2020 Si: The Saga Continues

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Couldn’t wait any longer to put these HFPs on for the first time. Polished, sealed and planted on some new rubber.

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Never done vinyl but I have the exact car color and you did the exact thing I want to do. How did you go about it, any tips?
It was tedious and took some patience for sure.

I ended up cutting strips about 1.5" wide for the front and rear windows, could've probably done less so that there was less trimming after. I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol and used a heat gun to slightly warm up the trim. I also removed the side mirrors so I could get the vinyl all the way down cleanly. I then laid down the vinyl and trimmed it carefully to leave enough on each edge to curl over the trim and tuck behind the door and window gaskets (window down). I had to also heat up the vinyl briefly during this step so that it would stick around the edges since it's only about 55 degrees here now. I remember doing this on my last Si and it was easier when it was about 70 out.

For the rear quarter windows, I did about 3" wide and then trimmed them down once I applied them on the car. Also took some fine cutting and heat for it to contour completely.

Definitely watch several YouTube videos for tips and tricks. Find some that focus on window trim.


If you don't trust yourself for this, I probably would recommend going with Jets Vinyl and he has a precut one already done. Still takes some patience and skill though, and I figured this only cost me $11 + plus the tools, so I can't beat that.
 
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Acuity bits and the 2017-19 Type-R shifter assembly. Would’ve went with the 2020 version but already had this from my 2019 Si.

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Yesterday I installed Swift Springs, SPC rear camber arms and GarageLine 20/25mm spacers. Looking and feeling awesome. Also played with my new toy- Karcher K1710 Cube pressure washer, MTM foam cannon with 1.1 nozzle upgrade, Meguiar’s Hyper Wash and D156 as a drying aid with my Griot’s Garage Large PFM drying towel. Suds and slickness during the wash was insane

Front struts weren’t so bad. Followed the videos and write ups online. I ended up finding that keeping one top strut nut on, along with tapping and tilting the hub forward allowed just enough space for it to pop almost out. Removed that last top nut and bam, strut came right out with ease. Also have to make sure bottom three ball joint/control arm nuts are off for this to work too, otherwise the hub won’t tilt. You definitely want to do it this way instead of tilting the arm outwards from the car, that can definitely mess up your axle. Took a minute to figure out the process, but made the other side super quick.

Rear camber arms were a blast. While I had the springs out, it was a matter of using a 3/8” drive swivel ratchet with a short 17mm sock to break the nuts loose. Then used a ratcheting swivel wrench to finish the bolt the rest of the way out. Before you remove this inner bolt, it helps to now unbolt the bolt and nut on the hub side. This frees up the tension on the inner bolt and it pops right out.

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Yesterday I installed Swift Springs, SPC rear camber arms and GarageLine 20/25mm spacers. Looking and feeling awesome. Also played with my new toy- Karcher K1710 Cube pressure washer, MTM foam cannon with 1.1 nozzle upgrade, Meguiar’s Hyper Wash and D156 as a drying aid with my Griot’s Garage Large PFM drying towel. Suds and slickness during the wash was insane

Front struts weren’t so bad. Followed the videos and write ups online. I ended up finding that keeping one top strut nut on, along with tapping and tilting the hub forward allowed just enough space for it to pop almost out. Removed that last top nut and bam, strut came right out with ease. Also have to make sure bottom three ball joint/control arm nuts are off for this to work too, otherwise the hub won’t tilt. You definitely want to do it this way instead of tilting the arm outwards from the car, that can definitely mess up your axle. Took a minute to figure out the process, but made the other side super quick.

Rear camber arms were a blast. While I had the springs out, it was a matter of using a 3/8” drive swivel ratchet with a short 17mm sock to break the nuts loose. Then used a ratcheting swivel wrench to finish the bolt the rest of the way out. Before you remove this inner bolt, it helps to now unbolt the bolt and nut on the hub side. This frees up the tension on the inner bolt and it pops right out.

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What lug nuts are you using on the hfp wheels?
 
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Nice you went 2020 were you able to move over your fortin over to it
Haven't just yet, but plan to install that soon. I don't foresee any issues with that though.
 
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New countersunk Delrin shift knob installed today. SSCO SL Series Shift Knob

2019 Type R shifter assembly and chased down the threads further down so I could use the factory boot retaining nut while keeping the knob threaded all the way down.

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which mirror did you end up using?
The one I pictured worked fine for my 2019, but didn't work in my 2020 with Honda Sensing. Ended up selling that mirror and just kept the non-dimming OEM one. It isn't bad with my tinted windows.
 

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