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Bisi the Honda Guy Returns #MTSEMA18

So long FWD SOHC, hello AWD K-power!

Nov 2, 2018

It's been eight years since Bisimoto's '88 Civic wagon was featured in the pages of Super Street sporting a high-powered, well-sorted SOHC D16Z6. It was the stuff of legends—making over 700hp with the help of a BTX6565 Turbonetics snail. Since that time, Bisi Ezerioha has been knee deep in Porsche waters, having taken a liking to the sports cars that now take up the majority of his business and personal time. This year, however, marked the return of Bisi's wagon...sort of.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon fifteen52 integrale wheels Photo 2/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Fifteen52 Integrale Wheels

While the paintwork and color combo look very familiar, this isn't the original wagon he once campaigned. It's a new chassis entirely and under the hood sits the aforementioned K-swap, but it's not the one you might assume.

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Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon prl exhaust manifold Photo 3/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Prl Exhaust Manifold
Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon turbonetics turbo Photo 4/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Turbonetics Turbo

The K24 that you expected is armed with a traditional exhaust manifold and has been built in every possible configuration since its inception. Bisi's project, however, sports a newer K24Z3 block and K24Z7 head with an integrated exhaust manifold that features the infamous single opening on the head—something many have complained about ever since it hit the dealerships. No matter, Bisi fitted his with a PRL turbo manifold that connects to a 72mm Turbonetics billet turbo, while on the cold side a Golden Eagle intake manifold is on duty. To hold the sort of boost that he's after once the madness of SEMA week is behind him, Bisi built the bottom end using Eagle rods and Traum 10.3:1 pistons.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon aem sensor Photo 5/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Aem Sensor
Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon aem intake box Photo 6/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Aem Intake Box

Controlling the boosted 2.4L is AEM Electronics' Infinity standalone joined by their insanely popular digital dash display, but none of that would operate without a helping hand from the wiring gurus at Rywire Motorsport Electronics. As a finishing touch, AEM Induction Systems provided a slick intake solution that combines a classic "filter on a stick" but it's housed within a very nice carbon fiber and composite intake box.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon k24 engine Photo 7/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon K24 Engine

This chassis started life as a FWD model but that all changed once Bisi got to work installing an Automotive K&D modded '07 CRV diff and DriveshaftPRO center driveshaft to help convert this wagon to AWD status and, to step things up significantly, a Quaife sequential transmission was added to the mix. Insaneshafts axles will be tasked with holding the power along with an Action twin disc clutch and just like all of the creations fired up in the Bisimoto garage, PurOl fluids are coursing through its veins.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon fifteen52 integrale wheel Photo 8/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Fifteen52 Integrale Wheel
Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon buddy club brake caliper Photo 9/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Buddy Club Brake Caliper

Other than the roll cage that snakes through the interior, the car looks fairly innocent from the outside. Lowered on KW V3 coilvers and fitted with Fifteen52 Integrale wheels wrapped in Toyo R888R tires, along with a subtle front lip and mid-wing aren't enough to clue you in to this boosted AWD monster.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon golden eagle intake manifold Photo 10/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Golden Eagle Intake Manifold

Most SEMA builds aren't "finished" until the 11th hour, but word is Bisi literally didn't sleep in the days leading up to the big show, with his hands in multiple builds that had to be completed. In fact, this K swap wasn't actually in the car just a few days before it was due in Vegas. And though we miss seeing the single cam in his old wagon, we think you'll be ok with what he's replaced it with.

Bisimoto 1988 civic wagon front bumpern Photo 20/20   |   Bisimoto 1988 Civic Wagon Front Bumpern


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