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1993 Honda Civic DX - Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Nothing could stop this enthusiast from reaching his goal

Big Mike
Jun 22, 2012
Photographer: Matthew Jones
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The story began for Jody Weber of Jacksonville, Florida, in ’03 when he visited a business local to him by the name of Velocity Trends. The owner had an RHD K20-swapped turbo hatchback that really caught Jody’s attention and got the gears in his head turning. He thought about what he would and could do to the unique hatchback if he were to ever take the plunge. He became a frequent visitor to the shop, stopping by from time to time to see what they were working on and to just hang out. Throughout that time, the ideas which had been brewing in Jody’s mind remained alive and kicking but took a back seat to a ’00 Civic Si chassis he’d picked up and was working on. Until one visit in particular that would start him on a new build that would end up putting his will power to the test.

Heading over to the shop one day, Jody noticed the built hatchback was nowhere to be seen, but a different shell was sitting there instead. Jody asked some questions and found out the owner of the hatchback totaled the car and had purchased another chassis to build again. The year was 2008, and Jody looked at that stock Civic shell and could only see potential. It would serve as the perfect platform to make all of the ideas that had been developing in his head over the previous five years a reality. He made it very clear to the car’s owner that if he ever considered selling the shell, Jody wanted to be the first person he dialed. Just a few days later, the owner told Jody to come pick up his “new” car. Perhaps it was heated impulse, or maybe just a little too much thinking aloud, but Jody actually questioned the offer he’d been waiting for. “Here I am, already in to a build on my 2000 Civic Si. I had a decision to make: stay working on the Si, or pick up the hatch.” No surprise, Jody decided to push his current build aside and take on the new build.

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2018 Honda Civic
$18,940 Base Model (MSRP) 28/40 MPG Fuel Economy

Initially, he’d planned to put together something fairly simple. Paint the chassis and drop a B16 in, but a couple of his friends had recently completed K swaps and it didn’t take much to change Jody’s mind on the right powerplant. “After riding in their cars, there was really no looking back.” He set forth on researching the necessary parts to progress with the build, but he was in no hurry. He adds, “I’m not rich, and I knew it was going to take some time. The car sat in the backyard for a year while I collected parts.”

When he was ready, Jody sent the chassis for paint and body work with Dave at Custom. When the paint was stripped, it revealed that the metal was in worse shape than he’d imagined. “Every panel needed work and it even needed a new roof.” Not discouraged, Jody told Dave to proceed regardless. Knowing that the vehicle would be at the body shop for an extended amount of time, he utilized the downtime to contact Memoryfab and have it build his dream wheels. “I’ve always loved Mugen M7s, and from the day I got the car, I knew it would have M7s on it.” When they were done, the newly built wheels yielded an 8-inch diameter with a tastefully selected +25mm offset, providing exactly what Jody envisioned. “I wanted a wide wheel but nothing with a huge lip that would make me have to run too much negative camber. I just wanted it to sit flush.”

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In addition to the custom wheels, he gathered parts needed for the K swap with quality goods from the likes of Hybrid Racing and K-Tuned. Although he pushed to collect all of the necessary parts to make the build quick and smooth once the chassis was again brought back home, a few snags ensured that the remainder of the build wasn’t going to be all that quick or smooth.

After a total of two years since first purchasing the chassis, it finally came home to be assembled. Anxious to get the car done, Jody called on people to come and help expedite the process. Driveway Performance came to do the interior and chassis harness, prepping the car for its new K20A2 motor—only to find that it had an incorrect mount. “After waiting for so long, it’s not a good feeling when you’re ready to finally drop that motor in and you have to wait even longer.” He called on Hybrid Racing, and the correct mount was sourced and the motor was finally bolted in. The next issue appeared when addressing the fuel setup, as Jody and crew ended up going through two sets of injectors before getting them to work properly. With the engine bolted in, they moved on to reassembling the interior. Unfortunately, Jody had the wrong set of seat brackets, causing even more of a delay as the correct ones were sourced.

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These types of small delays aren’t really a big deal, but they can quickly add up, stealing time and patience. “After going to work, then getting off and working on the car till 4 a.m. and doing it all over again for two weeks, it was an amazing feeling to finish the car and get it running the day of the photo shoot.” Yes, you read that correctly, he finished the car on the actual day of his shoot. All of the long days and sleepless nights got the car finished, but Jody wasn’t able to address one very important thing: the registration! “I had to use a dealer tag from a car lot to make the shoot.” Although we at Honda Tuning Magazine do not condone that particular move, we do appreciate when an enthusiast’s passion and determination are so strong that they won’t allow anything to get in the way of reaching their goals. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K20A2
Hybrid Racing motor mounts
Hybrid Racing intake arm and filter
RBC intake manifold
K-Tuned header
RS*R Cat-Back exhaust
Hybrid Racing fuel rail
Hybrid Racing fuel lines and fittings
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Walbro fuel pump
Allinfab radiator
K-Tuned thermostat
K-Tuned filler neck
S2K clutch master cylinder
Hybrid Racing clutch line
Type S transmission
Hybrid Racing shifter box
Hybrid Racing shifter bushings
XTD Stage 2 clutch
Mugen coil cover
Mugen radiator cap
Mugen temp switch
Downstar Inc. engine bay kit
Downstar Inc. spikes
Wireworx tuck harness
K-Tuned conversion harness
Karcepts IACV block-off
Braille battery

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Suspension
Skunk2 Pro-S coilovers
Skunk2 front and rear camber kits
D2 toe adjusters

Resistance
Integra front and rear brakes
Power Stop brake pads
Driveway Performance tuck brake line kit

Wheels And Tires
Mugen M7, 16x8 +25
Falken Ziex 512 205/40-16

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Exterior
Habanero Red Pearl
Mugen front lip
Vision corner lights
EG6 headlights
EG6 power folding mirrors
EG6 thin side moldings
EG6 side markers
EG6 taillights
Duck-bill spoiler
New seals and trim

Interior
Recaro Speed front seats
Nardi steering wheel
NRG quick disconnect
EG6 gauge cluster
Hybrid Racing shift knob

Electronics
Hondata K-Pro

Props
Toni Downing, my team Kindred Impulse, Hybrid Racing, Allinfab, Wireworx, ODB Welding Werks, Driveway Performance, Velocity Trends

Owner Specs

Daily Grind
Advance Auto Parts

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Favorite Site
nwp4life.com

Screen name
rhdk20eg

Building Hondas
8 years

Dream Car
Acura NSX

Inspiration for this build
My team

Future builds
Don’t have one; this one takes all my money

Wheel Rebarreling and Customization

Over the past few years, the ability to not just repair but to modify and customize wheels has rapidly increased. Working with wheel barrel manufacturers, companies have made applicable shells, hoops, halves, and various types of lips more easily and readily available to the general enthusiast. What would have been either unable to be done or done for a cost far out of the reach of the average enthusiast before is now affordable and easily attainable as companies are popping up left and right offering wheel rebarreling and rebuilding services. This works out well for enthusiasts who love the older designs from companies such as BBS, Work, and Mugen, who are able to take that older style and give it some new-school flavor by going from a small straight lip to a larger and deeper lip, or even a stepped lip. This even works for multi-piece wheels that are not bolted but welded together. These types of wheels were generally considered trash when faced with a significant bend, but now enthusiasts can easily find a company that will take the wheel, separate the old barrel from the face, and weld on a new, forged barrel that will yield a completely one-off wheel with the diameter and offset the customer desires. As the “hellaflush” trend remains a steady presence in the community, you can bet you’ll be seeing more extreme combinations.

Sources

Hybrid Racing
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225-932-9588
http://www.hybridracing.com
Falken Tire
Fontana, CA 92335
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
K-Tuned
877-958-8633
http://www.k-tuned.com
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