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Got an integra! Always wanted one so I’m super happy about it. It’s a fully stock 2000 LS 5-speed. Going to be my first true project car, so it will live most of its life in the garage for now.
 

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Wow those wheels came on my 1999 until it was useless in 2004. I never saw the original wheels again after that :frown:
 

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It's been over a year since I got the car and the worst issue I've had so far is the brake switch going out, I drive it daily. It sits at 208k as of today and runs great aside from some minor idle issues. It's been a little hard financially this year, but I've done my best to maintain it and do some minor "mods" with what I can afford. I recently got a job at a Honda dealer leading to my finances improving, it's time to get back to working on it.

So far I've had all fluids flushed (Coolant, Brake, and Clutch), replaced the oil pan gasket, better tires put on (tread wise), new rotors and pads, replaced brake light switch (I hope I never have to again...), done two alignments (all is good aside from caster being slightly out upfront), replaced the shifter with matching OEM one, re polished the headlights, and replaced all the spark plugs. I've done only 2 "mods" which are not at all performance related, that being a Type R replica spoiler (I know, but I really love the way the car lines flow with it), and a Yonaka Axleback which I will be realigning by a good shop this week. I'm planning to keep on maintaining and restoring it this year as much as I can and keep it OEM where it needs to be. I've done everything myself, including alignments as this car has been helping me learn a lot in the automotive field.

I have some main goals to try and accomplish this year. Doing a full timing kit with a water pump (all OEM, I've been slowly stocking up parts) which will include changing Cam Seals and Oil Pump main seal. I plan to do as many gasket replacements as I can, because it needs it. Re-adjusting the valves while I'm down there. Alternator and Battery will definitely need to be replaced this year including all accessory belts. The clutch isn't showing any symptoms of failing yet and the transmission shifts very smooth and precise. Modding wise, my full focus will be on the chassis and suspension side of the car, as I have no issue with the current 142hp (many years ago) power plant. My main focus is maintenance right now.

Here's some pics of what she looks like now (sorry for the filters);
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How’s the car doing?? Breath of fresh air when you see someone taking such good care of it! Way to do everything right.
 

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How’s the car doing?? Breath of fresh air when you see someone taking such good care of it! Way to do everything right.
Doing real good, especially for the mileage. Only issue I'm trying to figure out (which happens very rarely) is the idle will jump up to 3k and stay there for a good 5 minutes if the car is driven around town all day (engine on and off all day). I got really lucky with the previous owner taking care of the car very well, I don't want to be the one to ruin it now haha.
 

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Some recent pictures I got of her - taken by a friend of mine. She's still alive, kicking and bringing joy to me.


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First Step to Ruining the Car - Coilovers.
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I finally gave in and bought a set of Ksport coilovers since I have experience with the company on my other car. They've lasted way over 40k of hard driving and are still going. After installing them and adjusting the height and dampening where I want it, they feel amazing. I was afraid they would make the car ride very stiff or bouncy, but it's actually quite smooth of a ride overall. Once I took the car for some spirited driving on the backroads though is when I realized how much it was worth it. I still need to purchase front and rear camber kits to get the perfect alignment, but since she's not being daily driven anymore it's not a huge concern for tire wear.

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After taking it for a very short test drive after the install and horrendous rubbing we quickly went back to readjust
the height and dampening. Drove like a beauty right after adjusting all sides.


Before and After (2 Years Apart - Same Road)
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I enjoyed her while she was stock for 2 years as a daily. I can finally start to enjoy it for what I bought it for.
 

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Step 2 - Wheels
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Step 2 of lowering the car consisted of me getting a new set of wheels to go along with the occasion - 4 Lug Type R replica wheels (16x7 +35) on all-season tires for now (205/45 R16). With current height this wheel size and off-set is perfect - no rubbing at any point of driving with fender liners still in place. At one point I will get better tires as I upgrade suspension more over time. Unfortunately the car will likely need Fuel Injectors next - so the next set of money dumbs will focus on getting the fuel trims back to normal.

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