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The Tipping Point - Spotlight

Aug 23, 2013

We all have a special place in our heart filled with disgust and disdain for certain styles, words, or phrases used by our fellow Honda enthusiasts. Some can’t contain themselves, lashing out online with profanity and the all too menacing capitalized font. Others, like myself, keep it inside and let it eat me up rather than give in to the temptation to lash out. Spending a staggering amount of time online whether researching or browsing for something new in the Honda world, I see some of my pet peeves over and over again and decided to jot a few down; enjoy.


The word “offset” refers to the distance of a wheel’s hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. Somewhere along the way, in the midst of a massive influx of low-offset wheels and extreme camber, individuals with little to no knowledge of wheel and tire fitment began referring to ultra-wide wheels as “offsets.” For example, “I’m gonna throw some offsets on my ride dawg.” No, actually you’re not. Not a big deal, but again, just something that gets to me after reading it 40 to 50 times per week.

Fully Built

The term “built” can be conveyed and interpreted in a number of ways when dealing with our cars. If someone says their car is “fully built,” I personally expect block work including but not limited to rods, pistons, and so on, along with headwork that might include something like valvesprings, retainers, cams, etc. More often than not, I receive an email about a “fully built” B, H, or K swap with exhaust and intake, and I die a little inside each and every time.

My Boy Made More Power

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Something that many people don’t understand is that engines, even those equipped with the same exact modifications, won’t necessarily make the same amount of power. Furthermore, no two dynos will read identically, as outside factors like engine condition, wheel and tire sizing, atmosphere, and so many others play a big part in how much power is produced.

Should Have Made It RWD/AWD

Here’s the thing; rear-wheel and all-wheel drive are great, but the majority of Honda’s lineup has always been and will always be dominated by FWD models. They didn’t create the Civic to compete with sport cars, nor did they build the Accord to beat BMWs in a quarter-mile dash. We, the enthusiasts, are the ones who take a mundane people mover and build it into something that can hold its own against far more expensive and well-equipped competition. And, no, Honda isn’t going to introduce a twin turbo, V-6, AWD CR-Z that weighs under 2,000 pounds no matter how many times you see people crying about it on Facebook.


Much like the alphanumeric designation carried by Honda powerplants, Honda guys/gals refer to their cars in a similar fashion. You can find your vehicle’s chassis code printed within your vehicle identification number (VIN). The ’92–’95 Civic is one of the most popular Hondas to modify in the world. In the U.S., we don’t have an EG or EG6 Civic chassis. I know, I know, you have an EG6 that you’ve been building for years, it’s got a swap, and one of those blue JDM VIN tags that you riveted onto your car’s radiator support, and all of that. Trust me, it’s not an EG, it’s an EH2 or EH3. If you have a ’93–’95 coupe, it’s not an “EG coupe,” but rather in the EJ family. For the ’96–’00 group, it’s even more confusing as none of your U.S. hatches or coupes are of the EK variety. You own an EJ family vehicle. How can that be? How can the fifth-gen Civic coupe, sixth-gen coupe, and the hatchback all be under the EJ banner?! Because Honda said so. Look it up, and please, don’t rely on Wikipedia.

P.S. A special thank-you to Brian Gillespie, Andy Hope, and Bernardo Martinez for long, sleepless nights dedicated to putting the final touches on the Prelude, finishing just hours before the shoot. Thanks to them, my deadline was met and I got the cover car that I had been hounding Andy about since last year. Well done, gentleman, the car far exceeded my expectations.

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