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 Post subject: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:44 pm 

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Just purchased my first Honda, a 1985 Honda CRX Si. Super clean inside and out. 118k miles. Only problem is that the motor has a bad knock, I mean really bad. Haven't diagnosed it yet but also wondering if there is an equivalent motor from any other Hondas I can drop in. The motor I believe is a D15A3 1.5L.

I would like to keep it close to stock as possible. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:52 am 

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nobody?

ok well come to find out after purchasing the car and then tinkering around with it that the rod knock the owner was talking about wasnt a rod knock after all. After closer inspection it was a loose idler pulley coupled with the water pump grenading itself.

well after 3 hours of replacing all that it ran awesome.

Its an awesome little car wooo


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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:48 pm 
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Nice!!! Glad it was a simple fix instead of a new motor.

Not much of a honda guy, so no advice on motor. Since there is no knock you may just want to start a search for a spare and see about building it up.

Whats your plans for the Si?

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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:39 pm 

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Glad to hear your engine is ok, the car looks great.
Had your engine indeed been dead I'm sure there are no end of 'd' series engines available to fit from DOHC to VTEC, as well as larger engines that can & have been fitted before, with redpepperracing being one early CRX & 3rd gen Civic specialist fan website/forum.

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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:08 am 

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UtahSleeper wrote:
Not much of a honda guy, so no advice on motor.


yep Im a Toyota guy, dont know nothin about Honda.

79cord wrote:
Glad to hear your engine is ok, the car looks great.
Had your engine indeed been dead I'm sure there are no end of 'd' series engines available to fit from DOHC to VTEC, as well as larger engines that can & have been fitted before, with redpepperracing being one early CRX & 3rd gen Civic specialist fan website/forum.


you werent kidding about them D series motors. I really have no plans in making it go fast. I just want to keep it as original and reliable as possible.

Its a blast to drive.

More shots of the car after my wife and I cleaned the hell out of it.

pictures courtesy of my wife.
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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:40 am 
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Hey fellow red rexer! Nice first gen, looks absolutely clean. Be sure to check out crxcommunity.com and redpepperracing.com to cover all your crx needs. Lots of useful info and you'll find a lot of engine swap ideas on both. :) Keep the pictures coming. :D

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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:44 pm 

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Now you're REALLY making me want to jump on one I might have been offered, when I have too many toys already.

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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:10 am 
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That is a sweet Si you found there - so original! I have the same car but needs some TLC. I understand the need for speed but your car is such a rare time capsule it would be a shame to swap out the engine. They're only original once! Enjoy one of the greatest cars Honda ever produced!

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 Post subject: Re: New to the Honda scene
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:44 pm 

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Wow nice car, I have a black 85 Si as well. Rare first year car as it was only made for 1 year like that.

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