White body, shaved engine bay, K-swap… Like an unofficial user guide, these same three steps seem to pop up over and over for modern-day Honda builds, all with varying degrees of success. A lot of said success is based on the builder’s skill level, depth of his pockets and the amount of dedication. Naturally, with so many similar versions being pieced together, the number of high-quality builds is normally outnumbered with the mediocre ones and can wind up lost from the shuffle. Building a standout in today’s ever-booming Honda community is a tall order and something that Daniel Stoicescu ofRogers and Arkansas, took very seriously with hisOn paper, Daniel’s EJ hatch might not sound like a standout. It relies upon many of the same ingredients that enthusiasts base their builds upon. The difference here is the minute and execution attention to detail that help set his sixth-gen apart from a tremendous crowd. Having purchased his ’00 Civic the same day that his first son came to be, Daniel’s poured more money and man-hours into his hatch than they can possibly recall. He adds, It’s a never-ending project and has gone from the track, to shows, and was all built inA Unique Kind of EJ Hatch
Having devised an agenda for the envisioning and build the finished product, determining the power equation was high on his to-do list. As opposed to working with the factory SOHC heart, Daniel opted for a K24 as his weapon of choice-a fairly common yet pricey swap that you can do at home more than a single weekend. But this wasn’t going to be a 48-hour project. He wanted it done right, so he set-asideType of EJ Hatch
Any non-essentials under the hood were ditched and numerous factory holes welded shut and smoothed over for a seamless look. The shock towers were welded and boxed to avoid the inevitable cracking that accompanies road time. Rather than deciding on a brake booster delete to allow to get more space, Daniel chose to keep his braking system as Honda intended but with bent custom hard lines into position. A set of Wilwood calipers replaced the anemic stock brakes that were created to control much lessWith the engine bay complete and prepped for paint, Daniel sprayed the complete car in factory Honda Taffeta White. The freshly sprayed exterior included a number of Civic Type R body pieces that maintain the car’s factory-fresh appearance and steer away from gaudy changes he might regret in a few years. To enhance the OEM-supplied variants are Devsport winglets, carbon bumper ducts as well as a CCC Racing carbon rear wing that add contrast to the stark white body, as perform the Enkei RPF1 rollers that sit comfortably in the wheel wells thanks toHow do we activate XM radio?
Once the paint had cured properly, the engine was carefully lowered into place and secured with Hasport mounts, then outfitted with a custom header and 3-inch V-band exhaust system. The same piping hardware and diameter were utilized on the custom intake that leads to a BDL throttle body and port-matched RBC intake manifold. The combination, controlled via Hondata K-Pro management, is good for 227hp and overWhilst the exterior carries a rather low profile, the interior is the exact opposite. Bright yellow and black Recaro Tomcat seats laced with Crow harnesses are flanked by CTR door panel inserts. A Key! s steering wheel is joined by way of a K-Tuned shift knob and staging brake, while a CTR cluster and HKS gauges keep tabs in the vitals. The rear seats were replaced with Type R counterparts and surrounded by Top Fuel pillar bars.
Having reconditioned, replaced or upgraded just about every piece of this hatchback, Daniel is certainly content, if only for the brief period. Plans to boost the engine searching for 600 hp are already in the works. Plus, with a growing family, the purpose of the build now has more meaning than before as it combines his faith with future weekends that can no doubt be spent under the hood along with his kids. He adds, I want this to continue to be something I can do with my boys-pass it on to them. It’s our goal to hopefully inspire others and use this as a tool to share the gospel. Our motto is ‘race to win’ (Corinthians 9: 24). So, in all of the I do, I aim for excellence to make sure the glory goes toward the only one who really deserves it.Sort of EJ Hatch
EJ6 hatch? ! Dude, it’s an EK!
Actually, it’s not. Honda enthusiasts have used chassis codes for years when referring to specific models, but more often than not, they’re not used correctly. The sixth-generation Civic hatchback inside the U.S. carries an EJ chassis code on its nameplate the same as its non-Si coupe counterpart. In Japan and other parts of the world, the EK designation is applied. Which includes the coveted CTR (EK9), which unfortunately, the Usa never received.