It's been a few months. Time for an update I guess? lol
I'd been having an issue for a while now where my battery light would blip when I hit high rpms (7.5k+)
After a bit of research, it sounded like my alternator was probably on its way out. So I picked up a new one from RockAuto (my first time ordering from them actually. It went smooth enough. Was weird though, not buying oem! lol)
Here are a couple photos of the alternator:
I didn't feel like jacking up the car, removing the driver side wheel, disconnecting the lca, and removing the driver-side axle just to get the alternator out. So I decided to go out from the top. I was still running the original intake manifold gasket that came on my jdm ITR engine years ago, so I figured I can kill two birds. So i pulled off the intake manifold, which game me tons of room to pull the alternator out from the top.
I cleaned up the mating surfaces on the intake manifold and cylinder head, prepping them for a new oem gasket. While I was at it, I picked up new oem gaskets for the throttle body and IACV.
Since I had to drain the coolant in order to pull the intake manifold, I figured that would also be a good time to finally finish a project I started years ago. When I had previously installed my Defi gauges with my old D16a6, I had rigged up a collection of hoses and connectors to attach the water temp. sensor to the back of the block. I was never really happy with that particular setup, and I knew that I wanted to go a different route when I eventually connected the sensor to the B18c5. So I had purchased a new oem water neck, and had my brother tap it for the sensor. That part has been sitting in my garage for years, and now I finally bolted it up to the block.
Here are a couple photos of it:
Now that everything was put back together, it was time to put the radiator drain plug back in, and fill it back up. Well, the [crummy] Mishimoto radiator drain plug snapped in half (with very little torque applied to it.) It turns out that Mishimoto used a really funky size for their radiator drain plug, and it wasn't as easy as just heading to a local hardware store to get something to stick in there. From some research though, it turns out that it's the same size as BMW oil drain plugs. So I was able to source one of those fairly easily. I picked one up from ECS Tuning:
I know none of that is particularly exciting, but my CRX is running good again (I can rev it passed 7.5k for the first time in 8 months!), and I can monitor my water temp. and oil pressure with my Defi gauges again. So it's exciting for me. lol
Also....while I was doing some organizing in my garage recently, I came across my old set of magnetic race numbers. So I just had to slap them on for a photo.