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The Road To Super Lap, Part 4 — Heart Transplant

Smog-legal B18C Type-R engine swap.

Sean Klingelhoefer
Jun 26, 2012
Photographer: Neill Bachand
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Up to this point, Leroy’s progress has been moving fairly slowly, but with the footwork and cabin fairly well-sorted it’s time to add some power! “Finally” I can hear you thinking. Keeping in mind this car is being built on a measly editor’s salary and the car needs to remain street-legal, a killer K-Swap was out the question, and so I opted for the next best thing—the legendary B18C from a JDM Integra Type-R.

Sstp 1207 02+the road to super lap part 4+engine Photo 2/42   |   1 This is the last time Leroy’s engine bay will be occupied by a single-cam. The motor served me well and will be going to a new loving home soon.

Putting out around 200hp at the flywheel the ITR swap should provide roughly double the power of the worn-out single cam. After doing some shopping around I eventually picked up a clean ’96-Spec swap from Moshi Moshi Motors in Gardena, CA. So without further delay, follow along as I transform the JDM motor to CA smog compliancy and stuff it in Leroy!

2016 Honda Civic
$18,640 Base Model (MSRP) 27/40 MPG Fuel Economy
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Sstp 1207 19+the road to super lap part 4+odds and ends Photo 19/42   |   14 With the harness in place it’s time to slap the remaining odds and ends back together and shoehorn this bad boy!
Sstp 1207 30+the road to super lap part 4+axles Photo 29/42   |   22 Although my swap came from Moshi Moshi with axles, I decided not to risk it and grabbed a set of new axles from Hasport. I opted for the road-race prep version that uses higher-temp grease than standard units.
Sstp 1207 42+the road to super lap part 4+installed engine Photo 42/42   |   31 Leroy lives! That’s all for now, next stop is the state ref for a BAR examination then it’s time to hit the dyno and the track to see what kind of gains we’ve made.


Buddy Club USA
Ontario, CA 91761
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Toda Racing
Irvine, CA 92618
Torrance, CA 90501
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Irvine, CA 92618
Street Lightz
Arcadia, CA 91006
Moshi Moshi Motors
By Sean Klingelhoefer
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