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Hi guys, been meaning to make a thread for awhile now.

My name is Elliot and this is my TSX.

Little background on the car. I don't know a ton about it. Saw it on a Chicagoland facebook group and after some research on the numerous problems 04-05s have I went and looked at the car and brought it home.

I live in Chicago and my previous project was a EG2 Del Sol with the OEM b16a3. Had the car for almost a decade until it was stolen in front of my apartment. Decided that as long as I lived in Chicago I wouldn't have a modded Honda. Bought a CBR600 in the spring thinking it'd hold me off, but just over a year after the Del Sol was stolen, the TSX made it's way into my garage.

YES! The car has 320,000+ miles. It's far from perfect. The bumpers are rough as hell and the hood has rock chips for days. There's a couple rust spots including a big spot on the drivers rear door. The left side is definitely worse than the right which tells me it sat on the side of the road and got snow and slush plowed into it alot.

The previous owner picked it up for a daily for his 2 kids so it had to be safe. He went through the usual probs, shakey axles, a/c compressor was dead, PS leaks. It had new oem Acura axles, a new A/C compressor, a bunch of new suspension bits, and a few other tasteful mods.

I never really liked TSX's UNLESS they have the aspec lip kit. The previous owner had sourced the front lip and sides, had it lowered on springs, and found some Accord sport wheels. He also did a full buff and polish and made the most of the paint on the car. After a quick test drive I was surprised it was as solid as it was. Too bouncy for me but that would be addressed.

After taking the car home I honestly only wanted to add a 8" JL audio sub/amp, a few interior mods, and coils eventually. As I dug more and more into the forums I found the RL brake upgrade and a week later the calipers and brackets were ordered.

After installing the sub/amp off the rear 6x9 wires. I immediately realized I'd need to ditch the stock amp and the weird EQ it sends to each channel. This opened the door for a full audio set up. Figured if I was going to do it I'd at least do an amp for the door speakers/sound deadening material/etc.

After stockpiling parts all fall I drove to my hometown for Christmas and also to utilize the shop my parents have.

Huge shoutout to Marcus and the gang at heeltoe automotive. Not only did I get alot of aftermarket stuff but ordered over $300 in random odds/ends/hardware from their OEM parts database.

Mod list of what I've done so far. Future plans include putting more miles on her! I may pick up a spare k24a2 swap to build in case the 320k mile motor decides to quit. Oh that and get the RL brakes on asap too.

Suspension:
Tein Flex-Z Coils
Hardrace front camber kit
Hardrace front LCA bushings
Hardrace front sway bar bushings
Wicked Tuning upper rear camber kit (already installed)
Ingalls rear camber/toe arms
New OEM RSB end links (what a PITA)
TL Type-S RSB
MOOG lower ball joints
MOOG inner and outer tie rods
Rolled fenders/trimmed fender liners
25mm Ichiba spacers front/no name 25mm spacers rear
New front hubs and wheel bearings
New OEM front sway bar end links

Brakes:
RL caliper BBK
12.8 Nissan 350z Brembo equipped rotors
Stainless front lines
EBC Redstuff pads front and rear
Fastbrakes rear BBK MDX 12.3" rotor (I believe)
Fastbrakes front rotor rings
Honda DOT3 fluid

Exterior:
Mugen grille
Mugen 06+ spoiler
Mugen window visors
A-Spec front/sides/rear lip (rear lip still needs paint/installed)
STI front lip
Side skirt extenders (wrapped with 3M cf vinyl)
Painted chrome window trim with SEM trim paint
Custom headlights (no amber reflectors/leds)
6k HID bulbs
6k LED HID bulbs (bright AF)
6k license plate LED lights
6k reverse LED lights
All tail/brake lights replaced with LEDs
06-08 windshield wiper arms (HUGE yet subtle difference)
06-08 rear tails
Painted chrome hood trim NHBP
Formfit Bug Guard
HIC rear window visor
ebay rear diffuser
ebay fog lights

Engine:
Serge Bo flashed ECU (7,700 RPM redline 4,500 RPM VTEC)
Injen CAI
Type-R valve cover/accord IM cover
DIY oil catch can setup
Ktuned mufflers
Amsoil Fully Synthetic 5w-30
Spoon magnetic drain plug
Mugen formula 2.5 oil cap
Mugen reservoir covers
K20A Type-R valve cover and accord IM cover

Drivetrain:
Ghostwerks built OEM trans (Euro-R casing, Si-LSD, new 2-4 gearsets)
Competition Clutch Stage 1.5 clutch
Competition Clutch 11.5lb flywheel
Speedfactory detent springs
Speedfactory shift selector springs
Ktuned MC/line/slave cylinder - Replaced with OEM EM2 CMC and OEM TSX slave - Ktuned stuff is junk
Hybrid Racing shifter bushings
Hybrid Racing shifter base bushings
New OEM Acura Axles (already installed)
GM Sychromesh trans fluid
Spoon magnetic trans drain plug
New OEM clutch pedal custom welded up for added durability

Interior:
Strut King pedals
Custom VIP tray (thanks Dale)
Buddy Club shift knob/Maven weighted knob/CTR knob/Spoon Duracon 6-speed knob
Crown Royal red 'Chicago Blackhawks' shift boot
6k LED interior lighting
Had a OEM tape player - replaced with a standard cubby)
Stinger digital voltmeter (in the not an ashtray cubby)
Broadway mirror
CB radio/PA speaker setup
LED lights under front door panels
Rear seat USB charger - 1 2.1A 1 1.1A port

Audio:
Stock head unit
Rockford Fosgate line driver
Focal Access 165A1 SG components - front
Focal Access 165A1 SG components - rear
Metra speaker brackets (cut to fit focals)
JL Audio 12w6 and JL HO ported box (speaker basket custom painted metallic dark red)
JL Audio slash series 300/4
JL Audio slash series 500/1
JL Audio Bass knob (custom mounted in center console)
JL Audio 4 ga power cable throughout
JL Audio 4 ga ground wires inside.
JL Audio batter terminals
JL Audio inline maxi fuse
JL Audio distribution block
Knuconceptz RCA's and speaker wire
Did the "Big 3" upgrade with 4 ga wiring. Including a power cable from the alternator to the battery.
GROM bluetooth integration module
~60 sq ft of sound deadening material and ensolite in the trunk/trunk lid/doors.
Removed the torsion bars and added trunk dampers (to remove rattles)

Okay pics:

When I bought it:


My EM2 peeking through in the back. Been in my family 10+ years and 286,000 miles on her too!


A week after I bought her.. I planned on mostly leaving her alone.



New headlights:



The parts pile:


04-05 vs 06+



Before:


And the teardown:












 

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Wholly cow... that's a awesome build and a very impressive list of mods. Definitely puts my list to shame. Thanks for sharing!

Bummer that your Del Sol was stolen. My cousin had a very clean EK Civic hatchback with a JDM B16A engine installed, and that was stolen in front of his house too. I love the 90's era Hondas, but man they're just too easy to steal.

What brand of sound deadener did you use, and how is it working for you? I was planning to sound deaden the doors when I upgrade my speakers, but haven't decided what to use. Does the Ensolite layer also help to reduce the noise?
 

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Wholly cow... that's a awesome build and a very impressive list of mods. Definitely puts my list to shame. Thanks for sharing!

Bummer that your Del Sol was stolen. My cousin had a very clean EK Civic hatchback with a JDM B16A engine installed, and that was stolen in front of his house too. I love the 90's era Hondas, but man they're just too easy to steal.

What brand of sound deadener did you use, and how is it working for you? I was planning to sound deaden the doors when I upgrade my speakers, but haven't decided what to use. Does the Ensolite layer also help to reduce the noise?
Thanks man, and yeah there are 9+ cars stolen every night in Chicago. It's a joke.

The sound deadener I used is here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00URUIKAK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Using a heat gun to prep the adhesive it worked really nicely. I've barely driven the car 5 miles so I'll report more back on if its quieter. I used a ton of deadener and ensolite on the doors in hopes of killing a few DB of road noise and providing something solid for the speakers to work with to "warm" the mids so they don't sound so "tinny"

Now that I'm looking at it, I only used 36 sq ft of sound deadener. If I could do it again I'd order 2 kits and double layer EVERYTHING. People said 80 mil is too thick for contours but with the roller and some force I didn't have a problem. Pry going to add a few layers to the trunk as it doesn't stand a chance to the JL W6 right now.
 

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Good work on the progress Id definitely suggest looking into a more battery and better alternator. i have all JL Audio equipment (1001/1,300/4, 12"W6's,) and ya replacing a blown out alternator out of town with hands tools sucks...
 

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Good work on the progress Id definitely suggest looking into a more battery and better alternator. i have all JL Audio equipment (1001/1,300/4, 12"W6's,) and ya replacing a blown out alternator out of town with hands tools sucks...
Battery will be upgraded whenever this one takes a dump. I'm only pushing ~65x4 for the doors and ~500 or less for the sub so I think I'm good with a factory alternator. If anything I'd just add a battery in the trunk before adding a HO alternator. Big 3 must have helped for what it's worth because I don't have any light dimming going on when the sub hits.

The equipment you have listed is like almost twice the output that I have so I'm not surprised you had problems lol.


Nice build! The accord sport wheels have a perfect looking fitment
Thanks, but they're also with 25mm spacers in the later pics. They're 18x8 +55 so with the spacers a +30. With the 235/45 tire it's scrape central on my fender liners.:mecry:
 

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Update!

Haven't done much as Chicago winters don't leave me with much desire to work on her (the shop in the pics are 2.5 hours from where I live)

I managed to score a sweet deal on some OEM honda fluids. Got 5 jugs of coolant, 2 ps fluids, 4 brake fluids, and 5 oem filters for $100. I'll wait til my next shop visit to replace the coolant.


Also managed to somehow fry the voice coil on my JL 12W6 so I sourced a BNIB woofer only used for display from a JL dealer. Such a kick in the nuts because the new sub was more than I paid for the old one and the box smh smh smh.

Couple pieces still waiting to go on: RL calipers, finally got a replacement for the one I ****ed up via snapped bleeder valve. I also got a TL-S rear sway bar and all new cam bolts/washers so I can finally get my RR toe perfect.

Kudos to 757accord for selling me his spare bug guard. Really a fan of how it mounts, and I gotta say it looks great with the Mugen grille and aspec/Sti-V lip combo. You guys tell me... don't mind how dirty the car is!


 

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Tried replying to your PM but it's full.

But glad you got it man! Very happy that it got there in good shape. Looks great!
 

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Not a problem man. Anytime!


PS. Know anyone wanting to buy a strut bar? Ultra Racing one at that lol
I've considered a different one but never the ultra racing. I'd post it up on the TSXclub FB group. I just found that recently and it moves quick! There's alot of dipshits on it but I do recognize some of the guys from here on there too.
 

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UPDATE:

Finally got around to installing my KTuned cmc/slave/line. Night and day difference!! Still have some random engagement issues but I'm thinking my clutch pedal is cracked and giving way.. Didn't really take any photos but what a PITA to get my big hands down in the small space where the CMC goes.

Also got around to installing my RL bbk kit - everything went super smoothly. Using EBC red stuff pads with the RL calipers - been using the same pads in the rear and they're definitely a nice street pad.

The brake pedal goes down a little further than I hoped for - looking into a TL-S brake MC/booster now.

Also scored a lightly used type-r valve cover for $50 so threw that on as well.

And for pics, sorry they're terrible.






Current mileage ~325,000

Next on the to-do list: install ingalls rear camber/toe arms and dial in front pre-load a bit more, reduce rear camber and get overall stance where I want it.
 

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Thats awesome that the previous owner hashed out the AC and axle issues. Car is coming along very nice, great work!

I had to bleed my system several times to get the brake pedal feeling right after doing the RL caliper install. The last two times I bleed it I did some hard stops in the wet and triggered the ABS a few times. I don't know if that was the magic trick or what but my brake pedal feels basically stock, maybe 5% different, you'd really have to drive a freshly bleed stock TSX then drive mine and even then I doubt most people would notice the difference.

I have the details in my thread, link in sig.
 
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