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MOONEYES! It's a heckuva lotta fun to open a box from Mooneyes!
You know, with the huge effort going into making the e... Show morexterior clean, but so, so subtle, I decided to add a bit of senseless bling-bling to the exterior. Thanks to my bro Dan for this idea. Having a Mooneyes accessory on the exterior is SO, so corny!
Stuff from MUGEN!!
I was thinking of just getting my dog-chewed steering wheel re-wrapped in leather but the leather guys just can't find good Nappa leather when I need it! Since Mugen has some nice stuff and Chad Castelo's SUPERB EF Sedan had it, I had to have one too! The current Mugen suede 350mm like Chad had just doesn't fit in with my 'Shibui Civic' concept, and I was worried that it might be a bit too small. The 370mm Mugen wheel seemed like a good bet. It's quite ugly compared to the current 350mm Sports II and the discontinued FG-360 w/pad. I'm not saying UGLY ugly but you've gotta remember that the EF is basically a Civic that looks old. Even the Kaminari aero kit, IMHO doesn't blend in well with the shape that Honda R&D designers settled on for the EF sedan. I did a bit of checking on King Motorsports, Inlinefour and the Mugen catalogue and fell in love with the 370. Next step was to e-mail M-TEC.
A helpful Ms. Erimi Tajima replied but said it was discontinued/no stock (I think). :( Heartbroken but undeterred I decided to contact one of M-TEC's Taiwan distributors. A quick response came from a certain Benny Liu. They had just ONE last unit in stock and would ship it as soon as I wired the cash over. Did that on a Wednesday, emailed the details on Thursday and the postman delivered the wheel on Wednesday the next week! The wheel is all I expected and more. It's made for Mugen by MOMO, and even the horn button is all MOMO. The 'more' part is that this wheel is HUGE! No ricer would be caught dead with it! Tee-hee! All I need now is a MOMO boss kit (hub adaptor) and I'll be rockin!
OK check these out. Below, is a thermostat, and a thermal switch which activates cooling fan at 80�C instead of the stock 93�C. This thermostat has the operating temperature set lower than normal. It prevents engine power loss by minimizing rapid water-temperature rises under harsh conditions such as during circuit driving. The use of a flow-control-type valve prevents hunting, thereby achieving rapid stabilization of the water temperature (the engine warms up within a short period). Operating temperature: 68�C (STD.: 76~80�C) Full-throttle acceleration temperature: 81�C (STD.: 90�C). Basicall the Mugen thermostat opens just a bit earlier to help make sure temperature spikes don't get up too high. Works in conjunction with the higher pressure radiator cap, which keep the boiling point up. Boiling engine coolant isn't good! The radiator cap is a high-pressure type which increases pressure inside the radiator, thus raising the coolant boiling point and increasing cooling efficiency. The open valve pressure is 1.3 Bar compared to the normal 1.1 bar. It demonstrates its efficiency under high-load situations such as circuit driving.
To the left of the radiator cap is a very expensive Mugen oil filler cap, which is used in place of the good, but lacking in bling-bling stock black plastic filler cap. Mugen Formula engines, including those for Formula 1, naturally require components manufactured with high precision. Mugen meets such requirements by machining to exacting specifications at its factories. These oil filler caps are manufactured individually from aluminum at the same factories in the same way. "Formula Quality" is a result of the attention Mugen pays to detail.
In mass-production vehicles, the accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals all have the same type of rubber surface. However, in formula machines, only the surfaces of the brake and clutch pedals are made non-slip. This is because in racing where more demanding footwork is required, the accelerator requires exactness, but the brake and clutch require grip. Mugen believes that this also holds true for sports driving, in which nimble footwork is needed. With Mugen sports pedals, the accelerator has a wide front and rear with a buffed surface finish, while the brake and clutch pedals are small pedals with a nickel-chrome blown metal non-slip surface. All the pedals have a cast aluminum base. They are fitted by replacing the original rubber.
"Formula Quality" is the essence of Mugen�s approach to production, since they also manufacture components for formula engines. This machined shift knob exemplifies our high manufacturing precision. Each product is machined individually from aluminum, and then given an alumite hard-coat finish before the Mugen logo is imprinted by laser. This is a sports-type shift knob for the discerning eye. Available in five colors: blue, black, gold, silver, and red. Supplied with a shift pattern plate. I went for blue because I thought it would match my car exterior and the blue plastic interior. It now seems a bit TOO blue though. Should I change it?
This is a box of taper nut (19 mms). Honda genuine lug nuts cannot be used with Mugen wheels. I got mine in black. Wanted chrome originally but they seem to be a bit messy to maintain. After noticing the latest NSX-R uses black nuts, these were fine with me, to match my Mugen MR5 wheels. I may be wrong but it felt like all the nuts, normal or lock-type, all weigh the same! :)
The thing that looks like a wrist band used by tennis players is actually what Mugen calls a "Reserve Tank Cover" for the brake master cylinder reservoir to absorb leakage occurring due to various factors during driving. Made from fireproof aramid material to ensure safety.
I picked this cool keychain up at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Cool!
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