Home
Page 1 of 9 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 82

Thread: Mike's Cosmic EP3

  1. #1
    mike.h's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Posts
    1,799
    Thanked 443 Times in 361 Posts

    Cool Mike's Cosmic EP3

    It's taken me a while, apologies.

    Like I said in when I joined the forum, I've had a fair number of Hondas, mostly civics. This is my second EP3 (my first being a NHB pre-facelift). This is the one I'm likely to keep a while however.



    She's a 55 reg premier edition at about 80k.

    So far I've:
    • Replaced rear sway bar with JDM
    • Added Dension Gateway Lite BT so I can keep the Honda head unit (amp's okay and it's nice and simple)
    • Replaced drive shaft seals (managed to get a bit of a discount due to a leak I spotted when I looked her over)
    • Replaced the coolant (honda), and the gearbox oil (Honda MTF-3)
    • Replaced all four calipers with new OEM ones (front two were seized, one rear was), painted them red, and used RBF600 for the fluid
    • Replaced brake lamps with Philips 1157 Intense Red Vision LEDs
    • Replaced the main headlight bulbs with Philips X-tremeVision halogen H1
    • Replaced the front running lights and boot light with Philips X-tremeVision LED W5W T10 6000K (what can I say, I like Philips lighting products)
    • Had her fully serviced by Honda to make sure I haven't missed anything
    • Replaced all 4 discs and pads (just Pagid, they seem to work and I don't generally thrash her too hard)


    Still on my list of things to do are:
    • Tyres, probably Michelin Pilot Sport 4's. She's currently running conti sportcontact 2 on front and some godawful unknowns on the rear
    • Exhaust, I have a Legalis R inbound from Japan right now and am desperate for it to arrive
    • Polish (or replace) the front headlight assemblies
    • Fix the front fogs. One is somehow filled with grit (a few of the Premiers I saw had this issue) and the other's reflector looks damaged (as if the reflective coating has peeled or something)
    • Fix whatever the hell is making some vibrating noise in the doors next to the driver (and passenger's) shoulders
    • Get the various gouges and scrapes out of the wheels
    • ... and the list goes on


    Things I'd like to do are replace the open diff with a helical (Quaife if I could afford it), new suspension (springs at least, since they're old and rust-bubbled), fast road setup (but that can wait).

    For the most part I'm trying to keep it looking mostly OEM. I like the standard wheels (still think they're the prettiest standard ones out there), the normal exhaust exit (twin pipe) is simple and effective, etc. The steering wheel hasn't yet had its coating rubbed off like so many I've seen; I'm mostly happy.

  2. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to mike.h For This Useful Post:

    dweezle (23-04-2017), Loxy (24-04-2017), Robo55 (24-08-2017), Tanim (14-05-2017), TuckR (24-04-2017)

  3. #2
    JackEP3Premier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    N.Ireland
    Posts
    113
    Thanked 14 Times in 11 Posts

    Default

    Car looks tidy! Keep us updated on the exhaust!

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to JackEP3Premier For This Useful Post:

    mike.h (24-04-2017)

  5. #3
    EP3 Newb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    568
    Thanked 251 Times in 187 Posts

    Default

    Very nice!

    Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to EP3 Newb For This Useful Post:

    mike.h (24-04-2017)

  7. #4
    mike.h's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Posts
    1,799
    Thanked 443 Times in 361 Posts

    Default

    Thank you both, she's a labour of love. I do most of the work myself if I can. I have a neighbour who does wheel refurbs who's offered to teach me too, so that should be interesting.

    There's always more to work on on a car this old
    Subaru Leone | EF Hatch | EG4 VTi | Rover 214Si | EK | BB5 | EP3 | EP3

  8. #5

  9. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Loxy For This Useful Post:

    mike.h (24-04-2017), Tanim (14-05-2017)

  10. #6
    Krzys's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    2,708
    Thanked 534 Times in 439 Posts

    Default

    Looks a tidy example mate!

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Krzys For This Useful Post:

    mike.h (24-04-2017)

  12. #7
    mike.h's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Posts
    1,799
    Thanked 443 Times in 361 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Krzys View Post
    Looks a tidy example mate!
    Thanks, took some hunting. I was almost swayed by a JDM Champ white, but the price difference was staggering.

    Quote Originally Posted by Loxy View Post
    Nice. Soft spot for a Cosmic.
    Hah, initially I was gonna retort about how we can't all find an empty car-park building at night to take the shot, but then I realised you meant you liked the paint colour
    Subaru Leone | EF Hatch | EG4 VTi | Rover 214Si | EK | BB5 | EP3 | EP3

  13. #8
    TuckR's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    East London
    Posts
    442
    Thanked 108 Times in 93 Posts

    Default

    Looks good Mike and I like the plans, I'm sure the list will grow too!

    Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to TuckR For This Useful Post:

    mike.h (24-04-2017)

  15. #9
    mike.h's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Posts
    1,799
    Thanked 443 Times in 361 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by TuckR View Post
    Looks good Mike and I like the plans, I'm sure the list will grow too!
    Thanks TuckR, from you that means a bit (having followed your build)

    I (literally) have a spreadsheet, I kid you not, there are more items on there too (brake lines, jazz washer jets, etc.).

    I'd love to keep it tidy and mostly standard. No different wheels, no forced induction, standard interior and headunit as much as I can, etc.

    I like the look of the wee thing so I figure I should try and keep it as designed.
    Subaru Leone | EF Hatch | EG4 VTi | Rover 214Si | EK | BB5 | EP3 | EP3

  16. #10
    Founder Chris.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    On track
    Posts
    53,579
    Thanked 8,326 Times in 5,214 Posts

    Default

    Nice and sensible list of 'wants'. Keep an eye out for a DC5 LSD as they can be had for 3-400.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •