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1992 Honda Civic DX - Creating A Vision

A Culmination Of Teamwork

Rodrez
Sep 12, 2010

A painfully early phone call snaps me out of my slumber and yanks me out of bed. The hotel employee’s robotic voice, reminding me that it’s time to wake up, comes next. It’s the final day of one of my busy trips up to Northern California and I’ve got work to do. Still half asleep, I grab my camera and gear and shuffle to the elevator. A bellhop, no more than 18 years old, recognizes the Honda Tuning logo on my equipment case. A bit of small talk leads to my asking if he’s ever heard of a shop called Vision Performance. He gives an enthusiastic thumbs-up and explains that its customer service is top-notch, and that his ’91 Integra has brought them a bit of business in the past. All of this is a good sign no doubt, since I’m headed to Vision Performance to meet up with its owner, Crosby Chan, and shoot a ’92 Civic DX owned by his employee and close friend, Ryan Ogi.

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My Element’s headlights do their absolute best to cut through the morning’s downtown fog, and I quickly realize that the tall tales of how it can only be likened to the consistency of pea soup aren’t far fetched at all. In fact, the possibility of me crashing into someone or something now has me wide awake—no caffeine necessary. Sticking out like a sore thumb among San Francisco’s early risers, I inch my way along the massive inclines and declines and finally arrive at Noriega Street, home to Vision Performance. As I march toward the shop’s garage entrance and make my introductions, Ryan assures me that I’m not alone in my lack of driving skills in his beloved city. “What most people don’t realize is that the fog here is so bad at times that it’s downright freaky. It’s like driving with a wall in front of you, and nothing can cut through it!” he says.

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The shop, camouflaged by the surrounding apartments and small houses, is full of car audio installation kits, looms and looms of wiring, and of course, a few cars parked inside, as well as various aftermarket performance boxes. Double-parked on the crowded street that appears to be part-business/part-residential, my attention is pulled away from the shop and toward an eye-catching white EH hatchback on Takata-green TE37s. As we discuss scouting options to find a suitable location to shoot the car, I’m carefully eyeing every inch of the shop’s ongoing projects. Beyond the in-your-face look of the bright green rollers, I take note of a C-West rear wing, a PurpleSpeed front lip, and a next-to-impossible-to-find Key!s flat-bottom steering wheel. It’s right about now I realize that the Vision Performance crew knows a thing or two about rare goodies.

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The guys tell me that when the car was purchased roughly three years ago, Ryan started with basic suspension changes but soon turned his attention toward making more power. The first few engines used were low-compression ones in preparation for forced induction. With two different sleeved and bored non-VTEC B-series blocks and plans to add a healthy sized snail, bad luck got the best of the powerplants and boost was never actually realized. Wanting to get the car back on the road in a hurry, a stock Integra LS engine was temporarily installed until a supercharged B20 could make its way into the bay. A few months worth of miles left Ryan dissatisfied with supercharged power as did the wave of K-series swaps he’d been noticing. “I wanted to change directions and try a JDM ITR K20 swap since I didn’t have any luck with boost. The K engine just has so much potential; it’s much more powerful than the B-series right out of the box and there’s also the reliability,” Ryan says. “There were a few little problems with making the K swap fit, but nothing like the issues we’d experienced with the built LS engines. A little custom work here and there was all we needed to make everything fit and get it running.”

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With the suspension and power categories fulfilled, Ryan and Crosby turned their attention toward the fine details. Rare interior and exterior pieces combined with race-inspired additions like a roll cage and carbon-Kevlar bucket seats make for an unbeatable combo. Taking home First Place honors at the 2008 J’s Gathering event was proof enough that the hard work and headaches had finally paid off. “This build represents our work at its highest level. We put a lot of blood and sweat into this car and it’s still not done yet. Our shop’s goal has always been to perform the highest quality work and fabrication on all the cars we work on, and this car represents our potential and so much more,” Ryan says.

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Few changes have since made their way onto the hatchback but more rare finds are in store for the future. Beyond street duty and the occasional show appearance, the Vision Performance group has its sights set on stretching the Civic’s legs on the road course. With any luck, the track day won’t include any pea soup.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion:
K20A Type R engine
Innovative engine mounts
Karcepts cold-air intake
BLOX velocity stack
FG2 Si intake manifold
Karcepts throttle body adapter
R Crew Racing exhaust manifold
Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhaust
Custom high-flow catalytic converter
Toda N2 camshafts
Supertech valvesprings
Supertech titanium retainers
Walbro fuel pump
Innovative fuel rail
Earl’s fittings and lines
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
GReddy oil filter relocation
Spoon Sports oil cap
Spoon Sports radiator cap
Koyo radiator
Samco Sport radiator hoses
Revo short shift box
Circuit Hero shift extender
Exedy Stage 2 clutch
Innovative axles
Omni Power Quicklutch master cylinder

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Stance:
Omni Power coilovers
ITR rear antiroll bar
DC2 GS-R front antiroll bar
Omni Power camber kits
ASR subframe bar
Beaks rear tie bar
FEEL’S front shock tower bar
Next Miracle X bar
ETD Racing traction bars
Password:JDM trunk bar
Omni Power rear lower control arms

Resistance:
Fastbrakes 11-inch rotors
Hawk HP+ pads
Spoon Sports twin-block calipers
ATE brake fluid
Earl’s steel-braided lines
DC2 GS-R booster
DC2 GS-R master cylinder

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Rims & rubber:
16x7 Volk TE37 (+42 offset)
205/45-16 Toyo FZ4
5Zigen lug nuts
BLOX wheel studs

Outside:
OEM Frost White paint
Shaved front license plate holes
PurpleSpeed carbon-fiber front lip
J’s Racing carbon-fiber air duct
Varis carbon-fiber rear diffuser
C-West rear wing overlay
VIS carbon-fiber hood
VIS carbon-fiber hatch
JDM bronze glass
JDM SiR wing
JDM headlights
JDM taillights
JDM thin side moldings
JDM sidemarkers
JDM power folding mirrors
OEM antenna block-off
OEM rear wiper block-off
NRG hood dampers
J’s Racing rear tow hook
Nukube front tow hook

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Inside:
Vision Corsa carbon-Kevlar bucket seats
Sparco seat brackets
Key!s Racing flat-bottom steering wheel
NRG quick release hub
Project µ pedals
Carbing shift knob
Odyssey battery
Momo E-brake handle
Custom carbon-fiber airbag delete
OEM optional audio console
JDM amber clock
JDM coin pocket
JDM road flare
Custom carbon-fiber double din block-off plate
Defi oil pressure and water temperature gauges
Defi control unit
Custom carbon-fiber fuel pump cover
ITR floor mats

Props:
Grandfather, Mom, Bear, Jennie and the rest of the family, My boys at Vision Performance - Croz, Kev, Mike, Selby, Alex, Gor, Rose, Toma, Captain Fukstick Kelvin, Steven, Nick, and the Rotten Eggs SNF: J.P., Sai, and B-roni Ryan and Cartman from iCrave Kevin Wu, Danny and Dom from Salinas Babyblue Jeff, Danny and Roy from Plus1 Geoff and Victoria from Fatlace/Jdmtheory Edmun and Mark from Opak Racing Dave and Orie at Memoryfab Threadwear Clothing

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Owner Specs

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

Daily grind:
Vision Performance public relations

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Favorite website:
www.vision-performance.com

Building cars how long:
Eight years

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Favorite kicks:
Cole Haan

Dream car:
R34 Skyline GT-R

Build inspiration:
Myself

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Can’t miss TV:
Family Guy

Sources

Innovate Motorsports
Irvine, CA
714-372-5910
http://www.innovatemotorsports.com
Password:JDM
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
888-795-3601
http://www.passwordjdm.com
Omni-Power USA
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
951-956-6554
http://www.omnipowerusa.com
Vibrant Performance
905-564-2808
http://www.vibrantperformance.com
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