When you think of modified Honda outside of America, you're almost programmed to think about Japan - but what about other cultures and regions? The car you see pictured is an eighth-gen Civic sedan rom Quezon City, Philippines. Owner Jay DeGuzman has transformed his FD1 using a number of OEM Civic Type R parts and plenty of aftermarket goods, with an emphasis on Spoon parts.
Quezon City - based in Manila Metro - is home to thousands of Civic sedans, and rather than fly under the radar Jay wanted to build something that would stand out from the crowd. To that end, he started with OEM Honda Civic Type R fenders, sideskirts, and rear bumper-diffuser combo. Up front, he skipped the FD2 bumper conversion and instead chose Spoon's aggressive S-Tai cover and Spoon carbon hood. A Spoon carbon fiber trunk and rear S-Tai GT wing finish up the rear, and to top it all off, quite literally, he added a Spoon carbon fiber roof cap. Completing the exterior of the Honda FD1 Civic are 18-inch Volk RE30s over Endless rotors/Spoon calipers up front, and Tein Super Street coilovers all around to aid in handling and to bring the car down to respectable ride height.
Many ask why someone would spend so much money on OEM parts when you're essentially replacing factory pieces with other ordinary factory pieces, albeit from another country. The truth is, these parts can be incredibly pricey but they're far from ordinary. The upper echelon of Honda factory performance pieces born on the track and suited for street cars, they can completely change the direction and feel of a build and Jay spared no expense, even inside the cabin. The original Honda FD1 Civic cluster was swapped out with a CTR version, as was the factory steering wheel, pedals, and rear seats. Though the Civic Type R seats are both functional and fashionable, Jay opted for a set of Bride Low Max Gias seats in the end.
With so much done to the exterior and interior of his Honda FD1 Civic, Jay couldn't leave the power plant untouched. A K20Z3 is situated under-hood and a Toda header, ported intake manifold, CTR exhaust piping and Spoon N1 muffler join a Gruppe M intake. Though mild, the mods should equate to around 200whp - more than enough to enjoy through the streets of QC.
Regardless of what region of the world you're in or what parts your country's domestic market offers, it seems the grass is always greener on the other side. The search for foreign market parts is not just a US trend; it's a worldwide obsession.
Behind the Build
Jay DeGuzman's 2008 Honda FD1 Civic
Engine K20Z3; Hondata engine management; GruppeM intake; Toda ported intake manifold, exhaust manifold; JDM OEM CTR exhaust piping; Spoon Sports N1 muffler, valve cover, engine damper, radiator cap, oil cap; Brodeth test pipe; Zworks coilpack cover, intake manifold cover, radiator cover; Skunk2 battery tie-down; DC5 transmission
Suspension Tein Super Street coilovers; Cusco shock tower brace; Buddy Club camber kit
Braking Spoon Sports calipers; Endless slotted rotors; Project Mu lines
Wheels/Tires Volk RE30 18x8 +40; Advan Neova 225/40-18
Exterior Championship White paint; JDM OEM CTR fenders, side skirts, rear bumper, rear diffuser; Spoon Sports S-Tai front bumper, S-Tai GT wing, carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber trunk, side mirrors
Interior Bride Low Max Gias seats; JDM OEM CTR rear seats, gauge cluster, steering wheel, pedals, push start; Mugen shift knob and boot; carbon fiber gauge panel