02/02/10 - 1" Master Cylinder
After some calculation and some consideration, I decided that my 13/16 master cylinder was not going to cut it for my 6 & 4 piston calipers. I acquired a brake setup out of an integra, which uses a 1" master cylinder and a 10" diameter booster (the civic booster I was using was 9"). I polished the new master a little bit while remington (kuppler8) painted the brake booster (he did a really nice job). Installing it was not easy. In order to fit it in, I had to lift the motor up about 2" slide the booster in and lower it back down. The fit is close. I will certainly need to fabricate a heat shield for the master cylinder. Fortunately one element that no longer sees any heat is the stock plastic master cylinder reservoir. It has been replaced by a machined aluminm part that will have a fitting that ties it into the next item I installed... the brake/clutch fluid reservoir.
I made a bracket out of some aluminum to hold it. The
reservoir itself is actually a modified VW bus reservoir...
and was only 25 dollars or so. I don't know how the
hell they make it so cheap... Anyway, the mounting bracket was simple
enough (though I was dreading making it). I have to make 2
new brake that connect the master still, as well as tap the adapter cap
for both a set screw and a fitting to tie it into the main reservoir.
Meanwhile, Mike (Evolution VIII MR) installed new speakers i recieved from Matt (zoidberg) in the rear of the car... Only to find out that the left channel of the head unit was trashed... fortunately I had another one, so I installed that.
I'm still in the midst of fixing my throttle binding issues. I ordered a BLACK LOKAR housing today, because I've read that they're stiffer, so we'll see if that helps. I also "manipulated" the firewall a bit to help aim the bulkhead fitting more directly at the cable end. (To do this I double-nutted a 3/8 bolt into the hole with some large, stiff washers and slid a pipe over the bolt. Bending the pipe made a very nice angled divot in the cowl which, I feel, will be a huge improvement.)
Lastly, I put wire loom on the wiring harness in the trunk (I'm not going to loom the rest of the harness until I run the car though...)