7th Generation (2003-2008) vehicle added by SpeedyGee, Saturday 15th Mar, 2014
SpeedyGee added a new Honda to the garage:
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Such a fresh looking car dude.
Did she finally get over her photophobia mate?
Agree with @PeteMM, she's looking really fresh and clean.
She doesn't have photophobia, it's me who can't take a decent pic of her LOL
Need @PeteMM (or yourself DD) to teach me how
Looks like new.
How long have you had her?
Do your Epsilons have the original lacquer over the diamond cut, or have you worked on them?
Thanks Nel, think I'm into my fifth year of owner her.
I had the Epsilons refurbed just after I got her.
So this was how I bought my car (nick named Roobix) back in November 2009, she was still young and had only 67K miles on her.
The very first mods I carried out was I got her tinted and had the alloys refurbed (as you can see in the picture above they were slighy scuffed). I went for a slighter darker tone on the alloys, to give more of a contrast with cars Satin Silver look.
CarPC install, when I was looking for an Accord back in 2007, I was attracted by the Exec spec partly because I could port over my CarPC from my previous car and make use of the Sat Nav screen.
I used the carpc for entertainment and navigation. Basically back in those days, there wasn't any viable option to allow video to be display input into the screen.
So I took the brave step of working out what video signals go from the DVD drive to the screen. I worked out that I need an RGB signal with separate signal to inject into the screen, so I needed a scan converter to convert from VGA to RGBs. For the switching from Sat Nav drive to PC I used crude relay setup (I had intended to look at electronic switching but the relay setup worked well so I never got round to looking into this).
This was me figuring out the wiring
This is the video switching cable that I came up with
Here's a pic showing the CarPC running after full installation
The stalk you see attached to the steering level was my main control for the CarPC, it gave me, next song, prev song, Back, OK, Page Up, Page Down and scroll control.
This was basically all I needed to control the CarPC all by fingertip control.
I ran with the CarPC until the hard drive failed in the PC itself, I took the PC inside but never got round to fixing it.
With the lack of CarPC, I had a brief look at output the display of my phone onto the Sat Nav screen, see this thread for full details Electrical & Lights - Project - Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) on Sat Nav Screen • Honda Karma
I never really made use of this function though as I needed a way to control the phone without it being a distraction to the driving.
Fog lights mod ... my offside fog light was really badly crusted up, so I ordered a replacement one off ebay and decided to install LED bulbs at the same time.
On the left you can see the old crusted up fog light and the old bulbs.
On the right the replacement fog light and the new LED Cree bulbs.
Here'e a before pic of the fog lights
Full details can be found in this guide Front Fog Light Replacement • Honda Karma
A few weeks back I started having a problem with one of the front calipers sticking. My CL9 actually has Accord Type-R (CH1) calipers, so these were starting to show their age. I had slowly over a number of months felt that I had been losing braking power. I do a lot of motorway driving and I could feel that the brakes just weren't as sharp as when I first did the conversion. Also the handbrake for the rear wheels had a lot of travel and it also wasn't functioning effectively.
One Friday afternoon I got home, parked up, got out of the car and I could distinctly smell brake pad burning smell. So very early next morning I first called a Listers Honda delearship in Shirley and got a quote for new genuine discs and pads. If memory serves me right I was quoted £250 all in. So I then called Holdcroft Honda and spoke to Gareth, Gareth gave me a quote for £150 and said that they had the items in stock. So off I went on the 70 mile round trip to Stoke-on-Trent to pick up the discs and pads.
When I removed the ATR callipers on the front, the cause of lack of braking and sticking brake pads became apparent. As you can see in the picture below, after blow some compressed air through the top calliper (smaller one) still refused to budge. It was jammed solid. So I used some big channel lock pliers to get it free. After removal I gave both pistons a good clean. The internal part of both pistons (sorry no pictures) cleaned up nicely and was no signs of rust which was a relief.
After sorting the pistons out, I tested the callipers by placing a block of wood in the middle and then pushing compressed air into the fluid chamber, this pushed out both callipers. I repeated this a few times to verify that neither pistons were sticking.
I think blocked up the holes and went over the pistons with a sand blaster. The results were stunning, all the rust around the outside was instantly blasted off, leaving smooth clean looking calipers as you can see below.
This is how my discs looked prior to replacing, with a nice big lip on edge.
I basically did a clean and strip of the front brakes similar to what CJ did in this thread Front Brakes: Strip, Clean, Lubricate & Paint
and this how the they looked after being being stripped, cleaned and having new genuine Honda discs and pads installed.
SpeedyGee updated Speedys Accord
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Good work bud! Looking forward to seeing more of the car's updates.
Great job and good to know you've got your brakes working properly.
SpeedyGee updated Speedys Accord - Roobix
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Good job buddy, Atleast your piston came out mine is as good as welded. Did you replace the seals or where they ok ?
Seals were fine but I will be checking calipers are working correctly at each service now.
It's good to finally see the early days of your Accord! It's strange to think just how long you've had her now.
The car PC needs revitalising as there's tons of cool things which would be built off that, you could run a dashcam with the footage backlog stored and synced with a home PC automatically. Set-up things like calendar syncing for in-car notifications, or even just all the push notifications from your phone altogether. Besides, HK in the car would be pretty cool too
The CarPC has been in two Mazdas and two Accords, I kind of got bored of it.
I might revisit the the Android integration at some point. Need a easy way to control the android device like I had with the CarPC though.