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15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

More from the biggest Honda-exclusive event in the West

Rodrez
May 13, 2019
Photographers: Josh Rivera, Eibach

In the late '80s, as the influx of import performance and "modern" customization began to flood the streets of Southern California, the ED/EF chassis Civic and DA Integra models played a key role in serving not only as an easy-to-obtain vehicle for the younger crowd, but also helped bridge a gap between iconic '70s/early 80s-era imports and more current technology being offered by automakers at that time. An entire generation of future enthusiasts really had no choice, often handed the keys to an older sibling's aged college car or given the option to choose something affordable from one of those "reliable car companies." The result was a slew of young people tinkering with their only mode of transportation in a search for more power, a unique look, or a little of both.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 crx zc Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

What we didn't know at that time is that the eager teens and college kids trying to scrape every ounce of power from their 1.5 and 1.8L power plants would help launch an industry that would go on to generate millions of dollars each year - even before that terrible movie franchise came along.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 dc2 type r Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

That was then, and these days you can find Honda-related events all over the country—in fact, all over the world. From Thailand to the U.K., enthusiasm for the brand and all of its aftermarket potential has never really waivered. And for the last 15 years, the Eibach Meet has proven time and time again that even as some tend to move on, there are new generations poised to fill their position.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 vendor row Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

In terms of size, 2019's Eibach Meet outperformed last year's event in the number of vendors, drag racers and spectators, but car meet attendance was about the same at 2018 - and that's not a bad thing at all, especially when you see 1,000 Hondas herded into one half of the event's lot.

Here's a look at more from the 15th Annual Eibach Meet ...

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 big mike prelude Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 turbo f20b Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 big mike honda prelude Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 big mike custom valvecover Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Now a few years since its complete makeover, @thebigmike's turbocharged F20B-swapped Prelude engine bay is still held in very high regard. One-off, custom fabrication fills every inch of the bay, and for those who have followed the build from its beginning up to its noted stint at SEMA, a few updates have taken place, including a scratch-built intake box and modified headlight duct.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 hasport booth Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 hasport prelude Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 hasport honda prelude Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Another high-profile Prelude in attendance was the recently re-born Hasport K24 turbo track car that once graced the cover of Honda Tuning

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 spoon sports fd civic Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 spoon cars Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 spoon sports s2000 Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

@spoonsportsusa was out in full force and brought their now retired center-seat, turbo Civic FD that once nabbed a FWD lap record at Super Lap Battle. They also displayed an S2000 packed with Spoon goods including the front bumper, fenders, hood, mirrors, wheels, brakes and the extremely controversial prototype hardtop.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 mugen fk8 civic Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 mugen wheel Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

@Kingmotorsports, the only official North American distributor for Mugen wanted to do something special for their trip from Wisconsin to SoCal. Just a few weeks prior to the meet, they sourced an FK8 and armed it with Mugen's entire prototype aero kit and wheel package before the car was shipped to Cali for the big day.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 ariel atom 01 Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 ariel atom 02 Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 eibach ariel atom springs Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

K-powered Ariel Atom which, coincidentally, rides on Eibach suspension, strolling through the morning roll-in lot

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 eibach civic type r Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 hks ctr Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 fk8 civic type r Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 civic type rs Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Honda's FWD dynamo, the FK8, is a limited production vehicle but it didn't feel that way at the Eibach Meet, where dozens could be found in the car meet area, spectator lot and the vendor display section.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 honda tuning civic si project Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 2018 honda tuning honda civic si project Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 ssr formula mesh Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Also from the newer generation line up of Honda's Civic family, the @hondatuning project Si was on hand. So far the car has been fitted with @acuityinstruments shifting goods, @prlmotorsports intercooler and cold-air intake, @greddyperformance front lip, @honda HFP sideskirts and visors, @hondata_inc FlashPro and @ssrwheels new Formula Mesh rollers with @toyotires. And yes, more parts are on the way.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 crx vs crx Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 all motor crx Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Little car, big engine—the All Motor class showdowns that took place during the Eibach Meet did not disappoint.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 bisimoto civic wagon 01 Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 bisimoto civic wagon 02 Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

@bisimoto unveiled this AWD-converted, turbo K24 Civic wagon during SEMA, and since then has made a number of appearances around SoCal and also been immortalized in print.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 civic eh Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

Wild aero, massive wings, and a nasty hood-exit exhaust setup might be the goal for some who want to be noticed for an extreme build. For others, OEM body lines with a clean swap and just a few minor add-ons, like this EH3 Civic Si, make the most sense.

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 vendors Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II

The 15th anniversary event was a success and only built more anticipation for year 16. We'll see you back in Fontana in 2020!

15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt 2 regamaster evo Photo 138/138   |   15th Annual Eibach Meet Pt. II
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