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Jimmy’s Honda Civic EK; From Stolen to USDM Stance to Street Weapon style.

1. Civic-minded Affair
2. Loss of an icon
3. Picking up the pieces
4. Tucking it back together

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1. Civic-minded Affair
The Honda Civic is a car popular not just among young families, but also to Honda aficionados the world over as it is a very reliable, efficient and spacious car for its class. Anywhere you go in the world, you would be bound to come across a Honda Civic, regardless of age or generation.

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Originating from Japan, the Honda Civics have been known to have one of the most reliable, robust and tuneable engines known. Many Malaysians turn to tuning and modding Civics for quick and easy power, which in most cases doesn’t break the bank as spare parts and aftermarket mods area readily available by established brands. The magic behind the engine is the Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control, aptly known as VTEC; a technology developed by Honda that improves the volumetric efficiency of the four stroke cycle via two varying camshaft profiles. VTEC is known for its sweet spot at 5800 rpm, when the cams switch and revs increase blatantly causing the engine to scream. Its also what makes larger, force-induced engines have a run for their money.

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2. Loss of an icon
Today we have a sixth gen Honda Civic, belonging to Jimmy who has always dreamed of owning a Honda due to his adoration for the screaming VTEC engine. The story behind his pride and joy is that it once belonged to his brother Danny, who lost it in 2013 to a car thief. Thinking he would never see the car again, he proceeded to purchase a Nissan 180SX as a replacement to his Civic. Within a month or so, there was a breakthrough in the case and the police managed to recover his Civic in which it was handed down to Jimmy.

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Jimmys mission was clearcut; to restore and mod the civic according to his taste and style. Jimmy has always been a fan of the USDM (US Domestic Market) look of the Civic and back in 2014, USDM was the ‘in thing’ for automotive mods. Jimmy added a slick lowering kit for the Civic and changed the wheels to fit the profile of his new look. He retained the stock bodykit but only added a front lip to accentuate the “loweredness” of his ride.

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3. Picking up the pieces
To Jimmy, 2014 was a very good year indeed for him as this was the year he joined various meetups, gatherings and fitment competitions. He joined NEGATIVE FLUSH, one of the famous S&F (Stance and Fitment) groups known for their hellaflush style. Despite the rising popularity of his car, Jimmy also faced a few ‘speedbumps’, not just literally, but in the figurative sense of running into a spoiled engine due to a blocked oil pump caused by a buildup of metal shavings.

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This was inherently caused by sandblasting of the engine valve cover. Having a spoiled engine in his bay, Jimmy then decided he needed a new engine (car guys will find a silver lining in any problem they face); a B18C Type-R. A stock B18C Type-R engine has an output of 200 hp (149 kW) at 8000 rpm which is more than enough to satisfy Jimmy’s crave for stupendous power.

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4. Tucking it back together
With the need to put in a fresh new powertrain, Jimmy saw the need to start fresh and clean, which is to tuck and shave the engine bay. The process of tucking and shaving an engine bay is to conceal, or to outright remove all wiring, piping, nuts and bolts which are normally exposed and in plain sight when you open the engine bay. This also includes relocating the battery to the trunk, rewiring all wires and conduits underneath the body panels, and in some cases, removal of wiper blades, washers, air-conditioner and any unrelated items that have no aesthetic need, purely for visual purposes. The main intent of tuck and shave is to present a cleaner and simpler engine bay for autoshow/display purposes.

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Tuck and shave is a process that is timely, needs proper planning, and requires an expert touch from a mechanic that has attention to detail and is prepared to mitigate any technicality that may arise during the process. In Jimmy’s case, he did not have this type of mechanic. Jimmy’s Civic was bogged with technical issues from the start of his new heart transplant. His mechanic took him two years to get the job (partially) done and by then, Jimmy had had enough. He then proceeded to tow his car from the workshop to another workshop in Sri Muda, Shah Alam which did the job right within three months. Once the engine bay was done, Jimmy was finally able to drive his newly refined and reengineered Civic.

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The car now is in pristine condition, Jimmy has plans to upgrade it to a Street Weapon style with rugged bumpers, sidewall stencils, aggressive splitters and canards, and a louder exhaust system. He really enjoys driving his Civic and intends to keep it as long as he can. The bond between Man and Machine is best displayed through the never-ending quest to ensure every bit and bolt is in perfect working condition and will not fail when pushed to the limits.

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