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 Post subject: Viable donor car? CRV
PostPosted: September 15, 2014, 3:26 pm 

Joined: June 8, 2014, 1:43 pm
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Location: Houston, Tx
I have been lurking on here for a while and am trying to determine a donor car before I begin a project. Ive been looking at wrecked insurance sales cars, but my wife is currently driving a 2005 Honda CRV AWD and we are going to get her a new car within 12 months. so I thought maybe that would be a good donor car.

Would this be a good donor car for either of these options:

1) front engine AWD tube frame chassis car (the CRV came with realtime 4wd which is FWD until it detects traction issues then engages rear wheels also)

2)rear engine 2wd tube frame chassis car(since the car is supposedly AWD, it is for sure LSD) I would just need to disconnect/disable the rear output shaft.

if this is viable for either version above, I can start bulding the frame in the mean time since i have access to a full machine shop.

Thanks for any input.

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PostPosted: September 15, 2014, 4:36 pm 
Mid-Engined Maniac

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Is the transmission it comes with an automatic? If so, is that what you want to use? I used a CRV engine + RSX-S transaxle and mounted it behind the seats. See sig.

Midlana book: Build this mid-engine Locost!, http://www.midlana.com/
Kimini book: Designing mid-engine cars using FWD drivetrains, http://www.kimini.com/book_info/

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