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Building the B18C1 Engine Part 2:  Improving Rod Ratio

By Chuck Johnson
 
Our main goal for Project Honda Civic EJ is to build a formidable, yet reasonably economical weekend warrior.  However, we didn't want our "budget" project scope to limit us to merely rebuilding a stock configuration B18C1.  Admittedly, we also wanted the challenge of trying something new rather than simply building another stroker B-series.   

 

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new 2012 integra!

Honda Releases New 2012 Integra! Has Rear Wheel Drive!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Honda has stunned the world with the sudden unexpected release of a new 2012 Integra for  Europe,  marking a return of the much beloved Integra name to the vehicle market.  The compact Integra features Honda’s revolutionary six speed dual clutch semi automatic transmission that features ultra fast shifting by pre-selecting the next higher gear before disengaging the current drive gear.  Amazingly the new Integra is now RWD!

The Integra also features 17” alloy wheels, disc brakes, a lightweight alloy space frame and an efficient, high compression engine featuring PGM-FI injection. No word to whether or not a Type -R version would be released soon.


 

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Honda Civic Skunk2 Suspension Upgrade

Project Honda Civic EJ: Skunk2 Suspension Upgrades Part 2

By Annie Sam

While Chuck Johnson goes to town on the internals of Project EJ Honda Civic, let's bring our attention back to the suspension modifications that we had lined up from Skunk2. You can find the first part of this insallment here where we talked about the Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers. For the weekend warrior, the following easy to install bolt on parts are a must-have. After all, bang for the buck, these upgrades not only improve suspension handling, they can potentially save you money by reducing abnormal tire wear depending on how you set the car up.


 

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Project S2000 - Track Testing Revised KW Clubsports and Earl’s Oil Cooler

By Khiem Dinh

The last track outing for the S2000 showed a few deficiencies still existed in the setup.  The most problematic from a reliability standpoint was the scorching oil temperature.  From a speed standpoint, the car was still very loose (last track update).  Going back to the beginning of the project, you'll remember that we switched the tire sizing from a stock staggered setup (215 widths up front, 245 on the rear) to an even, or non-staggered, setup utilizing 245 width tires front and rear (Part I).


 

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Sarah's intercooler

Ask Sarah: What are water to air intercoolers?

by Sarah Forst

Lately I have been searching for information about "water to air intercoolers."  I have seen these in some of your articles but not much information is mentioned. 

Got a difficult tech question? Email Sarah at asksarah@motoiq.com


 

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Project EJ Honda Civic: Skunk2 Pro-C Coilovers

by Annie Sam

My Koni Yellows coupled with the Ground Control coilover kit served me well for street use, and I think I got more than my money's worth out of these shocks over the last eight years. Now that I am no longer a starving college student, my grown up self decided that I should upgrade to a grown up set of coilovers. After a little bit of research, we decided to go for a set of Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers for Project EJ Civic.


 

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Project S2000 - Oil Cooling

by Khiem Dinh

Tracking the S2000 and monitoring the oil temperatures has taught us one thing: it runs hot!  Even with the reduced coolant temperatures afforded by the Koyo radiator, the oil temperatures were still too high for a car to be tracked for long-term reliability.  This is occurring at completely stock power levels even (the more power an engine makes, the more heat it makes and consequently needs to reject).  High oil temperatures lead to reduced oil viscosity and faster oil breakdown.  Low oil viscosity can mean inadequate oil film strength and thickness with the end result being metal-on-metal contact between engine components.  While low oil viscosity may not grenade your engine immediately, it will lead to accelerated wear of components.


 

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Project EJ Honda Civic - Fixing a Leaky Head for more Power!

By Mike Kojima
 
We were planning to methodically add parts to our project Civic’s B18C engine one bit at a time to see how they affected power and powerband. Unfortunately, our car had other ideas. Although Annie had driven the Civic for over 200,000 miles on a daily basis with not a single hitch, a trip to the track exposed the car's age.

 

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Project S2000 Part 8 - Oil Control

By Khiem Dinh

Oil is the vital life blood of an engine.  It allows the engine's internal components to slide past each other with very little friction or wear.  However, there is one place an engine does not want oil and that is in the incoming air stream.


 

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Project EJ Honda Civic

By Chuck Johnson

You're probably wondering what this busted ass Honda Civic is doing on the virtual pages of MotoIQ. I mean, it's far from the flawless presentation of MotoIQ's usual project cars and lacks the engineering luster to be excusable like Coleman's innovative crap cans. Instead, this Civic's clear coat is peeling off and almost every panel has some kind of battle wound on it… but every gear head has a story about the car that was their first love.


 

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Project S2000 Part 7 - Cold (For SoCal) Weather Fun

By Khiem Dinh

Our previous track day was in the middle of the freakin desert during the heat of summer to see how the car's various systems handled the almost 100F temps. The upgrades of the Koyo radiator and StopTech brakes took the heat thrown at them and didn’t even break a sweat, but the stock oil system wasn’t up to the task and probably wished it could have sweated to get rid of some heat.


 

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Centerforce s2000 clutch kit

INDUSTRY NEWS:  New Clutch Kit and Flywheel for 00-07 Honda S2000

MotoIQ Staff Report

The Centerforce high performance DFX single disc clutch is now available for the 2000 to 2007 Honda S2000 2.0L VTEC 6-Speed.


 

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ACT S2000 Clutch Kit

ACT - SFI Approved Clutch Kits for Honda S2000

MotoIQ Staff

Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released new SFI approved performance clutch kits and components for the 2000 - 2009 Honda S2000.


 

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Project Honda S2000

Project S2000, Stiffening the Chassis

By Khiem Dinh

As with anything, a strong foundation is the key to success.  For a good handling car, that means a super rigid chassis.  The S2000 is blessed with a very stiff chassis from the factory, but when you chop the top off of any car it will be less stiff compared to a car with a roof.  The S2000 doesn’t have the bad cowl shake that is the tell-tale sign of a not-so-stiff convertible chassis, but there are a few creaks from the soft top roof as the chassis flexes.


 

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Project Honda S2000 Koyo radiator and ARK Design MFD2

Project S2000 Part 5: Keeping it From Overheating

By Khiem Dinh

In keeping with the theme of making this car as reliable as possible, we’ve added ARK Design’s newly released MFD2 (Multi-Function Display).  The benefit of the MFD2 over the previous MFD is the ability to plug straight into the OBDII port whereas the old MFD required splicing into the ECU harness.  We hate electrical work, and this makes it about as plug-n-play as you can get! 

Read the Project S2000 Series Here!


 

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Project Honda S2000

Project S2000 Part 4- Taking it to the Track!

By Khiem Dinh

The Honda S2000 is one of our all time favorite cars.  In stock trim, it is also pretty capable.  With its 50/50 weight distribution and low polar moment of inertia and sophisticated multilink suspension, the S2000 is pretty darned good out of the box.  So good that it's one of those cars that tuners often mess up and actually end up reducing the performance on.  Well hopefully that won't be us.

To see what else we did to project S2000 click here!


 

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Project Honda S2000 Stoptech big brake upgrade

Project Honda S2000 Part 3- Brakes that don't Break

By Khiem Dinh, Photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Although the Honda S2000 is one of our favorite all time cars, one of the parts we like the least about the car is the brake system.  Although they are perfectly adequate for street duty, the stock brakes do not match the excellent handling ability of the car and are not up to snuff for track day use. S2000s that are tracked heavily, especially on non-staggered setups running 245 or 255 width front tires, are prone to cracking front rotors.  The added traction from the wider front tires means more braking power and therefore more heat the front brakes must dissipate.  This added heat is simply beyond the capacity of the stock brakes’ design, leading to oft cracked rotors.

To see what else we did to project S2000 click here!


 

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WRC B-series Honda CRX

by Eric Hsu

Of course it really isn't a WRC Honda CRX, but it's the next best thing: a Honda CRX built by a WRC fabricator. It could very well be the world's cleanest and most functional CRX cage. Just several pics of a very nicely built CRX located in the UK.


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N1 Concepts S2000

J's Racing/N1 Concepts Time Attack Honda S2000

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

N1 Concept's striking S2000 Time Attack car has caught our attention at this years Redline Time Attack events with both its speed and sharp looks. N1 Concepts is a Northern California tuner and purveyor of rare JDM parts. N1 purchased the car in the fall of 2008 from renowned Honda tuner J's Racing and set about converting it to US Time Attack configuration for Super Lap Battle's Unlimited RWD and Redline Time Attack's Super Modified RWD class.


 

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MotoIQ Project S2000

Project S2000: Part 2 - Suspension Tricks

By Khiem Dinh, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

We chose our S2000 as a project car for its handling prowess.  With multilink suspension and a 50/50 weight distribution, the S2K has all the right stuff to carve corners with. AP2 S2K's like our car have revised rear toe link pick up locations so they don't exhibit the twitchy at the limit cornering issues that the older AP1 chassis has.  What's good can always be made better so we decided to spend our efforts in improving our car's suspension in the next round of mods.

To read the rest on Project S2000 click here!


 

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