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1992 Honda Civic - Homegrown Formula

A new path paved for the cult classic fifth-gen hatch.

Rodrez
Jun 2, 2014
Photographer: Sean Bradford

Few Hondas in the last 20 years carry as large a cult following as the '92-95 Civic hatchback, at least in the enthusiast circle. Admired for its low curb weight, Lego-like compatibility with the '94-and-newer Integra, and numerous engine swap options, the classic EH/EG chassis has been molded into every conceivable iteration—from hard-core track cars to show 'n' shine trophy magnets. Of course, the only drawback to all of the attention and the well-established formula is that it's just that: well established. A rather stout following brings with it countless iterations of the same car and a severe case of the clones—something that often proves difficult to break free from.

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Cory Shifflett of Glen Burnie, Maryland, is undeniably a fan of the early '90s hatch and his '92 Aztec Green Pearl build certainly does a good job of stepping away from the norm, but it wasn't purchased with any intentions other than making a few bucks in a quick clean and flip. Cory adds, "It came with a GS-R swap and after a couple of weeks of it not selling, I put some RE30s on it, an ITR swap, J's exhaust and, an SSR header. Shortly after that, I got bored with it and the build began." Boredom was powerful enough to not only convince Cory to build the car, but it also pushed him to buy another car that he could tinker with and use as a daily driver. He found an EM1 shell and began pulling parts off of his project car in order to make the coupe roadworthy. "A week after I put the Si on the road, I got rear-ended sitting at a red light by a car driving 60 mph," he says. "Needless to say the car was totaled, and I was so discouraged that I had no motivation to finish the hatch that, at that time, was in the very early stages of its build." The urge to put time and plenty of money into something that could be wiped out in a matter of seconds left Cory sour and understandably so. However, encouragement from a trusted source can go a long way in motivating someone when they're experiencing a low point. Cory says, "If it weren't for my good friend Dan Morsell constantly talking the build up and staying on me to get back on it, the car would have been parted out." Fortunately the "for sale" threads were never created and instead, Cory found himself spending countless hours in the garage.

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With so many '92-95 hatchbacks sporting common swaps, Cory opted for the not-so-common F2K combination. Pioneered by InlinePro, the swap relies on the S2000's F Series powerplant mated to a K Series transmission. Praised for its impressive horsepower-per-liter figures and innate ability to rev comfortably to 9,000 rpm right out of the box, the F20C has also become well known for handling boost without breaking a sweat, even in factory form. Well aware of this, Cory incorporated a C30-94 Rotrex supercharger to make the trip to 9 grand happen far quicker than Honda engineers could have ever imagined. Keeping pace with the increase of incoming air is a set of ID1000 injectors and Hayward center-feed intake manifold with Wilson throttle body. A completely factory head works its OEM magic then sends spent gases to the hot side that includes a Myers header and custom 3-inch exhaust with Vibrant Performance muffler. The brains and veins consist of an AEM EMS Series II management system and Rywire mil-spec harness that, when all is said and done, produces just shy of 400 whp. In order to help harness the power, an F2K-specific Competition Clutch and flywheel were teamed up with a set of Driveshaft Shop 3.9 axles. When asked why he chose the F2K, Cory replied, "all of my builds have been very traditional and simple. I wanted to build a challenge, something that would make me better and continue to grow as a car builder. The supercharger was kind of an accident. I'd planned on leaving it NA, but I kind of fell into the kit and thought it would be fun to make it work."

As with the engine portion of the build, Cory aimed at making changes to the exterior of his EH that would separate it from the rather crowded masses. A Chargespeed front lip, fenders, and side skirts were smothered in Aztec Green Pearl and installed on the front end and flanks of the Civic, while a J's Racing GT-spec wing made its way to the rear. Inside, a set of Recaro SPGs and a Nardi steering wheel and Checkerd Sports hub sit within the protective barrier of an AutoPower rollbar, while vitals are viewed on an AIM MXL Strada display.

1992 honda civic recaro SPG seats 06 Photo 4/15   |   1992 Honda Civic - Homegrown Formula

Under the arches, behind a set of pristine Sprint Hart CP-Rs wrapped in meaty Toyo R888 rubber sit Tein Flex coilovers with EDFC, OEM ITR sway bars, and Function 7 lower control arms. Camber adjustments are dialed in with Skunk2 kits and to further tighten up the 22-year-old Civic chassis, Cory installed a Suja One bushing kit and PCI spherical rear trailing arm setup. The push for considerably improved handling was initiated for much more than just taking his local off-ramps at speed; Cory has plans for this two-year build. He adds, "With the help of my good friend Sander Marques, a NASA instructor in HPDE4, the car will be on the track this year."

Cory Shifflett developed a formula for his idea of the perfect fifth-gen Civic build right from his own garage. After a two-year stint, he's found a balance of happiness that relies on not only reaching the finish point but also enjoying the journey involved in getting there. He closes with this, "I've had just as much fun building the car as I do driving it. I've made a lot of good friends and met a lot of great people in the industry."

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion
F20C
AEM EMS Series 2
Rywire Mil-spec harness
Custom engine mounts
InlinePro transmission adapter plate
InlinePro half-shaft adapter
ARP head studs
C30-94 Rotrex supercharger
Vibrant Performance intercooler
TiAL Q blow-off valve
Hayward intake manifold
Wilson throttle body
Myers header
3-inch exhaust
3-inch Vibrant Performance muffler
K-Tuned fuel pressure regulator
K20A2 transmission
K-Tuned shifter box
K-Tuned shifter cables
Competition Clutch Stage 5
Competition Clutch F2K flywheel
Driveshaft Shop 3.9 axles
ID1000 injectors
AEM fuel 320-lph pump
AEM fuel pressure sensor
AEM AIT sensor
AEM oil pressure sensor
AEM wideband
AEM water temp sensor
AEM oil temp sensor
AEM MAP sensor
Custom tucked radiator
J's Racing oil and rad cap
XRP lines and fittings

1992 honda civic F2K swap 02 Photo 8/15   |  
Just out of sight is a Rotrex C30-94 supercharger.

Power
395 whp, 265 lb-ft of torque

Suspension
Tein Flex with EDFC
Function 7 LCAs
Function 7 rear bar
ITR sway bars
Suja One bushing kit
PCI rear trailing arm spherical bushings
Password:JDM Ultimate rear toe kit
Skunk2 Pro Plus front camber kit

Resistance
Hawk HP+ pads
Goodridge brake lines
Hardline tuck

Wheels And Tires
Sprint Hart CP-R 16x7 +32
Toyo R888 225/50-16
J's Racing lug nuts

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Exterior
Factory Aztec Green Pearl
Chargespeed front lip
Chargespeed fenders
Chargespeed side skirts
J's racing GT-spec wing
JDM 1-piece wing
JDM headlights
Carbon-fiber mirrors
Aerocatch hoodpins

Interior
Recaro SPG seats
Takata harnesses
AutoPower rollcage
Nardi deep corn 350mm wheel
Checkerd Sports hub
Spoon shift knob
AIM MXL Strada display

Props
Donna Shifflett (mother), Charles Clark (father), Daniel Morsell, Jon Gill, Chris Henry, Sander Marques, Jon Walker, Sean Bradford, Matt Pratt, Scott Mcintyre, Jason Cadden, and Ryan Basseri

1992 honda civic AIM MXL strada display 07 Photo 13/15   |  
An AIM Strada display relays vitals.

Owner Specs
Daily Grind
Union electrician

Favorite Site
obsidianeng.com

Screen Name
@cory_real_nice

Building Hondas
12 years

Dream Car
NSX-R

Future Build
Who knows

1992 honda civic sprint hart CP Rs 09 Photo 14/15   |   1992 Honda Civic Sprint Hart CP Rs 09

F2K
When the F20C was first introduced in 1999, fans and media were blown away by its incredible power-per-liter output, sky-high redline, and efficiency that was so on point that even today most struggle with finding additional power through intake manifold and head work in naturally aspirated configurations. It wasn't until just a few years ago that swapping the F20/22C into a Civic or Integra chassis became a reality for the average Joe. The F2K kit designed and available through InlinePro of Springfield, Virgina, includes the necessary engine-to-transmission adapter plate, half-shaft adapter, custom mounts, as well as a Competition clutch and flywheel combo and Driveshaft Shop axles. Still quite uncommon, the swap's effectiveness has been proven by notable end-users like New Jersey's Jake Gavio, who's managed to break well into 9-second territory with his All Motor F2K Civic drag coupe.

1992 honda civic TiAL q blow off valve 03 Photo 15/15   |   1992 Honda Civic - Homegrown Formula

Sources

Vibrant Performance
905-564-2808
http://www.vibrantperformance.com
Rywire
Garden Grove, CA 92843
240-479-9473
http://www.rywire.com
Checkerd Sports
Carson City, NV 89703
775-230-2012
http://www.checkerdsports.com
AEM Electronics
Hawthorne, CA 90250
310-484-2322
www.aemelectronics.com
Inline Pro
Springfield, VA 22153
703-455-5805
http://www.inlinepro.com
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