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On another note, 1.7 negative camber doesn't destroy tires. That's actually not an insane amount of camber and that's about what I run for my track car setups and my tires last quite long. I'd assume the toe must have been way out of spec at some point.
 

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On another note, 1.7 negative camber doesn't destroy tires. That's actually not an insane amount of camber and that's about what I run for my track car setups and my tires last quite long. I'd assume the toe must have been way out of spec at some point.
I'm hoping my bad tire wear was from a bad tie rod. When i took the car for inspection, they said the one tie rod was junk (thanks MOOG!). kind of glad they found it, but i was really hoping tie rods would last more than 15K miles.
 

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Getting the last few pieces of the puzzle to make this happen:
Well, this is not going to happen this year. I'll have some bigger pieces I'll have to get. No local tuners around me have the knowledge or capability to tune VAFC2 units anymore. Which is ok, I might have something better in the works. My main goal for getting it tuned with the VAFC2 is that it is already tuned on it, so mainly the VTEC crossover would need to be changed, maybe some fuel inputs here and there. The other reason was because of my obd2 emissions testing. But, we'll see if I can find a way around that as well. Stay tuned...
 

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Well, this is not going to happen this year. I'll have some bigger pieces I'll have to get. No local tuners around me have the knowledge or capability to tune VAFC2 units anymore. Which is ok, I might have something better in the works. My main goal for getting it tuned with the VAFC2 is that it is already tuned on it, so mainly the VTEC crossover would need to be changed, maybe some fuel inputs here and there. The other reason was because of my obd2 emissions testing. But, we'll see if I can find a way around that as well. Stay tuned...
Why not try it yourself with a street tune? I heard the vafc is pretty easy to work with, it's old-school tech.
 

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Why not try it yourself with a street tune? I heard the vafc is pretty easy to work with, it's old-school tech.
I was thinking about it, but i'm a little nervous. I would really hate to lean something too much or richen something too much and cause problems. And from everything I've read, you really need the dyno graph to determine the best vtec point when switching out to the single stage intake manifold.
 

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IMO dyno is only needed if you want the numbers. I've worked with street tuners and dyno tuners and have gotten similar results on my EP3. The key is just making sure your AFR is correct and not running to lean or rich. Something between 10-13. Although if VAFC doesn't have datalogging then you would need someone to drive while you make live adjustments. Do long pulls all the way to redline while you richen or lean out the fuel. Also I'm assuming VAFC probably doesn't adjust based on throttle input, so partial throttle and full throttle probably share the same map, which is kind of mehhhh. I mean people used them for years so I'm sure it's good enough. It's mainly making your mods safe to run, but not great for making big power.
 

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You can always upgrade to something like HTS, which is way cheaper than hondata. The software is free I believe, but you pay a little bit for the hardware to chip your ecu. It's like a softcore version of hondata but offers more than enough to be dangerous. Honda Tuning Suite | OBD0, OBD1, CANBUS .

They also have a huge DIY community, where you could probably get someone else's tune that you can build from.
 

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As usual, I don't update this. Getting ready to get this car back on the road for summer hopefully tomorrow. Got some new things installed and squared away.

After much saving, the seats are squared away.





And got this guy installed in it's new home.



Still acquiring bits and pieces of the supporting jackson racing install pieces here and there. Thats most likely a winter 2022-2023 install.
 

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so you have been on a sk2 manifold with your stock ecu? can you provide me some info regarding the drivability with stock ecu?
i figured that it will throw a cel for the secondary butterflies.
i have been thinking of getting a sk2 manifold but was hesitant
 

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so you have been on a sk2 manifold with your stock ecu? can you provide me some info regarding the drivability with stock ecu?
i figured that it will throw a cel for the secondary butterflies.
i have been thinking of getting a sk2 manifold but was hesitant
Never installed the SK2 manifold. BUT, from everything i've read, disabling the butterflies will not trigger a CEL light. I have a vacf2 if i was going to go that route to change the vtec engagement point if needed. The vafc2 is installed, it only changed the vtec engagement for the CTR cams very slightly. The tuner said that with the stock intake manifold, it didnt need to be pushed any further.
 

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are the seats designed for smaller cars or did you just find some that were smaller?
 

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are the seats designed for smaller cars or did you just find some that were smaller?
I don't think they are specific for smaller cars, but I think that because these didnt start out as the infant seats, they don't have the huge base on them. That base looks like it adds about 4 inches to the bottom of the seat, pushing the kiddos closer to the back of the front seats and closer to the headliner. Its all about the inches with interior room in these cars lol.

Here are the ones I picked up.

 

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Just realized I never updated this. So, my AC took a crap on me about 2-3 weeks ago. I actually thought my motor gave out, it was quite the oh sh*t moment. So, I was on the highway going about 70-75. It was raining and it was like 85 degrees out, so I put on the air. Seemed fine for most of my drive, then all of the sudden it wasn't nearly as cool. Then the car really started to bog down. Then all you heard was this loud squeal, then a loud bang followed by "thud thud thud thud thud thud", accompanied with a cloud of smoke and the smell of burning rubber. When I got a chance to pull over, I shut down the car and started inspecting. Looks like the AC compressor seized, and because the engine was still turning the AC Belt, it just heated up and melted and snapped. The loud bang was the belt snapping and smacking the hood, the thud thud thud noise was it getting sucked into the power steering pulley and being slung all around the engine bay LOL. I'm assuming the smoke was a combination of the belt and the AC compressor, because the side of the compressor was covered in oil. So, I ordered a new compressor, new expansion valve, new condenser (came in the kit) and a new receiver dryer. Can't wait to see what is floating around in my lines....

On the Jackson Racing end of things, still getting pieces here and there for a winter install.
 

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Well, what an interesting time this has been.

So, car is finally back together, and on the ground.



Also completed this while i was waiting for parts. The BSQ ice box install, this one used 4" piping. Let me tell you, that wasnt easy to snake around in there.


And the maiden voyage did not go well, I was actually completing my test drive and about to head home when all of the sudden, I had a bunch of neutrals...


Luckily, I have a friend that lives about a mile from where this happened. He should up with his heavy chevy and pulled me back up to level ground in the parking lot. We got the car jacked up and found that the axle decided it was time for ejecto seato. Tranny fluid everywhere.



So i'm guessing the thing wasnt fully seated. I have such a hard time telling if its actually seated, or if it just feels like it. So we disassembled the car, pulled the axle, and reinstalled it in the grocery store parking lot.


I took it easy on the way home, hopefully its actually in there now. Havent had a chance to jack up the car and confirm if its still where it was when we finished lol. I just want to get back to driving this thing everyday before winter hits.
 

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Trouble codes aside...

I accidentally snapped off my ebay window visor on the passenger side, so what better time to install my refurbished Yakima rack. Plan to use this for the kiddo's bicycles, i have another rack to use on my hitch for my bike and my wife's bike. oh yeah, i installed a trailer hitch too lol.


gave the car a fresh wash and wax too.


Is there anything I can do with the finish of the Yakima fairing? Not sure if this is as simple as putting some clear coat or clear PPF over this or what. I'm not sure what the finish was like when they came new.



I was NOT prepared for the amount of wind noise this thing makes. The whole way to preschool today, the kids asked about every 60 seconds, "what the heck is that noise?" " Whats that sound?!"
 
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