As you might know if you follow my Instagram Erics car is done. HOOORAAAYY, I will finally be closing a very challenging chapter in my life. In no way am i complaining or even suggesting that I regret doing this build. However i do realize now, that i took a much rougher road along the journey then i should have.
Lets go back to 1998 maybe 99′ when i was sophomore in high school, and I learned of “rice burners” and purchased my first issue of supper street. I was immediately hooked and i knew then that i wanted a honda civic. it was just a style that i liked, it was different, and it was cool that a 4 cylinder could be as fast or faster then a v8 “muscle car.” fast forward a few years and i got my first “honda” it was a white cx hatchback it was awesome but ridiculously slow. But it was mine and i loved it, not having much money i got a second job working at a small shop in Carson as a shop bitch, But learning everything i know today from there. Some how i found a way to get a b16 in my car, I totally pieced it together but it worked great, i had the head built by Tom at portflow three angle valve job, port polish, milled 40K, titanium valves and valve springs. I payed it off by working at the shop. I got a used clutch from a tranny job i did, threw some oem axles in, that were laying around the shop, one of the guys that worked there helped me wire the knock sensor and the 4 wire o2, I borrowed someones chipped p28, and boy did the car rip. well at least by late 90s/early 2000’s standards.I always lusted after the HOLY GRAIL. The JDM Type r swap, this being 5000 bucks and pretty rare at the time i knew i was never going to get it. fast forward to 2003, I got a great job opportunity to move to Las Vegas. (this story is going somewhere i promise) so having multiple tickets for street racing, and wanting to start fresh in Las Vegas with no debts i decided to sell my car and pay everything off. I thought this was it, i am out of the scene. But much like being in the bloods or crips (I assume) you are never really totally out of it, and my passion for imports layed dormant while i struggled as a adolescent out on my own with my girlfriend, in a strange new city having to pay rent, phone bills, utilities, food to eat, and all other essentials of living. blah blah blah, i bought a truck tried to be a bro with a preunner. blah blah blah, met my best friend. blah blah blah, he had a mirage. With that small crappy 500 dollar car he got from some mexican that beat the crap out of it. We tinkered with it doing small things to get it running and driving correctly, then we slammed it and put a cage in it, and he was even thinking of putting a 4G63 in it. With that car the spark was reignited and i felt that i could know longer stay away, i had to get another Honda. this was 2005ish, and he was kinda realizing that a mirage was lame. so he bought a 240sx and we swapped a SR20 in it and he started drifting. and we took the mirage out in the desert and DESTROYED it! I drove my truck into it, he gashed a hole in the tranny oil pan(it was auto) from a rock and the car would no longer drive, I pushed it back to his house with my truck. That marked the end of my down time from hondas, and i ended up getting another Civic but this time a vx, and again wanting a type r motor but knowing that there was no way i could afford one. I met “jdm mike” a dude from the original mid 90’s boom of hondas. this guy probably has more rare/race stuff in his three car garage, then anyone else in las vegas. He had a jdm sir 2 swap that he was going to put in one of his cars but ended up getting married and not wanting anything to do with imports any more he sold it to me with payments so i could afford it. and its still the motor i have today in my civic today.
Now that you know a little bit about my past, i can move on with my main point i was getting too. I have always wanted a Type R swap. its more then just a fast motor, It has meaning, sole, personality. its not just a B16 or a GSR. its a legit race version motor. it helped honda achieve the title of fastest production FWD car.
Like every single person in the world, i am selfish. With Erics inheritance i saw that not only could i build him one awesome civic, but i could finally live out my teenage dream of having a type r motor. So Eric being the awesome brother he is knew that i always wanted one, and he had enough money to buy him and I one. so we did it i took the plunge i dove in head first researching everything for a K swap,and price everything out. Then figuring out how i could take all the money he had allocated for car stuff, Build him an awesome civic and still have money left so i could get a type r motor too. on paper i was able to work everything out, it seemed like everything was added up i could afford everything. but after buying the two motors, the car, and the first wave of parts it became apparent that i would not have enough money to complete his car, through that time the selfish part of me did not want to give up my motor. The teenage dream that had finally come to fruition, One of the goals that i was able to accomplish in my life.so rather then selling it to get the money to finish his car, i dragged out his build for almost a year buying car parts with everyone of my checks. putting all my bill son the back burner and living paycheck to paycheck just to keep my dream alive, the dream of a type r motor. this not only put stress on my brother and I’s relationship, it was putting tons of stress on my actual relationship with my girlfriend. This caused much animosity, and put much strain on our relationship. I cant even blame her, i was making such stupid decisions to help keep my type r motor. blowing off bills for a fuel system, or a traction bar. borrowing money just to keep our phone on and keep that damn motorcycle insured. As i dug deeper into a financial hole i could see that it was getting bad but i knew that i was so close and if i could just get a couple extra bucks i could finish the car. I felt like a heroin addict or something, i could see the downward spiral i was in, im 32 years old and playing with hondas. still acting irresponsible and selfish to achive my own goals. but i could not deviate from my plan. i truly felt like i had to have a type r motor in my car, i felt as if it was some sort of milestone that i needed to reach. In a way i feel like saying set your goals and do what ever it takes to accomplish them, but in another way i realize how selfish that is.
I am such a lucky guy that i have my sweetie pie, and that she loves me more then she probably should. As of today April 6th 2015 Erics car is DONE, I am driving it to D.C. on April 17th. i would also like to say that i am very lucky that my brother loves me as much as he does, and Bro i promise its worth it.
Now that the chapter is pretty much closed i do not regret anything, it was an amazing journey. I found out that i almost like the “building” almost more then the actual having the completed project. each time i accomplished something on his car i felt so good, it was soo rewarding. I was able to build a car that is my ideal image of what a honda should be. fun, fast, reliable, and respectable. I have so much pride in this build, so much soul. I am very sad to see it go i feel like i built my dream car. But the saving grace is that i still have my type r swap sitting in the garage, and though it may not be going in anytime soon. I can rest assure that it will always be an amazing motor, and that my dream will one day be fulfilled. but until that day comes Eric will have an amazing car, and I hope that he will enjoy it as much as i do.
Now i probably could have just told you all that i a few words, but you wouldn’t have a heard a great story and learned a little more about me.
Here is a detailed spec list of the car
2006 JDM dc5 prc swap
skunk2 swap header
RBC intake manifold
Karcepts throttle body adapter
Karcepts CAI with velocity stack
Karcepts Fuel rail and lines
AEM FPR marshal liquid filled gauge
Ktuned stainless steel clutch line
Ktuned tensioner pulley
Made my own charge harness/ ground wires
Hasport conversion harness
Secondary O2 harness made by 2point1 (k20a.org member)
Ktuned radiator hoses/heater hoses
Oem gsr throttle cable with Karcepts bracket
Exedy 3 puck sprung clutch
Hybrid racing timing chain tensioner
Drive shaft shop level 2.9 axles
Ktuned traction bar
Ktuned no cut shift box
Skunk2 alpha radiator
Oem prc stock ECU
walbro 255lph fuel pump
Custom 3 inch exhaust.
GSR brakes all around
DA booster/master cylinder
40/40 prop valve
Brembo cross drilled and slotted rotor all around
Stoptech pads all around
ARP extended studs all around
JDM type r front sway bar
ASR rear subframe brace and sway bar combo
Skunk 2 PRO S V2 coilovers
New bushings through out the car
Kosei K1 15×7 +35
Nitto NT-05 205/50/15
All brand new brake fluid
OEM Honda coolant
OEM Honda MTF
Wix oil filter
Castrol GTX oil
Now on the the real reason you clicked the link. THE PICTURES!!!!!!!
thanks again to my BFF ever for shooting the pics, they are awesome as per youzhe.
And a quick video of a 2nd thru 5th pull till it hits the speed limiter. yes it is a 6 speed trans too.