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1994 Honda Civic CX - The Money Pit - Street Level

$27k Is No Biggie Once You Get Behind The Wheel

Jonathan Thompson
Sep 1, 2008
Photographer: Rodrez
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Raul Ramirez's '94 Civic CX
People love to collect things. At one point, everyone collected pogs. They all knew which kid had the most pogs or the coolest slammers in the schoolyard. Those were the days, but as people age they often begin to collect more expensive things. Raul Ramirez also collects things. Raul likes to collect Civic hatchbacks, however, he's gone through too many right-hand-drive and left-hand-drive Hondas for us to list. Eventually though, Raul settled on one hatch in particular to be his ultimate slammer.

No doubt Raul, a native of Oakland, Calif., knows how to get hyphy like Keak da Sneak in the "Super Hyphy" music video. But what's better than humming "dumb ditty dumb" with a thizz face at a sideshow? Owning a K-powered, Porsche Carrera GT3 White hatch and driving it daily that's what. "I love driving the car daily; I love the loud exhaust," Raul says. "I also live in Nevada where we don't have smog, so 3-inch piping is cool. I know you're jealous," he says referring to those of us who reside in just about the strictest emissions state west of his pad.

2018 Honda Civic
$18,940 Base Model (MSRP) 28/40 MPG Fuel Economy
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Raul selected the hatch simply because of its nearly flawless exterior. "I'm really picky, I didn't want a bunch of Bondo," he says. The hatch began as a track car but after roughly $27,000 later, the car stands out from the average track beater. He knew he was going overboard once he began replacing things like nuts and bolts and re-looming the wire harness. Such cash doesn't float down from the sky in a sack from a passing stork; no, Raul built his hatch from "cash and lots of hustlin'."

Projects like these typically take about a year, if not more, but Raul managed to complete his in just eight months. He bypassed large amounts of downtime by performing almost every task himself. "I did everything but paint and welding because I don't own a welder or a paint booth," he says.

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Raul first focused on the body and had a friend paint the car Porsche Carrera GT3 White. "I saw a Porsche GT3 in white and I fell in love with the color because of the dark white complexion," he says. Raul then moved onto the heart of the beast. He opted for a K20A engine and six-speed limited-slip differential Type R tranny. A Buddy Club shifter box and Karcept shifter box adapter aids shifting duties while Hasport engine mounts snugly secure the K engine to the chassis, and R Crew Racing axles transfer power from the tranny to the wheels. A/C and power steering were ditched with the addition of a CTR pulley. A C&R aluminum radiator with Samco Sport hoses pump coolant while an AEM cold-air intake crams healthy mountain air past the Hondata intake manifold gasket. Earl's steel braided lines, fittings, and a fuel filter, paired with an Aeromotive regulator and R Crew Racing fuel rail, provide proper usage of gasoline. R Crew Racing of Brisbane, Calif., also created the conversion harness that ties into the Hondata K-Pro ECU, which ultimately runs the entire show, along with an NRG small battery that supplies the voltage. Spent gases pass through an R Crew Racing header, and 3-inch testpipe and exhaust system combo. The engine bay looks extremely neat thanks to a wire tuck performed by Raul himself. "Working with wires all day for the last five years makes it much easier to tackle a wiring harness in a car and relocating or removing unnecessary wires," he says.

Raul then devoted his attention toward the exterior. The 14-year-old vehicle received new OEM moldings, windows, and bumpers. A Spoon Sports duckbill and VIS Spoon-style lip visually update the car while FAL rear windows reduce weight. Spoon Sport towhooks, Vision teardrop mirrors and hood dampers, and OEM mudflaps add even more style. Even the R Crew Racing custom diffuser generates its share of attention. "Everyone and their mom wants to buy it off me and, no, it's not for sale," he says.

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An aggressive car needs an aggressive stance so custom Function and Form fully adjustable coilovers with Swift springs give the hatch that along with an adjustable ride height. A Miracle X bar, ITR antiroll bars, and Function7 lower control arms ensure stiffness for twisty turns in the Sierra Mountains. Brembo rotors and Project pads in ITR five-lug, 36mm caliper fitment increase braking along with Earl's steel braided lines, all of which keep the hatch from falling off the sides of cliffs. Raul also chose a DC5 brake master cylinder and booster for improved stopping.

While the brake department keeps the hatch safe, Spoon Sports 16x7 rims wrapped in Kumho tires transfer the 230 whp to the pavement. "I get so much sh*t from people about how ugly my wheels are," Raul says. "I don't know why but since I was 16 they've been my favorite wheel. I just love that plain flat black look." ARP extended studs and Buddy Club lugs keep Raul's favorite rims attached to the hubs.

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After completing the outside and the engine bay, Raul moved onto the interior. An Autopower four-point race bar and harness bar stiffen the chassis while a Status Racing carbon-Kevlar bucket seat attached to a Bride seat rail and a Takata harness provide a bit of security. Also filling the interior are a Spoon Sports steering wheel and shift knob, NRG quick release and short hub adapter, Mugen ECU holder, JDM armrest, and an EG6 white face cluster. "I took the stereo out because the car is too loud," he says, so a block-off plate covers up the empty hole, although he still has Alpine Type S speakers in case he changes his mind. The door panels and armrest material are unique in their originality too. "I wanted to do a material for the panels that was never done before and I always liked that pattern from a hoodie I had, so I found some BAPE (Bathing Ape) material," he says. "Also, making the panels with my ex-girlfriend Raquel was pretty cool ... it felt good doing something you loved with the person you loved." Finally, making the car "straight OG" is an S2000 push start button in place of the original key ignition.

With plans of selling the current hatch and working on a right-hand-drive, future K24-powered one, Raul had an epiphany: "You look back and realize the money you could have saved, but then you drive it once and you forget all about it." Vroom vroom.

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Propulsion:
K20A
Hasport engine mounts
CTR crank pulley
C&R aluminum radiator
Samco radiator hoses
Hondata intake manifold gasket
R Crew Racing fuel rail
Earl's steel braided lines
Earl's fuel filter
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
AEM cold-air intake
R Crew Racing header
R Crew Racing 3-inch testpipe
R Crew Racing 3-inch exhaust system
Type R six-speed transmission
Buddy Club shifter box
Karcept shifter box adaptor
R Crew Racing axles
Hondata K-Pro ECU
NRG battery

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Stance:
Function and Form coilovers
Swift springs
Miracle X bar
ITR antiroll bars
Function7 lower control arms

Resistance:
Brembo rotors
Project pads
ITR calipers
Earl's steel braided lines
DC5 brake master cylinder
DC5 brake booster

Rims & Rubber:
16x7 Spoon SW388 (+45 offset)
205/45-16 Kumho V700
ARP extended studs
Buddy Club lug nuts
Five-lug conversion

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Outside:
Porsche Carrera GT3 White paint
Spoon Sports duckbill spoiler
Spoon Sports towhooks
VIS Spoon-style lip
Vision teardrop mirrors
Vision hood dampers
FAL rear windows
R Crew Racing custom diffuser
OEM mudflaps

Inside:
Status Racing carbon-Kevlar seat
Bride seat rail
Takata harness
Spoon Sports steering wheel
Spoon Sports shift knob
Mugen ECU holder
NRG quick release
NRG short hub adapter
Autopower four-point rollbar
EG6 white face cluster
S2000 push start button
Bathing Ape door panels and armrest fabric
JDM armrest

Bolts & Washers
I.C.E.:
Python two-way pager
Alpine Type S speakers

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Props:
Family and friends
Shops
R Crew Racing
My mom
Unique Sounds
Status Sean
Brad from Honda
Chuy
Jeremy
Sorry if I forgot someone

Owner Specs
Hometown:
Oakland, Calif.

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Most Played In The Ipod:
Sorry, don't own one

Favorite kicks:
Adidas Dave Mirra 3

Recent DVD:
Netflix and burn ... ha, ha, ha

Bogus traffic ticket:
$300 for 91 in a 70 coming home from Vegas

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Mac or PC:
PC

Favorite non-Honda:
Toyota Tacoma

Porn star pick:
I'm bad with names

Hottest model:
Still bad with names

Sources

HaSport
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Status Racing
Gilbert, AZ 85233
480-265-8600
http://www.statusracing.com
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