Before he was a household name in the Honda community and long before he went on a tear producing some of the most highly regarded and recognized builds the magazine has ever featured, RC Chacon of RC's Garage fame started off with this 1992 Civic CX hatchback.
I'd spotted the car at Eibach's Corona, Calif., facility back in 2010 during a meet and instantly gravitated toward it. White B-series powered EH hatchbacks aren't exactly uncommon, especially in SoCal, but this one warranted a closer look. Engine bay tucking and boosted Bs were all the rage and RC had those taken care of. Stripped and nicely painted interiors were almost expected, as were nice wheels, and again the 1992 Civic CX checked those off of the build list.
The difference with Chacon's car and the league of others was the attention to detail and the way everything came together. It just made perfect sense both aesthetically and mechanically.
In the looks department, the Championship White paint that covered the exterior and interior of the 1992 Civic CX was immaculate. Under the hood however, is where many paint jobs fall short of perfection. In RC's case the bay looked as good, if not better than the exterior. A Darton sleeved B18A block was fitted with a B16A head and a top-mount turbo kit from JDL Auto Design was attached. Vibrant Vanjen clamps, a custom intake manifold and hood exit/dump tube finished off the look and performance, which equated to 480 horsepower.
The weak factory brakes and rear drums were ditched in favor of an ITR 4x114.3 bolt pattern front and rear brake conversion. Rather than opting for some of the more popular wheels being used at the time, RC chose a set of pristine SSR Dori Dori rollers. Wanting to focus all eyes toward the engine bay, he'd taken the minimalist approach to the exterior additions with a Mugen EG6 front lip, carbon fiber rear wing and single Vision Type DC side mirror.
In 2010, RC's 1992 Civic CX graced the cover of Honda Tuning with a "Back To Basics" main blurb that I chose as a nod to cars like this that seemed to be fading away from the Honda community. In all honesty, I felt like this car could help light a fire. A well-built, clean hatch with an engine that makes solid power and a look that won't seem comedic in 10 years - that's what grabbed my attention in the very beginning.
After his story ran, RC kept plugging away and eventually opened RC's Garage, then built another car that caught national attention, and then another, and the rest as they say is history. Busier than ever, the Arizona native has a legion of onlookers wondering what he'll come up with next.
Behind the Build
RC Chacon's 1992 Honda Civic CX
Engine LS/VTEC engine; Hasport engine mounts; B18C1 cams; Crower valve springs, titanium retainers; CP pistons; Eagle rods; Darton sleeves; All-In Fabrication intake manifold, tucked radiator, custom radiator filler neck; 70mm throttle body; custom V-band top mount turbo kit from JDL Auto Design; Precision 6262 ball-bearing turbocharger; TiAL 52mm blow-off valve, 44mm MVR wastegate; Vibrant Performance VanJen clamps for charge pipes; V-Band hood exit downpipe w/dump tube hood exit; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; Bosch 044 inline pump; ID1000 fuel injectors; AEM fuel rail; -6AN push-lock fuel fittings and lines; Trick Flow 10 micron fuel filter; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; custom -16AN radiator hoses; Y80 transmission w/LSD; 6-puck sprung clutch kit; 11-lbs flywheel; Drive Shaft Shop 5.9 axles; pearl orange powder-coated valve cover, subframe, and battery tray; Locash Racing prototype breather tank w/-10AN hoses and fittings; Hondata S300 and boost controller; Neptune Tunerview RD1
Suspension Rebuilt shock towers by Auto Renew; K-Sport Basic coilovers; OEM ITR front and rear anti-sway bars; NEXT Miracle X bar; Function 7 subframe brace, lower control arms
Braking 4x114 OEM ITR front/rear disc brake conversion; Fast Brakes front rotors, rear rotors; Hawk pads; Wilwood master cylinder; RCG booster-delete plate, custom lines
Wheels/Tires 15x7 SSR Dori Dori +23; Toyo Proxes 194/45-15; ARP extended wheel studs; Project KICS lug nuts
Exterior Championship White paint; Mugen front lip; Vision driver's side mirror
Interior Buddy Club bucket seats rewrapped w/orange stitching, shift knob; Nardi wood grain steering wheel; OEM Honda black interior swap, optional audio console, optional armrest