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Project Civic SI - Hondata Flashpro & Tuning at Church Automotive Testing

By Aaron LaBeau


Remember the show Monster Garage?  It's been ten years folks.  At some point in the show the announcer would say freebee, zip, zero, nada for the swag Jesse James got for the show's projects.  The Hondata Flashpro is not free and it shouldn't be but what is free at Hondata, is the wealth of knowledge poured into their website, FAQ and help files and 35 base tunes included with the Flashpro for the Civic SI.  It's a serious time saver on the internet where opinions are long and useful information is sometimes short.

I'm basically starting over with this Honda project discovering which sites keep the opinion at a minimum and can engage in thoughtful discussion about automotive aftermarket performance.  I've seen bench-racing posts, YouTube video's with Civic SI's winning or losing street races and lots of seat of the pants testing.  Who's got the most accurate butt dyno?  For all the bullshit that gets shoveled on the internet every now and then you find a gem.  I think The Oatmeal illustrates my point perfectly in his comic Minor Differences, Motorists cutting each other off .vs Pedestrians cutting each other off (scroll down half way through the page and look for the comic) we'll be here when you get back.  You see, people in person are rarely as rude as they are on the internet, similarly to The Oatmeal's illustration about how crazy people act in their cars.  In the same way, we're creating these series of project articles to organize the information that's already out there negating the chore of sifting through twenty-nine pages of forum posts by colostomy bag punching lunatics.

Hondata Flashpro & CT Engineering Intake and Exhaust

The utility of the Honda Civic is undeniable, a full intake, catback exhaust and flashpro in the trunk with plenty of room to spare

Plenty of internet trolls state something like “why would you bother modifying a FWD car that isn't a REAL SPORTS CAR?”  Rule #1 never engage a troll on the internet.  Rule #2 never argue with a troll on the internet.  Rule #3 Since you're here we assume you're not an internet troll so we'll list some reasons why we're modifying a FWD car…

  1. It's fun, serious fun!  For every domestic guy who's blown away a Honda with a fart can exhaust and then runs into an import that really goes fast it's a crackup.
  2. This car hauls the groceries, kids, goes on long distance trips, gets 25 mpg city and 32 hwy and is super reliable.  Practical, affordable, dare we say economical, check.
  3. Stepping up to the next level of performance car requires roughly $10,000.  Mechanically, these cars are even more complicated so guess what happens when parts break.  Keep that in mind on your island of real sports cars Mr. Moneybags.
  4. For those that read #3 and said what about the S2000, Miata and new BRZ/FR-S.  Sorry folks I aint strapping my kids to the trunk of the car as much as they would love it.  2 doors + 2 kids with car seats = serious agony.
  5. In a scenario where this car has to do all these things and more it was a great choice.

Sushi on Conveyorbelt

After a full day of bolting on our CT Engineering goodies we head over for some Sushi and beer.  I didn't know you could get Sushi like this outside of Japan.  Even at $2 a plate you can eat a ton of food on the cheap.



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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 10:36 PM
Ah, I forgot about the dreaded throttle hang! My buddy Vic has a 2007(?) Si which I drove and the throttle hang is horrible! I'm pretty sure it's for emissions reasons to make sure there is no unburnt fuel dumped into the exhaust. The VTEC dip/spike looks even worse on the Si than the S2000! It looks like the redline was bumped to 8500rpms? The extra revs come in handy once in a while :)
Thursday, August 02, 2012 4:24 AM
Major +1 for referencing the oatmeal and the morons on the internet that make it a poor place for information.

Considering the price, some of the better ECU tuning products (Flashpro, AccessPort, etc.) should almost be required purchases when tuning their respective cars. You could drive the car off the lot and have a whole different beast 5 minutes after getting home.
Thursday, August 02, 2012 7:00 AM
"Nice work"

I had my SKY fine tuned at Church. IMO no one knows Rotrex Superchargers better then the guy with a Rotrex supercharged 400HP S2K daily driver.
Thursday, August 02, 2012 7:58 PM
@ spdracerut - Indeed the raised rev limit is handy every now and then ;)

@ Protodad - The Oatmeal rocks! I especially like his method for dealing with bottom feeding lawyers that made the national news. The Flashpro is awesome! I especially like all the extra features included like a Vallet mode that keeps the speed limited to 39 mph and the revs below 4K.

@ Adam - I couldn't be more satisfied with the work Church did. The shop talk with the guys was great while the SI was getting tuned.

Saturday, August 04, 2012 5:51 PM
Nice to have you come in Aaron - and it was a pleasant surprise when Mike stopped by. Haven't seen him for years.

Can't wait till you get some more serious mods on there. As the last of the great Honda motors (at least till Honda wakes from their collective stupor), the K20 just begs to be modded.

Oh, and for complete transparency, the drag Civic makes over 1100 whp (poor guy can't keep a transmission in the car - sometimes you _can_ have too much power) and the Rotrex'd S2000 is at 480 whp - but we are well past the design limit of the blower's rotating assembly, so who knows how long it will last.....next time you come by you're welcome to go drive it, but you'll have to leave the traction control on :)

Sunday, August 05, 2012 7:05 PM
Where's the place to get sushi for $2 a plate!?
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