Since Nancy was purchased over year ago, we've never had an issue with the clutch. Shifts were smooth and the clutch grabbed well. We at RestorationCRX believe that no restoration should be complete without at least inspecting the clutch and flywheel. We were lucky we did...
We have absolutely no idea how many miles were driven on this disc but as you can see it was on its last legs. Time to go shopping.
We couldn't find any new OEM clutches or flywheels from Honda so a unanimous decision was made to go with the next best option. We opted for factory replacement parts from Exedy, a long-time OEM supplier for Honda.
Oh and we could've just resurfaced the stock flywheel but that wouldn't have been very RestorationCRX-esque.
We've used Exedy products in the past and have always gone for some of their more popular performance models. However for this restoration, simply going with their factory replacement parts was more than enough as we didn't have plans to upgrade the output of our D16A6.
In total, the Exedy clutch kit and flywheel cost us a little under $200. Both can be found on Amazon. Very affordable for quality parts from a well known brand. We can't wait to get these installed for our next video update.
With the underbody complete, we decided that we'd might as well take care of the engine bay. Watching our technician go at it with a higher pressure sprayer was quite a spectacle.
With the thermostat complete, it was now time to reinstall the radiator so we could move on with the rest of the car.
The guys over at AutoBlog just published an article debating what they thought was the greatest 4-cylinder engine of all time.
Look at the comments section and unsurprisingly, you'll see a lot of love for the stuff that came out of Honda's engineering department.
And although we can't argue with engines like the F20C, B16s, B18s, K20s and K24s, we're going to go ahead and add our beloved D16A6 to the conversation.
Yes we're very well aware that the engine in our CR-X doesn't even have VTEC but with 200,000 miles on the clock and a bunch of neglect seen in our earlier posts, this little 1.6 workhorse still managed to pump out perfect compression #s (not to mention that it drives and feels great).
Nancy was still sporting the original OEM radiator from when the car left it's showroom floor. It was definitely time for a replacement. We'll be replacing the entire radiator, hoses, and thermostat to bring new life to our CR-X's cooling capabilities.
For now, enjoy some photos of how not to treat your vehicle's cooling system.
So now with the oil pan installed and engine block cleaned, it was time to reinstall our exhaust manifold. As the final nut was being torqued down, we heard a grimacing "snap" as the ratchet made it's final turn. It was obvious we had snapped yet another stud.
With the oil pan back on, we set our attention to this lovely mess. This is what years of oil leaks and neglect looks like. Thank you previous owner.
As you can imagine, it's a bit of challenge finding a clean, unmolested and unmodified CR-X Si. A big reason why we purchased Nancy was the fact that it retained all of it's original parts. No cheap intakes, valve covers or a replacement engine/transmission.
We can't wait to get everything washed and looking "showroom" clean. OEM replacement parts have been ordered and we'll be doing a full inspection on our stock D16A6 along with a dynorun to see what 25 years and 200k miles have done to our workhorse.