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Downstar Honda Civic SiR-S w/ Shaved Bay & K20 Swap

A rare EG hatch with all the right parts

Jul 6, 2015

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.

Downstar honda civic sir s skunk2 black series intake manifold Photo 2/21   |   Downstar Honda Civic Sir S Skunk2 Black Series Intake Manifold

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.

Downstar honda civic sir s jdm eg6 interior Photo 6/21   |   Downstar Honda Civic Sir S Jdm Eg6 Interior

"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.

Downstar honda civic sir s downstar frank Photo 7/21   |   Downstar Honda Civic Sir S Downstar Frank
Downstar honda civic sir s k20 swap Photo 11/21   |   Downstar Honda Civic Sir S K20 Swap
Downstar honda civic sir s spoon sw388 wheels Photo 18/21   |   Downstar Honda Civic Sir S Spoon Sw388 Wheels
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Downstar Honda Civic SiR-S w/ Shaved Bay & K20 Swap
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Owner: Frank Garcia
Location: Oxnard, CA
Occupation: Owner of Downstar Inc.
Engine: K20 swap; Skunk2 Black Series intake manifold, 70mm throttle body, billet timing chain cover; custom pie cut cold air intake; K-Tuned fuel rail, FPR, TPS, fuel gauge, race cables, no cut shifter, coilpack cover; Hasport polished mounts; Rywire tucked radiator; chrome valve cover, Downstar billet oil cap, billet valve cover washers, valve cover spikes, K-Series mount hardware kit, engine hardware kit, thermostat housing; custom AN breather; Lamborghini Green paint
Drivetrain: Type S transmission; Downstar K-Series transmission hardware kit, Tuckin' clutch line kit, S2000 clutch master cylinder spacer; S2000 clutch master cylinder
Footwork & Chassis: Skunk2 Pro S2 coilovers, front and rear camber kits; K-Tuned traction bars; ASR lower control arms, sway bars, subframe brace; Downstar trailing arm hardware kit, rear lower control arm hardware kit; Energy Suspension trailing arm bushings
Brakes: Spoon twin block calipers; drilled/slotted rotors; Downstar Tuckin' brake kit, boltless brake booster delete, billet WMC reservoir cap Wheels & Tires 16x8" Spoon SW388 wheels; 205/45R16 Falken Azenis
Wheels & Tires: 16x8" Spoon SW388 wheels; 205/45R16 Falken Azenis
Exterior: Black Nighthawk paint; Chargespeed fenders; TNA front bumper; Spoon duckbill spoiler; bronze tinted glass
Interior: Status Racing Ring carbon-fiber seats; JDM EG6 interior, floor mats, shift boot, center console; Checkered Sports push start button; NRG short hub; Grip Royal Black Knight steering wheel; cut-out shifter console
www: downstarinc.com

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