When Eric Moon of Fountain Valley, Calif., purchased his '00 Civic Si, he never expected to become just another statistic. But alas, one fateful day, as he sat studying diligently in his college classroom, a short distance away his hard work was being picked off by a car thief. It only took authorities nine hours to find the car, but in that short time the car had been completely stripped to a bare shell. After the initial shock and headache involved with the insurance company, he had two options: Throw in the towel and give up on Honda cars altogether, or heed that old saying about becoming stronger through hardship, and build another Honda that would surpass his first offering, and satisfy his urge to create something different.
Less than three months after his coupe was found in shambles, Moon had purchased another car to build upon. This time around, he opted for the newer version of his beloved Si, and invested in a used '02 Civic EP. To kick things off, he called Jackson Racing and placed an order for its complete supercharger race kit to improve power and torque numbers from the K20A3 powerplant. Once installed, the thirst for more power kept prodding Moon. He eventually gave in and picked up a Pulley Boys 3.8-inch pulley to push positive pressure up to the 10-pound mark. Calling the shots from the cabin is the well-known Hondata K-Pro management system. Filtering out the bad and bringing in the good is an ARC air filter attached to its aluminum Super Induction box, mounted right next to the Buddy Club battery and HKS ground kit. Gasses are routed to the rear of the chassis via 2.5-inch custom piping, terminating through an A'PEXi GT spec muffler.
The Civic EP is notorious for being somewhat portly in comparison to earlier Civic generations. Knowing this, Moon put his car on an extreme diet in an attempt to further improve the power-to-weight figures. After removing everything from the A/C to the complete rear interior, lightweight Bride Zeta III buckets armed with Simpson five-point harnesses were installed, and flanked by a Cusco six-point lightweight rollcage. The heavyweight factory steering wheel was swapped in favor of a featherweight Momo tuner unit, while an NRG quick release adds another layer of security. To keep a watchful eye on vitals, a Pivot digital water temperature gauge and Defi boost gauge are perched just in front of the CTR gauge cluster. Elements of the Civic Type-R are sprinkled throughout the cabin with red door panel inserts, red carpet and a CTR shift boot and shift knob. A touch of entertainment is provided by a Kenwood head unit and door speakers, and a 7-inch monitor, surrounded by a carbon-fiber trim plate.
Regardless of how light and powerful a car is, without proper suspension, it's just not complete. Moon was in search of only the best for his build, and with some serious research, came across a set of Ohlins PCV competition coilovers located in Malaysia. Wasting no time, the coilovers were purchased and shipped to the U.S. as soon as possible. To complement the newfound stiffness, a Progress 22mm sway and tie bar combo and DC5 LCA's assist the rear. Up front, Moon chose a DC5 sway bar that's attached with a custom linkage setup. To make camber adjustments, Ohlins was once again the brand of choice for its front camber plates, used in conjunction with a set of SPC camber bolts. A Spoon rear strut bar and J's Racing C-pillar bar add even more rigidity to the rear end. Rounding out the suspension changes is a set of DC5 Type-S tie rod ends and ITR metal bushings. Stop and go is improved by 17x8/8.5 Advan Sienna Generation II wheels, and Rotora four-pot calipers, rotors, pads and stainless steel lines up front, with OEM brakes in the rear.
With his wish list nearly complete, Moon turned his attention toward the body and shine portion of his project. Wanting to complement the factory lines without going overboard, a bevy of Civic Type-R body pieces were ordered, including front and rear bumpers, front and rear lips and sideskirts, Ion fog lights, taillights with rear foglight, and headlights with Acura TL HID ballasts and Casper shields. Once the pieces arrived, the car was sent off to TPR Auto body of La Puente for a fresh coat of House of Kolor's Candy Apple Red on the exterior and engine bay, while custom gunmetal was applied to the interior metal. To provide some contrast to the new paint, a Seibon carbon-fiber hood and wing were bolted on, with a VIS carbon-fiber hatch dropping a few extra pounds out back.
With all of the upgrades and changes, this EP is daily driven, track driven and has even competed in a few car shows, proving that it's the total package.
Since the photo shoot, Moon has already made some changes, picking up a set of fender flares and a wider wheel and tire combo. With a motor swap and more power on his to-do list, it looks like the comeback kid is back on track.
Bolts & Washers
Eric Moon's 2002 civic si
The factory K20A3 motor has been boosted via Jackson Racings supercharger race kit, and boost is bumped to 10 pounds thanks to the Pulley Boys 61.5-inch belt. RC 440cc injectors take cues from the Hondata K-Pro which helped tune the car to 240 whp. ARC's super induction intake lets the fresh air pass through, while on the exhaust side, custom 2.5-inch piping directs waste through an A'PEXi GT spec canister. To get the party started, a Buddy Club race spec battery is employed, while an HKS ground kit rides piggyback.
Ohlins PCV adjustable coilovers bring the EP closer to earth with Ohlin's camber plates and SPC camber bolts allowing some additional fine-tuning. The rear stays put thanks to a Progress 22mm sway bar/tie bar combo, Spoon upper strut tower bar and J's C-pillar bar. The front end gets a DC5R sway bar with custom linkage and DC5R aluminum LCA's, along with DC5R metal bushings
Additional stopping power is provided by Rotora four-pot front calipers, rotors, pads and stainless steel lines.
Rims & Rubber
A staggered set of Advan Siena Generation II wheels were selected in 17x8 and 17x8.5, and wrapped in 235/40ZR17 Yokohama ES100 tires.
In keeping with the factory lines, Moon chose a number of CTR body parts to complement his EP, including: CTR 02-03 front/rear bumpers and lips, sideskirts, headlights (with Acura TL HID's), taillights, red "H" emblems and fog lights, then he topped it all off with a Mugen front grille insert. To lighten the load and add some flair, a Seibon carbon-fiber Mugen style wing and OEM style hood replaced the stock pieces, as did the VIS carbon-fiber hatch and fuel door.
To continue the CTR theme inside the car, custom red door panels and red carpet were added to the mix. After ripping out the factory seats, a set of Bride Zeta III buckets took center stage, with Simpson five-point cam lock harnesses. A Momo tuner steering wheel, Project MU pedals, and CTR shift knob increase feel, while a Cusco six-point cage aids in increasing rigidity. Engine monitoring is assisted by a CTR gauge cluster, Defi boost gauge and Pivot digital water temp meter.
A Kenwood head unit and Nesa 7-inch monitor send sounds through front and rear Alpine speakers. Moon chose not to add a box and amp so he could keep his ride as light as possible.