Apr 19, 2006 update to the Honda Civic SI project car

A Constant State of Preparation

With a NASA event at Carolina Motorsports Park just a few weeks away, we decided to take care of a few odds and ends on our 2002 Civic Si. First off, we bled the brakes.

Our Cobalt Friction Technologies pads are wearing very well and proved their worth lap after lap at VIR—ABS engagement was always just around the pedal-pressure corner, even at the end of a 45-minute session.

Our ATE fluid kept the pedal in its operational zone as well. We did one bleed during the SuperComp school and that kept things happy enough at the event, though we noticed things were again a little spongy as we loaded the car onto the trailer. This time around, we cracked open a fresh bottle of ATE Super Blue and, with the car on, gave each caliper a good 15-20 pumps. We’re back to our firm-as-new pedal feel.

Visually, we’ve made a few changes and replaced the small number panels with something more appropriate for the Civic Si’s mammoth doors. Also, since we now know we’re in Honda-Challenge H3, we had some class decals cut as well. Finally, some name/flag decals give driver information; you have no idea how handy that is when magazine editors are looking through pictures trying to find a particular car.

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