Civic EK9

NZ Performance Car - - 1972 Mazda Rx-2 Capella -

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Honda fan who doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the B16B-pow­ered EK Type R, and Bryce is no ex­cep­tion to this. He had al­ways ad­mired the model and picked one up to toy around with at a few of the lo­cal track days and drag nights. From there, though, he de­vel­oped a taste for more power. The log­i­cal next step for Bryce — as it has been for many be­fore him — would have been a B18CR from the In­te­gra fam­ily. How­ever, as time went on, thoughts of some­thing greater began to be gen­er­ated — why not a K-se­ries swap? At the time, they weren’t as com­mon and they of­fer up more power in fac­tory form than most worked B18s do.

Bryce, seeing the light, chose a K20A and chucked a back cat­a­logue of parts at it that would make a Civic owner cry with hap­pi­ness: RRC in­take, Spoon Sports throt­tle body, Blox ve­loc­ity stack, ATI crank pul­ley, Pri­vate La­bel Mfg Hytech-style K-swap header, Spoon Sports DC5 radiator, and Has­port dual-height con­ver­sion mounts.

Not let­ting the pack­age down in the driv­e­train depart­ment ei­ther, the EK fea­tures 98-spec hubs and shafts, with a K-Tuned shift kit in­stalled on the DC5 box. Sus­pen­sion-wise, Bryce stum­bled across a set of Spoon Sports N1 coilovers and in­stalled them along­side Skunk2 front and rear cam­ber arms, and rear lower-con­trol arms, with Spoon Sports front ro­tors, pads, and brake lines in­stalled un­der the arches, too — though you’d find it hard to see any of it, as it’s all tucked away be­hind the lush 16-inch Volk Rac­ing TE37s shod in Toyo R888Rs.

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