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post #121 of 355 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 11:12 AM
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Does the cable go under the intake manifold to the top of the tb, or under the intake manifold and below the tb? Idk why im having such a hard time with this. Mind mine is an 05, factory throttle cable is being used

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You can see the throttle cable bracket that Apex made to fit on the Skunk2 tb. The cable is routed downward following the intercooler tubing and into the hole where the parking brake cable emerges from.
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Looks like im gonna have to reroute the facotry throttle cable. Mine comes through the passenger side firewall

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When i pull the throttle cable directly from where it comes out of the firewall, the pedal doesnt even move. Its stuck on something im sure

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When i pull the throttle cable directly from where it comes out of the firewall, the pedal doesnt even move. Its stuck on something im sure
Firewall???, that's not the factory routing on an 05.

If you're tugging on the outer portion of the cable I wouldn't expect it to move...

Disconnect the inner cable from the tb and the pedal, if you can't move the inner portion of the cable freely by hand, then the current cable route has a bend or kink in it...
then route the cable to where it's supposed to be...

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I was grabbing the actual cable itself and nothing. I figured it out now, even though i lost 23 iq points >

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I was grabbing the actual cable itself and nothing. I figured it out now, even though i lost 23 iq points >
Maybe more, but thanks for playing!

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Awww, perk up little camper! What's the point in life if you can't have a little laugh at your self...

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Awww, perk up little camper! What's the point in life if you can't have a little laugh at your self...
haha for some reason i read that in a morgan freeman voice.

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Great looking car in person! That thing is going to be a monster! I don't want to add to the project, but I think you're going to want to get the intake into a cold air stream. Have them log intake temp on the next tuning session.
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Good news today! Finally got the car buttoned up and out of Apex's garage! Sadly, the tune we did last weekend, and for which I paid $500 for, is basically useless as we ended up fixing a big vacuum leak and installed the proper IAT sensor. As of right now, the car definitely scoots but you can tell it's hamstrung. Plus, every time I let off the throttle the engine just wants to die immediately. Driving through town is super sketchy.

me73, it was great meeting you today. I'm glad you dropped by. It was such a nice day today in Seattle; couldn't have picked a better day to finish the project. Well, maybe a day that was six months earlier would have been better but whatever. You're probably right about the intake, but I'm pretty much done working on the car for now. That will be something for a later date. Driving home today, IAT cruising temps were about 85-88, on boost they went up to about 98-100 something.

The more worrying thing is the Civic Si transmission that we've got in the car. Right now it is REALLY loud. It sounds like straight cut gears! It's damn near louder than Apex's sequential. It worries me because, at this point, it is the basically the only thing that the shop touched that we haven't gone back and redone. Forum member Exiged and I swapped final drives and the shop installed it in for me. With their track record, I'm willing to bet good dyno time they botched the job.

The thought of having to pay someone to pull the tranny out and fix it literally makes me want to throw up. (My stomach flu from the past two or three days is not helping either.) But at the same time, I don't want to have the tranny destroy itself when it's on the dyno or when I'm driving the damn thing a week from now.

Anyway, besides all that. Not that this process is completely over, but I can probably safely say the absolute worst is over. Apex and our buddy Glenn have been amazing. I've learned so much from them and they have been so patient with me. I couldn't have asked for better minds and people to have come in and saved my sorry ass from this predicament. When I shook Apex's hand today, I felt a pang of sadness. Yes, this car has been a b itch. It's been frustrating. I've wanted to kill people over it. But looking back, the experience was invaluable and can't be soiled with all my forum-bitching. A part of me will sorely miss waking up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings to work in a smokey garage.

But then I remembered that I'll probably always have some kind of mechanical work to do on this car or my other car. And Apex will always have crap to do on his car. And I have so much left to learn. I'm sure I'll be back soon. Especially when you get that new giant garage, Apex. Or when my tranny starts to go. Three guesses as to which happens first....

Also, my cross gate still really sucks. If anyone has any tips, lemme know.

Attached is a photo of my cars together at last!
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Also, here is the last dyno pull we did before we gave up. Had to take it back and figure out the vacuum leak and why the ecu was pulling timing after 6000rpm.

It's back to the tuner next week.
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And now I'm going to go clean off a year's worth of grime from the bodywork!

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i share your pain! glad everything came together.

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Butters, on the engine mount alignment issues.. since you're using the K24 block did you make sure to swap the passenger side mount to the CRV mount?

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I know that on other swaps that are designed to use the K20 block you have to change out this motor mount to get it to fit correctly.
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Im pretty sure he did

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Yup, got the CRV mount from P2R. It's pretty looking...

So the car is basically done. Still waiting to get to a good tuner. I spent $825 with a local tuner that did a terrible job. Gonna check out SpeedFactory in Tacoma. They only book one car a day for their load based dyno. They deal with Hondas all day and have a pretty successful drift and drag team. Should be able to get this thing tuned properly. Thing is they are booked solid until July 12th!

Still, even with this gimpy tune, the car is brutally fast!

The tranny, being the only thing that we haven't redone from the shop, is making terrible noises in 4th thru 6th. Will probably yank that thing sooner than later and have it looked at. Oh the joys....

Also, the shifting feel is 150% improved now. Installed a set of MTec race shift springs. Cross gate action feels great. Highly recommended.

The Hytech exhaust system is probably the best I've ever seen, but it is extremely loud. I am setting off car alarms on the street as I drive past. Currently talking to Burns (who manufacture BOE's exhausts) to see if they can make me a muffler that will quiet it down. This car is still street driven so it needs to have good street manners.

Just a few random thoughts on the swap.

- AIM MXL Pista dash reads fuel just fine but it doesn't do any math that evens out the voltage that it is reading so the fuel percentage jumps around a lot. Not a huge deal. You can set granularity, so i have it set to full percentages with no decimal places. Still, with my fuel warning set to 10%, if i am nearing 30% fuel the reading jumps around enough to where the light is flashing constantly except if i'm going in a straight line.

- the mp90 supercharger is LOUD. Sounds like a tie fighter.

- wish i had a wideband wired into the harness.

More updates to come.

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