Hawaii is one of the hardest places to modify cars, which is why we're always surprised when we come across amazing rides like the ones in our Wekfest report. Parts are more expensive, roads are limited and racetracks absent; plus right now, it's the only state in the US that requires a car to be inspected after aftermarket parts are installed. Shops have to take photos of each vehicle they work on and have the mods approved by a local recon station. In addition, a car can be pulled over at anytime and scrutinized for its modifications, which is why Brandon Kikuchi is a bit of a rebel. Not only does he own this 400+whp turbo Civic, he drives it every day to buy groceries, run errands and even pick up his kids from school. So during our adventure in Hawaii, we met up with him after Wekfest to snap some extra photos of his wicked EG build.
Q&A with Brandon Kikuchi
1. What's your background in cars?
My first car was a '99 Civic Si, which I completely "Spooned" out. Then, I had an Acura TL show car, which won couple of trophies at the Street Car Showoff back in the day. Regrettably, I only drove it several times a year because I didn't want to risk damaging it. After selling the TL, I promised myself that I would thoroughly enjoy my next build, which is why this car is my daily driver.
2. Can you tell us about the start of this build?
I've always had an admiration for EGs. My previous EG was totaled while I was at work one day-an electric company truck hit it on the side of a busy street. My insurance paid me out for the loss so for about a year after that I was on a mission in search of the perfect EG. I found this '95 DX that was owned by an older man who garaged it. Just so happens, his car would get stolen often. He got tired of it after a while and decided to sell-his loss, my gain! When I bought the car from him, it was all stock, 44K original miles, no rust, clean interior and original paint.
3. Why did you go with this theme for the car?
Although I've always been a fan of Spoon Sports, I'd also regularly keep up with the Kanjo and Japan track scene as well. The Kanjozoku's intense style always caught my attention and fueled my inspiration to build something similar and keep it as authentic as possible. I wanted to incorporate my own "Akira Garage" style and fuse together a Kanjo-inspired street car. I know some people hate on it, being that my car is slammed with stretched tires. What they fail to understand is that my vision isn't to replicate, but rather just add my own twist to the iconic Kanjo look. The haters can just keep on hating.
4. Who inspired you the most?
For a long time I've looked up to Kazuhiro Furakawa of Osaka JDM. He's accomplished the same dreams I've always had for myself throughout the years: opening up his own shop, building insane Hondas, manufacturing his own line of parts, racing on the loop and professionally on the track. I've had the pleasure of meeting Furakawa-san through mutual friends. For someone of his status, he's such a humble and genuinely nice guy. I've had the honor of him using my car in his Osaka JDM ad in a Japanese magazine. His approval has fueled the drive to continue to work on completing my car to truly reflect Osaka JDM's style.
5. What's your car mainly used for?
This car is actually my daily driver. It gets me to and from work on a specific path that I map out to avoid flaws in the road. Hawaii is infamous for its pothole-damaged roads. Since there's only the passenger seat, I strapped my son's Recaro in; he loves the ride just as much as I do. It's in his blood!
1995 Honda Civic
Occupation Honda mechanic
Engine JDM B16 swap; Wiseco 9:1 pistons; Golden Eagle rods and block guard; Type R oil pump and cams; ARP head and main studs; Skunk2 titanium valve springs and retainers; Garrett T3/T4 turbo; 440cc injectors; Walbro 250lph fuel pump; HKS blow-off valve and intercooler; TiAL wastegate; NGK plug wires; Yonaka radiator; Mishimoto slim fan; Samco hoses; custom engine mounts; Hondata S300
Drivetrain Synchrotech carbon syncros; ACT clutch; SiR 2 limited-slip differential; B&M short shifter
Footwork & Chassis Ground Control coilovers with Koni yellow shocks and extended top hats; Spoon Sports front strut bar; Suspension Techniques drop forks; custom front upper control arms; ASR subframe brace; Beaks lower tie bar; Skunk2 lower control arms; Megan Racing rear camber kit
Brakes Power Slot cross-drilled and slotted rotors; Goodridge steel braided lines
Wheels & Tires 15x9.5" +13 front, 15x10" +7 rear Work Meister CR01 wheels; 175/50R15 front, 195/45R15 rear Nexen tires
Exterior Osaka JDM "Devil" rear wing; SiR chin spoiler; JDM mudguards and side markers; Vision carbon-fiber mirrors and smoked amber corner lenses; HID headlights
Interior SiR cluster, climate control and clock; Type R steering wheel and shift boot; Cusco six-point rollcage; X-bar; GSR seats; G Force window net
Thanks You my family for all the love and support; my brothers at LS Automotive, Lester Cote, John Davis, and Sean Shiraki; Kazuhiro Furukawa of Osaka JDM; Hoku Kama; Joey Sabugo; Scotty Nagasawa; Jspirit; Trevor of MKSHiFT; Josh Miyake; Vidalowca Garage; Larry Villegas