Tom Says: I’ve been working on this car since I bought it new from the dealer about three years ago. My plan was to keep the setup simple — just slammed super-low and that’s it. But it didn’t work out that way. Every time I stare at this car, I feel like I need to upgrade something more. Maybe that’s what it is — if you’re into cars, you just can’t stop doing something you really love to do! You need to do progress over time to make the car look better and satisfy yourself. I’m really into Hondas, my first car was a ’94 Civic hatchback. I decided to build [the ’08 Si] because I really love the JDM Civic Type-R, but we’re not lucky enough to have it here in U.S. So I decided to get the USDM four-door Civic Si and do a Type-R body conversion. I really love this car and the feeling when VTEC engages — it’s awesome! I’ve done a lot of work, but there’s more to come. I plan on doing a paintjob soon and maybe a turbo or 2.4-liter swap.
We Say: Tom’s styling choices with his Civic are pretty cool, in our minds. We like the all-carbon front end, the gray paint looks very subtle with all the accent pieces and the wheel choice adds a nice little bit of flair. Also, having the CTR conversion done front and back isn’t something you see every day. We would love to see Tom continue to modify his suspension and powerplant, go toward the performance side of things and shy away from what appears to be borderline hellaflush tendencies.
Specs & Details
'08 Honda Civic Si
Engine Honda K20A DOHC inline-4
Engine Modifications Spoon Sports oil cap, radiator cap, valve cover & after-cat exhaust; Skunk2 racing camshafts; custom airbox; DC Sports race header; Motul oil
Engine Management Hondata flash pro; A’PEXi VAFC 2 VTEC controller
Suspension Skunk2 Pro Series coilovers, rear lower tie bar
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 17x8.5" Volk Racing Gramlights 57C wheels; 215/45R17 Toyo Proxes R1R tires
Exterior Civic Type-R body conversion (f/r); Seibon carbon-fiber hood, fenders, front lip, grille & trunk; Carbon Creations side splitters; ARC Magic winglets; J’s Racing carbon GT wing; JDM parking permit stickers; Speedzone tilt plate bracket; 3,000K HID kit (JDM yellow)
Interior Clarion touch screen head unit, speakers; Recaro reclinable seats; Takata 4-point harness; harness bar w/ custom camera mount; Spoon Sports shift knob; red steering wheel badge; JDM red hazard switch
Numbers 244 whp