Kelvin Bulda is a reserved individual who doesn't have much of an online alter ego. People within the Honda community are familiar with him and his car, but he generally keeps to himself. Kelvin prefers to stay away from the hype and the madness that exists in the ever-growing import scene. His 2000 Honda Civic mimics his personality; it isn't overly flashy and doesn't have any parts on it that would attract too much attention. Only the true Honda enthusiasts would appreciate what Kelvin has done and understand that he truly builds his car not for others, but for himself. One important tidbit worth mentioning is that he's been on this journey with his Civic since he acquired it brand new 14 years ago.
"I've always loved how the [EK] Civic looked and I purchased this one back in 2000 when I was still a Junior in high school." Kelvin says. "This was my first car and the same car that I've been modding ever since."
It is almost unfathomable to think that one guy would stick to one car for this length of time, but guys like Kelvin are just wired differently. Through all the changes, trends and technological advancements that our community has seen in the past decade, he has remained loyal to his Honda. Like a long-term relationship, the key to keeping things fresh was to constantly evolve and to try new things. If you ask him, he'll never tell you that he is done with this Civic because he is always looking for new things to add to it, whether it's changing the wheels or simply adding something small to the engine.
The most recent incarnation of his hatch is perhaps its most timeless look. He grew up loving the Japanese Civic Type R, and his build represents his vision of an American adaption of the famed CTR. At first glance, you would think that his Civic was a Type R model because the entire exterior has been transformed with all JDM EK9 Type R components. The only aftermarket, non-CTR parts that are visible are a set of Spoon Sports side mirrors and a pair of ARC splitters up front. Adding to the classic styling elements of his EK9-themed build are 16-inch Advan RGs that look like they came straight out of the box brand new. Behind the wheels are Endless brakes, which were only a pipe dream during his tenure in high school.
Inside the cockpit of Kelvin's Civic is everything that you would find in an EK9 CTR, except the steering wheel is still on the left hand side. He has tailored it to his own liking by adding Bride seats and re-wrapping the rear CTR seats in Bride material to match, but everything else is OEM Type R. It has the signature Type R red floor mats, carpet, door panels and headliner.
He's taken some liberties under the hood of his Civic, but as mentioned, Bulda is constantly adding new trinkets to his motor. There is a plethora of parts from different manufacturers that exist, but the heart of his build stays true to its Type R theme with a B16B engine from a J-spec EK9. You can tell how long he has had this project just by looking at some of the parts because certain pieces that he uses just aren't very common nowadays. Sure, you'll recognize all the Spoon Sports products, but when was the last time you saw a 5Zigen header, SARD fuel pressure regulator or GAB Sports oil cap? Don't worry, we can't recall either.
Over the last decade-plus, Kelvin's Civic has seen various phases. For the older Honda enthusiasts, we remember his build most during the mid-2000s when it had an Air Walker front bumper, GAB Sport wheels and black side moldings. Back then, he was one of the first guys to run an Air Walker front and it was easily recognizable. Many West Coast guys didn't even know this car still existed at one point because he actually got into a pretty bad wreck in 2008 after leaving a meet. Someone clipped him on the highway and the car spun-out of control, hitting another car in the process. Luckily, he and his passenger escaped with no injuries. For many, that would have been it for that particular car and they would have moved on—but not Kelvin. He loved his Civic so much that he kept it and slowly rebuilt it from the ground-up. If anything, the accident only helped to reaffirm his love for his first car. Who knows, another decade from now, when we're all old and have a big gathering of Honda owners from years past, maybe we'll see Kelvin pull up in his Civic. It'll probably still look just about the same and none of us will be surprised that he still has it.
Tuning Menu2000 Honda Civic
Owner Kelvin Bulda
Hometown Elk Grove, CA
Engine JDM 1.6-liter B16B; 5Zigen 4-2-1 exhaust manifold; Spoon Sports engine mounts, exhaust, radiator cap, thermostat, thermo switch; SARD fuel pressure regulator; Cusco cam gears, oil catch can; Samco Sport cooling hoses; Koyo radiator; Carbing radiator cooling plate; GReddy oil filter relocation kit; J's Racing engine dampener, valve cover; Shaft intake pipe; Ultra spark plug wires; OEM CTR N1 pulley; TODA Racing timing belt; BLOX battery tie down; GAB Sports oil cap; carbon-fiber spark plug insert; A'PEXi Power FC, Auto Timer
Drivetrain Spoon Sports lightened flywheel; Exedy clutch;
Footwork & Chassis TEIN HA coilovers with pillow mounts; NEXT Miracle X-bar; OEM CTR front sway bar; SRR rear lower control arms, rear lower tie/sway bars; Cusco lower tie bars; J's Racing pillar bar; Rigid rear upper strut bar; Carbing 3-point front upper strut bar
Brakes OEM Honda CTR five-lug conversion; Endless front big brake kit; Project Mu brake pads; Goodridge stainless brake lines
Wheels & Tires 16x7" Advan Racing RG wheels; 205/45R16 Dunlop FM901 tires
Exterior OEM CTR rear lip, side moldings, front grille, front lip, side markers, headlights, taillights, badges; Catz HID headlights; Raybrig fog lights; Honda Access window visors; Spoon Sports carbon-fiber side mirrors; Mr. Alex adjustable rear carbon spoiler; ARC front splitters; Cusco license plate relocator; OEM Civic sedan rear door handle conversion
Interior Cusco 4-point roll cage; Bride Brix front seats; OEM CTR rear seats upholstered in Bride fabric, climate control, red door panels, red floor mats, red carpet, emergency brake console with E-brake, cup holder, shift boot, road flare, A/C vent with pocket, sun visors, headliner; Spoon Sports steering wheel, instrument cluster, shift knob; Honda Access roof console, pedal set; Cusco drift knob; OEM passenger airbag block-off tray; Eclipse speakers
Thanks You My wife Tiffany Bulda, my daughter Kelani Eulalia Bulda, Mom and Dad, Deguzman family, Kerwin Bulda, Chris Lopez, Adam Schubert and Be from BG Motors, Gary G&S Auto, Nate from CT Engineering, Henry Chung and the Motorsport Dynamics crew, Geoff Gabriel from JDM theory, Thomas Pinai and Speed Addicts, Adam Luong, Steve at Hmotorsonline, Mike Estebar and ATS Garage crew