While Frank Garcia's Honda Civic SiR-S no longer resembles what it looked like when it rolled out of the factory, it's quite a special build-whether it makes you squirm or puts a smile on your face. Frank is the founder of Downstar, a company that manufactures dress-up hardware and engine bay accessories largely for Hondas. He picked up this rare SiR-S in '08 with the help of Moshi Moshi Motors.
Running a company that specializes in shiny engine goodies, you can bet Frank wasn't going to half-ass anything under the hood. His engine bay is impeccably clean thanks to hours and hours of shaving the bay. And taking a page from the proven hot rod methodology, a more powerful K20 was dropped in the place of the original B-series motor. From there, every single Downstar accessory that could fit was thrown into the mix, from the mounting hardware to the boltless brake booster delete. "I didn't want to use the old hardware because it was rusted and would kill the look of all the work I was going to do," Frank told us. And just when you think a K20 in a shaved EG bay wasn't enough, he decided to paint it Lamborghini green. How's that for attention?!
While the highlight of this car is undeniably under the hood, the rest of the build was kept simple and clean. The interior is in pristine condition with a set of carbon Status buckets and a Grip Royal wheel. The exterior of the EG6 rocks a TNA front bumper, rare Chargespeed fenders, and a Spoon duckbill spoiler-subtle body mods that give the car a sophisticated personality while not taking away from the engine. Finally, tying it all together is a set of wheels everybody and their mama wanted in the '90s-Spoon SW388s.
"The overall theme of the build is meant to be unique. We wanted the car to look 'normal' from the outside, but when you pop the hood, even a non-car person would be surprised. We also focused on the smaller details such as rebuilding the Spoon calipers and upgrading the lines," Frank concluded. Regardless if you're a Honda aficionado or not, it's one of those cars where you can appreciate all the small little details. For us, it hit all the right spots-gangster motor, JDM components, and a zero-f*cks-given personal touch.