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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? On my search for my first car, I came across this blue Civic sitting in an Aldi parking lot two blocks from my house. Not suspecting anything, I looked in the window, saw it was a manual and had low miles and one owner, totally stock. The next day I bought it for $6950. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? I started with the drop in air filter from K&N. That's a standard for every car in my family. I then bought a cheap short shift adapter which I had to modify to fit right. From there, I did a muffler delete (which lasted about two years). Then I started really investing in the suspension. With weight and balance in mind, I lowered the car an inch and bought stiffer dampers. Then, it was time for new summer tires. I decided to upsize to 17" wheels from the stock 15", and I widened the wheels from 195 to 215. Next was the big boy exhaust, and after lots and lots of research and filtering through really ricey exhausts, I came across the Yonaka cat-back. I decided the notorious fitment issues were worth the risk because of the $300 price tag and the awesome throaty sound. I got the fitment mended, and now it's perfect. After that, I went to get my car inspected, and the person inspecting the car stalled it multiple times and was very aggressive with the shifter, so the short shift adapter broke in two pieces, which I found out on my way home trying to get into 5th (scared the crap out of me!). So then, I did more research on short shifters, and the lack of options for my car led me to look for Acura RSX short shifters, since it's the same shifter. I came across the Blox Racing adapters on 1A Auto which I generally avoid, but it was my only option for a good price. It's a remake of the CT Engineering short shifter, and it was machined very well, and it's just a quality part. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Tires and wheels. If you want a better handling car, they will make the biggest difference. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I tried to keep weight, balance, affordability, and keeping a low profile in mind for this build. Easy does it, as a friend of mine would say. What are you planning next? Eibach's Anti Roll kit, and possibly a short ram intake for sound. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Timing belt and water pump. It was awful.
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