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Hello to all in the community! My name is John U. (Johnny man) I purchased an red 1993 NSX recently. I’ve been working on it a lot since getting her. I’ve came across your site while looking for advice, frequently. My girlfriend just got a rsx this year, and was telling me about club rsx. She’s talked about all the help she’s received there. I thought it’s time to be the same on my end. I just posted about a headlight project I’ve been working on. Should have introduced myself first I guess.
I would love to know the history about this car. I’m not talking about a car fax or vin searches. I’ve looked all those up and got odometer variances, etc. with friends in law enforcement. I’m talking about trying my luck, and seeing if anyone in this community has owned this beast. I’ve found an article on motor trends “reader rides” and haven’t been able to get into contact with who it was written about. I don’t participate in social media (being an older gentleman) which is difficult. I would love to know anything about this car. Just curious, I would hate to do a timing chain or head gasket if I don’t need to. Although now owning the car, I want everything replaced. Ahh I miss the old days where my father, and owners, wrote down all work preformed in a little book, in the glove box. Thanks guys. This site is a gem!
 

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The garage queen! Sorry about the condition she’s in. She gets dirty, when my hands get dirty. Hopefully one day soon, she will be seen on the streets of Tampa FL. Hello to any Florida Nsx owners.
 

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welcome .......post vin..
 
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Just wow. So much searching I did, and then you give me this treasure. This explains alot actually. Had to buy sos door handles. I had to dissemble the doors to clean the window tracks and re-grease with the green Honda stuff. Can’t remember the name right now. It’s about time for another clutch that’s why it’s primarily in the garage now. Not gone but don’t want to break noting. I’ve done axels, looked into the zeal remanufactured price, it’s time for an exhaust. Maybe pride with some Y actuators, won’t need cats so why not. The headers are factory and the exhaust is a welded up job. I mean I can go on and on. This might not be the right section of the forums but once again thank you so much for the info. When I got it, it had 284,000 something. No brakes, (found out about our luck with the factor abs set up lol) broken axels, not much interior, seats to sh!t, broken ac controller, no spare, engine lid, blah blah. All that matters is I’m so fortunate to own such a fun car to drive and now that electric cars are on the way more and more, pieces of history this ours are very rare. I appreciate the help!
 
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Making a build thread for you and your car would be a good way to document the progress for the forums. Welcome to the board and excited to see the work you end up doing with it!
 
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Welcome.

Sounds like you have a bit of a project. If you don't have one already, my recommendation is to get a paper copy of both the factory service manual and the electrical trouble shooting (ETS) manual. Free .pdf versions of the manuals are kicking around for your year; but, if you are working on the car regularly a paper copy is much more convenient. My son has an RSX and he works from a .pdf on his laptop (or worse a link on his phone). With the lap top going in to sleep and having to toggle back and forth between pages - paper is just so much easier.

Are you aware of Amayama.com, JP-carparts.com or mitamotorsports.com? All are Japan based parts vendors. Mita is an NSX / S2000 specialist. The other two are full range vendors for cars that have JDM models (the NSX qualifies). Amayama tends to be my go-to vendor. Even with shipping costs they are typically significantly lower priced than Acura dealership prices. They can also supply parts that are now listed as no longer available in North America. Even if parts are available in North America, they will frequently be on backorder. Amayama will usually supply the part much faster (sometimes less than a week) than a critical back order from the dealer. For me, they have always been a reliable vendor and the parts always come very well packaged (boxes inside of boxes) to minimize shipping damage.

A build thread is a good - and entertaining for the rest of us. However, if you run into a specific problem and need advice you will typically get a faster response if you pose a specific question in the do-it-yourself, owner discussion or electronics forums.
 
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Great, great advice. Looks like I got more of a project than just working on the car. The pdf files are a must. I know we can get lucky and find some of the original books floating around, but are expensive. The free files are going to be a must for me. I will take your advice on the back and forth pages when working on it. I’ve heard of car parts and also I think the Mita site offers the headlight carbon covers I came across when working on my headlight set up. I will be making a build thread we’ve been talking about doing one for my car and my girls on her site. It might be more of a knuckle buster show but it should be fun, espically bc I’ve never documented anything before. I will be checking out the other sites you mentioned. A few I haven’t heard of so I’m excited to see what they have to offer. I’m sure I’ll be needing alot of parts soon. I’m based out of the Brandon area. I’ve yet to see an Nsx out in the wild since we moved here last year. Can’t wait to go to shows or at least get it on the road when she’s running right. I was able to put it into historical plates last year which saved me a lot on insurance and such, that’s more coin to put back into it. Very excited to take on this project. Thanks so much guys keep the info and ideas coming. Got to make some friends at dyno and places that have lifts to work on her. Doesn’t seem like I can do the clutch without one. I can go the cosco route with the lifts they offer for 1500$ something. I was thinking about that way. I’ll put it in a thread soon.
 
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Search around. I think there are guys who have dropped the transmission without getting the car up on a lift. Check



Honcho has done a 100% disassembly and Mclargehuge has definitely done a transmission job. I don't recall full scale lifts being involved.
 
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When you settle down and are looking for a lift, come by my house for a look. I installed a Bend Pack four post lift in my garage years ago. I worked out all the challenges with space, power, air, garaged door etc. Jerry
 
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Thank you for the invite I might take you up on that. Hearing people have done it without a lift is encouraging to say the least. Man...I read the work those two have done, and have learned a lot. I want to check everything now. Makes me realize how much work she’s gonna need. I feel my bank account getting lighter by the day that I spend on this site, lol. I see so many people on the side of the road in Florida and think..if that happened to my car. Thanks again to docjohn for the history it will make replacing everything thing easier. This community’s cars and the support is great. Glad I joined.
 
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I was thinking something like this before the 2 or 4 point lifts. It might make things easier maybe. I think there’s a thread about this lift on the site. I could be wrong, but making some ramps and then these would make the clutch job easier. Just a thought. I know people have done it with less, I guess I’m not as young as I was when I was doing motor swaps with bricks and a cherry picker on a civic lol.
 

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I don't know about these side hydraulic lifts for the NSX. It is just so easy to jack the middle jack point and throw jack stands at the front and back jack points as shown in the manual. Do one side to ~11", then the other side to 22", then the 1st side up to 22". Done. I haven't tried the huge side things shown in the photo, but it seems like a lot of complexity and would block a lot of creeper access compared to 4 jack stands. Plus you have to store them when you're not using them. I guess folks who've actually used them should chime in. I'd say 2 post or bust?
 
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When you settle down and are looking for a lift, come by my house for a look. I installed a Bend Pack four post lift in my garage years ago. I worked out all the challenges with space, power, air, garaged door etc. Jerry
How tall is your garage ceiling? Bend pack? Hmm never heard of them them I’ll do some research. If I do a lift right now instead of putting a hot tub in the backyard for my wife....she’ll move the bed into the garage, and buy a new one on my card . So the lift is looking pretty good. I can be closer to my car 😆. But yeah soon it’s gonna happen so thanks for the advice.
 
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I don't know about these side hydraulic lifts for the NSX. It is just so easy to jack the middle jack point and throw jack stands at the front and back jack points as shown in the manual. Do one side to ~11", then the other side to 22", then the 1st side up to 22". Done. I haven't tried the huge side things shown in the photo, but it seems like a lot of complexity and would block a lot of creeper access compared to 4 jack stands. Plus you have to store them when you're not using them. I guess folks who've actually used them should chime in. I'd say 2 post or bust?
Yeah, that how I do everything now. I was just curious if I can get the clutch done on them. Will it be high enough to access everything? With a creeper? Or is my old ass gonna be wrenching on the cement like so many times in my life. Always thinking of the worst scenario I guess. Tonight I’m gonna do more research, videos on people doing their own clutch jobs on the gen 1/2. See what everyone’s using, and how much of pain in the ass it’ll be insted on a lift. Plus your right about the storage, that’s crossed my mind as well. They are kinda big to deal with but can hang on the wall. Decisions decisions. Thanks for the advice, lots to consider, but that’s why I ask you guys.
 
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In fairness, I took the entire engine/trans assembly out, but yes, you don't really need a lift. Even the great LarryB did this job for years without a lift. My method requires a hoist though, because I lift the rear of the car up to roll the engine assembly into place. For the trans, you'll have to make sure you get the car high enough for the trans to roll out through one of the rear wheel wells. This might be possible with just a jack and some tall jack stands (or like I did, jack stands on blocks).

The key to getting the transmission off for the clutch job is to remove the left motor mount so that the trans angles down toward you. You will struggle mightily if you try to pull it out straight.

You can see the full height here- notice how far the car is off of the jack stand. You won't need this much for the trans though. I usually drop it onto a piece of cardboard and just slide the cardboard out from under the car. A trans jack would make this much easier, but then you have to lift the car higher...

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When you settle down and are looking for a lift, come by my house for a look. I installed a Bend Pack four post lift in my garage years ago. I worked out all the challenges with space, power, air, garaged door etc. Jerry
What is the draw of a 4 post over a 2 post? The width of the lift?
I can't fit either in my garage, but a another friend with an NSX lets me borrow his 4 post if I need it:
  1. needs 16' long ramps to drive up on without dinging the front (1" lower suspension)
  2. doesn't give you wheel access for wheels, brakes, lines, oil filter, etc without more jacks.
  3. seems to be in the way for a bunch of things under the car like the abs, bolts for the front spoiler etc.
  4. It seldom seems an advantage over sequential lifting and my monster 24" 6-ton jack stands.
I've never used a 2-post, but they look so simple and seem to give great vehicle access at the local Acura and Jeep dealers. Aside from those roly wheels to allow him to move the car around while it's on the lift (he's afraid to use this feature anyway), what is the advantage of a 4-poster?
(I hope some day the boss allows a house with a larger, taller garage.)
 
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4 post is most stable easy for residential storage..you can do some work between the ramps. You need a bottle jack and accessories to get the car off the wheels on those.

2 post more for doing work and not long term storage....but you need proper concrete depth and density to anchor it to floor
 
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