the next point. Bo said my diff was probably effed' and my tranny was done. While I was working the following week in my mom's 2015 Accord Sport
I got a random snapchat from him. Usually we don't Snapchat unless it's something urgent or whatever.. so I opened it and it was this..
So my dad ended up grabbing a GSR tranny for $400 on a local craigslist ad! A decent deal, and of course I refunded him immediately. He told me to go off to Bo's first thing in the morning when he opened at 10am. And that's exactly what I did.
The next morning I'm at the shop and Bo turns to me before we actually get down and dirty and says "So are we putting the b20 in?" (referring to my sister's motor, as it's in his shop). And I looked at him thinking he was joking but all I saw was a serious face. I looked at him and said "what? Ended up calling my dad and he said "Yeah have him put the GSR tranny on the B20." I was stoked! During the swap I didn't get a chance to get any real pics or anything. Bo had me do some of the tedious work like getting the harness off the B20 and swapping intake mani's (as anyone should with these) while he was pulling the motor. Lubing up the tranny, stuff like that. But all in all it was a great learning experience and was quite simple as I imagined. Complete drop in. All together it took about 7 hours with a 45 min McDonalds lunch break with 1.5 mechanics. The half being me
GSR Tranny getting ready to be mounted
And that day I also had work. I called in telling them I was gonna come in late. But I was glad I worked that day... driving all night in a b20 teg delivering pizza was definitely a different experience after the swap. After driving my car stock (other than bolt ons) for over 3 years the taste of a little better torque and torque curve is amazing, especially paired with a non-LS tranny. I mean the 1st-2nd gear as you guys may know is almost identical other than about 1mph and tougher synchros, but going into 3rd is completely different. The car also has much more torque low end and I now understand why people love b20's. My plan was to build a b20v from the get go. But with just a b20 it's already exhilarating.
Oh and I forgot to mention.. My car is weight reduced currently as I don't have a need for 2 rear seats, some of you guys understand, some will ask why. Doesn't really matter to me. I just don't use them and don't car that it's "ugly," although I've always envied the look with "gutted" cars. But that might just be me. Anyway, at the local truck weigh station my car was weighing in with about 1/4 gas 2350 without me in it. Still full ps and ac btw, and no cutting of any sort. So maybe about a full interior eg with a couple subs in the back.
And btw this is a 2000 B20B for any of you are wondering with the phk pistons, comp at 9:6:1. It's loads of fun and is definitely an upgrade from the stock b18b1. I now know what people talk about first hand when they say the torque curves are different, and the power under the curve. It definitely feels more responsive, and a lot faster on the butt dyno
Lol, but even with my ls motor and ls trans I was able to pull away from a full interior gsr from a 20 roll all the way to 4th before I let off after the weight reduction. I also raced an 02-04 type s (K20A2) from a dig and took him pretty good all the way until almost the END of 4th gear, which in the LS is about 115ish?(Don't remember I try not to concentrate on mph and more on the road and rpm going that fast, lol) Maybe it was just driver error, idk.
All I know is that this car has treated me right for the last 3 years and it's time for me to treat her. For an LS I've been told it was pretty peppy, which I really liked because people would ask if it's a gsr even when it was full interior. But then you get all sad because it's really just an LS and you know it. Lmaoo, but I don't take it back. A stock LS is still a hell of a ride, and a blast to drive one you get a little weight off the chassis. I can't wait to get this thing on the track to see the 1/4 times!
So TI if you've made it even this far I thank you for your time. I appreciate it and I really can't believe you went through all that, haha. But anyway, I need some advice. My dad's been introducing the idea for me to pick up a "daily.." as my "daily" of 3 years is starting to not be so daily like anymore. And I couldn't agree more. He's brought up the idea of a TSX and I was thinking that something like a TSX would be really nice. But I need some advice, nothing mech specific but just a personal question. I'm not quite sure what I wanna do with the b20 yet. I have a b16a head that I picked up from a fellow TI member on here, and I still need to piece together about a grand to finish the main components to a reliable lsv/b20v, you guys know the drill. I'm not sure if I wanna boost the stock motor or just make it an all motor beast and crank up the compression with pistons and some nice cams. Anyway, should I just save up a drop the grand on the head getting installed? Or should I just save for awhile and drive as is until I get a real daily first? And what do you guys think about the route for this build? I'm open to ideas.
And before anyone cries I've been around these forums for about 5 years, don't let the join date fool ya.. almost everything lsv/b20v and turbo I've read. Yes I know the b20 blocks crack "easily," it's no good for boost, bla bla bla, we've all heard it before. But that's not really the question. I'm asking what would you do in my case? What would be your priority, daily first or race car first? Regardless I wouldn't want a turbo on this thing without having a daily first, so I guess what I'm asking is... Shall I stock b20v this baby for now? Or just save up for a daily, and then b20v? I know it's personal preference, but I want to know what's your cup of tea? I personally love a quick all motor, but the sound of a good turbo spooling are eargasmic. Would you wanna see this b20v an all motor beast or boosted? What's your favorite? And what would you do?