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Project Civic SI, progress suspension

Project Civic SI Progress Suspension

By Aaron LaBeau

When searching for a Civic SI suspension we wanted to be sure this was an "upgrade" we could live with every day.  Weekend garage queens and purpose built track cars are fun for the occasional poke but for daily driven street cars, comfort trumps performance.  Any upgrade in performance would therefore have to be a bit of a doppelganger; refined for the commute but hard-edged enough not to roll over in the corners.


 

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DROWsports Grand Axis Two Stroke Powered Ruckus

By Mike Kojima

The Honda Ruckus is a small 50cc scooter that has for some reason become the darling of the modified car crowd.  You would never think that car people would have become enamored of a 100 mpg, 35mph small scooter but nevertheless the Ruckus is huge.  MotoIQ has a project 50cc Ruckus that is probably the fastest stock engined Ruckus built so far.  

Of course in our circle, if some is good, too much is always better.  Andrew Horn, owner of DROWsports in Signal Hill is part of the MotoIQ crew and has helped us with many of our small powersports projects.  We helped him with the construction in his quest to build the ultimate Ruckus, check it out!


 

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Project S2000 - Making a More Responsive Drivetrain

By Khiem Dinh

The AP2 generation of S2000s were made a bit cushier and street friendly compared to the AP1s for the general American consumer.  A larger displacement engine along with shorter gearing were specified to give more torque at the wheels which Americans desired.  However, Honda also matched a heavier flywheel and modified the clutch system with both negatively impacting the level of track aptitude.  Step 2 of Phase 2 is to shift the drivetrain bias more towards the track side of the equation compromising some everyday livability for better performance.


 

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Fluidampr, Honda S2000

Fluidampr - New Performance Damper For Honda S2000

Industry Press Release

Destructive crankshaft torsional vibration accelerates the wear of critical engine components. Honda® S2000 owners can now protect their engine, while gaining power, with the latest performance damper from Fluidampr®.


 

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wilwood civic crz big brake kit

Wilwood - New Brake Kits for Honda Civic & CRZ

Industry Press Release

Wilwood Engineering has recently introduced a front brake kit for the 2006-Present Honda Civics and the 2010-Present Honda CRZs that features the latest in Big Brake Technology.


 

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Global Time Attak Round 6 - Buttonwillow II

Global Time Attack Round 6 - Buttonwillow II

By Justin Banner


Here it is! The grand finale of the 2012 Global Time Attack series. Not only is a new track record set, but also a champion is crowned to complete the 2012 GTA season. So, who takes it all and who takes the track?


 

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Project Honda Civic EJ

Project Honda Civic EJ: Staying Cool with Koyo and HPS

By Annie Sam

Now that the motor was back in the car ready to be buttoned up, we decided to give it a little bit of a cooling upgrade to avoid another Buttonwillow incident. Although the stock radiator was reliable for over a decade for daily driving, our beefed up Civic would also need a beefed up cooling system. The radiator we opted for was the Koyo All Aluminum Racing Radiator tied together with some hoses from HPS Performance Silicone Hoses.


 

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Project S2000: Phase 2, More Grip

By Khiem Dinh

"Where has Project S2000 been" do you say?  I've been having fun and driving the piss out of it.  I had completed Phase 1 of the build which was to make a fast, reliable, and uncompromised daily driven street car that could be driven at the track without fear of breaking anything.  Well, the car is no longer my daily driver, so I have decided to commence with Phase 2.  A Porsche GT3RS is my philosophical car build benchmark; while it CAN be driven on the street, it's not exactly a car that you would want to daily drive as it introduces compromises to DD duties in order to improve track performance.  Phase 2, Step 1 = more grip and protecting the engine against increased lateral Gs.


 

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Project Honda Civic EJ:  Building the B18C1 Part III

By Chuck Johnson - Photos by Joe Lu

Last we left off, we had just figured out how to improve the rod ratio of Project Civic's B18C1 through the use of a Nissan QR25DE spec rod from K1 Technologies.  With the details of this rather strange relationship of Nissan and Honda componenets figured out, it's now time to forever join them in holy matrimony.


 

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Jackson Racing CR-Z Supercharger System

Industry Press Release

Honda Supercharger experts Jackson Racing are proud to announce their next generation supercharger system for the US MT Honda CR-Z.  The kit delivers an additional 50 horsepower and 45 ft-lbs of torque, an impressive 40% increase HP and 38% increase in torque.


 

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project honda civic si

Project Civic SI Hondata Flashpro

By Aaron LaBeau

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?


 

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Project Honda Civic SI

Project Civic SI CT Engineering Intake and Exhaust

By Aaron LaBeau

When it came time to succumb to the modifying bug with the Civic SI (FA5) I realized in modifying cars we are doing something reflective of ourselves. One of the best parts about modifying a car is making it yours. If you've been reading our publication for a while you know we favor racecar parts and function over stanced out showcars. But, there's that line you cross when your street car loses the comfort and convenience in exchange for that performance that makes your car so different from every other one out there.

 


 

 

 

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Super Sunday
Killer Scooter's SoCal Super Sunday

By Justin Banner

Super Sunday was upon us a couple weekends ago and with over 200 scooters of which, 161.5 were Ruckus’ of some build; it was the largest turn out yet. This year started as always at The Hat, a well-known restaurant in Temple City, California. Where was the final destination and did we all make it? Read on to find out!


 

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Project EJ Civic, Building the Drivetrain 7

Project EJ Civic, Building the Drivetrain

By Mike Kojima

Annie’s Civic had seen tons of street and track miles, over 200,000 miles since she had completed her B series swap years ago.  Her clutch had begun to slip probably 3 years ago and she had been nursing it along for this long as she was too busy with other car projects to take care of it.  With this many miles we felt that it was probably prudent to open up the transmission just to inspect the insides and take care of any issues before bolting it up to her renewed engine pushing much more power.


 

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 Project S2000 - Hondata KPro Gives More Power and Better Power

Project S2000 – Hondata KPro Gives More Power and Better Power

By Khiem Dinh

Power delivery is an important characteristic in being able to go quickly; just ask any motorcycle racer where they only have one tire contact patch to put down the power.  The S2000's one fault is a poor power delivery curve due to the VTEC engagement.  I hate the VTEC engagement and the resulting torque spike which hurts drivability.  It is not fun being WOT coming out of a corner and having the torque spike hit.  Therefore, my goal was to reduce the spike by changing the VTEC engagement point to smooth out the torque curve and I needed a way to tune the car to meet my goal.  The Hondata KPro system met my requirements for the job.


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Project Honda Civic: Energy Suspension Bushings and ST Sway Bar

By Annie Sam

Now that we have completely beefed up the suspension and brakes of Project Honda Civic  with the Skunk2 Pro-C Coil overs and camber kit, and the Fastbrakes big brake kit, it's time to button things up with the last several suspension upgrades we had lined up for our little weekend warrior.


 

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AEM Coil-On-Plug Kit for B-Series Honda Engines

Industry Press Release

The AEM coil-on-plug (COP) kit for the Honda B-series engines eliminates known factory Ignition system Issues and delivers outstanding coil-on-plug performance without the added cost of a CDI module.


 

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Project S2000 - More Winter Testing and a Challenge

Project S2000 - More Winter Testing and a Challenge

By Khiem Dnih

It started off like any other chat conversation (note: actual words may have been modified from the original text in order to fit the screen and time allotment)

Khiem:   Yo Martin, what's happenin man?  

Martin:  Workin.  What's up with you?

Khiem:  I need to take the S2k out for a track day in cold weather.

Martin:  Oh yeah?  I need to take the SE-R out.  Speed Trial USA has a day coming up at Streets.

Khiem:  Perfect!  How much power does that SE-R make...


 

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Killer B’s, Honda and Mazda to Release B Segment Racer

Killer B’s, Honda and Mazda to Release B Segment Racers

By Mike Kojima

We can just about all agree that racing is fun. We can also agree that racing is also very expensive. It is the expense of racing that deters most of us with racing ambitions from actually taking part in wheel to wheel racing. Well the SCCA, NASA and several manufacturers of sub compact cars, known as the B Segment have gotten together to support a new affordable racing class.


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Project Civic EJ: Fast Brakes Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kit

by Chuck Johnson

After completing the install of the front Fast Brakes big brake kit, we knew that we had to do something about the drum brake lameness that was taking place on the rear of Project Civic. Project Civic had been retired to commuter car only status almost a decade ago and since then had only the basic maintenance performed. We were pretty suspicious that the rear drums weren't contributing any work in the whole braking equation since there seemed to be an abnormal amount of front brake bias.  Never mind that the rear drums and shoes had not been replaced ever even after 260,000 miles of use.


 

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