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2000 Honda Civic Type R - Road Trip

2000 Miles At 7000 RPM

Brian McGurk
Dec 1, 2009
Photographer: Chris Dornon

When it comes to hard to find parts, tuners are a bloodthirsty bunch. If you're not quick to pull the trigger on those rare offset BBSs, they'll be gone before you can even check your account balance. Matt Tucker of Fayetteville, Tennessee, is a fast draw, and when a legit 2000 CTR popped up for sale, the eager enthusiast wasted no time. One catch...the car was located in Los Angeles, while Matt resides in Tennessee.

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Matt caught wind of the CTR from a local buddy picking up his newly acquired EG6 in the city of angels. "I'd had a bunch of other hatches, and when I saw my friend's EG6 I knew I wanted the real thing." A few phone calls and some low-res pics later, and Matt was on a plane bound for the 323 via Los Angeles international. Matt's new Phoenix Yellow hatch was housed at G-spot Automotive, and behind some number crunching, he walked out with his new chariot. With gas tanks full and keys in hand, Matt and his compadre decided to forego a delivery truck and pilot their new Japanese-born hatchbacks halfway across the country to home sweet Tennessee. Matt's new ride was far from a road sofa. A barren interior save for a dashboard and door cards were the only bits hiding the yellow sheet metal. "The thing had some weird racing seats in it and a Momo Formula wheel, no carpet, sound deadening, or interior. Even the glove box was missing." The lack of creature comforts didn't slow Matt down, and after a hiccup involving a seized distributor in Amarillo Texas, Matt was back on the highway. "The car was crazy on the interstate, with gearing for the track, no cat, and no muffler, it was loud as hell. It was awesome!" When Matt got back home (and the ringing in his ears finally stopped) he hopped online and starting hunting down finishing pieces for the interior. A glove box, kick panels, and an emergency brake cover were at the top of the list. An OEM carpet and set of floor mats got the interior back to stock, while a set of all red Recaro SRDs replaced the mystery Japanese equipment originally in the civic. A fresh set of CTR headlights, side markers, and thin molding were ordered to give their original, track-beaten counterparts a break.

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Not to say the B16B is underpowered, but after a little while, Matt wanted more. After separating the civic from its heart, Matt swapped in something with a little more kick in the ass. Built with Matt's own hands, a run-of-the mill B18C1 was saddled with a custom turbo setup sporting a Precision GT35R turbo, Tial waste gate, HKS Blow off valve and SLS ram horn exhaust manifold. Only after sleeving the block and swapping out the crank with an 89mm LS alternative was the new heart ready to be installed. After breaking the engine in, the car was strapped to the dyno and put down a pavement-blistering 622hp and 404 lb-ft of torque. "It was crazy! I never expected that much power." After daily-driving the CTR with almost triple its original horsepower for going on 3 months, Matt's uncle decided his car was due for a makeover. As we all know, nothing says "hey, get your car painted" like the business end of a pickup being forced into your passenger door.

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Needless to say the car now needed some parts, namely a door, the glass, and interior panel. Matt figured now would be a good time to clean up the track-bruised body. "The car was a road race car in Japan. The bumper was hacked up to fit some ridiculously large wheels, like 15x9, and the bumper was held on with zip ties; it was time to change it out." Matt replaced the "race" bumper with an OEM version, and matched it with a fresh set of fenders. The front end was now free of scars, so a fresh draping of paint was in order. No color other than the OEM Phoenix Yellow (Sunshine Yellow in the land of the rising sun) would do, so the hatch was temporarily relocated to the paint booth. While the chassis was busy getting a makeover, Matt embraced his second automotive passion-wheel shopping. "I have to admit it, I'm a recovering wheel whore. When I found the Starks, I just had to get them."

With the CTR now looking as good as it performed, Matt enjoyed the car for what it was; a rocket ship with wheels. This blissful asphalt assault continued for almost a year when the 26 lbs of boost pushing through the GSR engine became too much, and a connecting rod failed. After being driven with 622hp for almost a year, Matt decided to bring the car back to its road-racing, high-revving, naturally aspirated roots. His first order of business was ordering a brand new B18C5 block straight from his local Acura dealership. Matt assembled the engine and topped it with a 2001 ITR head filled with similarly new components, and installed the zero mile engine into the CTR. Now sporting a fresh engine, paint, and more JDM accessories than anime-con, Matt decided to retire the CTR from daily status. "Yeah I don't daily it anymore. I could, but I don't. I just drive it to car shows and on nice days. I just wanted the real deal and now I have it." Matt's done with this car, but not done with Hondas. He purchased an AP1 S2000 and is now putting his efforts into building another high-boost car. When asked about the future of both cars Matt said, "I just want some legit stuff, that's what I'm all about." If his S deuce turns out to be half the car his hatch is, I'm sure it will be gracing our pages sometime soon.

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion

Hasport EK solid engine mounts
B18C5 block, new from Honda
2001 ITR crankshaft
ITR pistons and rings
ITR connecting rods
2000 CTR radiator
2000 CTR camshafts
2001 ITR cylinder head
2001 ITR valves
2001 ITR valve springs
2001 ITR retainers
2001 ITR keepers
2001 ITR rocker arms
Walbro 255 fuel pump
RC 750 fuel injectors
ARC magic intake system
98 spec ITR 4 to 1 exhaust manifold
Spoon N1 cat back exhaust
NGK Spark plugs
Competition Clutch stage 3
Fidanza flywheel
Cusco 1.5 way LSD
98 spec ITR transmission
ARC magic air filter
2000 CTR intake

Stance
Ksport adjustable coilovers
CTR 26mm front sway bar
CTR 25mm rear sway bar
Skunk2 upper control arms
Benen Lower tie bar
J's racing J-speed inner fender brace

Resistance
Brembo brake rotors
Hawk racing brake pads
Goodridge steel braided

Rims & Rubber
Carving RC Stark Rennsport F: 16x7 +35, R: 16x8 +35
Toyo Proxes fs4 205/40/16

Outside
OEM JDM fenders
OEM JDM side markers
OEM JDM thin moldings
J's racing dry carbon fiber hood
Custom rear bumper

Inside
Red Recaro SRDs
JDM radio delete
JDM cd player
Alpine 6.5-inch door speakers
Cusco Safety 21 roll cage
Momo formula steering wheel
Spoon shift knob
Spot welded chassis

Props
Friends, family, shops, Omid, Casey, Mom, Dad, Sister, Static X Motorsports, Trackmasters

Owner Specs

Favorite Website:
Honda-tech.com

Screen Name Or Nickname:
YellowCTR

Building Hondas For How Long:
11 years

Your Dream Car:
Koenigsegg CCXR

Build Inspiration:
JDM road race cars

Whats Playing In Your iPod/CD/ MP3 Player Right Now:
Framing Hanley

Greatest Movie Of All Time:
Transformers

Road trip 101
Two tips courtesy of Matt for a cross country road trip with 2 JDM-spec cars. First, bring CDs. "Texas has some weird radio stations, and JDM head units only go to 90.1 FM. I had to listen to static for a few hours until we hit some little gas station. I had to get some music and all they had was crunk hits from 1999! It wasn't fun." Second, you'll quickly learn that there are import fans everywhere. Matt learned that at a pit stop in a small town outside Flagstaff, AZ. "We stopped for lunch at this burger place. We were sitting outside, and watched this yellow Type R drive around the building four times before the driver came up to talk to us. It was cool meeting someone who knew exactly what the hatches were in the middle of nowhere." Class is dismissed.

Sources

Toyo Tires USA
800-442-8696
www.toyotires.com
Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
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