Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

Checkerd Sports makes its mark on SEMA '19

Rodrez
Nov 9, 2019

Raul Ramirez is no stranger to the 5th generation Honda Civic family—his storied build history, some of which graced the pages of Honda Tuning, will tell you that much. His current build, perched right in front of one of the main entrances of the 2019 SEMA show, is a culmination of all the different skills he's developed over the years and it's without a doubt his best effort to date.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic hardrace livery Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

Owner of Checkerd Sports, Raul specializes in race-centric parts that are hand-crafted and almost always incorporate his signature dimple-die treatment. While many of the parts he offers are intended for the "EG" chassis, some are universal, and we've seen them used in street, time attack and even drag cars. More than just a rolling representation of his brand, this EG serves as a no-corners cut, complete track-ready build that, other than paint, was completely pieced together by Raul's two hands.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic k20 engine Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

Though he didn't tackle the actual paintwork, Raul did handle the custom metal work under the hood that includes those infamous dimples die additions which run along both sides of the bay and play off of the custom upper and lower radiator supports. Much of the sheetmetal has been reworked in one way or another.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic Rear Hatch Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

Encased in the shaved bay is a K20A Type R swap with an R Crew header and a Checkerd Sports titanium intake. Under the car you'll find more titanium with a custom-built exhaust system that runs straight down the center of the vehicle without any bends in its path, exiting through a pair of small canisters just beneath a half-cut factory bumper.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic apr carbon wing Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

The fabrication continues inside where Raul went all out with a complete roll cage that utilizes A and B-pillar gussets and includes a support system in the rear for the massive APR swan neck style wing with stands that slip through slots cut into the carbon kevlar roof skin. A Radium fuel cell is mounted inside and surrounded by additional cage work with a fill point located on the driver's side quarter panel.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic tracklife fender Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19
Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic jrz reservoir Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

Before the New Formula Red was applied, custom Track Life fenders and a front lip were added along with PCI sideskirts. After the paint was complete, all new OEM moldings were installed, P4P lexan side and rear windows replaced the factory glass and if something couldn't be purchased new, it was completely reconditioned to look factory fresh.

JRZ coilovers with external reservoirs are on duty front and rear and in the completely unseen department, you'll find a long list of Hardrace suspension components.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic Front Bumper Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19

As you might expect, Raul runs what he sells, and the majority of his parts line up is applied to this build, from the ECU and Rywire PDM mount, to the battery tie down and steering wheel boss, along with a host of other parts. His first foray into the SEMA build world is without question a huge success, and knowing his affinity for track days, we expect this build will turn plenty of laps in the near future.

Checkerd Sports 1992 Honda Civic Driver Side View Photo 21/21   |   SEMA 2019 Spotlight: 1992 Honda Civic EG4 #MTSEMA19
By Rodrez
784 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Preview Super Street's January 2020 issue, featuring engine swaps galore! Blown V-6 EG Civic & W20 MR2; 1st CARB-legal V-8 S14; SR20DET Toyota pickup; 2JZ Mustang; and more!
Super Street StaffNov 15, 2019
The Polestar 1 is a statement of purpose that illustrates Polestar's commitment to burgeoning technologies that, while currently imperfect, show a lot of promise for the future of sustainable motoring.
Bradley IgerNov 14, 2019
As much as we love the restomod aspect and the undeniably nice kick in power offered by this little red hatch, it's the execution that had everyone at SEMA talking about it.
RodrezNov 13, 2019
Visiting the Fortune Auto booth at SEMA 2019 revealed a project that Japanese Classics have been hard at work on for the last year and we couldn't get enough of it
RodrezNov 12, 2019
If you had seen Nick Higgins' hatchback in its previous form, you'd think most would've stopped there. But one day, Nick decided to redo it from scratch.
Jonathan WongNov 11, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP