Mods

The Modifications to the GD3.

The photo below shows the stock Fit before it all started in 2011. It was only supposed to get lowering springs and new wheels & tires… 



Infinity Speakers Part 2

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I ordered a front & rear set of Infinity Reference Speakers from Crutchfield.com back in November 2018.  It cost $180. USD shipped to Point Roberts. This also included application specific Metra speaker brackets & wiring harnesses for no additional charge.

Today I installed the Infinity Reference 6530CX 6.5” Component System in the front doors. The Crutchfield Instructors were very helpful and with my experience from the rear doors, installation was straight-forward..

The tweeters fit in the stock mount location perfectly. No modification required.

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 I was not able to use the speaker baffles as it went in too deep in the door and interfered with the window. The baffles cleared fine in the rear doors.

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The new speakers sounds GREAT! Although, I do hope it’s my ears and not my mind convincing me of the crisp audio I’m experiencing.


Infinity Speakers Part 1

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I ordered a front & rear set of Infinity Reference Speakers from Crutchfield.com back in November 2018.  It cost $180. USD shipped to Point Roberts. This also included application specific Metra speaker brackets & wiring harnesses for no additional charge.

Today I installed the 6.5” rear speakers (REF-6532ex). The Crutchfield Instructors were very helpful. I did the the rears first as the fronts will be a little more complicated since they are component speakers.

Given how the OEM speakers looked, I’m honeslty surprised they sounded decent. I’m looking forward to getting the front 6.5” Components installed.

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Significant difference in material and component size/quality.

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Pioneer Receiver

                        

Finally pulled the trigger and bought a Pioneer MVH-200EX Digital Multimedia Receiver from Crutchfield. Touch screen and does NOT play CD’s. I would have preferred a dial for volume control but the available models were so much more money..

I purchased from the US .com website for $169. (USD) along with the Metra 99-7872 Dash Kit, 70-1722 Receiver Wiring Harness and40-HD10 Antenna Adapter. The entire install kit was only $12.97 USD.  From the .ca website it’s $250. and $28. respectively. Shipping is Free from both sites but I saved on the GST, PST and recycling fee!

The Metra Kit was pretty nice. Fit & finish was pretty decent, say 8-9/10 compared to Honda OEM quality.  Installation was relatively straightforward. The instructions were quite helpful.  I also used an APPS2Car Parking Brake Bypass from Amazon.ca.  I may also wire the stock AUX port in the centre console to the deck. For now the AUX cable is hidden under the dash. Not a priority as Bluetooth and USB covers 99% usage.

Enkei RPF1

                        


Since I relegated my Rota Slipstreams for winter use, I was in need of new 16” summer shoes.

I decided to go with some higher quality wheels. My choice was the classic Enkei Racing RPF1. Made in Japan. Classic. Light weight cast wheels. Forged was not in my budget.  I would have preferred to source them in Canada, but I wanted them in Bronze. And only TireRack.com seemed to carry them in Bronze.

I placed an order with TireRack.com on March 26. I called them back on the 27th to check if they included the Enkei valve stems. They did NOT. The order did include plastic hub-centric rings and black 35mm lug nuts but no valve stems. Ok, adjusted the order to include them ($11. each).  They arrived in Point Roberts on March 30. They created a separate order for the valve stems and shipped them to me. It turned out they also dropped a valve stem in each wheel box. So, I’m ending up with two sets of valve stems. Since it was their mistake, the TireRack credited me the cost of the stems, as the cost of shipping would exceed the value. Great customer service!


UPDATE: April 5, 2018

I had my BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2 mounted on the RPF1’s at 1010Tires Vancouver.

$25. a tire plus taxes. Now they’re ready to go on the GD3!

Wheel & tire weights 33.2 lbs. on my scale. Tirerack advertised weight for Sport Comp-2 is 21 lbs. That leaves 12.2 lbs. for the wheels. I did not record the weight of the wheels only. Enkei advertises the 16x7 +35 4x100 at 13.7 lbs.


Wheel spacers

                        

I decided to add thicker spacers on my rear wheels. They previously had 3mm spacers.

The details:

5mm Hub Centric Aluminum (6061 T6) wheel spacers 4x100 56.1 CB

I moved the 3mm spacers to the front wheels. Now my effective offsets are:

Front   16x6.5 +42

Rear    16x6.5 +40

Clearance is still good.

BFG G-FORCE SPORT COMP-2

                        

My Yokohama S.drives needed replacing. One had a flat and all where at or near the wear bars.  I was just going to get another set of S.drives in 205/45R16, but a co-worker directed me to KalTire Vancouver (8130 Ontario St). They’re conveniently close to home and I got a decent deal on the BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2. These are a newer tire than the S.drives and performed better in the TireRack.com comparison with other Ultra High Performance Summer Tires. I also checked the TireRack.com specs of the BFG’s to ensure they were at least as wide as the Yoko’s. They were. They cost less than the S.drives. And the comparison test showed the Sport Comp-2‘s came out ahead of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport, the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 and the Yokohama S.drive (in that order).  Sold. The Sport Comp-2’s cost $138.10 each. And I’m supposed to receive a $50 Mail In Rebate from BFG.

I was pretty happy to have my 16” wheels & summer shoes on the GD3 again. I love how the car feels “serious” again.

Wheel & tire weights:

31.0 lbs. - 15x6.5 Rota Circuit 10 with 195/55R15 Falken Eurowinter HS439

33.6 lbs. - 16x6.5 Rota Slipstream with 205/45R16 BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2

Tirerack advertised weight of 21 lbs. for Sport Comp-2; equals a 12.6 lb. wheel


UPDATE: May 2, 2016

Unmounted, the tire shoulders looked rounder than the S.drives. But once mounted on the tires, I’m pretty happy with with how square and beefy the Sport Comp-2’s looks. The important thing is how they felt.. grippy! The Tirerack.com review mentioned tread noise. In all honesty, I can’t really tell.  So, right now I have zero complaints about the tire. They haven’t really been driven aggressively in rain yet so we shall see about wet traction.. but they’re supposed to be very good in that respect.


New spark plugs

                        

I bought a set of Denso Iridium IK22 (5310) spark plugs. I bought it off eBay from Titan Motorsports, Inc. for $27.88 USD. It ended up costing $42.45 USD including shipping and importing.

Installation was easy as I purchased a 5/8” spark plug socket and an 3/8” ratchet extension (6”).  Installed finger tight, then 1/4- 1/2 turn of the socket. I did use anti-seize (very sparingly) on the plugs. I chose not to use dielectric grease on the ceramic sections of the plugs as the stock plugs did not have them.  I unplugged the battery to reset the ECU.


Wiper modification

                        

This is called the JDM wiper mod even though Japan Domestic Market Fits didn’t have this from the factory. Basically, the resting position of the wiper is vertical instead of the stock horizontal. Supposedly, there is less dust & grime build up in this position. We shall see...

I followed this on fitfreak.net. It was easy, about 30 minutes of work (not rushing).

Removing the hatch panel wasn’t that bad, just took my time to pull it slowly from one side to the other.  The wiper arm came off easily. Then I worked from inside my trunk with the hatch closed. I did not unplug the one connector running from the assembly to the car frame. I did unplug the three connectors from motor side. Use the proper size philips head to avoid stripping the screws.

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Aligning the arm was easy since it had been raining and the wiper path was clearly visible.

I tested everything before popping the panel back.



Progress RSB

                        

I installed my Progress Rear Anti-Roll bar today. It was straightforward to install with the proper tools.

I jacked up the car from the rear centre jack point and set the car down on jack stands so that the wheels were off the ground. I left the wheels on even though the directions instructed me to remove them. The Swift Sport springs are short enough that I could just pull them out without unbolting the lower shock mount point. I suspect this would be the case for any other lowering spring with at least the same drop. Removal of the spring is required to easily drop the bolts in and tighten them with a 6mm hex wrench & 17mm socket.  Blue Loctite and torqued to 40 ft/lb as per instructions.

I drove the car only briefly to settle the suspension and to see how it felt. I was only able to hit one circular onramp and the improvement was quite noticeable. Definitely felt more planted, less roll and more neutral. I’m pretty sure more seat time will only re-affirm this.

Mugen strut bar

                        

I bought this strut bar from a local fitfreak.net user back in September 2012.  It’s been sitting in my living room all this time.  I finally, decided to install it today.

This is purely an esthetic mod to dress up the engine bay with something cool & shiny. It’s Mugen and it looks cool.  Enough said.  I don’t expect it to do anything with respect to chassis rigidity. At least that would be measurable...


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