Atank, according to webster's dictionary, is either: "a large receptacle for holding, transporting or storing liquids (as water or fuel)" or "an enclosed heavily-armed and armored combat vehicle". A tank, according to any honda enthusiast, is a flat green eg civic owned by mike g. Ironically, in the case of this hatch, any definition actually fits the car quite well, doggie.
Obviously the name tank came about because of the color of the car. Although there are many clones today and urban green has become a household paint color, back in 2002 few people even knew the color existed. The surge in popularity among the import crowd is a direct result of mike g's now infamous eg6 tank. But aside from the rad paint color this car is all that and a box of milkbones and has been on top of the game for years.
During the early 2000's the honda boom was reaching it's peak with clean jdm styling emerging as the cool way to tune. Everyone was ditching their wild body kits for oem jdm parts and two-tone interiors clad with stereo gear were being replaced with racing buckets and rollcages. This was arguably the golden (retriever) age for civics and integras, when everyone was trying to out-do one another. In these days it really took the right pedigree to take home best in show.
The tank was always one such car to be examined over and over again. The car was a purebreed straight from the start with only the dopest goodies attached. Chances are if you're driving a civic today many of the trends you are into are thanks to cars like the tank. The difference though between the tank and the other "untouchables" is that the tank is still around today - and better than ever.
In 2006, the tank suffered from an oil pump failure and mike was left with two options - either put the car down or give the tank a full makeover. In the end mike decided to ditch the rabid turbo setup and start over from scratch with intentions of building a na screamer. With the help of rs machines and alaniz racing the rebuild was underway.
Fast forward four years and the super tank has emerged from the dog house. With a wider stance, more custom parts and a level of detail never before seen, this version of the tank is mike's favorite. "if i could go back to when i first built the car i would have done a lot of things differently. With this rebuild we made sure everything was done correctly and we resolved all the stuff about the car that always bothered me. I can finally say i'm 100% happy with her."
Once the machining was done the engine was treated to a proverbial doggie bag of parts from skunk2 and bdl. The final assembly yeileded a 2.0l monster capable of biting as loud as it barks. The motor laps up gasoline via walbro and rc engineering fuel components while a koyo radiator has been assigned all panting duties. To keep tank's paws from peeling out with all the power an itr lsd and clutch specialties clutch were also installed.
But let's not forget this time around mike focused on the whole car, not just the engine. Mike hooked up some serious wilwood brakes in custom orange for yanking back on the choke chain. Fancier footwork has been managed thanks to function form and eibach. The entire undercarriage has been redone with copious amounts of powdercoating for tank's next trick, learning how to roll over.
On the outside of the car tank has been reconstructed using only the finest jdm pieces from charge speed and j's racing. Lr autobody was given grooming duties and had to paint the new goodies. They did a great job ensuring that tank's new coat blended seamlessly into the original one provided by mob works. No fleas, ticks or mange are anywhere in sight.
They say every dog has its day and we're proud to debut the new and improved tank. Looks like you can teach an old dog new tricks. It's been a long time coming and all jokes aside, the car couldn't be owned by a nicer guy. Mike has been around, seen cars come and go and all the while kept one of the best hondas ever built on the road. For this, we salute you... doggie.
Things You Can't Do, Unless You're Mike G
1992 Honda Civic CX
Owner Mike Ghadimi
Hometown Orange County, CA
Engine 2.0L naturally-aspirated B18C1; engine build by RS Machines, sleeved and bored to 84.5mm, 89mm stroke, 11.9:1 pistions; head port and polish by Alaniz Racing; Skunk2 PRO2 cams, PRO series intake manifold, valvesprings, retainers, header, radiator cap; BDL cam gears, timing belt, 72mm throttle-body, fuel rail, fuel pressure regulator, misc clamps; CTR crank pulley; Innovative engine mounts; Go-Autoworks 3'' intake, oil catch can; walbro 255lph fuel pump; RC Engineering 440cc injectors; Chasebays custom fuel line and grounding kit; Blox fuel pressure gauge; custom Street Image 3''' v-band exhaust w/Burns Stainless muffler, Street Image custom fan shroud; NGK spark plugs; MSD external coil; BAKER battery; Koyo aluminum radiator shaved and polished by Mag Master; Rywire Mil.Spec engine harness; custom Plan B billet valve cover w/removable timing cover; Vibrant Performance Scavenger oil cap; Password:JDM dress up bolts and hood dampers; powdercoated engine block and transmission
Drivetrain GSR Y80 transmission built by Street Image; ITR LSD; ATS 4.9 final drive; Clutch Specialties 6-puck clutch and custom flywheel
Engine Management Hondata S300 tuned by Elton @ Raceline; Blox water temp, oil pressure and fuel pressure gauges; A'PEXi VAFC2
Footwork & Chassis Function Form front coilovers w/800lb springs; Eibach drag rear coilovers w/1000lb springs; Skunk2 PRO front camber kit; Blox rear camber kit, 22mm sway bar w/endlinks; Mugen front strut bar; custom ASC 8-point rollcage and rear strut bar; Ramsin engineering rear LCA and subframe brace w/lower tie bar; Energy Suspension bushings; powdercoated sub frame, knuckles, UCAs, LCAs, trailing arms and steering racky
Wheels & Tires custom powdercoated 16X7'' Enkei PF01 wheels w/215/45R16 Falken Azenis RT-615 tires; ARP extended studs; Blox lug nuts; 20mm front spacers
Exterior BMW Z4 Urban Green paint originally by MOB Works w/newly repainted sections by LR Auto Body; Charge Speed +20mm front fenders and lip, Go-Autoworks rear diffuser; J's Racing rear wing and air duct; JDM EG6 headlights; Vision smoked amber corners; Password:JDM smoked side markers; Spoon style mirrors; Circuit Hero rear tow hook; decals by Jprint
Interior STÄTUS Kevlar seats; Wedge Engineering seat brackets; MOMO steering hub and steering wheel; NRG quick-release; Judgement shift knob; Mugen pedals; JDM EG6 gauge cluster; optional audio console and arm rest; custom door panels; custom gauge pod by Street Image
Thanks You GOD, my beautiful son KENJI who inspired me to finish TANK, my wonderful family, my dear friend Jon Tanji aka DOHC Garage (rip) miss you doggie! Eric @ Street Image, Ryan@Rywire, Greg @ Go-Autoworks, Donavan @ Vibrant Performance, Yosi @ Jprint, Louis @ LR Auto Body, Nick @ BDL, Tony & Aaron @ Skunk2 Racing, Mike & Greg @ Plan:B Motorsports, Preston & Rob @ F2 Autolife, Robbie & Nick @ Blox Racing, Dan @ Builtmotorsportswear, Sinath @ Ramsin Engineering, Freddie @ Autofashion, Cody @ Status Racing, Leo, Steve & Brad @ Passwordjdm, Matt @ JCB Motorsport, Javier @ Hondata, Alex @ Enkei Wheels, John & Russ @ RC Engineering, Dave & Mike @ RS Machines, Bisi @ Bisimoto Engineering, Chase @ Chasebays, Tim @ Innovative Mounts, Brandon @ Autolifetv, Gabe & Dana @ ASC Speed Metal, Joey @ Chronicles, Jag @ Judgement, Tom & Liz @ Magmasters, Elton @ Raceline, Ricardo for detailing TANK, Kyle Smoot for mini TANK, Ken @ Mainstream Productions, Super Street magazine