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    Wagonist MrWhoopee's Avatar
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    VC Rebuild Update

    Now that we have snow, I thought I'd post an update on my VC rebuild. During the warm weather, I disengage the rear-wheel drive. This eliminates the potential hazards associated with my mis-matched summer tires. After rebuilding my VC, I thought I'd try running with the rear-wheel drive engaged (and my mismatched summer tires) to see if I could feel any difference. I could DEFINITELY feel the difference! The road to one of our favorite local watering holes has a long (4-5 mile) downhill grade. I regularly put the car in neutral and coast all the way, occaisionally using the brakes to control speed. This time, not only did I not need the brakes, I actually had to put it in gear and apply power to get over some of the rises and flatter spots. It was like driving with the ebrake partially engaged. That convinced me that I definitely need new, matched snow-tires for winter. Now that we have new, studded tires on both wagons, the drag no longer exists, and both wagons can climb my steep, slippery, snow-covered driveway without hesitation. I purchased a cheap, flexible 6 ft. tape off eBay and measured the circumference of my summer tires, the difference was about 1/2 in., more than twice the recommended maximum of 3/16. I'm sure that's what killed the VC to begin with.

    Conclusions:
    1. The rebuild was a complete success.
    2. Having matched tires front and rear is CRITICAL to the life of your VC. If your tires aren't matched, disengage the RWD until you can get some matched ones.

    I still have VC fluid available. PM me if interested.
    Craig
    2 ea. '88 RT4WD, '88 CRX

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    Hey guys,

    I recently got in touch with STE and this is what their reply was

    Since I'm located in Australia im going to try to have a faulty one in the US sent to them to save on Postage.

    Will keep this updated

    Good morning Sir:
    I don`t have any cores for the Honda viscous coupler but I will ask my core guys if they can locate some, unless you can. I have several different viscosity fluids so it would only be a matter of o-rings or seals which I can have made locally. Price would depend on all those factors. If you have a core to send me for R&D I could work up a price, per each, per5,per10
    Look forward to working with you on this
    Dave Sr.
    STE 800-883-6188714-956-4545 fax 714-635-3548

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    I have an extra "good" one. If they don't have to destroy it for their research, I don't mind sending it out for a rebuild and then get it back when they are done.
    1987 Civic Si - Rescue'd
    1991 CRX Si - Swap'd
    1991 Civic Si - Racecar'd
    1991 Civic Wagon RT4WD - RDC'd Turbo'd DD
    1991 Civic EX - Looking for one to complete the collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowFlyin' View Post
    I have an extra "good" one. If they don't have to destroy it for their research, I don't mind sending it out for a rebuild and then get it back when they are done.
    I can't guarantee anything at the moment, I would rather send one there and let them do what they need in order to be able to rebuild these in the future. Thank you for the offer though!

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    Just a quick update from STE Couplers. Looks very promising :D

    Hi:
    Just got back in town, a long overdue time off. The coupler is all together and I hope to start testing today or tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes. Feels good on the bench test so I think it won`t take to many fluid changes to get it right.
    Thanks for the opportunity to help
    Dave H.

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    1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
    Hey guys, testing and R & D has been done on the viscous coupler that I sent to STE traction control. This has taken them a few months to do.

    They have been able to successfully rebuild it and will now offer their services to the public. Cost is $200 + your core and you pay for shipping.

    I'm glad I have been able to help out the wagon community and I hope this will be beneficial to you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grifty View Post
    Hey guys, testing and R & D has been done on the viscous coupler that I sent to STE traction control. This has taken them a few months to do.

    They have been able to successfully rebuild it and will now offer their services to the public. Cost is $200 + your core and you pay for shipping.

    I'm glad I have been able to help out the wagon community and I hope this will be beneficial to you guys.
    Based on what I spent for parts and fluid, this is a totally reasonable price. I would charge at least $300, considering the amount of time it takes plus the materials.
    Craig
    2 ea. '88 RT4WD, '88 CRX

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    1 out of 1 members found this post helpful.
    Hello all.

    I am not affiliated with Tower Hobbies or the manufacturer Associated Factory Team, however for those looking for low volume (relatively inexpensive) sourcing, you can find the correct viscous fluid here:

    https://www.towerhobbies.com/

    Tower Stock# ASCC5459
    Manufacturer Name: Associated Factory Team
    Manufacturer Stock# 5459

    Also, here is the website for STE Couplers provided by Grifty

    Dave Sr
    http://stecouplers.com/
    1271 South Talt Avenue
    Anaheim, CA 92806.
    1-800-883-6188
    714-956-4545 (Direct)
    714-635-3548 (FAX)


    I hope this helps.

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