JDM 98 spec DC2 Type R, Phoenix Yellow, K20 conversion, wiretuck. Rescued from being broken for spares, all work done by me! From bare shell to Banzai & Honda Tuner featured B road weapon
Former car - no longer own this car
Model code DC2
Purchase date August 2012
Doors 3 Doors
Body type Hatchback
Fuel type Petrol
Aspiration N/A (Normally Aspirated)
Engine size 2.0 Litres
Engine position Front Engined
Driven wheels Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Awards, mag features and links
- Banzai magazine June '13, "K Class" full feature
- Honda Tuner magazine October '13 "Second Chance" full feature
- THRLL Facebook cover photo Nov '12
Engine & Transmission
- K20A2 engine swap
- JDM DC5 gearbox (LSD)
- Exedy OEM clutch
- Clockwise Motion super-lightweight flywheel
- PRB (RSX Type S) Engine loom
- Tegiwa carbon fibre spark plug cover
- Tegiwa black anodised oil cap
- Colour coded cam cover
- MPH converter
- Tegiwa thermal insulating inlet gasket & TB gasket
- Hybrid Racing swap mounts, Street 60A
- Sparkks Racing swap wiring harness
- Tegiwa swap radiator & Hybrid Racing hoses
- Tegiwa coolant adapter
- Hybrid Racing K-Swap cold air intake
- RBC intake manifold with Tegiwa adapter
- Hondata K-Pro (PRB)
- K-Tuned tucked fuel system
- Tegiwa swap exhaust manifold
- Fujitsubo RM-01A exhaust system
- HEL clutch line
- Tegiwa swap shifter plate
- Honda Integra DC5 shifter box
- Hybrid racing shifter cables
- Custom EP3/DC2 hybrid driveshafts
- Racing Logic Hyper Street coilovers
- Tegiwa rigid subframe collars
- Skunk2 heavyweight gear knob.
- Pioneer head unit (ipod only, no aerial!)
- Battery relocated to boot
- Fusebox relocated to glovebox
- OEM optional extra rear strut brace
- 12x3 front plate
- "K20 YO" Private plate
- Honda Jazz washer jets
- 6000K HID kit
- LED side lights
- LED front fog lights
Stats & Figures
- 13.3 @ 103mph 1/4 mile
- 165 ft/lb
- 1060kg with half a tank
Wheels & Brakes
- Rays Engineering Volk SE37K, staggered
- Sprint SW98 16" wheels (Direct OE replicas)
- Spoon twin block 4 pot calipers
- Project Mu pads
- CRN grooved discs
- HEL braided lines
Extras & factory options
- Aerial delete
- ABS delete
- Air con delete
- SRS delete
- Full wire-tucked engine bay
Planned future mods
- PAS kit (forearms ache after every parking maneuver!
- Newest first
- Oldest first
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 modsAwards, mag features and linksHonda Tuner magazine October '13 "Second Chance" full featureWheels & BrakesSpoon twin block 4 pot calipers
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-09-25 11:38:41Last night I managed to get the brakes I've always wanted for it. I fitted them for a mate 3 years ago and asked for first refusal should he ever sell the car, and he has been teasing me with them ever since. He's a great guy and true to his word he's selling up and let me know they were for sale so I snapped them up!
Finished at 11pm last night, I also changed the passenger side shaft and a few other little bits and pieces, so there aren't any decent pics of it as is but I took it to work today so here's a quick snap.
Really happy with them, it's a sin to have a yellow dc2 without these calipers, looks so right!
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-09-17 09:46:25Rolling shot from the trip down to JAE, despite the weather I had a great time, good to meet up with old and new faces, Status Error, 6two1 and loads more!
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-09-07 19:02:46Dropped the car off at Body and Tuning in mansfield to get the arches rolled and rust-prooved, picked it up today and I'm really happy with the work, the arches are now fully waxoyled and protected inside and out. So I got it home and fitted the wheels, really happy with how it looks!
The rear tyres catch ever so slightly on really rough roads, but I didn't want the arches flaring so it'll have to be smaller tyres, no big deal as they are oversize as they are. Just the decals to go back on now and that should be it exterior wise.
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-08-27 11:50:42Good news, it's all fixed :) Bad news, arches will need rolling to fit the wheels unless I get some narrower tyres (225/45/16s at the moment so meaty to say the least!). Test fitted one of the 16x8s on the rear and it looks like this (front pic makes it look quite a bit worse than it is lol)
Better pic of the wheels, they came with plenty of caked on JDM dirt so I'll have to give them a good scrub :(
So yeah, some arch work needed there. I've tried reverse staggering them and the 8s are just not going on the front at all lol, soon as I hit a bump with the steering lock on they'd ruin the wings. The 7s fit lovely though so I'll get the rear arches done to accomodate the 8s.
I put the OEM wheels back on and took it for a hoon, I'd forgotten how much fun it is. The pickup in 2nd is just awesome, makes the 330d feel ike a right slouch. Pulled over for a quick pic
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 modsWheels & BrakesRays Engineering Volk SE37K, staggered
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-07-25 14:06:01Sadly the teg has spent most of this month either being towed home or in the garage.
At the end of last month I went to Japshow with the Tokyo Collective boys. I got 6.1 runs in and set my personal best time (on 4 wheels anyway!) of 13.3 at 103.5, very happy with that considering it was on road legal tyres, full weight and no launch control. I even beat a stock evo 8 :D
Why 6.1 runs? Well because on the 7th the driveshaft snapped in front of a packed grandstand and bank, resulting in an embarrassing push back to the pit area, and ultimately a tow home from the BMW :(
I replaced the shaft, its a fairly common problem (even with the lack of torque) on k swaps and older Hondas in general, there were 2 more on the day so I didn't think anything else of it. Then I went to drive ti to work the next day, bang, it pops out of its inner CV. Cue pushing it over 3 lanes of very busy roundabout into some services (terrifying) and towing it back later on....again.
Closer inspection revealed a bent rear mount bracket, I've had this welded before but it looks like it's gone again. It is missing a weld-on piece as I bought the mounts second hand, I didn't think this'd be that much of an issues but apparently so. So I've had to order a new set of mounts which should be here this week. I've got a set of EP3 shafts, so along with the remaining bits of the snapped/pulled apart shafts I can build 2 good driveshafts using mainly OEM Honda bits which should be tougher.
Hopefully it should be fixed this weekend!
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 modsStats & Figures13.3 @ 103mph 1/4 mile
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 modsStats & Figures165 ft/lbStats & Figures1060kg with half a tankStats & Figures231bhp
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-06-03 18:42:27Took the day off today and went to see Romain at Eurospec for a remap. The map that was on the car this morning was from my DC5 so not ideal at all really but closer than standard. Romain did a power run first thing and it was 216bhp and running pretty lean. After he worked his magic it's now 231bhp peak with a load more throughout the range so I'm really happy. It drove so nice on the way home, really responsive and gaining speed "over 50mph" was very easy compred to the trip down!
A pic of it on the rollers;
I'll get a graph up of the power later on, my phone's died from using the nav :(
Also when I got back I filled up and after a keen drive down and back playing with new found powerrrrr, as well as the tanning on the rollers it still got over 325 miles to the fuel light. Clawing back those pennies spent on the swap!
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-05-31 10:38:13Had a hard week with this car. I took it to PPC in the Park at Mallory and had a track session booked. Firstly my s2000 track wheels wouldn't fit due to gay offset (prob should have checked this) so I had to go out on the white wheels with kumhos, turned out to not be too bad a thing as the car was flying anyway. Some pics before it all went wrong;
It started losing a bit of power, so I pulled into the pits and the engine cut out and turned over real slow, when it finally coughed into life it was knocking :(
I limped it home but it was getting really loud, so to save showering some poor soul with bits of broken engine should it throw a rod I pulled into to a layby about 10 miles from home and went to get the BMW and a tow rope.
Sat around sulking for most of Sunday morning after then cracked on in the afternoon, but with no one around to help I couldn't lift the engine out til Monday night.
Split the engine down and sold the cylinder head (still good) plus a load of stuff from another DC2 I was breaking, picked up the replacement engine on Sunday afternoon. My friend George came round to help me lift it out of the missus' 1 series (lol) but had to dash off. So I built it up as much as I could without stuff that was going to get in the way;
Another mate (Ry) turned up to help me lift it into the car, this was around 2:30pm;
By 6:30pm it was running :) Bumper back on (off due to towing)
Noticed it was leaking coolant, looks like a scumbag stone flicked up while towing with no bumper and holed the rad, joy. Luckily a new swap rad was in stock at work and I fitted that last night, just need to bleed, can't be running a car up with poly engine mounts up at 10pm lol.
Can't wait to drive it again.
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-05-16 08:05:27New exhaust on :) Bit louder down low but definitely faster up top! Not a massive jap can either so I'm happy.
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 mods2013-05-15 08:02:54This weekend the car was on the Banzai magazine stand as it's in this month's issue :D Here's a pic of it on the stand looking pretty underpowered next to a 450bhp evo and a 900bhp GTR
And a sneaky pic of the feature, it's 7 pages and the first feature in the mag, it's out on the 16th :) So happy to have a car featured, maybe a bit sad but it's a proper achievement for me!
On Sunday I set about whipping the gearbox out as I bought a DC5 gearbox last week. While it was out I fitted a Clockwise Motion flywheel with an exedy OEM clutch. This is the lightest flywheel I have ever felt at about 2.8kg and still all steel :shock: So box out;
Old vs new flywheel
Clutch and flywheel on;
Before I put the box back in I decided to try and minimize vibes by "slotting" the mount inserts. No big deal if this didn't work as we have loads at work and they're cheap enough. So before;
Didn't quite go as smoothly as I had hoped but it seems to have worked and the slots are out of site so I don't mind too much.
Picked up a new clutch from work yesterday and got it all back together last night;
Drove it to work today and it's sweet! The DC5 LSD has made a huge difference, it's a Type R again :D Also the DC5 has a shorter 4th and 5th so the 3rd-4th change should really help on track. The mounts are softer too, getting closer to an OEM feel.
Also at Japfest I managed to pick up a Fujitsubo exhaust on recommendation from a very good tuner (much better for flow than the twinloop for obvious reasons!) so I will be swapping the twinloop for this one day this week, then it's going to PPC in the park at Mallory this weekend, got a 15 min track slot booked so should be a good test for it.
It's a busy month!
Former car - no longer own this car34 updates 53 followers 57 modsAwards, mag features and linksBanzai magazine June '13, "K Class" full feature