Super Street Network

 |   |  2000 Honda Civic Type R - Aggressive Progression
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

2000 Honda Civic Type R - Aggressive Progression

Ever-Changing, this CTR Continues to Get Better and Better…

Rodrez
Sep 18, 2015
Photographer: Chris Dornon

When Matt Tucker first locked eyes with this '00 Civic Type R through his computer monitor, he was positive it would be his, even with a few thousand miles standing in his way. It was collecting dust in Southern California, and Tucker left Tennessee with intentions of sealing the deal, then driving the 6th-gen clear across the country—a fairly tall order for a car that he had yet to see in person. With the money and title exchanged and more than 2,000 miles under his belt, Tucker pulled into his driveway a few days later in the bright-yellow EK9 that he'd been digitally lusting over and wasted little time in making it his own.

2000 honda civic type r volk racing ce28n wheel Photo 2/16   |   A proper set of 16x8" Volk Racing CE28N wheels all-around.

Like most imported cars from Japan, various factory pieces were missing or needed replacement, and Tucker got right to work sourcing parts and repairing any issues he found. And while most Type R purists cringe at the very thought of anything other than a B16B under the hood of the iconic hatchback, Tucker needed more grunt than the hyperactive 1.6L could offer. A boosted GSR swap made its way under the hood and produced more than 600 hp before eventually committing suicide and was then promptly replaced with a bare-bones ITR heart. Along the way the car landed a feature in Honda Tuning Magazine, then sat patiently while Tucker turned his attention to an S2000 project. He adds, "I decided it [S2000] wasn't as good of a daily driver as I needed, so I parted it out, back to stock, and sold it all. With new ideas and some extra funds from the S2000, I went back to the CTR and gave it a small makeover."

2000 honda civic type r precision 6265 turbo Photo 3/16   |   2000 Honda Civic Type R - Aggressive Progression

Exterior changes remained mild with an Air Walker front bumper replacing the factory CTR bumper and lip. However, under the hood, changes were far more drastic. Having already performed a trio of engine swaps on his Civic, Tucker was itching to do a fourth. After rebuilding a K20A2 for his friend Brandon, he eventually purchased that engine to use in the EK. A number of trips to Baton Rouge to visit the Hybrid Racing guys resulted in a stockpile of swap parts, and his plan of attack was set to unfold. Tucker states, "I sold the B18C5 swap and started doing the wire tuck. My friend Brandon and I got busy sanding the bay and shaving and smoothing a few things, then painted it with PPG Deltron paint and House of Kolors clear to make it look better with the K-swap." A closer look reveals plenty of factory holes and original creases even after the bay was reworked, and that's no accident. He adds, "I didn't want to shave the whole bay; I just wanted it to look very clean. Stock...but way better."

A K-swap under the hood of a '96-'00 Civic isn't uncommon, and to be honest, it can be pretty difficult to differentiate one guy's build from another. However, one of the things that sets Tucker's CTR apart from the clones is his attention to detail. Being hands on with a project of this caliber meant that hours could be spent on areas that most don't think about during a build. For example, the RBC intake manifold: "After a long night with Ethan Hamilton, I shaved all the things I didn't need and removed the webbing in between the runners. I used the OEM K20A2 engine harness and David Cordell and myself went through it to clean it up a little and tuck it." Then there were the brakes, which Tucker meticulously disassembled in order to clean and refinish the calipers for a "better than new" appearance.

2000 honda civic type r safety 21 rollcage Photo 7/16   |   Brace yourself! The stripped interior features a Safety 21 cage and this rad Rook Industries M-brace.

When the increased power and torque of a naturally aspirated K-swap became somewhat mundane, the next logical step was boost, and Tucker started sourcing the supporting parts. "I got a great deal on a Peakboost manifold and Tial wastegate, along with 1000cc injectors. I used the Hybrid Racing intake and made the rest of the kit myself." Once completed, Arthur of Trackmasters was called upon to work some tuning magic and at 19 psi, the 2.0L belted out close to 550 hp—almost tripling the output of the factory K20. In stark contrast to the factory yellow paint, many of the engine bay components are slathered in stealth black, and with the hood open and the Precision 6265 snail perched in plain view, the look is rather sinister.

2000 honda civic type r k20a2 swap Photo 8/16   |   Sacrilege to some, Matt ditched the original CTR motor for a boosted K-series that makes 550 hp.

Satisfied with the car's performance, Tucker continued to massage the exterior with a set of Volk CE28N rollers in F-zero blue and his own personal touch to the front bumper. "I decided to make my own splitter. Tracing the bumper, I used that to cut out patterns on a sheet of carbon-fiber mat. We used four layers on top and two underneath a thin sheet of balsa wood and a vacuum bag while the resin was drying. I made brackets to mount it to the front tow hooks and plan on adding a turnbuckle setup to mount it to the front frame rails for added support."

2000 honda civic type r ep3 recaro sport seats Photo 9/16   |   Recaro "Sport" seats out of the EP3 Civic.

Is this the end of the road for the CTR that's continued to change ever since it defected from Japan and journeyed from one side of the U.S. to the other? Hardly. Tucker is already plotting his next steps and noted, "This car is a lot of fun and I love to drive it. The only problem is the loss of traction, but I've recently upgraded to a larger tire size to try to help that issue. I have even bigger plans for the car, including building a K24/K20 for a little more torque and strength." The progression continues...

2000 honda civic type r chargespeed hood Photo 13/16   |   Carbon front splitter is handmade by Matt himself.
By Rodrez
613 Articles
2000 Honda Civic Type R - Aggressive Progression
Tuning Menu
Owner: Matt Tucker
Location: Fayetteville, TN
Power: 550 hp
Engine: K20A2 swap; Hybrid Racing mounts; K20Z1 cams; RBC intake manifold; Hybrid Racing 70mm throttle body, fuel rail with fuel line tuck kit and fuel filter, radiator and hoses; Precision 6265 turbo; Peakboost exhaust manifold; All-In Fab intercooler; custom intercooler piping; HKS SSQV blow-off valve; TiAL wastegate; KTeller stainless exhaust piping; Magnaflow muffler; turn-down exhaust tip; AEM fuel pressure regulator
Drivetrain: K20A2 transmission; Hybrid Racing no-cut shift box and cables; Competition Clutch Stage 4 clutch; Fidanza 8lb flywheel; RSX axles
Engine Management: Hondata K-Pro
Footwork & Chassis: KSport coilovers; ITR 24mm front sway bar; Hardrace bushings; Truhart alignment kit; Benen lower tie bar; Rook Industries M-brace
Brakes: Brembo discs; Hawk pads; Super Blue fluid; Goodridge stainless lines
Wheels & Tires: 16x8" +30 Volk Racing CE28N wheels in F-Zero blue; 205/40R16 Toyo Proxes tires
Exterior: Air Walker front bumper; custom carbon-fiber splitter, rear bumper cut out; Chargespeed hood; Seeker V2 wing
Interior: Nardi Deep Cone wheel; S2000 CR Edition shift knob; EP3 Recaro "Sport" seats; '04-'05 Civic Special Edition double-din; Safety 21 rollcage
Thanks You: Hybrid Racing, T Shultz, Hybrid David, Newberry, Bradley, Travis Yager, Ethan, Cootie, Tate, Jutty, Dick Ayers

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Proving that JDM style has a lasting power that requires only small updates to stay relevant
Austin LottAug 17, 2018
Preview the October 2018 issue of Super street, featuring a VIP widebody RB26DETT Cima; 1,000hp pro drift E30 M3; Nissan vs. Toyota turbo inline-6s; and much more!
Bob HernandezAug 17, 2018
While Infiniti's previous Pebble Beach concept was inspired by race cars from the 1930s, the Prototype 10 is more of a reimagined speedster from the 1950s.
Collin WoodardAug 16, 2018
A Viper Green Metallic paint job isn’t just for the Lamborghini Huracán anymore. Soon you can order a 2019 Volkswagen Golf R in one of 40 custom colors.
Ed TahaneyAug 16, 2018
Super Street Network has teamed up with ENEOS to offer one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime - a spot for his or her vehicle to appear at the largest aftermarket trade show in the world: SEMA!
StaffAug 15, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP