Nicely Balanced

David S.
Update by David S. Wallens to the Honda CRX HF project car
May 10, 2009

Time to dyno. Balanced Performance's facilities were just what we needed.
Our new hardware: a Hondata ECU.
To make the conversion, the original distributor had to go. We went with an MSD piece.
Ed knows ones and zeros. He's a tuning ninja, too.
And maybe we let some maintenance slip. Shop owner Jason Plante found some yuck inside our fuel filter.

Our CRX has returned to the front burner, as the engine work has begun. First, a disclaimer: We’re not trying to make our track car faster, but there was some weirdness that needed attention. The speed limiter was limiting our performance, and we seemed to randomly encounter misses at cruising altitude. The car would also throw a check engine light for no discernible reason.

The fix was an ECU redo: a Hondata computer tuned by Ed Senf. The swap took place at Atlanta’s Balanced Performance Motorsports, a friendly facility located not too far from Road Atlanta. They also have one of the nicest dyno cells around.

The installation also required converting the car from OBD0 to OBD1 specs, meaning we also had to swap the distributor. Locash harness adaptors made everything a plug-and-play operation. Look for the complete story in the magazine soon, but here are some teasers: Yes, there was some ECU weirdness, as Ed was genuinely surprised that we completed a track day without burning a valve or piston.

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thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand Dork
5/11/09 2:30 p.m.

That's a fun steering wheel you've got there

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/12/09 12:23 a.m.

That's a Momo Benetton F1 found NOS on eBay. It's comfy and goes with the whole late-'80s/early-'90s theme. Plus the price was right.

wbjones UltimaDork
5/17/09 9:27 a.m.

I one of your updates ( Some Quick CRX Updates ) you showed a link ( what may be the coolest thing ever ) but it won't load... error 404...

I have the same issue with my 91 CRX ( STS auto-x and CSP TT) and would like some more info...?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/18/09 3:04 p.m.

Shoot, we'll have to see if we can find another way to contact him.

wbjones UltimaDork
5/26/09 4:32 p.m.

any luck finding another way to contact him ?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/21/09 1:02 p.m.

No, no luck. We found him via

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