A Dedication to Overlooked Chassis Everywhere
Victim Number One
Who/What/Where: Leon Novicke / EM2 Civic EX / Vineland, N. J.
EP3 Civic Si hatchbacks are not the most popular Honda hatchbacks of all time. Oddly enough, the EM2 coupes are even less popular, but Leon doesn't care. The reason probably has to do with the fact that engine choices were few, and limited to SOHC D17 powerplants that have yet to see aftermarket support. Again though, Leon doesn't care, and that's probably because he's planning on stuffing in a K-series swap down the road complete with individual throttle bodies, a 3-inch exhaust, and some different rims. Speaking of rims, for the moment he's rolling on a set of 16-inch Work Ewing IIIs covered in Falkens. The Works boast polished lips and 24-karat gold bolts and valve stems. Leon fitted OEM-style yellow foglights to match as well as HIDs, powdercoated brake calipers, and 20 percent tint all around. The factory bolt pattern was ditched in favor of an EP3 five-lug setup and the car rests on Progress coilovers teamed up with RSX Type S antiroll bars. He wasn't interested in waiting for the K swap and not addressing power in the meantime, so Leon strapped on a stainless steel header of unknown origins, an Injen intake, and a cat and exhaust system from MagnaFlow. To accompany the other mods, Leon addressed the interior with a Buddy Club short shifter with a custom knob, and audio from Kenwood and MB Quart. It's time to rethink the EM2 chassis.
Victim Number Two
WHO/WHAT/WHERE: Justin Moore / EG2 Del Sol VTEC / Gainesville, Ga.
Justin's '96 Del Sol VTEC is not one of the first cars up-and-coming Honda enthusiasts look to when considering a build. It should be though. The Del Sol was the first Honda to feature the legendary B16A engine in the U.S. The EG2 chassis has one of the most sought-after, close-ratio, B-series gearboxes featuring a 4.400:1 final drive, four-wheel disc brakes, and, of course, its open top body was released long before the S2000. Justin's EG2 isn't heavily modified-he's kept it that way in an effort to remain "classy, functional, and crispy." In fact, the B16A is completely stock save for a custom-painted valve cover. Why, you ask? Well, Justin tells us that it has to remain "quiet, clean, and reliable for the daily grind." Fair enough. Work Emotion CR Kai rims help Justin's Del Sol achieve that perfect state of crispiness along with Vision Motorsports blue lug nuts and a ride height that's brought down to an acceptable level with Ground Control coilovers. Justin fitted the interior with S2000 leather seats, a custom headliner, and a 330mm Nardi steering wheel held on with an NRG quick release adapter. A Razo shift knob, Broadway mirror, and audio goods from Alpine and Sony round off what we're quite sure Justin considers nothing short of crisp.