Lithuanian 1992 Shuttle named "Gargamel".

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  • I heard of two people that installed Hybrid TSX short shifter and hybrid RSX shift cables there’s a little modification on the end of the shift linkage transmission side after that it’ll work and shift amazingly they said (they installed it on there D series RT4WD wagon) if you’ll like to do that to help/improve shifting that’s your best bet. I have the the same setup in a box waiting to be installed.


    38 laps sound great with the wagon with no major incidents besides the it overheating, haha the stock seats are terrible while taking corners fast.

    wow that’s definitely a road trip a lot of miles you put in, haha fish bowl windows with trucks, pickups, SUVs the their headlights always punching the back of my head too definitely annoying.

  • TadasTadas Wagonist

    The winter is over, but wagon works seem to keep piling on!

    I have done some fixes that I deemed necessary to make the wagon more reliable:

    • I think I absolutely resolved my leaking engine oil problem with swapping a vtec gasket.
    • I bought a new power steering hose that was rubbing on to the belt.
    • Got a brand new alternator, and it was such a pain to install, I needed to take off the axles!
    • Swapped the powersteering fluid, belt and cleaned the PS pump while I was in there.
    • Made a new grounding wire in engine bay

    Furthermore, I had an issue with the cheap front upper suspension arms so I decided to buy a proper hardrace kit, since it resolved all my issues in the rear of the wagon.

    These are very sturdy in comparison to the $99 ones and probably will last much longer.

    Onto some good news - our local JDM club went for a 200 mile drive to a neighboring countries capital for a big car show. However, one of our honda's decided to lose spark

    Being who we are of course we bought new ignition coil for the distributor, fixed the car and got to the car meet a few hours late.

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    Here are some pictures from the show:

    Even if we were late and had problems getting there AND cleaning our cars, I think it still turned out quite well!

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    Lastly, as always I need to make a list of things that need fixing or upgrading.

    I do have to say that the wagon has never been more healthy than it is now.

    I must say that I am ALMOST finished with the suspension and engine, basically all the mechanical things on the wagon.

    There is less and less things that must be done, and that I want to do just as an upgrade.

    Here are the things I plan on doing in very near future:

    • Buy new wheels that are less black
    • Install new hardrace suspension arms and make sure the alignment is set
    • Resolve the issue with Edelbrock intake manifold rubbing onto firewall/brake platics (buy engine mounts?)
    • Buy a new trunk rubber seal that goes around the opening from CRV.
    • Upgrade the sound system
    • Buy a new shifter
    • Make headlight adjustments
    • Adjust intake cone for clearance
    • Find new window washers like 76810-S5D-A01
    • New engine oil cap emblem

    I have a lot more things that can and do need doing, but having a manageable list and driving the wagon as much as possible is the top priority

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    New week new work done to the wagon!


    I did get new wheels that are a perfect fit in size, and finally the tires seem to fit nicely, since there are no 215-225 tires for 8js.

    THe wheels I got are 7.5J ET20 15s JR31:


    My wagon learning to fly, or swapping wheels.

    Not the best quality pictures that would do it justice, but I am sure I will get better shots from upcoming events.

    I do have to say the car now looks more fun/sporty, the best comparison I can give is it looks like it is wearing fresh Nike sneakers with white base.


    Also, I did an alignment to make the more stable for highway, I went from -2 front to -1.5 and from -1.5 back to -1.

    The difference it makes with the new more narrow wheels and less camber is just great, the car is much more planted and less jittery.

    This means I can blast normal euro highway speeds with confidence.

    Oh just before this I got the hardrace camber arms installed and it changed caster a bit, but I am not sure I can notice it, or if it even makes a difference.

    I also adjusted the intake filter for less rub, and I ordered all the small bits and pieces.

    Lastly, I made the orders for the sound system, and here is the latest 90s looking release of the Blaupunkt head unit that is very period correct AND has all the latest tech in it. Not cheap at around $450, but it is just so so cool. I cannot wait to get all of it together.

    I also went on a scavenger hunt to get the smaller part of our top cargo area cover, which I plan on using as a place to put on standing speakers that also look period correct.

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    Summer is starting this week, so time for another update! I've been working on wagon non-stop.

    Got a brand new keychain, even if a small addition it feels awesome.

    Got very cheap window washers, one of them works, and one of them is quite sad. However, the drivers side one makes a nice mist, so I am happy with it.

    Next I got a brand new rubber that goes around the trunk opening - it was quite expensive, but it comes from the 3rd generation CRV and fits almost perfectly, it is just a tad too big, however as we all know rubber tends to shrink down with age. This one seals much better since it is wider itself. I highly recommend it for anyone experiencing problems with leaky trunk seals or wind noise.


    Superhatch was kind enough to gift me this wonderful engine mount. I hoped the rattly noise coming from engine compartment was due to edelbrock intake manifold rubbing onto the firewall and brake booster plastic.

    It took me two days and two new bolts to make this swap. Result is the wagon feels like a racecar. It seems that I am sitting INSIDE the engine. And the devil sound that rattles is still there so I will have to swap this engine back to the OEM one.

    During this I made other small cleanup adjustments in the engine compartment, setting things as nicely as I can.


    Next, I spent two weeks working on sound system installation and wiring, which required modifying doors, getting new wires to go into the said doors and all over the car. Long story short - I think we killed the amplifier since it was shorting out by speaker connector touching the inside of the doors, so I am waiting for a new one.

    Here are some pictures of the fun times with the audio system which still needs work:

    We had many long nights of work that look similar to this

    I skipped all the hours of work making insulations, cutting spacing and things, but as final touch I cut up the stock plastic covers and wrapped them in expensive feeling speaker cloth/mesh. I think the result is just wonderful.

    Furthermore, with a help of a friend I made a rear speaker shelf using the stock brackets and a board, which took a bunch of work. But, after wrapping it in some nice cloth it looks fantastic.

    Lastly, I have connected the compact sub, which I will take a better picture of later on, and since the front speakers give out wayy too much mid's and high's I might need to get a bigger subwoofer.

    Got a new NRG heavy shift knob - it feels just right, a bit chonky and solid. The only problem is it gets very hot during the summer.

    Oh, finally since the oil does not leak away from the engine any more, at least not at high rate of speed, I had to empty the catch can for the first time. It was quarter of a coffee cup of gunky oil

    I relocated some of the hoses and wires in the engine bay, refilled the oil to the top of the norm, replaced missing clips from the trunk plastic, checked the distributor cap, torqued the wheels and set the tire pressures.

    Next week there is a bigger local car show, so I have to get ready for it, working on small exterior chips and some of interior issues I got.

    As usual Honda keeps stealing my time, but getting people closer together and giving me sunday ride joy.

    Here are a few fun pictures of a meet we were late to due to the sound system installation:

    Clearly there are quite a few people interested and I am as happy as it gets standing there.

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    More work is done, but as soon as I take a step forward, it seems there is a need to also take a step back:

    • I got a clutch pedal spring that was missing from a friend, it was quite a pain to install.
    • I painted some of the chipped things all over the car interior and exterior BLACK.
    • Some of the leather came apart from the dashboard due to exposure to sun which needed fixing:
    • I I brushed the rear strut bar aluminum to refresh the look, and repainted the front bar black.

    However, a bad scenario took place - I left my car parked for a moment to get a coffee and this person forgot to put his car into park, and it just rolled down into my Honda:

    I hope that the bracket of the bumper is fine, and that the geometry and things are ok. The hit seems to be mild but still it did mess up the car quite a bit.

    I do feel slightly upset that I will need to deal with the insurance company and worry about the bent parts, make sure the colors match during paint, order new turn signal if I can source it, and get a new number plate.

  • keep up the great work always inspiring, sad to see the shuttle got hit by a park car thats very upsetting from someones dumb mistake

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    First thing first, my bumper got fixed! It cost the insurance company 750 euro.

    Second, I have got an upgraded 4 channel 100 rms each amp for my front speakers.

    It works very well, and I have set the gain to only 50%

    Also, I sold the pioneer subwoofer I had, since it could not keep up with ~700 watts of sound from my speakers.

    I got this beast that is 30cm (12inches) of diameter, in an aluminum case.

    It has fat wires and hits like a truck, furthermore, it installs right into the spare wheel place AND comes with all the hardware.

    Lastly before the trip I had done quite a few small works, including repainting of things and getting ready for a really good event.

    However, during the trip I did find a few things that need fixing before the next event.

    Best thing about this summer so far was going to one of the best car culture events in the nation called Chill'n'Grill that is like a mini Pebble beach style weekend in a nice location.

    We went there as 4 EF owners. Here are the pictures of the event:


    Please tell me what you think about the new wheel set up.

  • More small updates!

    I changed the oil and started working on all kinds of small annoying things that keep bothering me.

    I will be driving the car more, to work and back and this means I will be working on it more.

    Here are some pictures from various events:



  • I've got more events done and more problems!

    Small big ones are that my alternator is not alternating due to slippy belt and probably my main relay is not relaying things, so the car sometimes runs like crap and has engine light on.

    Some good news thou - the rubbery parts of front traction rods, and got the caster to be within proper parameters (with shimming).


    Oh, also the worn out front sway bar rubbers got replaced.

    I got a bunch of new parts for the wagon, but not all of them got installed just yet:

    I also found some old pictures when my shuttle first got its engine torn out. Fun to see how far it has come:

    That is my current D16z6 when I first got it.

    And that is my friends and I getting rid of the old D16A6.

    Back to the present day - Trip to another town to a civic meeting!


    I really do need to fix the small issues that are happening and keep on driving the wagon while the weather allows it!

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    Update - the new alternator I had apparently came with a different size pulley and was causing problems. I got that swapped to the old one.

    I still need to take the main fuel relay to be checked, I have heard they can be restored.

    Things that got done since the last time:

    • Front lower ball joint rubbers replaced with new
    • Both front bearings replaced with new
    • Both front hubs and studs replaced with new
    • All new top/bottom rubbers replaced on rear differential
    • New mount and "finger" installed for rear differential
    • New rear brake lines made from interior
    • New rubber lines installed for rear brakes
    • Rear drum brake refresh - new pads, cylinders and springs
    • Front brake calipers rebuilt with new parts
    • Brake fluid replaced


    Might not be the most fun update, but hey it is very important to finish up the suspension/drivetrain things and redo the brakes.

    This way my wagon is super ready when the spring time comes.

  • Love how you take care of your wagon so much time effort out into it. What bushings/rubbers did you go with for the rear differential? Also do you have the part numbers for the front hubs/bearings

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