No other car manufacturer has managed to crack the import/tuner scene quite like Honda. It’s where most start out on the JDM scene, it’s where you meet like-minded people who are into the same kinda cars as you. Mr Honda is responsible for Minty.Fresh cos without our Hondas me and Mint would have never met!!
It’s the same deal for Alex (White EK9) and Fraser (Red Coupe) they have only known each other for a year or so but they never knew how it would shape what they did to their cars.
The Honda obsession has taken them both over and now its all they spend their money on ……………..
Fraser’s coupe started life as a EJ6 equipped with the not so inspiring 1.6 litre non Vtec engine but with being younger he couldn’t rock the higher insurance bracket cars so he put aesthetics first
Mugen lip combined with the EK9 grill are the main staples of building a Civic but they are popular for good reason!
EM1 rear lights and bumper joined the despoilered boot. The whole car was repainted to keep the Milano Red poppin!
Meister R coils bring the chassis closer to the ground, Skunk 2 LCA’s keep the rear in check.
Footwear was something Fraser wanted to be right, so he opted for another staple of the Honda scene ……. Rota Slipstreams
It looked good and by the time Fraser had got the exterior sorted out he could manage to persuade the insurance men to let him shoe horn in a more powerful engine.
The JDM B16a SiR engine pushes a solid 170bhp and howls on vtec to a dizzying 8600 rpm. This was the kind of kick Fraser was looking for, he added a Tegiwa carbon intake and Spoon N1 exhaust to the car to aid the passage of gases in and out of the engine.
Koyo radiator and Samco hoses work together to keep the water temps down and a Password JDM strut brace takes any chassis flex away from the bay. Fraser also added near solid engine mounts, a decision I think he wish he never made lol
The interior wasn’t overlooked either, Bride seats and Takata harnesses take care of him whilst blasting the back roads. A stripped out rear keeps the weight down and a Tegiwa B Pillar Brace stops any chassis movement in the back.
Alex’s EK9 looks not all too different from its factory state, but it’s under the bonnet where things are very different.
The standard B16b wasn’t cutting it, a B18 block with JDM DC2 pistons was mated to a B16a head which had received Skunk 2 cam’s and Skunk 2 cam gears.
A skunk 2 intake manifold was bolted on along with a 70mm throttle body, a highly sought after Mugen airbox was also added.
Exhaust duties are taken care of by a DC sports 4-2-1 manifold and exits via a Spoon N1 back box. A Hondata S300 ecu was chosen to take control of the electrical signals for the engine.
Alex hasn’t molested the awesome lines of his EK9
Enkei RPF 1’s are the chosen footwear, thee best IMO!
The EK9 comes with a front lip so Alex didn’t mess with that, he did add a nice black version of the OEM rear lip though.
Meister R coils bring the chassis down over the Enkei’s but nothing too low as the car gets used HARD!!
Mugen braces all round keep the chassis tight and DC2 brakes up front get the car stopped when it needs to be.
The interior gets Bride seats, Takata Harnesses , DC2 steering wheel and Skunk 2 gearknob.
Alex’s Ek9 looks soooo good!
Fraser and Alex’s Honda obsession has now fully taken hold but now they have moved even further in to the scene, they are part of Team Beard
A group of guys and girls always pushing the boundries and each other for truly unique cars! They also get to hang with Minty.Fresh!! What more could they ask for?? (LOL)
Cars and friends can truly change your life and car bros can be found everywhere, you just need to look ……………..