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1989 Honda Civic EF Hatchback - Readers Rides: Xtreme Xposure

Apr 1, 2000
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Otto Lau
Aurora, Colorado
1989 Honda Civic

Otto has owned his Honda since '92 and will likely be modifying it beyond '02. In 1996, he had just installed a nitrous oxide system and got revved on at a stoplight by some punks. He did not want to race because the bottle wasn't on. The other car did a burn out and drifted toward Otto. The light changed and Otto darted across the intersection.

He left the other car then heard a popping sound coming from the rear of his Honda. Looking back, he saw a punk kid with a gun shooting at his gas tank. He slammed on the brakes, let them pass and followed them to get a plate number but after running three lights, Otto decided chasing a car full of guns had its downside. He drove his Civic for six months with three bullet holes in it-two in the rear bumper and one in the side. The side shot went through the rear seat belt (through some junk in the trunk bounced off his nitrous bottle and wedged in the rear panel where the taillights are wired, causing a defect). After getting swiped by a tow truck, the car was delivered to Stacey's Paint Trix where it received a trick Mugen body kit and a eye-catching yellow hue.

2017 Honda Civic
$21,500 Base Model (MSRP) 31/40 MPG Fuel Economy
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The old-school Civic is powered by a DOHC ZC 1.6-liter engine swapped in by Paragon Tuning and turbocharged with a GReddy TD04 turbo tweaked to T28 specs by Turbo Engineering Corporation in nearby Golden, Colo. Additional turbo system components consist of a Blitz blow-off valve, Blitz boost controller and a Blitz turbo timer, a GReddy front-mount intercooler and custom ducting. A set of 310cc injectors and high-flow NOS pump the fuel into the fire while a Havana Machine-ported cylinder head expedites the flow of boost into the engine. The car rides on Tokico shocks, Neuspeed springs, PIAA Racing wheels and 50-series rubber. Stopping power has been enhanced with Stillen rotors and pads.

Inside, an AutoPower roll bar set-up is on call and Auto Meter Phantom gauges relay engine vitals. The car was originally a stereo wagon with an award-winning audio system. The system sports a Sony ES head unit and changer with DSP processor, ADS component speakers, Zapco amps, Cliff Design speakers and all the high-tech accessories to make it work.

Otto's Civic has aged well and proven its ability to withstand battle damage. This is one bulletproof Honda we expect will be boosting for years.

Editor's Note: We have gotten some interesting responses for Extreme Exposure, so keep those entries coming. To refresh your memory Extreme Exposure is the lead-off hitter of "Rides." It features bigger photos, more pages and more exposure than our conventional Rides entry. To attain this high-level of exposure one must have a worthy car, clean photos (preferably slides) of the inside and outside details of the car and enough info to make it all happen. We are trying to increase the quality of Rides and this section could easily see a vehicle graduate to full feature status. The most determining factory for such an upgrade is photography. Please don't use disposable cameras. The number and quality of the entries will determine how often Extreme Exposure will appear.

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Norman Agustin
Paauilo, Hawaii
1991 Toyota Tercel DX

Norman's four-door Tercel looks the part of a custom import-Lemon Yellow paint, phantom top, Racers design GTR Combat wing (originally for a Civic), DTM P1 wheels and a beefy Weapon R muffler. The Toyota's 3FE 1.5-liter powerplant has been powered up with a K&N filter, Hotshot header and custom exhaust piping. The Toy grips the pavement via BFGoodrich Euro T/As. Inside, Norm muscles a Momo Monte Carlo tiller with a carbon fiber Lonza Formula horn button. Niken pedals and an aluminum shift knob make gear selection a custom affair. Entertainment is provided by an Alpine head unit and five-disc CD player that's tag-teamed with Rockford Fosgate, Lanzar and American Bass components. Norman hopes to swap to a bigger Paseo motor, add pressure with a F-Max turbo system and perform more suspension mods in the future.

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Nathan Evans
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Chevrolet Cavalier

Nate has one wild import fighter and he's not afraid to show it. He designed the windshield banner sticker that reads "import fighter" using a Honda 'H' sideways for the 'I' two Acura emblems joined together for the 'M' and a Type-R 'R' for the 'R.' The Cav's four banger has been spiced up with a Pacesetter header, RK Sport Cool Air intake, Apex Super Dunk muffler and Nology wires. The body has been augmented by an RK Sport bumper kit, RK Sport three-piece wing, custom side marker lights and a healthy dose of Pearl Orange paint. The Chevy rolls on 17-inch Enkei Sportlines and Sumitomo rubber and has been dropped 1.5 inches by Eibach Sportline springs.

Nate plans to take the Cav to the next level with a custom-wrapped interior, TRD taillights and a 50-horse nitrous system. You go grapefruit!

Julius Sevilla
Elmhurst, Illinois
1995 VW Jetta III

Julius has put together a real driver's car with his 2.0-liter Jetta. He raided Neuspeed when it came time to add more power and performance to the German-bred sedan. Under the hood a Neuspeed P-chip and Neuspeed P-Flow intake system work with a Neuspeed cam and a Powertone muffler with DTM tips and custom piping to deliver additional thrust when the hammer is dropped. Handling performance has been addressed with Neuspeed sport springs and a Neuspeed strut tower bar. These mods work with 17-inch Konig Wildcard wheels and Yokohama rubber. The cabin has been dressed with Cerullo buckets, Niken pedals, a Momo shift knob and boot, an ABD short shifter and custom floormats. Tunes are pumped out by a Clarion based system using Soundstream, Boston Acoustics and Audio Wave products.

Julius would like to move to pressurization in the form of a blower or turbo kit in the future to better live up to his "WIKD VW" license plate and to better represent the CVO Chicago VW Club.

Sacramento, California
1998 Acura Integra GSR

Lance enlisted Ken at Pro Trans Auto Body to enhance the body lines of his GSR. The Integra flexes an Andy's Autosport aero kit, BMW Z3 gills and Supra taillights. The body was clean shaven of door handles, key ports and all emblems. Inside the stock buckets have been wrapped in two-tone leather. Under the hood the high-revving 1.8-liter has been pumped up with a DC Sports header, AEM intake, Type-R valve cover and a high-flow exhaust. Lance can adjust the ride height of his Integra via Ground Control coilovers. The car's handling envelope is further expanded by a front strut tower brace and Neuspeed rear lower tie bar. This Integra is sharp and with more photos would have made a nice extreme exposure.

Steven Asselin
Merrimack, New Hampshire
1991 Acura Integra LS

This Integra was saved from the junkyard and brought back to life. Steve also kept the crew at Neuspeed busy as his Acura runs a Neuspeed P-chip, a Neuspeed header, Neuspeed wires and Neuspeed strut tower braces. The 1.8-liter LS engine has been further kicked in the pants by a Tenzo-R intake and a HKS Hyper exhaust system. Rolling stock consists of 17-inch ADR rims and Toyo 40-series tires. A Wings West rear wing adds a sporty appeal to the Acura. Steve plans to add to that appeal with a full-tilt Wings West body kit. He wants more power too. As it sits, the car has posted a 14.6; he hopes to see low 12s or high 11s with the addition of a turbo kit and Zex nitrous set-up.



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