Sim­ple aes­thetic en­hance­ments like the First Mold­ing Kevlar front lip and Top1 side split­ters lend some street tuner style to the iconic hatch­back

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em­bed­ded in the dash. The vi­sion had come to fruition, and for all in­tents and pur­poses Rivera's car was a true clone of the JDM Civic Type R.

Of course, not many en­thu­si­asts de­sire the Civic Type R to keep it fac­tory spec, so it wasn't long af­ter get­ting it back that the mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­gan. Want­ing to stay true to the Type R's her­itage and cul­ture, Rivera kept mod­i­fi­ca­tions sim­ple and taste­ful, only choos­ing parts that would ac­cen­tu­ate or en­hance the true spirit of the Type R and stay true to its Honda roots.

Sim­ple aes­thetic en­hance­ments like the First Mold­ing Kevlar front lip and Top1 side split­ters lend some street tuner style to the iconic hatch­back, and Euro Civic tail­lights with built-in rear fogs make for a sub­tle, yet at­trac­tive rear end style change. Sus­pen­sion gets a re­work­ing to stay up­dated with mod­ern per­for­mance as well, thanks to a Black­works Rac­ing full sus­pen­sion setup and sub­frame brace with Beaks bar, Func­tion 7 con­trol arms, and even the sway bar from an In­te­gra Type R.

The sway bar isn't the only thing that came from a donor In­te­gra Type R. The In­te­gra's B18C en­gine, fa­mous for its ap­pli­ca­tion in the JDM-spec In­te­gra Type R of the same year, was dropped into the Civic Type R clone and mated with an In­te­gra GSR 5-speed trans­mis­sion. A va­ri­ety of Pass­word JDM, AEM and Skunk2 good­ies dec­o­rate the shaved and tucked en­gine bay, stay­ing true to the Honda's ori­gins and pro­vid­ing that ex­tra boost in throt­tle re­sponse.

Thanks to a hand­ful of care­fully se­lected parts, the help and in­spi­ra­tion of fam­ily and friends, and some valu­able know-how, the fi­nal prod­uct is a Civic that Honda fans ev­ery­where would envy. While many of us would con­sider this car wor­thy of show­room floors, Rivera's fa­vorite part of the car is just driv­ing it the way it was meant to be en­joyed. “I love to take it out when I have a chance and just drive with no spe­cific place to go,” he says. “Just sit back and en­joy the ride.”

The over­all goal with this car was to keep it sim­ple, road-go­ing and re­li­able. By all ac­counts, Rivera seems to have suc­ceeded. It's just an added bonus that peo­ple love his car, say­ing it takes them back to a sim­pler time. “My in­ten­tions were to just build some­thing I can drive any­where and take my kids on fun rides,” Rivera says, laugh­ing. We're sure the kids love this one.

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