Vitka's left hand drive NHB EP3

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I've been trying to find a source for the throttle cable for a few hours now. All4honda doesn't have it, Tegiwa doesn't have it. I called a Honda dealership, they said, that they see 1 piece available in Norway, and they could give me the contact information of the dealership there, and I can talk to them about a delivery. :D Also, this LHD cable was discontinued, hardly available anywhere, and will cost about €130. Again, I can only laugh at this :D It's unbelievable. I'm honestly considering buying a used one from a braker.
 
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Ultimately its just a Bowden cable, if you have the original it shouldn't be difficult to get a local manufacturer to make a replacement inner and outer.
 
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it seems the car age start to come in place, i also received from honda dealer an answer that a cable from the heater matrix is not produced anymore. Maybe you can try find it in the US if you really need a new one, otherwise a used one should work just fine.
 
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Already ordered one from a local car parts store. I hate them, but they are one of the few sources, and they had the best price. It will be here next week. And yes, it seems, that demand for this part was so low, that they stopped production some time ago.
 
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I put in a few miles this weekend, exclusively in the mountains nearby and it was educational. First of all I need to improve as a driver, need to operate with smoother inputs, not to upset the car, so I will focus on this. Second, maybe it's because of the hot weather we have been experiencing in the past few weeks, but I think I've reached the limit of the PS4s. I tried to follow my buddy in his DC2 through a particularly twisty and tight section (honestly it feels like driving the togue) and I could hardly keep up. His Integra seemed very planted and stable on the Nankang NS2Rs, and the EP3 was wobbling, and struggeling with screeching tyres through most of the section. My current set is worn, she wouldn't pass MOT on these, so I'm thinking of buying a set of NS2Rs myself, knowing that the milage I put in will be low enough, the EP3 being a weekend car now. Plus, the NS2Rs will be more than sufficient on trackdays, so I don't need to buy a second set of wheels, which is a plus.

One other thing I never thought I'd experience, is that I fried my brakes. EBC 5.1 fluid, braided lines, Yellowstuff pads, and they just went. Of course, I am also to blame, because it happened on a very long dowhill section, which I don't know that well, and braked too much. Pushing the uphill, turning around immediately and starting the downhill was a bit too much for the brakes. Honestly, I feel like not even a track lap would push the brakes this far, because there, they have a bit of time to cool of between corners, here, it's just corners and corners on end, hardly any time for them to catch up. All in all I'm not too worried about this one.

Finally there's the engine refurb I've been planning since I bought her. Having bought a house and the Accord means, that finances are a bit tight, but how things are now, I think I will be able to do it in august. She has only a few days left until she needs to be MOTd, so she will be sitting in the garage for a longer time now. Engine in august, then tyres and MOT in early september, so she will be ready for the next trackday on the 17th of september. Sure hope I can follow this plan.

On the longer term, to not fall behind my trackday mates, and compliment the NS2Rs, and the real capabilities of the car, I am planning a suspension upgrade. Just the usual for an EP3 really, a set of springs, camber bolts, camber arms, a steering rack raiser and taller ball joints. Of course, I will have the shock absorbers refurbished, and probably stiffened a bit, with the all famous FRSU to top it off. This will have to wait until winter/next spring to happen.

It seems I will be back on 2 wheels for the rest of the summer, considering I can lose enough weight to be able to breathe in my leather suit :D 2020 still haunts me in some regards...
 
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The PS4s were worn, so I bought a set of Nankang NS2Rs and had them fitted yesterday, in preparation for the track day next friday. I only drove home on them, which is about 1 km, so I have yet to try them out, but the guy who fitted them, who is an ex-rally driver said they have a really stiff sidewall, so I'm curious. It's my first set of sticky tyres with a stiff sidewall.
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We did the trackday last friday, and it was a blast. I have to say, after 2020, and the misfortune with the belt in april, it felt good to send her around a track again. When we left home in the morning, I drove in the rain for about 100 km, I really had to take it easy on ice cold NS2Rs. Fortunately, the rest of the day apart from a 45 minute light shower passed in the dry, so it was ok. I did my first ever wet laps on a track, and I gotta say it was good fun, but without an LSD we were just fooling around, and there was constant question of "will it turn, will it turn, will it turn?!" Due to it being overcast, the tarmac only heated up to about 30 C, so street tyres could still hang on, more or less.

This being my first experience on track on Nankang NS2Rs, I have to say they performed well. Compared to PS4s, the stiffer sidewall is noticeable. The steering became much more precise, and a few things became possible, for example, instead of gently turning the wheel in a flatout, but twisty section, where the front was struggeling for grip, I could work with quick and big imputs, which made the rear step out a bit, so I could turn the car using the rear ends inertia. The thicker rear ARB really came handy. All in all, it's a great tyre, but in terms of grip it's not that far from the PS4 as I thought it would be. It did handle the heat better, and it does have a stiffer sidewall, but on this tyre-killer of a track, the front right overheated and I could feel the grip fading away after about 5 laps. I hope I can take it to other tracks for more experience.

The event itself was flawless, this group I am doing trackdays with is very friendly and helpful, the whole day was spent in a good mood. Unfortunately, there were 3 major incidents: a Lexus IS200 broke its front left wheel hub, it was a challenge to even get it off the track, because the only thing that was holding the wheel on was the brake caliper. An FN2 spun, but he got away with a snapped plastic rivet in the front left wheel arch. The third one was a Toyota GT86, the driver lost the rear end on the fastest part of the track, spun and hit a tyre barrier with the front end. Fortunately he could drive home, but the bumper and the bonnet were gone.

Great day, final round in 2,5 weeks! Despite the number of photographers, there wasn't a single photo taken of me or the EP3 :D Maybe next time...
 
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The last trackday of the year took place this saturday, I had a blast. It was quite chilly in the morning, so all of us FWD guys struggeled with getting heat into the rear tyres. My first 3 stints passed without any mentionable laptime whatsoever, because the rear was just skating around, and I didn't want to risk it. My buddy was braver, than me in his EP3, on rally slicks, and spun out twice :D Thankfully he got away with it. There was a sweetspot in temperature around midday, when I did my best lap, at which point the rears were ok, but the fronts started to overheat. When this set of NS2Rs go, I am really considering returning to PS4s on the street, and getting a set of slicks for track use. The only loss of the day was a Leon FR, cold tyres, he lost the rear into a chickane, and hit a cone made of tyres, the one they put on apexes to keep people from cutting corners. His cooler got a leak, so he had to go home on a trailer.

I've been babbling on about refurbishing the engine for a long time now, but I am planning to do it this winter. Don't know exactly when, but I would like to start the new season with a good engine. Fingers crossed.

Here's some usual EP3 3 wheel action for you.


I might need a suspension upgrade :D
 
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