Vince Civic SI EM1

The setup was there for the power, but how to manage all of it was an essential question. Vince went with none other than Hondata to fulfill his needs. An S100 unit with boost option was installed to a socketed OBD1 P72 ECU. To make this conversion happen without a hitch, Vince had to purchase a Boomslang OBD conversion harness as well. Time to flood the system with fuel the turbocharged motor said. RC 550cc injectors fill the rail along with a Walbro 255lph intank fuel pump to deliver all the guzzled goods. Everything was fine tuned on the dyno by Ed Senf @ Balanced Performance.

Now to make the car look good, Vince kept it simple. An Invidia carbon fiber Mugen-style lip was added to match the VIS carbon fiber hood. Spoon-style carbon fiber mirrors from JDMSh!T took the place of the original ones. The lighting has received some influence from Japan with a set of Honda OEM Civic Type-R sidemarkers and HOP OEM yellow foglights. The stock heads were pulled apart and a custom DIY gunmetal job was applied to the inside finish. Last but not least, the rear bumper has received an HOP OEM rear lip spoiler to make the car complete.

With all the 240whp that Vince has on tap, he wanted to make sure the car handled well. H&R sport springs are paired with KYB AGX adjustable struts to give the Si a new stiffened ride. Several suspension bars found their way home on the body as well, including a Comptech silver 22mm adjustable sway bar / tie bar combo, a Skunk2 front strut tower bar is seen in the engine bay and popping the trunk reveals a matching unit from Skunk2. Duck under the front of the car and you’ll notice the Cusco front lower tie bar. In conjunction with the Skunk2 front strut tower bar, Vince cleverly modified the OEM front strut brace to work with it as well. While being creative, he installed a DIY rear trunk brace and implemented his own rear camber kit.


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