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1998 Honda Civic - 36 Months

A true street build that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Henry Z. DeKuyper
Mar 30, 2012
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When I get a tech sheet for a feature car—you know, the pages that translate all the info about a car and its owner—I usually have a pretty good idea of what I’m getting. This time, however, there were more than a few curveballs. One of the questions we ask people who are going to be featured is what they have driven in the past. Considering this is Honda Tuning, I’m sure you can imagine that a lot of the time most people have driven a number of Hondas prior to their time to shine in print. This time around, the list was a Chevy S-15, a Chevy Colorado Xtreme, and a Chevy Impala SS. So what do you get when you take a guy with a history like that and add three years of time, money, and buckets of sweat and tears? Well, you get one seriously badass Civic.

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The car that graces these pages is the result of a lot of time and energy. Especially when you consider how many changes have been made—some more than once. February 2008: Sunny Florida and cruising in a “new to you” ’98 Civic that you just picked up. A few minor mods and most would be happy with the little iconic hatchback. Well, our hero in this story, Mickey Marroquin, isn’t like most people. This car has undergone more extensive surgery than Pamela Anderson. The gorgeous Championship white paint was laid down after the owner had already repainted the car black once. Yeah, that’s right. He painted it black, then repainted it white, and did a damn fine job, too.

This car doesn’t just look good, though, it looks good while getting anywhere it goes, and it gets there fast. Sometimes we see cars that are built to the nth degree and make some ungodly amount of power, but have trouble making it to the local 7-Eleven for a Slurpee due to a crazy idle, ridiculous clutch, and a diff that requires seven-point U-turns. This car, however, is a real-deal street build. It’s daily driven with its stout B16 complete with Scat rods, JE pistons, GS-R cams, HKS cam gears, Supertech valvetrain and more. Mickey enlisted Tony from AB Motorworks to help put it all together, and while he was in there, Tony ported and polished the head for good measure. Keeping everything fed with enough fuel falls on a Walbro 255 fuel pump and RC 550cc injectors. Everything else remains pretty well stock for daily reliability. Sometimes the K.I.S.S. method is the best method when looking for daily reliability. Now if you’re staring at the exhaust manifold and intercooler and wondering why we put the “reliability” label on a boosted Civic, you might be stuck in the old-school mentality. With so many advances in turbo performance, this car goes just fine, day in and day out, with a little boost from the Drag and TiAL catalogs.

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In the footwork department, KW Suspension was called upon to handle the springs and shocks on the hatch; its Variant 1 coilovers give just the right stance and ride comfort on the streets. Custom-coated Evo Regamasters are the wheels of choice, but we all know how that goes. Sometimes wheels are like pants and they need to be changed constantly. Making sure this car stays on the straight and narrow are BF Goodrich KDW2s sized appropriately at 225/45-16 at all four corners. No crazy rubbing issues, no fear of popping a bead as he commutes, just functionality and a timeless look.

But speaking of looking good, what is it that sets this car apart from the gaggle of other Hondas out there? It’s simple: details. They say the devil is in the details, and Mickey certainly belongs to that school of thought. Take note of the Cusco six-point rollcage, five-lug conversion, OEM Type R thin side moldings, Password:JDM fenders, OEM Type R grille, shaved rear wiper, Backyard Special front bumper, and so many other fine touches. The interior is yet another testament to Mickey’s unquenchable thirst for Honda perfection. He added Status carbon Ring seats, custom black dyed interior, new black carpet and headliner. A Spoon Sports steering wheel with an NRG short hub and 2.0 quick-release add a little style and security to this pride and joy. An ARC Magic polish titanium shift knob was added to row this beauty through its GS-R transmission, while a JDM Civic Type R gauge cluster and OEM Type R climate control add a little spice without straying from the OEM appeal. Knowing what you want and going after it is what sets this car apart from many others out there. Sometimes three years sounds like a long time to build a car, but when you’re doing most of that work with your own two hands, three years is damn respectable. Getting there has required some help and support, just as it does for all of us, and with the help of family and friends, the culmination of 36 months of hard labor has resulted in a classic build.

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The Right Route
Like many of us out there, when Mickey started his build, he was using whatever cheap parts he could find to do the job. But he soon discovered using higher-quality, legit parts was another detail that could make the final version of his car that much cleaner. After spending countless thousands of dollars, he decided that the devil indeed was in the details, and from the hours to the dollars spent, Mickey has built and rebuilt this car more times than he cares to admit. However, the finished product is well worth it. Mickey has one of the cleanest, yet simplest Hondas Miami has to offer, and he won’t look back at this build in 10 years with any regrets.

Bolts & Washers

HaSport mounts
JE 9:1 pistons
Scat rods
GS-R cams
HKS cam gears
Edelbrock Victor X intake manifold
Edelbrock 65mm throttle body
Drag Turbo exhaust manifold
Magnaflow exhaust
Magnaflow resonator
TiAL 50mm blow-off valve
TiAL F38 wastegate
T3 57mm turbo
ARP head studs
Supertech valves
Supertech valvesprings
Walbro 255lph
RC 500cc
AEM fuel rail
AEM fuel filter
AEM fuel regulator
Russell lines and fittings
GS-R transmission
ACT Stage IV clutch
KW Variant 1 coilovers
Hard Race front upper control arms
Hard Race rear camber kit
Blox LCAs
Spoon Sports front tower bar
Spoon Sports rear tower bar
Cusco lower tie-bar
JDM ITR 5-lug conversion
Brembo discs
Integra Type R calipers
Motul fluid
Wheels and Tires
Evo Regamaster 16x8 +35
BF Goodrich KDW2 225/45-16
Rays lug nuts
Championship white paint
OEM Type R thin moldings
Password:JDM fenders
Carbon antenna block-off plate
OEM Type R grille
Shaved rear wiper
Backyard Special front bumper
OEM Type R rear wing
Seibon carbon-fiber base plate
Seibon carbon-fiber hood, color-matched
APR carbon-fiber mirrors
OEM Type R rear lip
OEM Type R headlights
OEM Type R side markers
Status carbon-fiber Ring seats
Custom black dyed interior
Custom black carpet kit
Custom black headliner
Spoon Sports steering wheel
NRG short hub 2.0
NRG quick-release
ARC Magic titanium shift knob
OEM CTR gauge cluster
OEM CTR climate controls
OEM radio block-off plate
OEM CTR coin pocket
OEM CTR shift boot
OEM CTR armrest delete
Password:JDM block-off tray
My mom and dad, my beautiful girlfriend for putting up with my addiction, JP aka Dan O’Conner, Tony from AB Autoworks, Karel from Modular Wiring Solutions

Owner Specs

Daily Grind
2006 Tacoma X-Runner
Favorite site
Screen name
Building Hondas
4 years
Dream car
Time-traveling DeLorean
Inspiration for this build
YeeSERIOUS silver EK Hatch
Future build
2005 Scion XB and a 1987 Suzuki Samurai


HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Supertech Performance
San Jose, CA 95136
AEM Performance Electronics
Hawthorne, CA 90250
By Henry Z. DeKuyper
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