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Hello everyone! I mistakenly was posting updates to my welcome post, so I thought I'd start moving stuff over to a proper build thread.

My goal with this vehicle was originally to keep it pretty stock, as I have with most of my vehicles. However, my plans have changed - pretty drastically. Keep reading to find out.

Original Post from May '21:
Hi, folks!

Just scored this beautiful, well-maintained '05 EX for $6,000 with 171,431 miles (here in the PNW, that's a steal). The PO had it for 14.5 years and had all the records. Replaced the windshield several times, a brake master cylinder, head gasket and timing belt, etc. Very well taken care of. I hope to do the same!

You can't tell super well from the photos, but this beaut has running boards and the rear spoiler. I've already got an Aerogenics cage on the way, the shop manual, LED fog lamp bulbs, I'll be needing to replace the tires in the next year, and perform all the fluid flushes before summer is out.

We have an '09 Fit Sport as well. Her name is Betty Beep. Meet her big brother – Henry Honk! As you can tell, our kiddo loves him!

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June '21

Finally got around to installing the catalytic converter shield, and changing the oil and filter. I haven't changed the other fluids yet, but they all look good, even though the coolant is the green type. I forgot how stupid difficult these oil filters are to change - I helped my friend change the one on his CR-V before, but we were able to jack it up and get to it through the wheel well. Not so with mine because we don't have a paved driveway and thus my jack doesn't get it high enough. No tire rotations for me either then. >.<

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Managed to bust off the tailpipe. Went to roll over a curb thinking I was in an actual truck. Busted off the tailpipe, smashed the forward-most mounts of the running boards, and made the passenger side airbag deploy. >.<
 

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August 8th, 2021:

Just a quick update. Henry Honk has some goodies on the way! Doing a full suspension rebuild and putting some new wheels and tires on, as well as lifting 2 inches.

Here's the parts list:
  • Rocky-Road 2” lift kit (GR-2 struts, Dobinsons springs)
  • Aerogenics Billet rear control arms
  • Aerogenics front and rear camber kit (bolts and arms)
  • 4x CV axles
  • front & rear sway bar bushings
  • front & rear sway bar end-links w/ bushings
  • tie rod ends inner and outer
  • 235/75/15 Toyo Open Country A/T III
  • Mayhem 8303 Voyager (Bronze) 15x7 5x114.3 w/ hub centric rings
 

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This is a fantastic thread, keep it going! And welcome to EOC! Henry Honk is a handsome box with a lucky owner.
Thank you! This guy is great. Almost all the parts have come in for the suspension rebuild and lift, and tires and wheels just came today! See next post for those. ;)
 

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I've been accumulating some small items for setting out on the trails, while awaiting all the parts for my lift kit. Everything is on-hand, except my dang Dobinsons springs. My garage smells like a tire shop, which I'll miss when the new shoes go on.

I grabbed a cheap cargo basket to tide me over until I feel I need something actually heavy duty. It rusted on the first rain, despite filling all the gaps with silicone, so I picked up some Plasti Dip and got to work.

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I also picked up a large Plano case to put most stuff in - first aid kits, bottle jack, deflator, compressor, etc. I'll also be adding Quick Fist mounts for my shovel, once I get around to drilling out holes for them.

We're getting into the rainy season here, and at this point I'm unsure if I'll be able to get out before the next year. Holidays are crazy at work, and I'm most likely unable to get away. But, hey, at least I'll be ready!
 

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Good color choices on the dash lights. Those Mayhem wheels like nice. Will be good to see it all lifted. Please list the part numbers for the struts and springs when you get a chance - I am looking at doing a similar height lift next year.
Went for this height so I don't have to deal with subframe stuff - whatever that is. Hah!

Just waiting on my springs from Dobinson. Chose the wrong time to try to get anything from oversees. >.<

Here are all of the parts I got, pasted from my spreadsheet.

HondaPartsDirect:

ItemPart #QuantityAmount
Rubber, Front Bump Stop51722-S7A-0142$57.76
Bolt, Flange (16X62)90119-S6M-Z012$18.86
Rubber, Shock Absorber Mounting52725-S5D-A042$8.68
Rubber, Rear Bump Stop52722-SCV-A022$20.26
Bolt, Flange (14X77)90181-S7A-0002$16.50

RockAuto:

ItemPart #ManufacturerPrice EAQuantityTotal
Tie Rod End45A1328ACDELCO$14.712$29.42
Tie Rod End45A5649ACDELCO$35.792$71.58
Stabilizer Bar Bushing45F2134ACDELCO$6.861$6.86
Stabilizer Bar Bushing45F2286ACDELCO$5.071$5.07
CV AxleHO8436APWI$44.791$44.79
CV AxleHO8437APWI$44.791$44.79
CV AxleHO8378APWI$53.991$53.99
CV AxleHO8377APWI$63.791$63.79
Stabilizer Bar End Link / BushingMK80466MEVOTECH$15.381$15.38
Stabilizer Bar End Link / BushingMK80465MEVOTECH$15.381$15.38
Stabilizer Bar End Link / BushingMK90454MEVOTECH$18.401$18.40
Stabilizer Bar End Link / BushingMK90455MEVOTECH$18.561$18.56
Air Filter42188WIX$10.581$10.58
Strut MountKYBSM5400$11.692$23.38
Strut MountMOOGK90649$37.792$75.58

CarID:

ItemPart #QuantityAmount
Mayhem 8303 Wheels31964899214$696.71
Toyo Open Country AT3 Tires36314501524$559.00
Security Wheel Locks3515901$19.95
COYOTE Balancing Kit43062951$0.00
Black Installation Kit18081032851$49.95
Hub Centric Rings34126060994$20.92

Rocky-Road:

ItemPart #QuantityAmount
Dobinsons + GR2 Lift KitRear springs C23-105
Front springs C23-104
1$833.64

AeroGenics:

Billet Rear Lower Control Arms1
Front & Rear Camber Kit1
 

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Woohoo! Tomorrow, Henry is off to get the suspension rebuild, lift, wheels & tires all done. Delivering him an hour and a half away to Hiro's Hotrods in Bellingham. He's the gentleman that created and sells the swivel seat. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to have him work on my E.
 

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Just got Henry back from Austin Hiro of Hiro's Hotrods in Bellingham, WA. He did an outstanding job and it only took him a day. Suspension rebuild + Dobinsons springs, AeroGenics rear lower control arms, and adjustable uppers all around.

The Toyo Open Country AT/III tires feel amazing! I sized down an inch for wheels, and sized up an inch for tires, giving me roughly two inches more of meat to work with. In hindsight, I could have sized up the tires without sizing down the wheels, but at least it doesn't look wonky. Hah.

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Today, I started playing around with some boxes we received from a friend that used to own an Element. These boxes all open up, and form the base for a sleeping platform. I'm happy to say that they also fit disassembled for traveling with the kiddo and pup, so I think I'm set for a platform! I don't love the setup, but free is free!

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All in all, I'm extremely happy. I think this will really help prolong the life of the vehicle.
 

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How has the ride quality been with the new KYB struts and the upgraded springs?
The ride honestly surpasses my expectations, and I had pretty high ones. It rides like a new CR-V or Rav4, or perhaps better. The springs really show when traversing rough terrain. Way less bouncing around, lots more stability.
 

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The ride honestly surpasses my expectations, and I had pretty high ones. It rides like a new CR-V or Rav4, or perhaps better. The springs really show when traversing rough terrain. Way less bouncing around, lots more stability.
Thats awesome, thanks for the feedback. Getting ready to dive into some suspension overhaul my 2004 w/ 240k mi, been feeling pretty harsh for a while. Trying to figure out if I just want to refresh oem or maybe upgrade. Good to know how things have worked out for other people. With the crv struts you didn't have to do anything with spacers or modify axles right?
 

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Thats awesome, thanks for the feedback. Getting ready to dive into some suspension overhaul my 2004 w/ 240k mi, been feeling pretty harsh for a while. Trying to figure out if I just want to refresh oem or maybe upgrade. Good to know how things have worked out for other people. With the crv struts you didn't have to do anything with spacers or modify axles right?
Nope. The whole reason I went with this setup is because there were no spacers or subframe dropping involved. Just struts and springs. My parts list has literally everything I needed.
 
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