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