It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve done an update for my EF Civic project but I thought I’d try something new for 2012 and change things up. Whether you’re familiar with the project or not, I’ll say that my original goal for the car was to build it with an old-school theme mixed with some JDM flair—restore the car as best as possible, using brand new OEM parts and converting as much of the car to JDM-spec without doing the actual RHD conversion. I’d say my efforts were close to the money—fairly simple, not at all flashy. After 3 years in this state—and after visiting Osaka JDM this past winter—I decided to go against all logic. This EF needs to get with the times. Performance and looks, this is what I’ve decided on.
As far as power expectations are concerned, I admit that trying to crank out the max on a bone-stock B16A would’ve been an interesting goal but not one that I’m willing to do at this stage, er, age. You see, part of my influence for going to this next stage of my build comes from the Osaka kanjo racers—and most of their cars still run stock engines (even if they are just swapped B16Bs and what not). I figured, why change that and ruin driveability for the street? Without having to worry about rebuilding the long block and racking up a major parts bill, I feel the ITBs will be perfect enough of a modification along with the right tuning from the EMS to make it a really fun car to drive on the streets, not just track-only.