• 240Z / EK9: New Z- & R- books for my Archives

    When i was investigating my archives for the EK9 typeRX post, i realized i have some gaps in my know-how and probably should read a bit more about the EK9 and TypeR’s in general. So i looked up some good japanese Mooks (Magazine Books). At the same time i got offered some nice Books about the Datsun at only the shipping costs. Who am i to turn down such an offer? So over the last few days these here arrived one by one in my mailbox: The Datsun book on the left is maybe a bit special, because it features an british RHD “Euro Final Spec” Car on the cover.…

  • EK9: Civic EK9 TypeRx special edition, specification & details

    After owning my EK9 for so many years now, i just found out today that my EK9 is actually not a standard TypeR, but a TypeRx special edition! I’m quite excited and shocked i didn’t know this all the time! Naturally, i had to investigate the topic, and i’d like to share my findings with you. Wherever possible i tried to use official documents and sources for this post. Let’s look deep into the differences between the regular TypeR and the Rx version and how i figured this out. Honda made two special Editions of the EK9: One is the N1 or Race-base “lightweight” edition, which is an EK9 inteneded…

  • EK9: Spare Seat & Japanese EK9 recaro repair shop found

    Recently a Friend of mine pointed me towards a facebook ad for an EK9 recaro seat in switzerland with a fair price. I was a bit sceptic and probably wouldn’t have checked out after a 3hour drive only. Luckily i was in that area anyway and thought i’d give it a look. and long story short. I have a Spare EK9 OEM recaro. As you would expect it has several wear and tear problems, the common problems with the OEM Recaros, but otherwise it’s in good shape: And aside from the seat rail and the missing bottom net (which i have NOS spare’s in stock) it’s complete: I’m not sure…

  • EK9: Battery tie-down back to OEM

    I was never a big fan of the chunky SKunk2 billet aluminum battery tie-down. Mainly because it was not fitting the “JDM” theme. But i had it installed for a few years now, since the original one started to have it’s paint chip off in large pieces and the quality and fitment of it is really good. When i had the car partially repainted recently, i decided to also have the OEM battery tie-down repainted after i gave it a sandblast and it turned out nice: So, back it went  (both Skunk2 and OEM are shown here): And well, it doesn’t make a huge impact or anything, but i somehow…

  • EK9: Capitalseating Recaro spare parts delivery

    If you own an EK9 oder DC2 Honda, you know that the seats sides are one of the weak points of the car, which usually is worn out pretty quick and looks ugly. especially because it’s the first thing you see whenever the door is open. I have been planning refurbish my seats since a while, but only now since the rest of the car has been overhauled, i thought it was time to attack that last remaining area to get her back in a show condition. And then my friend Rene also asked for some parts, so it was time for a group buy. I was not sure which…

  • EK9: Back from the Paintshop & detailing

    On saturday i was able to pick up my EK9 from Renè’s Paintshop. And boy does the car look goo! Instead of re-painting the hood as well, we decided to save that money, give the few stone-chips a simple pencil-brush-up and instead get the paint a complete polish and waxing. Also Rene and his team were nice enough to Detail some areas. Look at the difference! left cleaned, right before! The Spoon Kevlar intake hose which had a crappy rattle-can spray job from yours truly, got a nice sand and filling, then a proper paintjob, along with the Factory battery tie-down. Before: After: On the car itself the front bumper…

  • PLACES: EK9 delivery to Autolackprofis & Paintshop tour

    One of the nicest guys in the “car scene”, if you want so, must be Rene. A car guy with real passion and much of unerstatement. I know him from the earlier days over at the Swiss Hondaholics forum, but his career has brought him from his dad paintshop to being one of the most recgarded high-end car paint shops in switzerland. I’ve promised h im a few times that i’ll bring him my Cars, and finally the stars aligned. So after having my car up on the lift for a few final cheks before the seasons first rollout: I took the car to a tour through crowded Zürich And…

  • EK9: Paintshop preparation

    So. the 240Z project has gained a bit of speed again, so it’s time to also take care about my beloved EK9 before summer sason starts. I’m going to send it to the paintshop nect week. so i decided to remove the under panel again for some easyier access for them. Once you have installed the brackets, it’s only five bolts to install / Remove this panel, so that’s really great. The main reason is this nasty paint chip on the front lip, which you can see from far away: But i also thought it might be worth to take care of some other battle scars: And stone chips: While…

  • EK9: GoldMook & MotorFan EK9 TypeR Knowledge Magazines

    So, recently i acquired a set of Japanese “Mooks” (Magazine books) about the EK9. They’re both of the prefacelift model evolution, since i wasn’t able to find later versions. I think they didn’t produce a lot of “facelift” magazines, since they changes were mostly cosmetic. The first one is the “GoldMook GT-Series No.3”. It includes a full reprint of the original pre-facelift EK9 brochure in the centerfold: But also design sketches of the EK9 rear wing by Chief design Akira Shimoyama Of Honda’s design studio C, responsible for the EK9 and others: You’ll find a lot of information from the lead engineers of the EK9’s various parts like suspension: Engine,…

  • EK9: Honda Dealer sign & Workshop manuals

    Today i made a great deal. After getting my Datsun Dealer sign for my workshop, i thought it would be nice to get one from Honda for the Civic too, but really didn’t want to spend a fortune. I put a Search advert online and then forgot about it. A few weeks later, while looking for something else on the website, i realized that some guy had just answered me the day before and said he had an original Honda Dealer sign. A few messages back and forth and today i was able to pick up the sign an hour away from my home: It is a bit rough around…