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1997 Honda Civic - Smackdown

The owners of this 600+hp Civic don’t have a problem with you talking smack.

Jul 24, 2012
Photographer: Jonathan Wong
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It’s pretty damn easy to think this Honda Civic is just another show car. It’s super-slammed and rocks a pink engine bay. But don’t judge a book by its cover because it was built to win. It’s not a trailer queen that only gets dusted off for shows. It’s daily-driven and quite possibly one of the quickest whips commuting on the streets of Honolulu. And according to the owners JR and Shelly Ordonez, the project wouldn’t have even started without some encouragement from your typical haters.

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“Years ago, I came across a picture of an EK that looked exactly like my car when it was still silver and just a K-swap. I took that picture and posted it on the local Hawaii Honda forum because I admired it. Then, someone who I always saw on cruises quoted the post, called me a poser and said I was just dreaming. That right there motivated me,” JR smiled.

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The next day, JR ordered all the necessary parts for boost with an AFI turbo kit for his K20Z1 motor. After installing all the hardware in his garage, he brought the car down to Seth Stubenburge from Import Dynamics to get it tuned. The resulting numbers were nothing short of amazing—614hp and 406 lb-ft, and that’s with stock internals ladies and gentlemen.

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“Right after the tune, I brought my car off the Dynojet and had my first race that night with the guy who called me out,” he told us. “I just so happened to see him on the road while testing out the car.” You can already guess the end result…

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JR continued to tell us that he likes toying with any car that thinks they can stomp on his Civic, even motorcycles. Because the island of Oahu has no racetrack, he takes advantage and races on the few quiet strips of highway and industrial roads when he can. JR concluded, “Having haters is a good form of motivation. To the haters, keep drinking that hatorade!”

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1997 Honda Civic
Owner: JR & Shelly Ordonez
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Occupation: Electronic Technician, DJ, Student
Power: 614hp, 406lb-ft of torque
Engine: K20Z1 engine swap; Hasport EKK1 motor mounts; RBC intake manifold; ITR throttle body; Karcepts throttle cable; AFI GT35R turbo kit, tubular side-mount manifold, 3" downpipe, wastegate dump tube and intercooler; TiAL 44mm wastegate and 50mm blow-off valve; HKS exhaust; Golden Eagle fuel rail; adjustable FPR; 1000cc RC injectors; dual Walbro 255lph in-tank fuel pumps; Koyo radiator; FAL slim fan; Skunk2 oil cap; valve cover powdercoated Championship White; Odyssey battery
Drivetrain: Six-speed JDM ITR transmission with LSD; Spec clutch; Hasport stage 3 axles; Buddy Club RSC adjustable shifter box; Karcepts shifter mounting kit
Engine Management: Hondata K-PRO; GReddy Profec-B boost controller and turbo timer
Footwork & Chassis: Tein coilovers; Skunk2 front camber kit; Function 7 lower control arms; ASR subframe; JIC lower tie bar; Cusco six-point rollcage
Brakes: Spoon calipers
Wheels & Tires: 16x8" Volk Racing Limited Edition Time Attack TE37 wheels; 205/40 R16 Nitto NeoGen tires; ARP extended studs
Exterior: ’00 front and rear conversion; Backyard Special front bumper; JDM EK9 side markers and thin side moldings, Civic Type R headlights, tail lights, rear lip, front grille and rear wing; Spoon mirrors; painted Championship White with Hot Hues pink engine bay
Interior: Recaro seats; Takata four-point harnesses; JDM Civic Type R steering wheel, red carpet, floor mats, coin pocket and shift boot; Si cluster; power windows; Defi gauges; RSX rear seats
Thanks You: Clyde Fernandez, Erinn Baysa, Nevin Miguel-Santos, Kaika Romero, Pip Ordonez, Chezz Ramos Diaz, Patrick Domingo, Dennis Urbano, Kevin Arucan, Hector and Everyone else from the Racing Pretty Family, friends and family, Seth Stubenberg and everyone else at Import Dynamics, Ross Maeshiro JSPL/JSPIRIT, Colin Waki Dochresearch, Green Bottle Productions, John Davis, AFI Turbo, JHPUSA, Apuya Body Shop

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