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1999 Honda Civic Si - Lesson Earned

Eighth time's the charm…

Brian McGurk
Mar 8, 2013 SHARE
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8.92@171mph

"I was never planning on keeping the car." That's what Jake Blackman of Scottsdale, Arizona, told us about his new (to him) '99 Si all the way back in the early 2000s. Jake's hustle is flipping cars—buy low, fix up, then sell for a profit. Funny thing is, that's exactly how he stumbled upon this Si. He recalls, "I had an Integra that I got carried away with and after selling a few things, I ended up with this." Jake's coupe was a one-owner car already sporting an aftermarket turbo kit. It was Jake's first boosted Honda, and over nearly a decade, he's grown into this monster.

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Who wouldn't love a boosted, numbers-matching '99 Si? No one, but for Jake, it just wasn't enough. "I used to take it to the track every now and again, but I got bit and wanted to go faster." Jake started with the standard upgrades like tuning and putting the car on a diet, but until he went to a Garrett 42R, it was always a street car. "I remember running my first 9. I drove to the track, changed slicks, ran a 9.99 first pass, then got kicked out and drove home! After that I decided to make it a dedicated SFWD track car." That was a few years back, and Jake went through a ton of engine and turbo combos before getting into a groove with his current setup. He adds, "It was always trial and error. I was always the guinea pig." Jake's test subject status came with some big-name help from the guys at Full Race, RC's Garage, Locash Racing, and others; all personal friends from his hometown.

Jake's eighth and current incarnation started with a full teardown to a bare shell and a full bay shave followed by a fresh coat of Milano red. In his eyes, what good was running single digits if the car didn't look good doing it? The front end was swapped out for a full Exospeed single-piece sporting quick-release Dzus fasteners to cut some weight, add some girth, and improve airflow. Beyond the front end and the addition of a carbon-fiber sunroof plug with matching hood and trunk, the rest of the body was left untouched.

Jake had previously swapped out the B16 bottom end for a Darton-sleeved B18C1 alternative, ditching the stock components for something that could handle the power he was going to throw at it. While he did contemplate going the K route, he wanted to stick with what he knew. "I always said I was going to sell it, so I didn't want it that nuts. Plus, I knew B-series cars." With his heart in a B block he called up some friends at Full Race who came through with a twin scroll top-mount turbo manifold to support the monstrous Precision 7280 turbocharger. Full Race's dual backdoor intercooler with custom 3-inch piping keeps the whole system at its proper temp range. The huge turbo shoves fresh air through a Kinsler intake manifold and 90mm throttle body before eight ID 1,000cc fuel injectors spew q16 into the combustion chamber creating an optimal mixture for the NGK plugs to kaboom. Jake's setup, paired with an aggressive tune has netted him over 1,000 whp. Putting all of that power to the tarmac comes courtesy of an Albins transmission stuffed with a Wavetrac diff and matching Competition clutch and flywheel. Custom Driveshaft Shop axles twist power to the 15x10 Exospeed dual beadlock racing wheels dressed in 26-inch Mickey Thompson rubbers. Drag cars can't run stock brakes, and after using the OEM pieces for half a decade, they were swapped out for Wilwood single-piston calipers clamping Fastbrake pads over matching 10-inch Fastbrake rotors

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Jake put the Civic on a diet when it was still a street car, but when a 10th of a second can be the difference between winning or losing, he went to the next level, pulling all of the rear interior, carpet and plastic, leaving only the front section of the cabin intact, and installed a Kirkey drag seat and stylish Vertex wheel. Helping to keep Jake safe at 150 mph plus is a 10-point chromoly rollcage and a Simpson safety net.

In 2012, Jake didn't have a very heavy season in the SFWD game, but with the setup he's got now, he hit an 8.92 at a blistering 171 mph—an impressive time no matter what tire size he's running. Jake's already got the Civic torn back down for it's ninth build, and will be sporting a new turbo and some other custom goodies, so by the time you read this, summer in the Southwest will be long over and the racing season will be in full swing. That means this Civic should be chasing and possibly breaking records at a track near you!

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Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18C1 block
B16A head
Hondata S300
HaSport Solid mounts
CP pistons with upgraded wristpins
Manley Performance I-beam connecting rods
Full Race twin scroll top-mount T4 turbo manifold
Kinsler intake manifold
Full Race cam gears
Full Race Dual Back Door Race intercooler
Skunk2 Pro 1 camshafts
Ferrea valves
Ferrea valvesprings
Ferrea retainers
Ferrea keepers
Injector Dynamics 1,000cc fuel injectors, x 8
Kinsler fuel rail
Aeromotive fuel filter Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Precision 7280 turbocharger
Custom headlight intake tube
Custom 4-inch up-pipe (upside-down pipe)
Wilson 90mm throttle body
TiAL 50mm blow-off valve
TiAL 44mm wastegate, x2
Dual Bosch 044 fuel pumps
Downstar motor mount hardware kit
Darton MID sleeves with O-ring
OEM JDM ITR crankshaft
OEM JDM ITR shifter
OEM JDM ITR shift linkage
JDL Auto Design custom catch can
Full Race Civic half radiator
RC's Garage custom -16 AN radiator lines
RC's Garage timing belt tensioner
RC's Garage custom valve cover
RC's Garage custom fuel lines
ARP head studs
Mayhem Metal Werkz custom IC piping
Mayhem Metal Werkz custom ignition mount
Vibrant clamps
T1 M&W ignition setup
Crane ignition coils
Albins transmission
Competition Clutch triple disc clutch
Competition Clutch flywheel
Wavetrac differential
Driveshaft Shop pro level axle shafts
Driveshaft Shop pro level intermediate shaft

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Suspension
Omnipower Drag coilovers Full Race ProAM traction bar Hard Race front LCA bushings Adjustable front upper control arm Resistance Fastbrakes 10-inch brake rotors Fastbrakes performance pads Wilwood one-piston caliper DOT 5 brake fluid RC's Garage custom brake lines Fastbrakes drag brake kit

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Wheels & Tires
Front: 15x10-inch Exospeed Star 8 wheels, 26x10-15 Mickey Thompson
Rear: 15x4-inch Exospeed Star 8 wheels, 24.5x3.5-15 M&H Racemaster tires

Exterior
Exospeed Racing front end
Carbon-fiber sunroof plug
Carbon-fiber hood
Carbon-fiber trunk

Interior
10-pt chromoly rollcage
Kirkey aluminum drag seat
Simpson safety net
Vertex 10 Star steering wheel
Skunk2 shift knob

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Electronics
Hondata PWM boost controller
Hondata S300 engine management
Hondata S300 data logger
Auto Meter oil pressure gauge
Auto Meter boost gauge
Auto Meter voltage gauge
NGK wideband sensor
Lithium 16v XS power battery
Mayhem Metal Werkz custom battery mount
Brian Thomas custom wiring harness

Props Henry Ong @ OngSport, Aaron Teague @ Teague Speed Racing, RC Chacon @ RC's Garage, Jose Chacon @ RC's Garage, Joe Sawyer @ Locash Racing, Paul Perez, Jeff Campbell, Ahmed Sulfab, Nick Denman, Jesse Brozyna, Brian Thomas, Terry Froelich, Richard Yan, Raul Gonzalez @ Advanced Race Techniques, Aaron Garcia @ G Fab, Shane Simmons, Geoff and Faine Raicer (and turbodog), Hondata, Performance CNC, UMS Tuning, FSC Fab, T1 Race Development, Cortney Green, Clutchmasters, Sticker Lab, Vibrant, Downstar Bolts, Future Fab, Competition Clutch. I definitely missed people; I've owned this car for nine years and rebuilt it so many times with so many people helping out that it's impossible to list everybody.

Owner Specs

Daily grind
Hustling cars

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Favorite site
AZLuxuryDirect.com

Screen name
InDub

Building Hondas
11 years

Dream car
Pagani Zonda R

Inspiration for this build
I love going fast, pushing limits, heads-up drag racing, and looking good doing it

Future builds
Get my Evo to the next level and then start another monster build (undecided…but definitely something else to put the smack down!)

A Perfect Storm

Everyone’s got “a guy” or, if you’re lucky, “a shop” that you can turn to for help. Jake has about 15 guys and around half a dozen shops at his disposal. Oh, did we mention that the guys are some of best drag racers and parts makers from both coasts? Just looking at his local region, Scottsdale, near Phoenix, you’ll find some of the best performance shops around. Names like Locash Racing and RC’s Garage are a stone’s throw away, and just up the road are Full Race and HaSport. Jake adds, “It’s awesome! Everything is right there.”

The only downside is that for the past few years, Jake’s Civic has been somewhat of a guinea pig for the Arizona drag scene. “There’s a ton of history in this car, with a lot of people, and we always experimented. We never did it right the first time.” Although this Honda’s been torn down almost a dozen times, Jake’s not complaining. And with a group of friends like that, who would?

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Sources

HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
Injector Dynamics
214-607-9022
http://www.injectordynamics.com
Exospeed Racing Products
http://www.exospeed.com
Full Race
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-437-2101
http://www.full-race.com
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