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    • Honda FD1 manual 
    • SUBI B4 manual OR
    • Honda GP1 auto

    What is your choice and why?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage true that. But this car ground clearance is the best fit for SL roads as well since almost all the jap cars are having very low ground clearance. There were not even single instance that i got mine under body scratched even with full 5 people and shit loads of goods in boot.

      Its just the mind set that car sale owners and brokers have made. I'm someone who goes against the general norm :D i hate 121 for the price they ask. its a shittier car to own having 0 features (no one can justify the price against what it got). And for those who claims it does alot of KMPL i know many friends who says otherwise and most of them got rid of the car as it gave so much trouble during their ownership.

      My mom owns a City(GD8 model) which we bought back in 2012 after selling our starlet and i had to go through alot to change their mind set to settle for a Honda. But now she doesn't want to sell the car even after almost 9 years of ownership. That car is totally worth for its money. There were alot who claimed those are not good and trannies give away very soon. But I do 15k interval oil changes for tranny and its still on original tranny and have clocked closed to 170k on the clock and still no issues with plenty of leg space, boot space and looks too. Even the parts are available and not expensive either.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      Yes...in SL its all about the broker/car sales people stories and what raises next door lathas flirty eye lashes.

      To be fair, the 121 100, 110 Corollas are reliable cars. Only hitch is the examples we have in SL have gone through so many cheap hands that 99% of them are utter rubbish.

    4. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      Yeah the myths on cars are crazy, my Starlet got 8kmpl when I get trigger happy but I tried to do one run with no shenanigans and I still only got 9.5 in the city (Its a 3 speed auto). Whenever I see Starlet owners claiming their cars do "14 AC, 18 no AC" (Living in a tropical country I don't even know why the f**k the no AC is part of a metric anyway) I lose a few braincells.

      But their word is what makes or breaks a car, Camry's used to sell for 2.2-2.3 mil, now they sell for 3.5 - 4.1. :(

      But yeah @PerfMad the Honda City was such a good little soldier but it unfortunately got molested. I don't know if the car had a 'powerful' engine (I remember VTEC being written on the cover) but not sure, I think the fastest that little shitter ever did was 160-170 on the A9. Definitely didn't know it was a 'Thailand' car until a later date.

      Speaking of such cars we have some good memories of a pre-facelift Vios as well. Definitely did not feel any crazy difference between the 121 and the Vios per se. I think the Vios was better specced with leather seats and such.

  1. GP1 or FD1 manual ?? What are the issues I may encounter during the ownership of a manual FD1 assuming the millage is around 150k where my GP is in 70k range..

    Is it a good opinion to exchange or go for a FD? (only reason to go for FD is cz it got a MANUAL tranny ❤️ )

    #feelingconfused

  2. Guys my brother is looking for a Mazda Familia 323 or the same year wagon (AUTO transmission car). Any known issues or things I should be aware of while doing pre-inspections? and how about the spares availability? Anything I should know ? Never owned a Mazda in a our family :D 

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    2. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      @DerpyDantehahahahahaha what a f**kin joke.. petrol does 15 LOL seriously. It doesnt do more than 7. trust me. Thats why the bluebird doesnt have a market at all. I've had friends who owned bluebirds and none of them do more than 7. Nissans doesnt do anything more than 9. Neither a Toyota auto. Don't believe those crap. Even an alto doesnt do 15 lol. Here's an advice. Dont buy from car sales. I've bought pristine cars from sales and my engine blew in less than a week. They f**k you up and you wont even know. 97 bluebirds doesnt go for that high. if you are buying a bluebird buy it for 16 if its an english number. If its a normal 301 then 15 is the price. 

      I'm located in Welisara

    3. DerpyDante

      DerpyDante

      Informative. Thank you. I’m located in Kandy, quite far from Welisara

       

      When I was looking for a Manual Nissan Fb 14 petrol, sellers have told me it works 14/l long distance, is that bs too?

    4. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      manual fb14 will do 14 in the highway. But not in city

  3. How can we identify which oil can do 10k.. for an example, given below is the oil I used .

    image.png.505da8fea96a8c6efb9ca94c43668022.png

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      This is whats been used by agents and they always says it should be changed every 5k intervals. Well i mostly do highway runs and less city traffic driving. However, since mine is a hybrid cant control the idle stop times 😬😬

    3. Kavvz

      Kavvz

      I don't have a lot of experience with hybrids, but just going on logic: Having a hybrids probably means your ICE engine runs less and is under less stress (warms-start-stops aren't hard on the engine, as the oil is at temp etc its the initial cold start that mostly causes wear)- So if you are doing a fair bit of highway runs, I feel you can easily push past the 5k limit with fully synthetic oil such as this. I would shoot for a one year or 8500km oil change window, what ever comes first for this kind of oil....(And if you are anything like me that means it will be around 9k when you finally get around to taking the car in for its oil change... 😆 )

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks brooo.. I usually change the oil at correct intervals .. im kinda planning to change the service location as at agents  prices have gone up.

  4. I'm currently running on 0w-20 and planning to switch to 10k oil with same viscosity if available because i'm doing 5k every 3 months.. My question is, if I change from semi to fully synthetic, someday if I stop using car more often, can I switch back to semi-synthetic just by changing the oil? Or do i have to do some cleaning before switching ??

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    2. The Don

      The Don

      If you are switching between semi and full its probably a good idea to use some extra oil of the type you are switching to, to flush the system through. 

    3. iRage

      iRage

      May I ask why you feel you should switch to semi-synthetic when the car is not being used often ? Cost of oil is not justified ?

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage sorry my mistake.. Im currently running on full synthetic oil. My question is, is it ok to swap to 10k oil from this? and if someday I stop using the car more often then i can switch back to 5k synthatic oil as before without any additional cost or cleaning?

       

  5. Aftermarket universal hand rest any good??

  6. Merc project is officially off the hook. Car was sold last week. I hope the new owner will continue the restoration project and get it into running condition soon.

  7. what are your insights on purchasing a evo 4/5 or sti 4/5 probably a conversion? How about the durability of the parts and how difficult is it to source parts? Is it a good decision as im planning to use it as a daily and roughly do 1500km per month..

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      Well...adjustable dampers are pretty good....so don't discount one with a TEIN or..damn..what is the brand assorciated with a lizard ?...upgrade. See if you can adjust the dampening levels and see what it feels like. I think the adjustable dampers would be more versatiley...you can set yourself a parent-friendly setting...kid friendly setting...friend friendly setting....I am all alone and want to go bonkers setting...just think of all the possibilities ! Typically 8-10 different adjustment levels !!! Lets not even get in to the damber and height adjustment possibilities and the # of permutations of setting that offers you ! OMG !!!

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage thanks for the explanation. Now the hardest part is to source a stock manual evo or sti. Most of them are heavily modified and i don't want stage 2 clutch on a daily :D 

    4. iRage

      iRage

      Well..look on the bright side...you won't have to work on your glutes and quads at the gym :) 

      uhh...well...at least those on your left...

  8. Is it true that ECU remap with stage 1, will provide better fuel efficiency than stock mapping and increase in power throughout the rpm band ?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      hmmm i guess its better to stick to the stock mapping. Thanks for the valuable advices.. I'm kinda bored with the car now so thought of doing couple of mods to increase bit of pulling power or else to go back to a manual tranny with a turbo kit..

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Start with less radical mods like intake

      Ie performance filter and and exhaust, even an injector cleaner helps 

      Turbo is expensive but the most rewarding yet it comes with an array of mods 

      Intake, exhaust perhaps 

      ECU upgrade, manifold, fmic so on. 

      Expect atleast 400k for a proper job 

       

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @tiv are you familiar with i-tunedCh**ps ? was planning to get mine tuneup from them with a stage 1 not quite sure how much HP it will increase though.

  9. My vision of the Mercedes W124 after its full restoration.

    image.thumb.png.c75cafdacbbaf7b51cc6fc13cde9c7c5.png
    Paint job is exactly the same... with black fabric interior (without headlight wipers and sun roof)

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Magnum yes because the last version, which was manufactured from 1995/1996 onwards were from India with fabric seats. They are cheap quality materials and most the parts are not what's used in cars which were made in germany. So the reliability and the resale value is low.

    3. Magnum

      Magnum

      Not only that, it also had an issue with the wiring harness. After sometime the wiring start degrading and crap out.

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Magnum true that. I don't think even the body structure is the same quality. 

  10. Seems like Merc project will come to an end. No time to spend on it to follow it up due to this covid situation and my availability. Someone has seen the car and it interested in it. Might sell it to him to continue with the remaining part of the project :( 

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage yah. Father doesn't want to sell it as the paint job is so perfect. I personally selected the two tone colour since i was going to purchase it from him. But the restoration project took so long and i got fedup going there to see no improvement in the progress during 1st and 2nd covid season. And i wanted to purchase a hybrid as my monthly commute increased and wanted some way of keeping the fuel cost down.

      Someone has seen the car and has asked for it. So father has told his expected price. Let's see how its gonna end. To sad to see it leaving as its a 5 cylinder diesel :( 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Ado no. 

      But then again, I get what you mean. Projects can suck. Parts are no where to be found sometimes, lying buggers, scammers, mechanics are lethargic and can screw up the work, now Corona. 

      I respect your dedication. I'm here already fed up of my Hawk 250 and now I think I'm going to sell it. Have talked to a few interested parties. It has been plagued by the above mentioned issues too as most projects are. 

      Its been 7 months and it has only run 3 kms... Just 3. 

      Yesterday I was working on the brakes and I found a wooden block in place of the brake pad.. Wooden brake pad. The bike has been kept well on the outside, no leaks, chrome is well kept, wiring works, all the meters and dash worked, etc.impressive on a 36 year old motorbike.

      But on the inside, it seems to have been the playground of a bunch of Maka bases. 

      The calipers have been hand painted, wood brake pads, dirty air filter, broken chain adjusters, it had the wrong rocker arms, engine valves from a Bajaj pulsar, both carbs leaking from almost every orifice, main harness under the frame has been pecked...but being a Honda, it ran without complaint. 

      I managed to fix most of the above issues and am impressed myself as all the others I have met in the hawk club seem to be atleast 15-20 years older than me as these are the only people who know them or have run them in the past. 

      But end of the day, I'm young, I'm not ultra-rich, I'm no Freddie Alles or Jay Leno, I'm not an early-retirement case.. Resources and time are limited, have to use that time either learning or putting miles on the odometer. There's a certain point after which you get fed up and it just isn't worth it anymore.  

      So I guess, it's sad but alright to move on. Wanted to see your completed W124, a fan of them myself, which you already knew. 

      Hopefully, when the resources are in place, can get ourselves into one someday! One can never know, right? 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @AVANTE sad to hear your story broo.. Yah i feel you. I went through the same shit. Mostly it took time to find the windscreen clips. Had to order those from the company twice as they have ordered incorrect item so that only took good 3 months due to covid. And that hold the final paint job for quite a good bit.

      But last time i went it was all done. Paint was pretty sick + door molding set yet to be painted and buffers. One of the rear buffer had couple of spots to be addressed by a fiber worker, but that got dragged as well. Other than that everything else was in good shape as i saw and the AC blower unit restored as well. so there is lot of time and money put in to this to make it perfect. I don't no what else needs to be addressed during assembling though cz i needed it to be trouble free (mostly as brandnew).

      Hmm anyways i hope it will end up in a better home than mine. Cz only Merc lovers visit that shop and pretty sure someone who already having a car is interested on this.

      Yah one day i will either purchase a good condition one or restore one somehow.. #ONEDAY 

  11. I always had a soft spot for a car with a manual tranny. Every time I see a car, I like with a manual tranny for sale, feel like trading my FIT and go for it :D 

  12. Is there anyone who fixed the GP4 spoiler on a GP1? I want to know how it's being done before purchasing a spoiler.
    Does it require drilling? anybody with experience please shed some light.

    attached below is the reference of the spoiler im looking for.

    image.png.37994417abf163d2ba24ca950fbba5ba.png

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    2. iRage

      iRage

      @PerfMad..a taped spoiler is not going to be that strong is it ?

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @iRage i guess .. it depends on the quality of the tape and weight of the spoiler isn't it? I do highway runs frequently so it should hold upto 100kmph atleast :D 

    4. iRage

      iRage

      That is the thing...you will never know until it comes off :D 

  13. Ok Guys another interesting topic !!

    As most of you aware GP series has a known issue of oil burning regardless of the chassis series (as per Stafford), so i just did a small research and found out couple of solutions that are currently in place. I know this has been discussed in a separate thread but i guess this aspect was not included in that discussion(if im not mistaken).

    1) Clean the pistons, rings and plugs and reuse it (not quite sure how long you can run before you get the same issue again.) any idea in KM?
    2) Engine swap (which is not sure as you don't know the series which this engine belongs to)
    3) Fully rebuild the engine with the corrected rebuild kit -> 100% guaranteed method
    4) Well this is the newest one I found. Garages remove the pistons and do a modification to the ring groove and then put a new set of rings which suites it. And this seems to be a successful solution as well. A Garage I knows have done this for 4 cars and so far no complains (they have been doing this since couple of years it seems). Cost is almost like half the price including labor.

    So point 1 and 4 are open for discussion...

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    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad AFAIK both piston and piston ring have been redesigned - Honda wouldn't replace all four pistons along with the rings otherwise...

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @Hyaenidae i thought the piston ring groove has a redesign and the ring as well.

    4. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad Not sure what the exact redesign is but I'm really not sure a "modified" piston could be as viable as a redesigned piston that has been manufactured from the scratch. I wouldn't risk it if I were you - apart from the issue resurfacing patchwork repairs like these have a tendency to create whole new issues - like a damaged engine block

  14. Back in the day when i was searching for FIT GP hybrids, I had a look on almost all the cars available on the two main sites which are closer to me and there was this one car which had a mugen kit and looked very sporty but had above 150k on the clock. So i gave up the idea of purchasing it since it was a high millage which i wasn't looking for + didn't have proper history. But afterwards i saw the car getting advertised in different car sales one after another.

    Came across the same car yesterday accidently, and the ODO meter reading is now 89k. Just imaging what is the level of mentality of most of the car sale owners in SL.

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    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      @PerfMad if that ain't the truth, haha! 

    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Bro? W124? How? 

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Couldn't go broo. All these weekends were pretty packed up. Some of the AC related components were given to an AC shop to get it sorted, i couldn't even check whether dad collected it. Its going in a slow phase :( Even the last time i went there , there was another W124 for a full paint job with same as ours. And for a moment i thought its our one. But to see it wasn't. Im pretty sure it will get finished sooner than ours :D i was ired waiting for it to get sorted. But these things are taking forever, unless i go there more often and followp up on things. Interior is still not fixed as AC thing is needed otherwise whole dashboard has to come off again.

      But the paint looked really nice. It needs the door claddings to get fixed up and painted as well (its a two-tone colour) :D 

      Drove dads W124 after 4 months of owning the GP. I really miss driving a manual. Drove the car whole day here and there to feel how it was to ride a manual :D 

  15. Guys out of curiosity, if a car has been using 0w-20 then move on to 10w-30 or 15w-40, if they perform a engine rebuild with new pistons and rings, what is the oil they should use afterwards?

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    2. Hyaenidae

      Hyaenidae

      @PerfMad Yes, if the manufacturer only recommends 0W20 - we've had a discussion about using xW20 oils in a Sri Lankan context and most members agreed xW30 oils are better suited when it comes to longevity. Most manufacturers who recommend 0W20 oil for JDM and EU markets recommend thicker oils for markets like Australia and ASEAN countries

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks. Appreciate the explanation :) 

    4. Hyaenidae
  16. Setting up aftermarket auto folding and retracting mirror (upon lock/unlock) is a good idea? Is there anyone who have done it already on their cars? Feedback would be highly appreciated.

    Note: car is a Honda GP1

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    2. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      Maybe you can send a signal wire to the Start Stop button then?

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @MaleCortana im not that fluent with wiring so need to check with a person who does these kinda things. If we can get it done for Start/Stop that would be ideal.

    4. tiv

      tiv

      Check the manual, most japanese cars have the function hidden. The manual usually tells how to activate it.

  17. Merc paint is done omg she looks so good. she's getting ready to dress up slowly. God knows what needs to be addressed during the process. Engine is in and other tiny bits and pieces needs to go in and the whole interior before the first start may be.. #excited 

    1. PreseaLover

      PreseaLover

      send us her leaked nude selfies 

    2. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      About damn time bro!

    3. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      lol couldnt take any pics guys as she was covered in dust and back side was covered... painter just lifted it and showed. i came after seeing it as i was on my way to some other work. next time i go defa will take a pic and post for sure..

  18. Friend of mine is searching for a place or a person to restore/respray his beemer interior(beige colour) bits (which has worn out/faded paint). Any recommended place?

    1. MaleCortana

      MaleCortana

      I saw a couple of ads on Instagram specifically mentioning that they respray Beemer interiors, if I come across the ad again I'll lyk 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      please do mate. thanks in advance !

       

  19. People are so selfish and irresponsible... This is why we cannot beat #covid19

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Very true mate.. I feel like those who take this light should be punished in such a way that another person would not attend to do such thing. we can't make this shitholes disciplined enough otherwise.

    3. iRage

      iRage

      but we should not under estimate stupidity as well..WTH ???

       

      Image may contain: 3 people, crowd and outdoor

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      true that mate. That's why we'll remain as a developing country forever.

  20. Does mareena shocks restore originality? how about the reliability in terms of no of kms?

    1. HaeylM

      HaeylM

      Its just garbage, or at least it used to be a few years back. . You'd be better off investing a little more on KYB. 

      Did a replacement for shocks from mareena and it barely lasted 3 months even with city driving on carpet roads. The most dangerous part is that the shock absorber sometimes locked down and took a while to lift back when there was cargo in the back, had this happen on a tight corner at speed in hillcountry the car would lock up and end up wrecked. Had to switch to KYB gas shocks which lasted a few years. 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Thanks for your input. These seems to be in lot of newer cars. I'm not sure why people are swapping with those if such issues exists..

      I was told with one person who have done it like 1.5 years ago and he said it hold up pretty well closer to 20k kms.

       

  21. Managed to get the muffler work done. I'm starting to like that sweet beat ❤️ 😘 I no longer need the radio i just wanna keep driving it :D 

    #thatAss ❤️ 

    IMG20201123132156.jpg

  22. When applying steel wheels and brake calipers + brake drums, do we have to use heat resistant paint or normal paint can is fine? also is it mandatory to use clear coat above it?

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    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Before and after pics :) highly satisfied with the outcome. Though 2 full days of effort was put onto the work.

      1.jpg

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    3. AVANTE

      AVANTE

      Nicely done, clean! Will be better visible with some alloys :)

       

    4. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      @AVANTE yes broo. Car is fully stock. previous user haven't done any change to the car. So im still in hunt for a genuine 15" wheel set. Till then this would do i guess hehe.

      Not interested in changing the wheel size or tyre size as it will have adverse effects on the car fuel economy and other calculation. 

  23. Is it advisable to install a beat muffler on a FIT GP1? Any side effects? 

    1. tiv

      tiv

      Rather than fiddle with the existing exhaust it's better to do up a full new exhaust with a nice note or do a valvetronic setup for city driving and for a bit of bashing 

    2. PerfMad

      PerfMad

      Will it cost a fortune to get it done?

    3. tiv

      tiv

      Sadly yes

  24. Planning on fixing my old beat muffler on my new FIT hybrid. Just curious is it a good approach? if no issue with fuel consumption or impact to hybrid system, from where can I get it done? I don't want to cut from the rear and weld it. Want to have a proper fitting so if wanted i can remove it from bolts and fix the old one back again. Given below is a sample pic of the expected job ( currently have only the muffler).
    image.png.83a0084a2c9ab1857311225f386df4e2.png
     

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