In 2012, we had the pleasure of meeting Kazuhiro Furukawa, the founder of Osaka JDM. Furukawa-san has become one of the most beloved Honda legends of the last several years. He’s had a knack for building dope old-school Hondas that stem from kanjo racing – you know, the stuff we think only happens in video games and movies, but Furukawa-san and his circle of close friends were notorious for 3 A.M. night runs on the Osaka Expressway racing through traffic in full ‘caged street cars. While we can’t confirm or deny he or his customers still race, he’s continued to create dope projects and is also a regular at the track. We respect him a great deal for keeping the old-school Honda spirit alive in Japan.
Furukawa-san has always been a bit underground but with the success and exposure of his business, he setup shop at Tokyo Auto Salon for the first time this year. This particular EF9 Civic was discovered on our first visit to Osaka JDM, but has seen a number of changes since. Some of the most obvious changes include swapping out old Recaros for new Bride seats and switching from special edition Osaka JDM Loop 5 wheels (a previous collaboration with Work Wheels) to 15-inch TE37s. One of the biggest upgrades came in power; instead of a B16A, this EF9 won’t be having problems on the kanjo anymore with a K20A that’s estimated to make 235hp. There’s also Osaka JDM’s latest wider fenders up front, developed by Furukawa-san himself to allow for more tire and more grip. Our favorite addition to the Civic is the one-off carbon-fiber hatch and roof – yes, folks, that's not an overlay!
This EF9 is lighter, more powerful, and absolutely stunning – sounds like the formula for success, if you ask us. We can’t wait to see what Osaka JDM does next!