My "new" Civic DX Coupe

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by jcp123, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Thanks for the update, James.
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  2. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice! We need pictures of that last part.
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  3. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    I was so busy after getting home, I didn't even get to put the stickers on yet!
  4. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Ugh, I need to update here. Most of the stickers are on. I'll snag a pic of the extra-generic round shift knob (it's nearly perfect, btw).

    Haven't done much but drive it. I did, however, put some red poly shifter bushings in. I would hardly call its shift action before this crappy, but I wasn't completely satisfied either. The rubber ones were in remarkably good shape, and it had no side-to-side slop, but it felt just a bit more squishy than I had been led to believe. Even mature automotive enthusiasts regard Honda shifters from this era as some of the best ever made, after all. With the poly bushings, it now feels like what I had expected: laser-guided, precise, firm, better able to take hamhanded shifts, but more soundly rewarding slow-is-fast, precise ones. It takes the last bit of unwanted vagueness out of any and all shifts, especially those with any side-to-side gate movements, and takes shifting off my mind to concentrate better on my situational awareness, and hypermiling. Maybe the only better shifter in existence is a Ferrari gated shifter. But I'll likely never have the pleasure of knowing.

    Ok, ok, it has some downsides: I now REALLY like that 5-4 downshift. And oddly enough, the crisp action reminds me enough of the almost equally good shifter in my SVT Focus, that I have occasionally developed a habit of reaching for a 6th gear.
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  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nice work on the shifter. That was a better shifter than my Fit, even stock. It's rods instead of my current cables which are more vague. A transmission fluid change helps too - I just got one after 9 years and it's a notable improvement.

    Yeah a 6th gear would be nice.
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  6. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Yeah, rod linkages rule. Noted on the fluid change! IIRC they just take 10w30 motor oil in the trans? Ehh, I'll figure it out.

    Oh, I forgot a little nod to why Hondas are considered easy to work on and well engineered: the rear bushing below the shifter has to fit over a flared or flanged endpiece. That flare was designed in a shape which allows you to work it over the flange from an angle once the bushing is lubed. It's a functional retainer and its own tool all in one. That minute kind of thought and detail work is remarkable.
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I think the best-shiting car I had was my 89 Civic Si. I'm not sure if that was a linkage or cable shifter , but
    it was accurate , tight ( meaning not sloppy ) and precise. I'm a firm believer that most people that drive
    manuals don't really have a clue about the "right" way to shift. Lots of them think the whole object is to move(slam)
    the shifter from one gear to the next as fast as possible , without really giving the synchros a chance to work.
    I discovered this from the manual cars that I purchased used. In fact , I probably wouldn't buy a used one again.
    But I do intend to buy a new manual car , and I'm looking at them all the time.
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Is this how you do it?
  9. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That was right, as of when manuals were more common. Most of those people don't drive manuals any more. Back when more of them did, most also had a remarkably poor sense of which gear the engine wanted to be in.

    The two worst-shifting manual cars I ever drove were my brother's Volkwagens. The Dasher required frequent trips under the car to lubricate the linkage. The Jetta linkage started vague, and became so much more so that distinguishing whether one was shifting into reverse or first gear became impossible. Taking off in reverse when a stoplight turns green can be interesting. My GLC (rod linkage) had one of the better FWD shifters, although not as good as some Hondas.

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