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1993 Honda Civic Si - In it for the Long Haul

15 years to find the sweet spot in this 5th-gen Si

Rodrez
Mar 22, 2018

The short attention span, fast-paced lifestyle that's affected you, me, and even your parents spreads far beyond just lightning-fast Starbucks stops and binge watching sessions that often gobble up a complete series in a matter of hours. In the automotive circle, builders seem to be going through cars faster than ever. The recipe, in many cases, is derived from careful planning, execution, a debut, and oftentimes quickly moving onto the next project in rapid succession. Of course, there are always a few who choose to slow things down and aren't nearly as quick to jump from one car to the next. Instead, they choose to tackle just one project and they keep building, and then they build some more. Take Jared Reyes, owner of this '93 Si, for example. He's changed direction a number of times but always stuck it out and at this point, after more than 15 years of ownership, he's more focused than ever.

1993 honda civic si custom air dam Photo 2/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si Custom Air Dam

Back in spring of '02, Reyes chose this hatchback for daily duties and soon after, subjected it to the type of modifications that these cars are famous for, including a slew of engine swaps, multiple wheels, and other parts. With a few years under its belt, the car was eventually put to the side for a potential makeover, but with no plan of attack or sense of urgency, it sat lifeless for a few years. In '08, Jared picked up an Integra Type R and headed out to Buttonwillow Raceway for a track day—a track day that essentially lit the fire and he was immediately convinced, perhaps to an obsessive level, that the little red hatch in his garage was destined to be a full-time track car. To get that process started, he took to the classifieds section of his favorite Honda forums.

Jared's for sale threads didn't go unanswered as he let go of a number of gems like an SiR interior, a few wheel sets, and a coveted Mugen FG360 steering wheel to fund some track-related parts that included a KG Engineering-built B16. In search of additional funds, he began designing, building and marketing composite pieces that he created in his dad's garage, like the bumper ducting and air dam you see pictured.

1993 honda civic si JDM B18C Photo 6/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si JDM B18C

With a few years of experience behind him, Jared was presented with an opportunity to help establish a Honda FWD-only track event called HFF Challenge, to which he jumped at. By the time '16 rolled around, he was ready to get serious and planned a complete revamp that brought the car up to its current status. He adds, "This current version of the car is by far my favorite. I finally feel like it's made the conversion from street car to full race-ready track car and is very close to being in full NASA Honda Challenge trim."

The first major change was the zero miles ITR block that sort of fell into his lap. "A friend of mine found a brand-new JDM ITR long-block for sale. We split the cost—he took the top end and I took the bottom end, and I'm using my '96-spec ITR head." With endurance and reliability being two major factors to Jared's success on race day, you won't find a sky-high compression ratio or radical cams on board. Instead, much of the original factory ITR is still in place with a slight bump in power coming by way of bolt-ons, like the Mugen ITR airbox that had avoided being sold years prior, the beautifully crafted Blox titanium header, and a set of AEM adjustable cam gears, to name a few. Helping to put the power to the ground is a GS-R transmission complete with Exedy Hyper Single clutch/flywheel combo, MFactory LSD, Gear X 4.9FD, and Insane Shaft axles. Not surprisingly, that formula has proven to be extremely faithful, and for the numbers crunchers, the B18 now checks in at a hair above 200 hp.

1993 honda civic si Momo Monte Carlo steering wheel Photo 10/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si Momo Monte Carlo Steering Wheel

You might think that being the assistant sales manager at Eibach means you've got the ultimate suspension setup and, well, you'd be right. Jared raided the parts bin for Eibach's highly regarded MULTI-PRO R2 double-adjustable dampers with ERS main and helper springs, and if you take a look at his suspension specs, you'll see that the list of upgrades runs deep, with each part chosen for a specific reason and the end result far exceeding anything Honda's engineers could have possibly imagined. To keep things under control, Spoon calipers up front replaced the stock units and in the midst, shaved 12 pounds. And because weight is always a factor, a set of feather-light 15" TE37 Sonic wheels were added and are one of the only sets in the U.S.

You've always heard the term "safety first" and probably ignored it in most cases, however, Jared took heed. That's why you'll find a Cobra Evolution bucket with a heavy-duty PCI bracket and Crow harness to hold him in place, and the entire car is laced and ready to defend with a Lifeline four-liter fire suppression system in case of the unthinkable.

1993 honda civic si volk racing TE37 sonic wheel Photo 14/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si Volk Racing TE37 Sonic Wheel

Fifteen years is a long time in our world. That's 15 years of wrenching, swapping, and upgrading. Fifteen years packed with moments of absolute frustration and setbacks. Fifteen years of learning, progressing, and maturing. And, most importantly, 15 years spent finding the perfect combination of parts and experience that we have no doubt will bring Jared Reyes to the next level in his competitive racing endeavors.

We asked Jared to tell us what his favorite part of his build is currently, other than the Eibach coilovers (c'mon, we had to take that out of the equation!).

1993 honda civic si racepak IQ3 digital display Photo 15/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si Racepak IQ3 Digital Display

"The IQ3 is the star of the car in my eyes. It connects to the Hondata S300 via a single wire and feeds data directly to the dash. There are no additional sensors needed to monitor water temp, air intake temp, throttle position, voltage, or anything that the OEM ECU reads. That info is then logged so it can be reviewed after a session at the track. For things not logged through the ECU, like oil temp, oil pressure, and transmission temp, additional sensors can be added. The Racepak sensors use a proprietary V-net harness, which eliminates the need to run a power and ground wire for each sensor. You simply plug the daisy chain connectors into each other, the dash automatically recognizes the sensor, and info shows up on the dash. The best part is, Racepak has dozens of sensors available, even one that will monitor a driver's heart rate and log it through the dash."

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1993 honda civic si volk racing te37 sonic wheel Photo 26/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si Volk Racing Te37 Sonic Wheel
1993 honda civic si PCI rear wing Photo 33/36   |   1993 Honda Civic Si PCI Rear Wing
By Rodrez
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1993 Honda Civic Si - In it for the Long Haul
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Owner: Jared Reyes
Hometown: Corona, CA
Occupation: Assistant Sales Manager at Eibach North America
Power: 203 hp; 145 lb-ft of torque
Engine: JDM B18C; Hasport engine mounts; AEM adjustable cam gears, fuel pressure regulator; Walbro 255-lph fuel pump; STR fuel rail; Holley HydroMat in-tank pick-up; Mugen thermostat, air box; Samco intake tube; Hondata S300, coil-on-plug conversion; Rywire engine harness; Odyssey PC680 battery; RPM Service 68mm throttle body; Blox Racing titanium hi-flow header; Tanabe stainless exhaust piping; Burns stainless muffler; Koyorad full size radiator; ASR radiator mounts; GReddy sandwich plate, external oil cooler; ATI engine damper;
Drivetrain: Y80 GS-R transmission; Exedy Hyper Single clutch, flywheel; MFactory clutch type LSD; Insane Shafts axles; GearX 4.9 final drive; Fastline extended shifter; Cusco hard bushings
Footwork & Chassis: Eibach MULTI-PRO R2 double adjustable dampers, ERS main and helper springs with torsion release bearings, anti-roll bar spherical end-links; ASR 32mm rear antiroll bar, subframe brace; spherical upper and lower control arm bushings, upper strut mounts; spherical compliance bushings; PCI trailing arm bushings, front upper control arms; Password:JDM rear spherical camber arms; SPC spherical toe adjusters
Brakes: DBA Mini Cooper 11.1" rotors; Project MU Club Racer front, B-Force rear pads, G-Four 335 fluid; Spoon twin-block calipers; steel braided lines
Wheels & Tires: 15x7" +25 Volk Racing TE37 Sonic wheels; 225/45R15 Toyo RR tires
Exterior: Milano red paint by Randy Prevat; J's Racing carbon-fiber hood; custom air dam, splitter and bumper ducting; Franks fiberglass sunroof plug; PCI 3" side skirts, rear wing; JDM thin moldings, headlights, side markers; Vision amber corner lights; Spoon Sports 1st-gen mirrors; Lexan rear hatch window; carbon-fiber tailgate; Sparco spring latches; Mugen DC5 tow hook; World Motorsports titanium lug nuts
Interior: rollcage by Allen Camaro; Cobra Evolution driver seat; PCI seat bracket; Crow harness; Racepak IQ3 digital display; Lifeline four-liter fire suppression system; Momo Monte Carlo suede edition steering wheel; Sparco quick-release hub; Razo gas pedal; grip tape brake and clutch pedals; FF Squad delrin shift knob
Thanks You: my parents for always supporting and encouraging me to do what makes me happy; my brother for taking me to Battle of the Imports at LACR in '98 and starting this all for me; Tony Jackson, Mark Krumme, Ryan Hoegner, Jeren Walker, and everyone at Eibach; Katman, Willem Drees, Nick Chaffin, and all of the HFF Challenge drivers; Jeffrey Teves, Bryan Leon, Marco Canlas, Eddie Harrell, Oscar Diaz, Clint, and the entire Kiang family; Allen Camaro; Randy Prevat; Rob Stephens; Eastside Muffler; FF-Squad; Eddie Lee; Philip Chase; Steve Lim at Mackin industries; Cameron Ferre at Racepak; Kevin Davis at Riverside Honda; James Ornelas at Ghostwerks; Brian Slames at PCI; Scott Oshiro at Koyo Radiators; Charleston Ong at ASR; lastly, my dad for always being by my side and making me into the person I am today

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