May 20, 2008 update to the Honda CRX HF project car

CRX Makes Its Track Debut

Hey look, it's our CRX! Cool green wheels, huh?
Once at Roebling we set up camp.
A NASA HPDE is a great, relaxing way to spend a weekend.
Between sessions we'd just check the oil and tires. Easy.
Since everyone behaved, on the way home we stopped for Whataburger.

It’s a bit buzzy on the highway, but fortunately the CD player works and we remembered to grab some Metallica.

It was an ambitious plan: Prepare a 20-year-old CRX for a NASA Southeast track event in about a week. Add in some magazine deadlines plus some travel for work, and it was a tall order. Well, we made it.

As planned, we left for Roebling Road Raceway this past Saturday morning. (Yeah, the event had already started, but we had Police tickets for Friday night.) We arrived around lunchtime, unpacked the car, bolted on our Nitto race tires and visited Tech.

We made it through Tech with no drama at all (everyone was so nice there), cleaned the windshield, checked the oil and waited for our next session.

The car was a dream to drive on track. There were no handling ills, braking problems or other quirks. In fact, we made it through five 20-minute sessions that weekend without one problem. We never even rotated the tires because we didn’t see any wear. We never added any oil. The brakes were awesome.

Between sessions we’d just check the oil, clean the windshield and torque the lugs. That was about it. We noticed some coolant inside the left-front wheel well after our final session, but we think the overflow bottle just burped since the temp gauge never showed anything abnormal.

At the end of Sunday’s action, the car made it back to Florida—a four-hour trip once stops are figured in—with no problems. It’s a bit buzzy on the highway, but fortunately the CD player works and we remembered to grab some Metallica.

Fuel prices are a big concern today. Roebling Road is about 215 miles away, and by our math we got about 26 mpg on the trip. (Not bad considering we were turning 4500 rpm the whole way there.) On track, we used a little less than five gallons per hour of track time.

We still have a to-do list, as the car can definitely use a harness. We ran a CG Lock this weekend. It helped, but we were still sliding about. (The car has custom vinyl-covered Si seats.) We have a Kirk Racing roll bar on the way to help with harness installation. The roll bar should also help if things ever go horribly wrong.

We also have new brake hoses on the way. Goodridge was out of braided lines for our application, so we ran the stock rubber hoses. They looked fine when we did the brake work last week, but while mounting the street tires for the drive home we noticed a nick in one line. Goodridge lines have been ordered from The Tire Rack and should be here soon.

Since we don’t know the history of this engine, a new timing belt is in the works. While we’re doing that we’re also going to replace the engine mounts. We believe they’re the old Place Racing mounts, and they’re not the most comfortable things out there. Some HASPORT mounts should make the car a bit more comfortable around town. There’s also a slip-fit connector in the exhaust system that needs to be replaced with something a bit more solid.

There are also some cosmetic issues to address. Some of the trim needs to be repainted, and we need to repair the climate control’s face plate. We also need a right-side mirror. Basically this is all minor stuff.

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GlennS
GlennS Dork
5/21/08 11:53 a.m.

brave choice on the wheel color! It could have been a bit more neon though

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/21/08 12:16 p.m.

I love those wheels. And honestly, I can't remember a set that got more attention. They're Takata Green Rota J.SPLs. They have appeared in the magazine before on different cars.

Gearhead_42
Gearhead_42 Dork
5/21/08 12:28 p.m.

I say this every time a CRX of that generation shows up... I soooo miss my '91 :(

Looking forward to the progress on this one!

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
5/22/08 2:11 p.m.

I'd be interested in seeing a mini-review on the CG-lock device.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/22/08 3:55 p.m.

Just for you, we actually have some in-depth editorial on the CG-Lock planned.

bluej
bluej SuperDork
5/23/08 10:53 a.m.

a used CG lock was one of the best $20 i ever spent.

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