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Honda Civic Type R - Hoop Jumper

Sometimes It’s Worth Blazing Through The Paper Trail

Jonathan Thompson
Jun 1, 2009
Photographer: Rodrez
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There are seldom legitimate Japanese-spec Honda Type Rs that can be found roaming U.S. highways. They’re rarer than a funny National Lampoons movie and for good reason. Big brother’s gone to great lengths to protect automakers, the environment, the general safety of vehicles...and to take away the hopes and dreams from those of us who wish to drive something unique that’s delivered directly from that big island next to China called Japan.

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Importing such a vehicle isn’t easy, at least if you plan on driving it. The key has less to do with paying off government officials and more to do with lots of paperwork, fine details, and a whole lot of worrying. Finding a reliable importer is key as is the tendency to easily part with money. Although trusting someone with a burlap sack of C notes can be scary and the waiting period might be long, contacting an independent or DOT (Department of Transportation) registered commercial importer is often the best option. Cesar Chavez once said, “Si se puede.” Chavez was right, it can be done, and it’s usually worth it.

Northern California’s Brandon Budack is living proof that it can be done as he’s managed to get a hold of real-deal, EK9 Honda Civic Type R and call it his own. Although the unique B16B powerplant and Recaro seats are arguably elements that make a CTR a CTR, Brandon had the 1.6-liter engine swapped out in favor of a K20Z1 outfitted with Jenvey individual throttle bodies, and threw in a pair of Bride seats. Fortunately, Brandon refrained from screwing with the EK9’s exterior aesthetics, which is pimp juice right from the factory, but he did bolt on a set of Racing Hart Formula CP-R rims. In other words, the man took Honda’s already buff CTR chassis and made it better. It may look easy but, rest assured, it never is. Besides, Brandon will likely be the first to tell you that it’s worth clearing the red tape in an effort to sport the red badge.

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Bolts & Washers

K20Z1 engine
Hasport engine mounts
Jenvey individual throttle bodies
Custom exhaust
Aeromotive fuel system
CM fuel filter
Mugen oil cap
Hondata K-Pro engine management

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Function Form coilovers
Benen front shock tower brace
Benen rear lower tie bar
Next Miracle X brace

Rims & Rubber:
16x7 Racing Hart Formula CP-R (+45 offset)
215/45-16 Falken Azenis
ARP wheel studs
Neo chrome lug nuts

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Bride seats
Simpson harnesses
Key’s Racing steering wheel
Karcepts shifter relocator
BLOX shift knob

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HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
Benen Industries
By Jonathan Thompson
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