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EG Honda Civic Hatchback - The Green Machine

Cincinnati Bros Reinvent The Hatchback

Joey Lee
Jun 1, 2008 SHARE
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It's often said that knowledge and success are preceded by experience and time. The only way to be successful in life is to experience the trials and learn from the errors. The same can be applied to car modding. It isn't uncommon to look back in time and ask ourselves why we did what we did way back when. Whether it was a strange cross-platform taillight conversion or some random sticker frenzy, it's hard to say that mistakes don't pave the way for what the future might bring. Youth and decisions of impulse often go hand in hand and when things fail to go as planned, one is humbled, chalking the whole thing up as a learning experience. Troy and Brett Kordenbrock can attest to this because they've taken what they've learned over the years and applied it toward their very own business venture: Kordenbrock Motorsports. Better known throughout the Midwest and East Coast as KMS-Fab, the Kordenbrock brothers have spent the last couple of years perfecting their trade, ultimately turning their shop into a full-service tuning factory. From welding to CAD-designed CNC machining, to full NHRA- and SCCA-approved rollcage creations, there is little that the brothers cannot do.

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Last time we checked in with the Kordenbrocks we had the privilege of featuring Brett's '93 Civic hatchback. The hatch was KMS' first attempt at building a shop vehicle but the original platform was a bit worn out, you might even say beat-up. The entire car had to be redone inside and out, and many of the original hack-job modifications that the previous owner did had to be undone. The car was even wrecked at one point, making major frame work a necessity. When all was said and done the Kordenbrocks had completely rebuilt the Civic with a new turbocharged powerplant. The Milano Red hatch would get the recognition it deserved in HT's Apr. '06 issue, which ultimately motivated the boys to build an even better project.

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The better project came in the form of a Chevy Green Metallic Honda Civic-this one owned by Troy. You might say this hatchback represents a more refined, experienced build. KMS-Fab took the knowledge they had gathered from their previous project and made sure to avoid the same mistakes. To keep from having to strip down a Honda that had already been built by someone else, Troy chose a completely unmolested '92 Civic CX chassis. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native didn't want the exterior to take away from all of the planned fab and engine work so he kept external aesthetics to a minimum. Only with a close look will one notice the resprayed body, shaved antenna, and gas tank lid. To ensure a job well done, Troy did the paint and bodywork himself.

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The real goodies though lie underneath the Civic's hood. All 26 of the remaining D-series faithful will surely cry foul though when they realize that the stock engine was ditched in favor of a B18C Integra GSR powerplant. Troy knew that the engine would see boost like his brother's so he fortified the block with Golden Eagle sleeves, JE 9.0:1 compression pistons, and Eagle connecting rods. Headwork comes in the form of Skunk2 valve springs, retainers, and GSR camshafts with custom KMS rocker lockers. The rocker lockers eliminate low-to-high VTEC engagement, leaving the engine in a high-cam-engaged state throughout the powerband. Breathing is improved through a JG Engine Dynamics intake manifold and BBK 70mm throttle body. The head is further ventilated with Troy's custom fabricated KMS crankcase and head breather system. Sitting on the gorgeous KMS-fabricated tubular manifold is a Turbonetics T61 turbocharger mated to a custom 3-inch down pipe and dump tube assembly. A TiAL 40mm wastegate and 50mm blow-off valve manage the pressure inside the system. Spent exhaust gases are fired down the piping through a KMS-fabricated KTeller exhaust and A'PEXi turbo muffler combination. A Spearco intercooler and C&R radiator provide ample cooling to the B-series engine. Further automotive ingenuity is displayed with Troy's use of a GM three-bar map sensor. To address the fuel system's needs, Troy selected a set of Precision 1,000cc injectors and supplied fuel utilizing an Aeromotive 1,000hp in-line pump, fuel pressure regulator, and fuel pump regulator. Said fuel is safely stored in a 10-gallon cell and, when called on, is delivered to the pump through Earl's steel-braided lines. An AEM standalone engine management system controls all engine parameters, like fuel and ignition timing.

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With such a potent turbo setup, power delivery is always an issue so Troy opted for a Clutch Masters twin-disc Kevlar clutch and flywheel to get the power through all five gears. A Quaife limited-slip differential ensures that torque is distributed equally to a pair of Drive Shaft Shop Stage 2 axles. The turbocharged hatchback rides on TEIN Basic coilovers, and KMS traction bars make sure that wheel hop is decreased when the car launches down the 1320. Troy has the option to drag the Civic on M&H drag slicks and 14-inch Diamond Racing wheels or bronze 15-inch TE37 wheels mounted on Kuhmo Ecsta MX street tires. For added braking efficiency over the stock CX pieces, Troy installed complete front and rear DC2 Integra brakes.

Troy also readied the cockpit with the installation of an Art Morrison six-point rollcage, Simpson five-point safety harnesses, and Sparco Torino racing seats. Driver feedback items include an Auto Meter tachometer and gauges that display oil pressure, water temperature, and boost pressure. A custom KMS aluminum switch panel sits beneath the dash and provides all of the appropriate toggles, buttons, and switches necessary for making it all happen.

KMS' green machine has yet to hit the dyno but the brothers estimate power to be around 380 whp-and we believe 'em. On street tires, the Civic made a 12.26-second pass at 126 mph at just 15 psi. With both brothers displaying matching powerhouse Honda hatchbacks, rest assured that business at KMS Motorsports is anything but usual.

Bolts & washers
Propulsion:
B18C
GSR transmission
Hasport mounts
Golden Eagle sleeves
JE 9.0:1 pistons
Eagle rods
ARP rod bolts
KMS custom oil pan
KMS crankcase breather
KMS head breather
GSR camshafts
Skunk2 valve springs
Skunk2 retainers
KMS rocker lockers
ARP head studs
Aeromotive 1,000hp fuel pump
Precision 1,000cc injectors
KMS -8 fuel rail
Aeromotive fuel filter
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Aeromotive fuel pump regulator
10-gallon fuel cell
Earl's steel-braided fuel lines
MSD Digital-6 ignition
GM three-bar map sensor
UEGO wideband controller
AEM EMS
BBK 70mm throttle body
JG Engine Dynamics intake manifold
Hondata intake gasket
Turbonetics T61 turbo
Spearco intercooler
KMS intercooler piping
Nitrous Express N-tercooler
TiAL 50mm blow-off valve
TiAL 40mm wastegate
KMS turbo manifold
KMS 3-inch down pipe
KMS dump tube
KTeller exhaust
A'PEXi N1 muffler
C&R radiator
Clutch Masters twin-disc clutch
Clutch Masters flywheel
Quaife LSD
Drive Shaft Shop Stage 2 axles

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Stance:
TEIN Basic coilovers
Skunk2 front upper camber arms
KMS traction bars
Ingalls rear camber kit

Resistance:
DC2 brake conversion
Goodridge steel braided lines

Rims & Rubber:
15x7 Volk TE37 (+42 offset)
205/45-15 Kumho Ecsta MX

Outside:
'02 Chevy Metallic Green paint

Inside:
Sparco Torino seats
Sparco seat rails
Simpson five-point harnesses
Art Morrison six-point rollcage
Summit battery box
Summit disconnect switch
KMS custom gauge and switch panels
Auto Meter tachometer
Auto Meter oil pressure gauge
Auto Meter water temperature gauge
Auto Meter boost gauge

Owner Specs
Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Most played in the ipod:
Don't own one

favorite kicks:
New Balance

Recent DVD:
DVDs? Huh?

Bogus traffic ticket:
Fleeing the cops-but really just driving home from work on an nice spring afternoon

Mac or PC:
PC

Favorite non-Honda:
300ZX

Porn star pick:
Come on...who else but Jenna (in her prime of course)

Hottest model:
Jessica Alba (if she's a model, I don't know)

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Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
Aeromotive
Lenexa, KS 66214
913-647-7300
http://www.aeromotiveinc.com
Golden Eagle Manufacturing
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-592-4311
http://www.goldeneaglemfg.com
HaSport
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
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