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1999 Honda Civic DX - Third Time's A Charm - Street Level

One Man's Journey To Make His Mark, And The Civic That Got Him There

Rodrez
Sep 1, 2008

Viet Duong's '99 Civic DX
Campbell, Calif.'s, Viet Duong always had an eye for the Civic family. He'd already owned a '89 Si, which he'd lightly upgraded, stretching his student budget thin enough to allow for a B16A swap and a set of coilovers. Unsatisfied, he turned his attention toward a friend's '90 Si, which had already been heavily upgraded, and a purchase price was agreed upon. However, after owning the car for just a few short months, Viet felt the need for a major change and decided that selling the car to purchase a bone-stock chassis to build upon would better satisfy his need to create, as well as make his mark amongst the crowded Civic world. Three months later, feeling the stress of having no car after countless hours of hunting, the search had finally concluded. A stock black '99 DX hatchback was spotted and purchased, and the changes began almost immediately. A set of TEIN coilovers and an ITR five-lug conversion made their way onto the chassis before the exterior's dents and dings had become far too bothersome for its owner to ignore. "I was fed up with the black paint and all the dings on the body, so I decided to send her to paint. I didn't want a common color for a Honda, and after searching through a ton of colors, I decided on BMW Amethyst Gray Metallic," Viet says. Using the paintwork as an excuse to upgrade the Civic's outward appearance, a list of JDM EK9 body parts were sourced, including a front bumper and lip, front grille, headlights, front fenders with side markers, a rear bumper and lip, and side moldings. A set of ARC splitters add some additional flair to the front end, while a VIS carbon-fiber wing and rear hatch with a FAL window alter the rear's persona and even shed a few pounds. Vision Type DC carbon-fiber mirrors and HOP window visors carry the aggressive black contrast theme across the Civic's profile.

To ensure his project's bite would no doubt support its bark, plans called for a naturally aspirated heart transplant to increase both power and torque. "I originally wanted a '98 ITR motor but thought I needed more of a punch, so I found a JUN B16A stroker motor that made about 200 hp and 145 torque after RedZone tuned it, but everyone was making that kind of power at the time," Viet says. "I decided I wanted to try something new and went for the infamous K motor." Using one of Hasport's mount kits, the 2.0L JDM K20A engine slithered its way into the spotless engine bay with the help of fellow ATS Garage member Fred Chapman. A set of Toda N2 camshafts and valvesprings were selected to turn and burn, while a Walbro 255lph fuel pump and RC 440cc injectors add fuel to the fire. The large injectors are also necessary to back up the 52mm TWM individual throttle bodies with carbon-fiber air horns perched comfortably at the front of the bay. DTR's SSR 4-2-1 stainless header and a custom RedZone-built 3-inch exhaust system do their best to expel gasses and match efficiency as the TWM kit inhales deeply. A tuning session with the RedZone Performance crew netted a peak power number of 248 whp and 166 lb-ft of torque with a few tweaks of the Civic's industry-standard Hondata K-Pro system.

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Knowing that his hatchback's suspension would be critical in harnessing the newfound power underhood, Viet contacted Preston at Function and Form for a set of Type 1 coilovers to replace his TEINs. Additionally, an ASR subframe brace, SRR lower control arms, an ITR 22mm antiroll bar, and a Benen three-point front shock tower brace were bolted on in hopes of stiffening the chassis and reducing body roll under hard cornering. CTR front brakes fitted with Power Slot rotors and Earl's steel braided brake lines take cues from the JDM ITR master cylinder and brake booster during harsh braking scenarios. A set of 16x7 WedSport TC-05 wheels wrapped in Nitto Neo Gen tires widen the stance and no doubt improve the Civic's look, which is proven by Viet's masterpiece. Not happy with the original color of the WedSport, a local powdercoating company was contracted to refinish them in satin black along with a set of custom red stickers made to replace the weathered originals.

High on Viet's list of priorities, as he pieced together his interior, was to emphasize functionality without giving up comfort. Bride Ergo II reclinable bucket seats hold the driver firmly as he grips the red-stitched Nardi 300mm steering wheel and '06 Civic Si shift knob, all the while stomping down on OEM optional pedals. A Top Fuel B-C-pillar brace flanks rear passengers, though they'll no doubt find comfort in a set of EK9 rear seats. If they can get past the 3-inch exhaust and intimidating Darth Vader-like intake note, they just might hear a few tracks through the Pioneer head unit and PPI-powered Focal speakers.

Viet had to sift through a few minor projects in order to find his perfect build. Through patience and perseverance he managed to piece together a standout Civic with a drop-dead gorgeous look, and the power to back it up. Whether he decides to move on to a new project or keep improving the current one, he's finally managed to make his mark.

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion:
K20A ITR engine
Hasport mounts
Karcepts shifter plate
TWM 52mm individual throttle bodies
Toda N2 camshafts
Toda dual valvesprings
Supertech titanium retainers
DTR SSR 4-2-1 header
RedZone Performance 3-inch exhaust
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
RC 440cc fuel injectors
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Earl's fittings and lines
Marshall fuel pressure gauge
Hondata K-Pro engine management
Mishimoto radiator
Samco radiator hoses
K20A ITR transmission
Hasport axles
K20A ITR clutch

Stance:
Function and Form Type 1 coilovers
ASR rear lower subframe brace
SRR rear lower control arms
ITR 22mm antiroll bar
ETD Racing traction bar
Benen front shock tower bar
Top Fuel B-C-pillar brace

Resistance:
JDM EK9 five-lug brake conversion
Power Slot rotors
ITR pads
Earl's steel braided lines
JDM ITR master cylinder
JDM ITR brake booster

Rims & Rubber:
WedSport 16x7 (+33 offset)
Work lug nuts
205/45-16 Nitto Neo Gen

Outside:
'04 BMW Amethyst Gray Metallic paint
JDM EK9 headlights
JDM EK9 grille
JDM EK9 side moldings
JDM EK9 front bumper and lip
JDM EK9 rear bumper and lip
JDM EK9 front fenders
ARC front splitters
Vision Type DC carbon-fiber mirrors
HOP window visors
Spoon Sports carbon-fiber wing
VIS carbon-fiber hatch
FAL glass
VIS carbon-fiber hood
AeroCatch hood pins

Inside:
Bride Ergo II seats
Vision seat rails
Nardi 330mm Deep Corn steering wheel
MOMO steering wheel hub
FET quick release
HOP pedals
JDM EK9 rear seats
'06 Civic Si shift knob
EDM passenger side airbag delete
Custom Webasto moonroof

Bolts & Washers
I.C.E.:
Pioneer head unit
PPI Precision Power amplifier
Focal co-axial front door speakers
Focal 6x9 rear speakers

Props:
My girlfriend, Chanel
My family, mom, sis, and brother
ATS Garage crew
Fred Chapman
RedZone Performance
JDM Theory
Weksos Industries
Garage Inc.
EK Squad
N1 Concepts
MBB
Every California tuner and crew

Owner Specs
Hometown:
San Francisco, Calif.

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Most played in the ipod:Celly Cel, 3X Krazy, and Luniz

Favorite kicks:Any clean white shoes fresh out of the box.Today: Adidas Shell Toes

Recent DVD:The Departed in Blu-ray

Bogus traffic ticket:No front plate

Mac or PC:PC

Favorite non-Honda:Anything that saves gas!

Porn star pick:Nah

Hottest model:My wifey

Sources

Mishimoto
Wilmington, DE 19803
877-466-4744
http://www.mishimoto.com
Redzone Performance
http://www.redzoneperformance.com
HaSport
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
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