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2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan - Black Snow

The rabid street car with more than enough bite to match its bark

Matt Rodriguez
Oct 8, 2013
Photographer: Chad Burdette

"He probably has mommy-and-daddy money or a long list of sponsors that give him everything for free." These are the types of comments that typically fester among the Internet bottom-feeders when a car like Mark Kluge's sedan is under the digital microscope. Rather than assume someone did things the old-fashioned way, via hard work and dedication, many look for the chink in one's armor, so to speak. The sleek silver Si you see pictured, loaded with high-end parts and packing a lethal punch, wasn't given any handouts. Instead, it represents a culmination of long hours, immeasurable work ethic, and what some professionals might refer to as "obsession."

You'd be hard pressed to find more than a handful of people in the world who are enthusiastic about working marathon shifts every single day of the week, leaving behind any signs of a social life or leisure time. But that's exactly what Mark volunteered for after purchasing his sedan and eventually finding his way to He explains, "It took me three months of searching to find an Si with decent mileage for a good price. My original plans were to tint the windows. That's it." Take a stroll down Mark's spec list and you'll notice that tinted windows fall by the wayside as the intense naturally aspirated build undoubtedly steals the show. After reading and taking notes from numerous 8thcivic forum posts, he added the usual array of bolt-ons and, with an e-tune, managed 218 whp, noting that the car felt "100 percent better than stock, but it wasn't enough."

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$21,450 Base Model (MSRP) MPG Fuel Economy
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The sexy silver exterior complements the monster under the hood.

With a lack of performance tuning shops in his area, Mark stumbled upon Jotech Performance of Florida. The company's record-setting all motor eighth-gen having appeared in the pages of Honda Tuning had made a name for itself, and its growing customer base praised Jotech's service and ability. Mark adds, "I knew this was where all of my business would be going. I started working 90-hour workweeks just to help pay for parts. I literally lived at work 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week. And any time away from work was spent researching stuff for the car or purchasing more parts." Obsessed much?

With an unreal number of work hours behind him and enough money to get his Si to the next level, Mark paid Jotech a visit. "I drove down and spent the weekend there. They worked nonstop from Friday until Sunday to get it all done, and they treated me like family while I was there. I walked in the door making 218 whp, and I left with over 250, still utilizing the stock bottom end." Once home, Mark's daily commute became an act of passion rather than just another monotonous trip to the office. "I dogged on it every day. The car lived at 9,000 rpm, and the ride to and from work was more abuse than most cars probably see in their lifetimes!"

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Regardless of your loyalties toward naturally aspirated or forced-induction performance, we all get used to our car's output and get the itch for more power. Reaching this point, Mark set a budget, put in the extra hours, and began ordering more parts. He recalls, "That year was spent ordering parts, waiting on machine shops, back orders, etc. I filled my entire bedroom, spare bedroom, and most of the loft area in the house with parts. I blew past my budget in what seemed like days, but kept working seven days a week, 80 to 90 hours a week to make sure I could get everything I needed."

With wait times gradually increasing on the performance side of things, Mark got busy updating the car's appearance. Expecting a smooth ride, especially since he'd already sourced a complete OEM FD2 front end conversion, he was cursed with the infamous "about three weeks" line from a local body shop that, understandably, isn't at the top of Mark's favorites list. He states, "It seemed like a great price and decent time frame. Everything was explained to the shop about the quality of work expected and how I needed the car back ASAP, so I could get the swap done." That short three-week period turned into six agonizing months of waiting and continued, almost daily visits from Mark to ensure the work was being done properly.

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With the poor body shop experience behind him, the Civic was shipped to Jotech for the next round of performance mods. This time, an ERL-sleeved K24 block complete with Wiseco pistons and K1 rods was to be the foundation. Up top, a Team 4Piston-reworked K20Z3 head fitted with an ASP header was on deck to pull more power. The result was 298 whp on pump gas--stellar numbers for a street car, and Mark was pleased. After a setback on the way back to his hometown (see sidebar), Mark enjoyed the car for a while but once again reached a point of simply wanting more.

Discussions with Jotech led to another Florida trip to bump compression and test a number of cams. With a 14.2:1 compression ratio, Skunk2 Stage III cams, and C85, the Frankenstein setup pounded out 320 whp! Mark closes with, "About the fuel, it runs on race gas only--VP Racing C85. There's only one station with E85 locally, so I had to go the race gas route. I keep a 55-gallon drum in the garage, and usually ride around with a 5-gallon VP container filled just in case. The car turned out perfect and I couldn't be happier with it. Researching all the parts for the vehicle, ordering them, and talking with other people on the forum about the vehicle was a great time."

Bolts & Washers

K24A4 block
K20Z3 head
HaSport mounts
Honda FlashPro
ERL sleeves
Polished/balanced crank
Wiseco pistons 14.2:1
K1 rods
Skunk2 Stage III cams
Team 4Piston headwork
CNC head
Ferrea valves
+1mm intake valves
Supertech valvesprings
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Hytech oil pan baffle
Jotech Performance assembly
Toda timing chain
Toda balancer
Toda tensioner
ATI harmonic balancer
Go Power custom 3.5-inch intake
K&N air filter
Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold
Skunk2 Pro Series 72mm throttle body
ASP header
Skunk2 Megapower 76mm exhaust
Jotech Performance breather/catch can
K-Tuned upper coolant housing
K-Tuned idle air assist delete
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
ID 1000 injectors
K-Tuned fuel rail
K-Tuned fuel filter
K-Tuned fuel gauge
Wireworx custom harness
Mishimoto radiator
Hybrid Racing hoses
M-Factory Race transmission
Close-ratio 1-4, OEM 5-6
5.08 final drive
Hybrid Racing shifter cables
Hybrid Racing clutch master cylinder
Competition Clutch twin disc
Driveshaft Shop 2.9 axles

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Though it looks like a standard K20Z3 with a few bolt-ons, Black Snow is packing over 300 whp.

320 whp and 220 lb-ft torque
Fuel: VP C85 only

Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers
Full Race bushings
Skunk2 rear camber kit
Beaks rear lower control bar

Brembo calipers
Racing Brake 2-pc rotors
Racing Brake ET500 pads
Stainless lines
Wireworx ABS delete
Motul fluid

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Wheels & Tires
Work Meister M1R 18x9 +25
Nitto Neo Gen 205/40-18
ARP extended studs
Work lug nuts

OEM FD2 front-end conversion
Mugen Type R lip
Megan Racing roof spoiler
JDM emblems
Black painted roof and grille
Custom rolled fenders
Tinted windows (lol!)

Skunk2 shift knob
Jotech carbon-fiber gauge holder
JDM steering wheel emblem
JDM shift boot

Jotech Performance, CMB-Tuning, Tony Shagday at Skunk2, John at Hytech, Integrity Body Shop, my best friend Joe Quince for keeping me partially sane through this build, my good friend and old roommate Hunter Allred for letting me fill his entire upstairs with parts, and of course the sneakiest ninja of making power Ted aka Figment The Dragon.

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Owner Specs

Daily grind
Boeing 787 Dreamliner electrical mechanic

Favorite site

Screen name

Building Hondas
4 years

Dream car
Nissan Skyline GT-R

Inspiration for this build
Function and form-car that turns heads and makes power

Future builds
No more projects...saving for a GT-R

Long-Distance Friends

During one of Mark's final trips home from Jotech, tragedy struck. "I drove down with a friend, and doing about 70 mph, the passenger-side front rim came off. Luckily it was stuck in the wheelwell and I was able to pull over to the side of the road. Bad news was that it destroyed a rim, tire, caliper, fender, and a bunch of other miscellaneous things. Wasn't very excited about the damaged bodywork, especially after the body shop nightmare I just finished. I towed it to Jotech and left the vehicle in their hands. Luckily, Integrity Body Shop fixed all of the issues and the work was done perfect the first the amount of time promised!"


K1 Technologies
Byron Center, MI 49315
4 Piston Racing
Pittsboro, IN 46167
San Jose, CA 95136
Jotech Performance
Kissimmee, FL 34744
By Matt Rodriguez
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