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End of the STAGE 1 preparation

This entry is part 21 of 41 in the series TrackDays EF7 HONDA CRX

After a lot of time spent on the traction bar, I finally see the end of the tunnel with the engine swap and drive-train modifications. A short stop at my local Honda dealership and back to the workshop to finalize the B16a engine !!

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OEM Honda parts to finish things.

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Always use a brand new pulley bolt when you reinstall it.

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Brand new clutch. This is an OEM-replacement quality clutch that is meant to hold close to 200 bhp, so no need to go for an expensive performance aftermarket one.

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Engine to gearbox reinforcements and a shinny new block off plate.

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With the new traction bar, I can finally install my new radiator. This one usually suits TYPE-R Integras (again !). It’s 4 centimeters taller and twice thicker compared to the CRX original one. Should be cold enough I think !

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Very excited to see the car like this !

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I needed to connect my harness to the gearbox VSS. The CRX comes from factory with a cable system for this and I finally found the right connector on a forum.

Thank you to the guy that saw my pictures on a forum and found the solution for me !!

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A set of new spark plugs and ignition wires to prepare for the first start.

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The top of the radiator reaches the factory radiator mounts. It was really worth getting rid of the oem crossbar and go for a custom solution.

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Okkk, turn the ignition on, fuel pump ok, wet hands, and … it starts ! After a few hesitations the engine starts and runs ‘not so good’ during less than a minute. Probably due to the long storage period but after everything’s fine !

Idle is ok, around 900 rpm. I take time to double check everything and wait for the radiator fan to starts with eyes on temperature gauges.

I’am really happy to hear this engine running perfectly and proud to have made all those efforts for my first project. This car is the first one I’m working on like this and after a lot of time, frustrations, hard choices to make … I stop the engine with an ENORMOUS smile on the face !!!

STAGE 1 done !

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