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2000 Honda Civic EX - What Coast?

No coast might be the best coast.

Brian McGurk
Aug 15, 2011 SHARE

It must be something in the coastal air that makes tuners forget there’s an entire country building cars that aren’t within driving distance of the ocean. Being separated from the heart of the “scene” gives builders an opportunity to create what they want, not what the ever-fickle crowd dictates. Robert Dorrough of Owasso, Oklahoma, is one of those guys building cars for himself and no one else, and his ’00 Civic EX is a direct reflection of that theory. He recalls, “I bought the car from a friend of mine, and it already had a B16 swap and some Si parts, but I needed to make it mine.” With the car being daily driven at the time, his personalization had to wait until summer break. Once the dreaded classes ended, out came the wrenches.

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Rob started by pulling the existing B16 for a refresh and a thorough cleaning. “I wanted the theme of black ice, mostly black with highlights of blue and chrome,” he remembers. Rob started with a full replacement of all the bolts in the bay with shiny new counterparts courtesy of Bolt Boys and a CTR valve cover shaved and repainted candy blue. With the engine out, the existing harness was reloomed and routed behind the block and through the fire wall. The work looked great, but a clean block and hidden harness are nothing without a bay to match; Rob adds, “Shaving the bay was a nightmare. Between the Evercoat and sanding, it was over 200 hours! Once we laid the black with blue flake over everything, it became totally worth it.” To match his freshly shaved bay, the brakes got the same treatment; replaced, rerouted and upgraded by way of a JDM Type R master cylinder, brake booster and custom brake line tuck. With the engine ready to be reinstalled, Rob wanted to avoid using off-the-shelf parts as much as possible, so a hand-built three-inch intake was first on his list, followed by a custom exhaust that attaches to a high-flow header and terminates through a Thermal R&D muffler. Keeping Rob’s new setup cool came by way of a polished dual-core radiator and matching Samco hoses.

With the coupe back up and running like a champ, attention was turned toward the cabin. “The car already had CTR carpet, floor mats, door panels and cluster, so I just wanted to add to it.” Rob complemented his already CTR replica interior by adding a CTR steering wheel, e-brake, console, shift boot and airbag tray. The new darker theme meant the OEM gray headliner had to go, so Rob rewrapped it with a black leather patter. The cherry on top is a custom four-point rollcage powdercoated to match his candy blue valve cover and a pair of Status carbon-fiber buckets to keep his butt planted better then the stockers. Rob’s not into body kits and big wings, but a full track-prepped racecar isn’t exactly a good daily. “The outside looked like a regular everyday black Civic with an amazing bay and aftermarket interior. It had to be updated.” Rob’s exterior refresh started with a new foglight, Seibon carbon-fiber hood, OEM CTR headlights, front grille and fenders. A rather rare TC Sportline front lip and ARC winglets round out the front end. The rear was updated with custom-made rear valances and a Top One rear diffuser that sits well below a VIS carbon-fiber trunk.

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Running hard? Check. Looking good? Check. Now all Rob needed was new rolling and rebound stock for a more track-friendly stance. After hitting the forums, he came across a single remaining set of black 15x7-inch Enkei RPF1s sporting a +35 offset. Wasting little time, he snatched them up and had them wrapped in Hankook RS-3 tires in a very beefy 225/45-15. Perched behind the new blacked-out rollers are Function & Form Type II coilovers straddling SRR rear control arms and Civic Type R antisway bars. Proper alignment comes by way of Skunk2 camber kits in the front and rear, and chassis stiffening comes by way of a Carbing three-point brace in the bay and a Skunk2 shock tower brace in the trunk. Rob has met all his goals for his humble Civic in less than a summer, and now plans to spend the rest of his time enjoying his new cruiser and showing people that a well-rounded car with a ton of presence can come from anywhere. Coastal beaches are optional.

With the engine ready to be reinstalled, Rob wanted to avoid using off-the-shelf parts as much as possible, so a hand-built three-inch intake was first on his list, followed by a custom exhaust that attaches to a high-flow header and terminates through a Thermal R&D muffler.

SRR — The Japanese Alternative

I don’t think I can name a single person who wouldn’t want a Spoon or Mugen fully equipped Honda. Price, however, plays a major role in what does and doesn’t make it onto a project car. What is the average Joe supposed to do when they want quality Japanese parts but can’t see spending four figures for tiny bits of plastic? Ask Rob, he says, “I really love Mugen and Spoon, but they are way too pricey for something everyone else has. So I turned to the late SRR.”

A lot of tuners overlook the now defunct Taiwan-born tuning company, but for years, SRR not only maintained a competitive presence in various racing venues, but also produced a number of highly sought-after parts, most notably its bumper quick-releases and various interior and exterior touches. Rob recalls, “I had first bought a set of purple bumper quick-releases and loved the different look so much that I went on a search to find every SRR part made for my car. I bought red, blue and silver quick-releases, purple, red and silver switch panels, LCAs, harnesses, everything.” Rob’s SRR infatuation continues to this very day, and the only part he’s missing is an SRR shift knob. If any of you have one, jump on the forums and hit him up!

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B16A
USDM OEM GSR transmission
Exedy Stage 2 clutch
NGK platinum spark plugs
NGK plug wires
Hytech replica header
Thermal R&D exhaust with custom piping
Custom stainless clutch line
Custom 2.5-inch test pipe
Custom 3-inch intake
Custom dual-core radiator
Custom overfill tank
Custom oil catch can
Skunk2 pro intake manifold
Skunk2 short shifter
Skunk2 oil cap
Skunk2 VTEC solenoid cap
Vision spark plug cover
Hondata gasket
OEM H22A fuel injectors
Edelbrock fuel lines
Edelbrock fuel filter
Erick’s Racing fuel pressure regulator
Earl’s AN fittings
BDL cam gears
BDL polished fuel rail
STR cam seal
Bolt Boys engine kit
OEM Civic Type R valve cover
HaSport engine mounts
Carbing cooling plate
Samco radiator hoses
Stance
Function & Form Type II coilovers
OEM Civic Type R antisway bars, front and rear
Energy polyurethane bushings
Skunk2 camber kits, front and rear
Skunk2 rear shock tower bar
Carbing 3-pt front shock tower bar
ASR subframe bar brace
SRR polished LCAs
Resistance
OEM Civic Si front brakes
OEM Acura GSR rear brake conversion
EBC slotted and drilled brake rotors, front and rear
EBC green stuff brake pads
Earl’s brake line fittings
Custom stainless brake lines
Custom brake line tuck
OEM Honda Prelude 35/40 prop valve
OEM JDM Type R master cylinder
OEM JDM Type R brake booster
Wheels And Tires
Black Enkei RPF1 15x7 +35
Rays blue lug nuts
Hankook RS-3 225/45-15
Exterior
Seibon carbon-fiber hood
Wek’Sos hood dampeners
VIS carbon-fiber trunk
Carbon-fiber gas lid
Civic Type R window visors
Civic Type R grille
Civic Type R headlights
Civic Type R fenders with OEM clear side markers
OEM antenna block-off
OEM sunroof visor
Custom painted taillights
Custom carbon-fiber motorcycle mirrors
Custom rolled fenders
Custom-made rear valences
SRR bumper quick-release painted candy blue
Mugen gas cap
TC Sportline front lip
ARC winglets
OEM Civic Si side skirts
Top One rear diffuser
Interior
Status Ring carbon-fiber seats
Custom headliner
Custom 4-pt rollcage
Civic Type R door panels
Civic Type R shift boot
Civic Type R carpet
Civic Type R floor mats
Civic Type R steering wheel
Civic Type R cluster
Civic Type R e-brake
Civic Type R coin pocket
Civic Type R shift boot
Interior
Civic Type R console
Civic Type R road flare
OEM radio block-off plate
Broadway mirror
Custom-dyed interior plastics
Custom trunk battery mount
Airbag delete tray
SRR purple pedals
SRR dead pedal
SRR switch panel
SRR cam-lock harness, DS
RJ’s Racing harness, PS
Mugen shift knob
Autometer oil pressure gauge
Autometer water temp gauge
Autometer fuel/air ratio gauge
Autometer clock
Props
The lord Jesus, Blake, Casey, Jared, Audriana, Mom and Dad, Jordan and her kids, Kevin, Mitch, Cody, Mike, Nick, all of my family and friends, Nick James, Zac

Owner Specs

Favorite Websites
nwp4life.com
Screen names or nicknames
raw-jelly, h22alsd
Building Hondas for how long
6 years
Your Dream Car
Black Ferrari FXX
Build Inspiration
Wanting to be one of the best-looking black coupes with a touch of originality
Current Stable
’93 Mazda RX-7, ’95 Honda Prelude
What’s Playing In Your iPod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
Jefferson Airplane
Greatest Movie of All Time
Blow

Connect

Skunk2 Racing
www.skunk2.com
Auto meter
www.autometer.com
Enkei Wheels
www.enkei.com
Top One
www.toponeusa.com

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Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
Enkei USA
Columbus, IL 47201
812-373-7000
http://www.enkei.com
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