posted on April 09, 2017 14:01
How To Do A 5 Lug Conversion the Right Way! Project EP3
As we finally start to mod our much-maligned shop EP3, the car that everyone loves to hate, we came to the realization that the car had pretty big wheel wells. To us, big wheel wells does not mean room for offset, slammed to the ground ride height or dumb camber but room for big grippy tires!
With some looking and measuring, we felt that we could probably stuff a 235/40-17 wheel into Project EP3's wheel wells with perhaps some fender rolling in the rear. However, we wanted to run an 8-9" wide wheel with these tires and offerings in a 4x100 bolt pattern for wheels this wide were very limited. There were many choices in 5x114.3 however!
This lead us to consider swapping to 5-lug hubs and to further contemplate going to a performance K20A2 in the future as well if we can get the car to handle decently.
Our poor blue EP3 Civic Si had been languishing as the MotoIQ parts runner, transport when staffers had their personal cars down for project car work and stuff hauler for our sister publication TRGRiQ. It had been serving in that function since Jeff brought it down from NorCal last year.
Sometimes it is sort of fun to drive stock cars. The EP3 had been holding down by getting nearly 30 mpg out of super cheapo 87 octane regular and being almost ticket proof since it is bone stock, even having a front plate!
The first thing we did was to obtain hubs for the car. We got the front hubs from a 2002 to 2004 RSX Type-S. If you want something simple that is a direct bolt, you can get the hubs from a base model RSX of the same year.
However, we wanted to run the stronger RSX Type-S axles since we are planning a K-swap. Since we are also going to be running larger racing type fixed piston caliper brakes, we wanted to run the Type-S hubs with a larger and stiffer knuckle and bearing system. Fixed piston calipers provide more clamping force but are sensitive to piston knockback which can cause the brake pedal to go to the floor after a hard turn.
Our big tires were going to put higher loads on the bearings, hubs, and knuckles so we wanted to upgrade to the stronger Type-S stuff to avoid knockback.
Here is the larger Type-S front hub bearing. We got the bearing from Centric Parts, a supplier of high-quality undercar parts. If you are rebuilding your higher mileage car, Centric is a good source for reman calipers and the other parts you need as well.
The Type-S hub is needed for the larger bearings and the larger Type-S axles