EM1 Refresh Build Thread

**NOTE started this build thread a little over a year ago so just transferring build thread from honda-tech so far to get up to date **

**Little background story: My first car was a 99 em1 milano red and i ended up getting rid of it for my 2011 civic si in 2012, ive been searching for another one ever since. In 2014 i became serious about purchasing a 2nd vehicle and i was on the hunt for either a EBP EM1 or an S2000 needless to say its alot easier to find a clean S2000 and that’s what ended up happening. While i still continued to search for EM1s never exactly found clean ones somewhat close by and reasonably priced, i would search craigslist for them about once a month or so and one sunday just happen to say ehh let me just check around and bam the car was posted 5hrs ago and i was all over it, made arrangements for the next morning and brought it back home.

Car Info: So the car is a 2000 civic si Electron Blue Pearl, 94k original miles 2 owner all stock down to shift knob, radio/cassette,exhaust,intake etc just the way i always wanted it. Also has full oem lip kit and previous owner had another trunk with the oem optional wing along with 2 sets of floor mats, 30x oem oil filters. Previous owner also had a folder with receipts for recent work on the car including timing belt, water pump, clutch master cylinder, slave cylinder, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, rotors, brake pads, all new fluids in motor and tranny, new spark plug wires, dizzy cap and rotor. battery, battery tie down/rods.

So with the car being stock and so original i really dont want to do much to it and i enjoy seeing it stock but however i do want to refresh the car so i’ve made a few part orders with my local honda dealer and still have a few more things to order but so far i’ve gotten all new window moldings, roof moldings, door pillar moldings, side mirrors glass, exhaust axleback, exhaust tip, H and CIVIC emblem for trunk, clutch master cylinder, clutch master cylinder reservoir/cap/bracket, sunvisors, hazard switch, valve cover gasket kit, spark plug cover, numerous new bolts.

Once seeing the car and going for a test drive their was two things that really stuck out to me and it was the car wasn’t really loud but i could tell had a exhaust leak and also when engaging the clutch the clutch master cylinder was making a popping noise. So first thing i did was order a new axleback exhaust from honda and was a very easy install no rusted bolts or anything came out very easily about 30 min install id guess, Secondly ordered all new oem clutch master cylinder/ reservoir/cap/bracket. Didn’t want to do the CMC right away because its mid summer here and i really don’t like working on cars in the heat and i’ve only driven the car about 5-6 times since i’ve bought it so didn’t really see the need to do it right away. But anyways ended up doing the CMC about 2 weeks ago took maybe an hour and a half with all new reservoir/cap/bracket. Sooo much smoother and enjoyable without popping noise. The CMC that was in the car was an exedy oem replacement and only had about 1-2k miles on it so i would say avoid buying at all cost lol.

Another thing that bothered me was the valve cover it was redone im guessing while the timing belt/water pump was being done and it doesn’t look bad but its just glossier then the oem finish and the wrinkle is a bit thicker so i ended up finding another b16 valve cover locally and sent it to this powdercoating company in NY that i was referred to and i looked at their photos and their wrinkle black finish is on point so sent it out got it back in like 10 days and it looks amazing, haven’t installed any other parts reason being i wanted to tackle the dirty jobs before installing all the pretty parts in the engine bay last thing i want to do is put new motor mounts in which i should be ordering soon and can finally start digging into this build.

End goal for this build is to remain mostly factory with the exception of a few things, coilovers not sure which yet, set of regamasters or possibly waiting to see what happens with the new M7s rumored to be releasing and lastly a set of ek9 red recaros because i can’t stand the oem si seats. Doing this build thread because i did one with my s2000 and its nice to look back and see the progress.

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Nice :+1:t3: post some pics of it

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You left out the important stuff! Pictures! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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Sorry transferring the post from honda-tech to here so copied the text and now doing photos lol

3 main motor mounts, fender liners, radiator overflow tank/hose/cap, windshield fluid cap, AC line caps, oil dip stick, power steering tank bracket, radiator hose clamp and bracket, driver side ebp door handle, ebp trunk garnish, interior trunk panel, rear Si emblem and more numerous bolts and nuts.

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Great work fam ! These cars are nice to drive once you tweak it a little to your liking :ok_hand: keep the content coming :popcorn:

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thanks man got alot coming lol

Welp that didnt last long, decided to atleast do the motor mounts got to the tranny mount and driver mount , while taking them out i had to remove a few things that i had bought brand new so replaced them while i had them out. radiator hose plastic clamp, power steering tank bracket, intake lid box bolts

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Didnt get much photos but ended up finally having time to do the rear motor mount, also picked up a used exhaust manifold shield, trying to see what i can do to get it as close to brand new looking as possible lol

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manifold cover should be done from powdercoat tomorrow also dropped off the front oem strut bar to get redone black , also found another ek9 steering wheel in better condition so i grabbed that and will be selling my other one, and got a little order from honda, nuts for the strut bar, two nuts for the post mount, A/C line bracket and bolt.

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had some time to swap the radiator hose clamp, radiator bracket and radiator overflow tank/cap/ hoses. Also figured id change out the 3 bolts securing the fuse box under the hood. While going to put a new bolt in i dropped it and slip under the battery tray (facepalm) so decided to take out battery and tray and clean up the bay while looking for the bolt, found it and put everything back together.



Before


Before


New bolts

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Got the strut bar and heatshield from powdercoat and i think came out really nice






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Nice weekend off got to install the ek9 steering wheel and oh man it looks so perfect, also changed out the A/C line bracket and headlight bolts, and ground bolt.





Old bolts


New bolts

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New everything. Looking good!

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Love it man, you got a clean EM1!

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Thanks ive got alot more to swap over from honda-tech but it would only allow me to reply so many times to the thread within 24hrs :confused:

Another day off, unfortunately i lowered the insurance coverage on the em1 so shes done till next season with that said it allowed me to take a few things off to send to powdercoat. Intake arm/ manifold Breather tube, power steering hose bracket, throttle cable bracket, A/C bracket and radiator overflow tank bracket and power steering mounting bracket cant wait to get these back. Going to look at something tonight hopefully for the em1, hope their clean and ill have another update tonight

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Welp after about a 3 and a half hour round trip i got them pretty clean just gonna give a quick cleaning first

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Got the parts back from powdercoat today and they look amazing cant wait to get it all back together…

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Finally got them in!



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