I picked this little DX up back in July to save gas on my 140 mile commute. Either of my Jeeps would have broken me during the first month at 15 mpg.
100% stock and 196kmiles when I bought her, I've put another 6k miles on her so far. The usual rear quarter rust and faded paint, but the interior is in pretty shape other than the seats. She burns maybe 1 quart of oil per month but I only see a small amount blue smoke when I rev the engine in the driveway. I easily get 39-41 MPG average per week so I'm not going to complain too much about a 200K engine using a little oil.
This is how she looked on day one.
I've started slowly restoring/modifying to my taste. So far it's been mostly cosmetic stuff as the car in in great shape for the age.
First was the Integra cup holder mod. Driving 45 minutes each way to work, a cup holder for my morning coffee was a must. When i first installed it the cup holder was angled up so much that it was almost un-useable. I added a bracket in the back or the holder pulling rear up and bringing the angle down to something much more useful.
Next was to cover the seats, the previous owner was using old black t shirts. I used the generic Honda seat covers found at advance auto for $25. Sorry I must have deleted those pics.
Wheels were next, I went with bronze TE37 replicas, but the color never really grew on me. Still much better looking than the 13" 1st Gen CRX rims that were on it to begin with though. I cut out the factory holes in installed Bosch yellow fogs about the same time.
You can really see the bad condition of the paint in this pic. The hood is very faded and chipped.
I added front and rear mud flaps. The rears are off a 90-91 but I added a home depot rear lip and it covered the gap. The fronts are civic flaps that have been modified to fit the CRX better. I heated them up with a heat gun and formed them to the sides and I think for the time being it came out looking pretty good, they will do at least until I find a better deal than $150 for a used set on ebay.
The rust shows pretty bad in these pics. I've already gotten my new patch panels but will probably wait until spring to start that work.
I bought a polisher a few weeks later and started working on the paint.
I added '90-'91 tails next. I had just solved my leaking tail light issue with my '88 lights only to inherit the same problem with these. Nothing that a little clear silicone won't fix.
Ordered these custom floor mats a few weeks ago on ebay. About $95 with lettering and shipping. I wish now I had order black instead of charcoal gray but these will do for now.
Last weekend I added this J's racing replica front lip. I looked around for a factory '88-89 but those seem to be hard to come by these days and this was IMO the best looking after market lip made for the CRX. Install was pretty easy, it took a few hours but most of that time was making sure it was lined up just like I wanted before riveting it on.
You can also see in this pic where I repainted the front fenders and hood. It looks so much better, but it still looks like someone sprayed it with a rattle can in the driveway, which I did, so I'll be paying someone else to spray the whole car once I get the rust repair done.
As I said before the bronze never really did it for me and I always saw brown more than anything so last week I stripped the wheels down and had a brilliant, almost chrome finish. After a little light sanding, with a fine scotch brite pad, I had the brushed aluminum finished I was going for. Sorry for the blurry pics.
Remove cracked/faded quarter panel window trim-looking for a tool to make this easier
Recover cracked upper door panels-started this project but the glue didn't stick so it's back to the drawing board.
Si rear sway bar- just came in last week, this goes in next!
90-91 LCAs- also came in last week. I'll swap these out before I put new springs and shocks.
SiR rear spoiler-on the way
Perforated leatherette heated seat skins from ebay
Ground Control springs
Koni yellow shocks
Engine mods??-not sure on this. I really need a dependable daily driver that gets good gas mileage but I sure would love a few extra horses to make this an even more fun quick car. For now, I'm driving her stock but I'm considering the MPFI swap with the possibility of an engine swap with the D15 kicks the bucket.
That's it for now, thank for looking.