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1988 Honda Civic Wagon - Sohc Damn Fine

World Renowned Drag Racer Bisi Ezerioha Builds Himself A 724whp War Wagon To Shut The Mouths Of All Who Doubted Him

Joey Lee
May 10, 2010

By now, you should all be very well-acquainted with this Honda Civic Wagon. If not, shame on you. We've spent the past few months documenting the build-up and even had Bisi Ezerioha himself take time out of his busy schedule to tell you all about it. Bisi is definitely one of the best in the business and is a very thorough guy. There are details that he has discussed in the six-part series that not even the great minds here at Super Street could explain to you correctly. Perhaps curiosity has struck you now and you have the sudden urge to see what Bisi has to say. If that's the case, we'll wait here while you go to the bathroom or wherever you keep your magazines so you can catch up. For those of you who are up-to-date or simply want the Cliff Notes version, you're in the right place.

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To call a Civic Wagon from the late 80s a "beast" would be, in most cases, a stretch of the imagination. They're not the most popular platform to build of off and they shouldn't be. It's a wagon, it's old and it's definitely outdated. The general public would think you a fool to even attempt to build it. The single-slammer that is the heart of this particular wagon is much the same: old, outdated and unpopular. In the broad spectrum that is the Honda community, B-, and now K-series is king. The D-series is usually tossed aside and left for dead.

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The engines that aren't tossed out usually end up in SOHC heaven, otherwise known to the world as Bisimoto Engineering. Though Bisi Ezerioha is handy with both single and dual overhead cam engines, he is mostly known for his ability to squeeze gobs of power out of naturally-aspirated single cams. He can do things to these engines that no one would ever think to do. Bisi has taken the single cam engine to new heights of competition.

A couple years ago, Bisi was asked by our crew to act as our representative in the Castrol Syntec Top Shop Challenge. It was an engine building challenge, which was ultimately won by another shop using a boosted set-up. Bisi hung in there with us and probably had the most unique engine build-up which was a naturally-aspirated F22A on pump gas that produced 360 horsepower. During the awards ceremony, Bisi was approached by another competitor (who shall remain nameless of course), who asked him why he chose to do an NA set-up. When it was explained to him, this mystery man scoffed and stated that the only reason Bisi built NA was because "that's all he knew".

It was that call-out that motivated Bisi to approach us about his next project - a completely street capable, force-fed, small-displacement powerhouse. When it was all said and done, the single-cam engine would make 650-700whp and run on regular pump gas. Oh, and it would find its home in an old Honda Civic Wagon. Why a wagon you ask? Well, simply because it's silly. The idea of a Civic Wagon that makes 700whp is almost as ridiculous as asking Jennifer Lopez to make a movie that anybody wants to watch.

Though Bisi has built many-a-turbocharged engine in the past, this build marked the first time where he assembled a complete vehicle based around a boost set-up. At the heart of this boosted wagon is a Golden Eagle-sleeved D16Z6 block and Bisimoto-spec Portflow-ported head. The fortified guts of the single cam D16 make it possible for the engine to withstand the 40 lbs. of boost unleashed by the Bisi-spec Turbonetics BTX6565 turbine. Making no effort to hide behind the modified Civic front bumper is a 28-inch wide Turbonetics/Spearco intercooler. This gigantic intercooler brings fresh air in while the biggest blowoff valve ever aka the Turbonetics Godzilla, is used to relieve boost pressures. Spent exhaust gas is sent to the custom 3.5'' exhaust pipe where it exits through a Burns 3.5 inch 2-stage muffler.

Managing this high boost set-up is a plethora of AEM electronics. The AEM EMS acts as the brains of the entire operation while the unique individual coil-over-plug set-up eliminates the use for a standard OEM distributor. All these new electronics meant a large bulk of new wires, luckily Ryan Basseri from Rywire was able to come in, build a new harness, and do a custom mil-spec set-up. Not only is this the most powerful Civic Wagon ever, it also has the cleanest bay a Wagon owner will ever see.

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Once the engine was ready-to-go, Bisi had to focus on the 22-year-old chassis. Age had definitely taken its toll on the old Civic so a fresh re-paint was needed. Bisi dropped off the faded white body at Rueda Custom Paint and Body where Luis Rueda stripped and repainted the entire chassis in "Bisimoto Electric Blue". The color may look familiar because it shares the same multi-stage blue hue as the Bisimoto drag Insight. Other than the addition of a Wek'Sos CR-X front lip and JDM EF mid-wing, the exterior remains mostly stock. The subtlety of the exterior carries over to the cabin as well. This is a street car after all and the creature comforts of the 80s-era wagon still exist. All seats and door panels have been carefully restored and look as they did when the wagon rolled off the showroom floor. The only noticeable modification is Steen Chassis roll cage and even that is neatly tucked away, barely visible to the casual eye. Lurking in the trunk is a tank for the AEM water methanol kit. The pump for it lies in the spare tire well.

A capable suspension set-up is definitely essential to get 700whp to the ground. Normal Civic Wagon axles definitely aren't designed to handle that type of power so Insane Shafts was called-upon for their heavy-duty D-series units. Ride height adjustability is made available via Progress coilovers and all the crusty bushings that once kept the suspension together are long gone with all new Energy Suspension pieces in its place. The aggressive stance is attributed to the custom 15x8 Bisimoto-Spin Werkes "Fighter Special" wheels. The spun aluminum barrels and forged centers are strong enough for race duty, super lightweight, and has enough lip that any wheel-junky can appreciate.

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To say that Bisi is an "outside-the-box" type of guy would be a true understatement. He's made a name for himself in the industry by making power out of engines that are otherwise thought of as junk. Just because he's targeted a niche market doesn't mean that he can't build anything else. This Civic Wagon is a perfect example of that. Someone doubted his ability to build anything not naturally-aspirated, and he came up with this boosted monster. Not only that, he did it in a manner to show his doubters how absurd their claims were by building something that's (in all due respect) equally as absurd. From our time spent with Bisi, we've learned that this build-up transcends the idea that this is an old, 1988 Civic Wagon. It is way more than that; it's nothing anyone would have expected and completely Bisi.

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1988 Honda Civic 2WD Wagon
Owner Bisi Ezerioha
Hometown Ontario, CA
Occupation Mating Efficiency With Technology Perfection

Power 708whp and 487lb-ft w/91 octane and AEM water methanol injection; 724whp and 500lb-ft w/Torco 108 octane and AEM water methanol injection; tuned on Bisimoto Engineering's Dynapack 4000 series

Engine 1995 1.6L Honda D16Z6; Bisimoto cam gear, springs, titanium retainers, Level 3.6 camshaft, heat shielding gasket, custom H-beam steel rods, adjustable oil cap and reservoir socks, Bisimoto Prototype top-mount twin-scroll manifold, Bisimoto-Turbonetics BTX6565 water-cooled turbocharger; Supertech stainless steel intake valves, inconel exhaust valves; Golden Eagle head gasket, sleeves, intake manifold, 90-deg. FPR relocation bracket; Arias 9:1 75.5mm pistons; Honda bearings; stock ported oil pump; K&N oil filter; AEM oil pressure gauge; Hasport D-series EF engine mounts; Skunk2 68mm throttle-body; T1 1000cc Injector Dynamics squirters; AEM fuel rail, pressure regulator, pressure gauge and water-methanol kit; -6AN fuel lines, OEM return lines; Kinsler Monster Mesh fuel filter; dual 255lph fuel pumps in series, in-tank and inline; Turbonetics RG-45 wastegate, Godzilla BOV, 3'' Intercooler piping, Turbonetics/Spearco 5-364 intercooler (3.5''x10.5''x28'' wide); -3an oil feed line; -10an oil return; Burns Stainless 3.5'' 2-stage muffler; 3.5'' aluminum exhaust piping; ATI Super Damper; custom dual-pass Griffin radiator; Buddy Club radiator cap; 8'' slim fan; NGK BKR8EIX iridium spark plugs; Torco SR-1 racing 10w-40 oil

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Drivetrain Bisimoto/Evolution aluminum flywheel and sandwich plate; Torco gear box oil; D15B VTEC transmission; Spec D-series twin-disk clutch and flywheel assembly; Hasport hydro-to-cable mechanical conversion kit; Skunk 2 short shifter; Insane Shafts D-series axle kit

Engine Management AEM 6040 Gen 2 EMS, UEGO, Twin Fire ignition, COP EPM, pencil coils, serial gauge, boost control solenoid, and 5 bar map sensor; MSD digital Boost-a-pump PN 2351; Power XS S680 battery, Rywire mil/spec wiring

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Footwork & Chassis Progress Series 1 coilover suspension; Progress Honda EF sway bar; Progress Spherical Solid control arm Bearings; Energy Suspension Hyper-Flex bushings

Brakes Fast Brakes lightweight 2-piece rotor assembly

Wheels & Tires 15x8 Bisimoto-Spin Werkes "Fighter Special" (0 offset front/-6 offset rear); 195/45-15 Toyo Proxes T1R (For high boost); 195/50-15 Toyo Extensa HP (For low boost); Buddy Club Racing lug nuts

Exterior "Bisimoto Blue" multi-stage paint; Wek'Sos CR-X front lip; JDM EG mid-wing; Type 2 graphics; Golden Eagle rear tow hook

Interior Steen Chassis "Cage-Tuck" 5-point rollcage with removable driver's side kidney bar; reupholstered stock interior with denim inserts

Thanks You God; the staff at Super Street; Hedi, Justin and staff at Bisimoto; John (x3), Devin, Kirk, Greg, Nate and Scott at AEM; Reggie and Brad at Turbonetics; Laurie, Steve, Debbie and Alex at WebCam; Beeri and Carmen at Arias; Cheri, Beverly, Bob, Fernando and Robert at Golden Eagle; Al and Turtle at Evolution; Tom at Portflow; Alex at Action; Jeff and Ed at Progress; Jack Burns; Jeremiah at Type 2; JC and Ricky at ATI; Brad, Fernando, Scott and Ramon at NRH; The Chronicles; Big Mike; Ryan at Rywire; Ernie and Ned at Torco; Brian and Hasport; Albert and Julio at L&T; Santos Jr.; Scott and John at Dynapack, James at SF; onecamonly.com; Hideki, and Julie at Toyo; Bob and Shane at CarCraft; Nestor at K&N; Danny and Shelly at Spec; Aaron at Driftmotion; Dr and Lolo E.M.E Ezerioha; Uncle Pius; John Y at American Honda; Kris at NGK; Gary and Jason at Steen Chassis; Society of Automotive Engineers; the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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