Over the last few years the Honda community has started evolving into some questionable directions. Albeit a lot of the current trends like shaved engine bays painted different colors and super-low offset wheels are still better than the '90s junk, I still prefer a clean and usable car to an over the top show mobile. Pyng Thai's Si hatch demonstrates a style of tuning that has been all but forgotten, a style that is just begging to make a comeback.
The exterior mimics the classic JDM style popularized by his SGV homies the FF-Squad. There are no canards or GT wings to in sight, just smooth lines and properly fitting pieces. The car now wears a coat of Silverstone Metallic paint off a newer chassis Civic. Anyone looking to do a color change should take notes -sure it's not neon pink, but in two years when bright colors aren't the cool thing to do anymore, this Civic is still going to be hot.
To round out the outside of the car Pyng tossed on some of the best parts available for a Civic - Mugen, BYS and Vision. Parts like the corners and mirrors have gotten to the point where they don't even seem like mods anymore, it's just "the way" to build an EG. The front lip and rear wing have become increasingly popular in the last few years and many have entered a love or hate relationship with the erect spoiler. The Mugen muffler dubbed either the "teardrop" (USA) or "wing" (Japan) exhaust is at the top of many EG owner's holy grail lists. When you take these parts and slam them into proper stance on a set of white Mugen RNRs you have automotive perfection.
Thai continues this quality-over-quantity-no-bullshit approach in the engine bay. While it might not have every gizmo and gadget available, what it does have is top notch. While the valve cover might not look pretty, what's hiding beneath is sure to cause envy. The motor, a B18C Type R, has been improved with the help of names like Alaniz, Jun and Skunk2, all brands synonymous with power gains. Bolt-ons from Mugen, BDL, Koyo, Top Fuel and even Iceman (throwback!) finish off the power plant. Once tuned this setup is good for 215 HP, more than enough to get you into trouble with the law.
If you've been paying attention so far the interior mods like Mugen S1 buckets, a full JDM SiR-S interior conversion and Next Miracle X bar should come as no surprise. The car also features one of the seemingly trademarked Street Image Performance mods, a stack tachometer seamlessly integrated into the JDM SiR gauge cluster. It's baller, it's unique and it's functional without being flashy, just like the rest of the car. Did I mention I really like it?
Actually it's very difficult for me, even as an EG stickler, to find something about the car I don't like. This car actually makes me miss my last EG, it's that good. It has all the right parts in all the right places, no more, no less. Dare I say it's the perfect street car. None of the mods are tacky and this car will be just as dope ten years from now, which sadly can't be said for many of today's feature cars. I really hope to see more cars built like this in the future. It's everything an EG should be - it's JDM, it's on 15" Mugens, it's B-Series... it's timeless.
1995 Honda Civic Si
Owner pyng thai
Hometown montebello, ca
Occupation sales rep
Power 215 HP @ 9600 RPM 143 lb-ft @ 6700 RPM
Engine 1.8L DOHC VTEC B18C Type R; Assembled by LDL Speed Shop; bored .5mm over; Alaniz ported and polished head; Jun III camshafts; P30 pistons (JDM B16A); Skunk2 valve springs, retainers, cam gears; LDL Speed Shop intake manifold; RC Injectors; SARD fuel pressure regulator; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; BDL fuel rail; Iceman intake; Overbore.com throttle-body; Mugen second gen teardrop muffler, header, second gen oil cap, baffled oil pan, radiator cap; NGK spark plugs and wires; Omni power cat; Koyo radiator; Top Fuel/Zero 1000 Power Neo and Waterline; carbon-fiber spark plug cover
Drivetrain Y21 B16A Transmission; Type R LSD; ACT Clutch; OS Giken 1st gear and 4.9 final drive; Toda flywheel; Fastline shifter
Footwork & Chassis TEIN coilovers; Type R front and rear sway bars; Mugen front tower bar; NEXT Miracle X bar; Energy Suspension bushings; ASR rear subframe brace; Blox trailing arm bushing kit, front traction
Brakes Wilwood front calipers; Goodridge stainless lines; Hawk pads
Wheels & Tires 15X6.5" white Mugen RNR wheels wrapped in 205/50R15 Yokohama AVS ES100 tires (street) 13" Lenso wheels w/Mickey Thompson slicks (track)
Exterior Silverstone Metallic paint; shaved antenna, key holes and front license plate holes; Backyard Special FRP front lip and CF wing; JDM headlights, yellow fog lights, side markers, taillights, bronze glass, VTEC DOHC door stickers
Interior Mugen S1 bucket seats, shiftknob; JDM SiR-S complete rear interior, front door panels, gauge cluster, headliner; Stack tachometer fitted into cluster; OMP steering wheel; Civic Type RX pedals
Thanks you LDL Speed Shop, Almez, MP Motorsports, Pit Crew, Street Lightz, JHP USA, Street Image Performance, sorry if I'm missed anyone!
www jhpusa.com; mugen-power.com; tein.com; todaracing.com