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Old 09-04-2011, 04:32 AM
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Second owner of 03 ap1

Hello every one.


just wanted to say hi my name is charlie. i bought a 03 ap1 83k miles and i am loving it. i have always wanted one and never have had the money to buy one. well 8 years,countless amount of hours of research on the computer and back operation and more stuff i am sure but i finally bought one.

i also want to say thanks to all the nice people one this forum. all of the threads and info that is at your finger tips if you look for it.

one last thing. it is so amazing of a machine. even for how small it is. it still fits my 6'4 205 pound behind in it

have a good day and god bless.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:41 AM
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:09 AM
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Thanks. I am slowly finding out its impossible for me to heel toe. Way to big of feet.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:41 AM
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:34 AM
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thanks for the open invite into the club. i am having such a good time with it. Now i am waiting for it to rain down here in florida. shouldnt take to long but i want to see how she does
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:17 PM
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:50 PM
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:09 PM
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Welcome to here.

An AP1 with 83,000. Have you thought about the maintenance on the car? If not you are in a place that the car should definitely have several things done.

Do you know for SURE when the fluids were changed? If not then you should change them all so you know.

Oil and filter (OEM filter is 15400-PCX-004) dont let the dealer give you the filter that goes with every other Honda. You can do a lot of reading about which oil to go with but whatever you choose if you change it regularly then you should be fine.

Tranny fluid, there are several different views on this but it seems like either the lastest version of the OEM fluid or GM Synchomesh Friction Modified are the way to go. I went with Pensoil Synchomesh that is supposedly the exact same thing as the GM stuff and I have been very happy with it.

Rear diff, I went with Mobile1 75/90W LS and it works well. I am sure others will chime in.

Brake fluid, bleed the brakes. Any good DOT 3/4 will work fine.

Clutch fluid, bleed the clutch. You might want to check the master cylinder and see if it is leaking (pretty common with this car). Feel the carpet under the clutch pedal and on top of the dead pedal if you feel brake fluid it needs to be changed. Also take a look at the piston that is attached to the clutch pedal, if you see kind of a grease look to it then it might be drawing in air. Do this at the same time as the brakes and use the same fluid.

You might want to think about changing the spark plugs. They say they are good for 100K but probably wouldn't be a bad idea at this point. Make sure you torque them down to 20 ftlbs so they don't back out. Again many opinions on this but I went OEM and they are pretty damn good.

Air filter and cabin filter should be looked as well.


There are excellent DIY's for all of these that are just a google away. If you struggle finding them post up and I am sure someone can point you in the right direction.

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:43 PM
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thank you every one and to kevin yes i do know for a fact they were all changed. i had the car sent to 2 different shops and did my own personal inspection. i didnt have the cabin filter or air filter changed yet. ill do that with in a day or to.


all of your info has been very helpful. i paid cash for my s so i was not going to drop a large sum of money with out having my head on right. it took me 8 months just to find one that was decent and even longer. well over a year went in to researching the car. info about the car and so on.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:09 PM
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Welcome, I have had mine for well over a year and the smiles never stop. Enjoy and be safe!
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:08 AM
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congrats on the ride! as for your heel too issue you may want to try using the inside part of your right foot to depress the brake and roll the outside part of the right foot to rev match. don't know if that makes sense but almost like using your big toe to step on the brake and then rolling your foot to the outside. not quite a heel toe but does the same purpose
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:41 AM
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yeah what i have done because i have a size 17 lol is just about that i used the left side of my right foot to hold the brake down. then i use the right portion to blip the throttle. i am still adjusting but with any thing it takes time.

the best so far for me was just knowing my baby is finally in my drive way. i cant even lie i sat in the car for a good 2 hours just sitting there. its such an amazing machine. i had plans to boost it the day after i got it but honestly its a beast out of the box and made me look foolish thinking i could really really drive like that but its a whole different world.


have a good day folks and may your day be dry and tops be down. God bless
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:59 AM
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your size 17 shoes?!?!? wat the hell!
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by crossracing70 View Post
Hello every one.


just wanted to say hi my name is charlie. i bought a 03 ap1 83k miles and i am loving it. i have always wanted one and never have had the money to buy one. well 8 years,countless amount of hours of research on the computer and back operation and more stuff i am sure but i finally bought one.

i also want to say thanks to all the nice people one this forum. all of the threads and info that is at your finger tips if you look for it.

one last thing. it is so amazing of a machine. even for how small it is. it still fits my 6'4 205 pound behind in it


have a good day and god bless.
Welcome from another newbie in Florida Charlie, you are experiencing what everyone else has and it's ongoing, where in Florida are you?
Take it easy and get to know it and especially on wet surface, many good reads here about driving wet, best to take it out to empty lot with no obstructions and do some gentle testing on wet surface...How are the tires on it and what kind?
There is a big Mega meet coming up in Sanford Fl November 12th, will be good to see other S and mods made to them....best of luck.....
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:00 AM
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yeah i tested it out on wet roads for a few mins before. Tires are brand new with nubbies still on them. i forget what they are but the dealership put them on i think they are yokohama or something like that. i saw the big mega meet thread and i was thinking of going. i stay out by st pete but my father lives just on the other side of sanford.

i have not even thought of modding it at all. it just looks so pretty all stock =)
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:47 PM
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:28 AM
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haha i was waiting for you to ask that lol. i really didnt feel part of the club till i got that asked. so thank you

i have a question i am sure that has ben asked and i cant seem to find it. What is the reasonable speed to be in 6th. i notice when i am city driving and i am at about 50 mph at 3k rpm in 6th?
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:20 PM
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Doing 65 in sixth in my 2001 I am turning about 3,500 rpms. That's with the stock gear ratio which I believe is 4.10?
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:06 PM
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I believe the owners manual says you can throw it into 6th at 52 mph, which I do on the regular and chug along. However, I squeeze off a couple1-2 9k shifts on the daily.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:38 AM
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alright. thank you. I was wondering because in my s i am at 60 in 6th at 3k rpm and it seemed like a lot but i was wrong lol no shame in that.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:37 PM
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alright. thank you. I was wondering because in my s i am at 60 in 6th at 3k rpm and it seemed like a lot but i was wrong lol no shame in that.
RPM's are so high in sixth gear because the car only has 4 cylinders
Go drive a manual Mustang or some other car/truck that has 8 cylinders and you'll notice that it'll be turning around 1,200 rpms in its top gear
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Old 09-10-2011, 04:39 PM
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I figured it would have a taller 6th gear. I know what you are saying though. I had many trucks or cars with v8's. also have had a few civics and integras. The RPM was almost the same as the S in 6th.
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:41 PM
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OP is hoping to check out the "mega meat".........Awesome!!!!!



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Old 09-10-2011, 09:12 PM
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Well 70, you're one big dude ! Glad you're able to fit in. I bet your seat is all the way back, right?

You've certainly come to the right place. We all love the S !

And congrats on your new ride. Patience paid off it sounds.

Enjoy the car and drive safe, even in vtec !
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:56 PM
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Yeah it is all the way back. i have had the car one whole week and i put a little under 1000 miles on her. already got pulled over in it but it was not bad. it was my fault not paying attention to speed limit signs =)


I love this place. so much info to do research with, people to help you if you get stuck. most of all people who understand your problems because they have the same car.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:08 PM
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Welcome cross, wheels down not up ! enjoy

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Old 09-11-2011, 05:07 PM
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Thanks for the advance Neil. lol.
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