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2000 Honda Civic SiR Sedan - The Heirloom Chassis

Aug 3, 2012
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Have you ever wondered what Honda enthusiasts are doing in other parts of the world? Now we’re not just talking about the different regions of our country, nor are we referring to the land of the rising sun—where we take so much inspiration. No, we’re referring to areas of the globe that don’t get as much exposure when it comes to customizing, building, and tuning various Honda chassis. We found a few guys in the Philippines, as well as Germany, and the UK, who are building some interesting cars. Enjoy!

Regional influence plays a major factor in the majority of Honda builds across the country, even yours. Whether you know it or not, subconsciously, all of the hours you spend clicking through the web have unknowingly placed a certain bias toward particular styles or trends that might come from any corner of the world. Freethinkers will often ignore the birthplace of their favorite modifications and instead focus on putting their own spin on things.

Hailing from Quezon City—one of 17 cities that make up Metropolitan Manila, the country’s most populous region—Michael Angelo Gonzales-Lim has pieced together a four-door Civic that pulls bits of inspiration from just about everywhere. In fact, look past the right- or left-hand-drive aspect, and this sedan would seem right at home in countless regions of the U.S., Japan, or any other country with a hint of Honda aftermarket enthusiasm.

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What started out as a second-hand daily driver for his father has developed into a long-term build for Michael after the sedan was handed down to him. However, his father still plays a major part in the build. Early on, basic mods were thrown at the car that included custom headwork, and even some time on the dragstrip with a very respectable E.T. of 12.83. In 2007, two major events pushed the sedan to the back burner. The first being that Michael and his family purchased an EK9 with aspirations of building a neck-breaker, and all attention was turned toward the hatchback. The second, and unquestionably the most intense, was a flood that drenched the entire city with a waterline that reached the seat level of the Civic! Down but not out, the car was salvaged from nature’s wrath but still sat off to the side as more time and money was put into the EK9. In 2009, a visit from Ondoy, a tropical typhoon that wreaked havoc on the entire Metro Manila region, claimed three of Michael’s chassis. But once again, the sedan made it through the onslaught.

After a number of car shows and trophies with the EK, Michael couldn’t help but pick up a wrench and turn his focus back to his beloved sedan. He adds, “This was officially the start of its engine bay transformation. We had a local shop fix some of the damages from the storm, and some of the wires were tucked away, but it wasn’t enough for my Dad! The engine bay was still cluttered. One day we saw a picture of a tucked engine bay in Honda Tuning and thought we could do it ourselves. It was a slow and tedious ordeal, and the SiR totally became my Dad’s guinea pig.” The father and son team ordered a number of parts from the U.S. and continued cleaning up the engine bay from top to bottom.

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“It was a lot of hard work, but my dad really wanted to pursue this since none of the cars in the Philippines were doing such a thing. We think it might have been the first.” To enhance the look of the ultra-clean bay, a fresh coat of white paint would provide contrast to the Passion Orange exterior paint and highlight all of their hard work. And all of that hard work paid off as their SiR took home a few trophies during its unveiling at the Manila Auto Salon, the Philippines’ largest auto event, and the car has caused quite stir.

After daily driving, a bit of drag racing, surviving two major storms, and eventually a complete makeover, we asked Michael what was next. “We plan to keep the car as long as we can. Maybe we’ll enter it in a car show again in 30 years, when it can qualify as vintage!”

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Innovative Race motor mounts
82mm Arias pistons
12:1 compression
Eagle rods
Port, polish, 5-angle valve job
JDM ITR cams
Crower valvesprings, Crower titanium retainers
Spoon Sports cam gears
Injen intake piping
HKS filter
Skunk2 74mm throttle body, Skunk2 solenoid cover
Spoon Sports exhaust manifold
Custom 2.5-inch exhaust by Brodeth
Custom test pipe
AEM fuel rail, AEM fuel filter
B&M regulator
Exedy organic clutch, Exedy flywheel
Close-ratio gearset
Koyo radiator
Spoon Sports radiator hoses, Spoon Sports radiator cap, Spoon Sports radiator stay, Spoon Sports spark plug wires
Gates timing belt
Custom breather tank
FAL Flex-a-lite fan
Custom ECU

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BC Racing coilovers, BC pillowball mounts
Spoon Sports shock tower bar
ASR rear subframe brace
Beaks rear tie-bar
Skunk2 front/rear camber kits
Function7 LCAs
Energy Suspension bushings

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Spoon Sports calipers
Glanz drilled/slotted discs
Tanabe brake pads
Motul Dot 4
Earl’s stainless lines
JDM ITR master cylinder, JDM ITR brake booster
Custom brake line tuck

Wheels and Tires
Volk Racing CE28 16x7 +42
Advan Neova 205/40-16
Rays Engineering Duranuts

Passion Orange paint
HC Racing carbon-fiber hood, HC Racing carbon-fiber trunk, HC Racing carbon-fiber lip
OEM CTR front grille, OEM CTR headlights
Raybrig foglights
Craft Square side mirrors
Benen towhook

Recaro SR3 seats, Recaro wrapped rear seats
Takata 4-pt harnesses
Spoon Sports gauge cluster, Spoon Sports shift knob, Spoon Sports steering wheel
NRG quick-release hub
Sparco pedals
Spoon Sports blue wide-view mirror

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Defi Advance control, Defi oil pressure gauge, Defi water temp gauge, Defi air/fuel gauge
Pivot shift light, Pivot Raizin volt stabilizer, Pivot grounding kit

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