Yeah, it's better but still causing pain. Honestly I am wondering if, despite how much I love this thing and how much heart I'm putting into it, I can keep it long term. My back still hurts every time I drive it. I've got a few pads and stuff I'm using but if this continues I can't see driving it much. We will see. I have some back issues anyway from injuries but a car has never made me feel like this. We'll see, it might pass now that the springs are installed.Your lower back will thank you for putting Scott's springs on.
Great job thus far on my favorite US color.
Speaking of installed, today my new cat converter arrived and of course I neglected my health, dinner, my kids, pretty much everything and went right to it as soon as I had some time. And once again everything was super smooth...never had a car this easy to work on. So much room to move in there, so much room for tools. Man. In 10 minutes it was out, after about an hour total I had the new one in. I'm not a pro mechanic by an means, I just tinker. This car is just like working on a toy.
The one I used is the DAVICO brand...I saw a bit of good feedback on it after searching here so I went for it. It was $190 shipped from Amazon but I noticed their price jumped to $264 right after I ordered. Sadly the welds on this thing are total crap but I did a pressure test and it held. The heat shield won't mount to this without welding tabs on it so I opted to grab some exhaust wrap when I have time to help shield the heat. Also the bottom mounts aren't threaded like the OEM one so I had to use my own exhaust bolts/nuts but no big deal. Other than that it truly is a perfect fit, and well priced. It came with the bottom thick "fire ring" donut gasket, but not the top thin one.
I took the car for a spin after, holy moly it is so much better. The "no cat" noise and smell are both absent now. And the car seems to drive smoother. I'm wondering if the ECU is tuned to work with the back pressure from the cat. Without it there it wasn't running optimally. That's my theory. It seems to have more get up and go. Could be placebo plus I did the rear mount yesterday so maybe everything together is making a difference. In any case, it's running healthy!
Also I sold my stock steering wheel today for ~$150 to a fine fellow on eBay, that helped recover some of my costs.
In summary, here's what I've done in 13 days owning the ECO RKT:
Full detail interior & exterior
All fluids topped off
Dead pedal mod
Floor mats HD Honda brand
Arm rest mod
New windshield & A pillar clips
Short shift adapter
Rear motor mount
Catalytic converter (front)
Still need to install this stuff, all of which is on the way:
3 new stickers
Blue paint polish
Rear view mirror
Finally, I'm cooking up something special possibly that I'll know more about tomorrow.....errrrrr................
Here are a some pics. My favorite is the tiny "exhaust port" coming out of the engine. Simply insane.
HORRIBLE WELDS ON DAVICO
DAVICO VS. OEM
INSANE LITTLE PORT HEADER MANIFOLD WANNABE THING
LUCKILY I HAD THESE LYING AROUND